Medical Physics MSc
Why choose this course
Can the application of physics concepts, theories and methods save lives?
Our MSc in Medical Physics is internationally renowned. We are accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).
We have trained more than 1,000 medical physicists, so you can look forward to pioneering teaching during your time at Surrey.
What you will study
The syllabus for our MSc in Medical Physics will provide you with the knowledge, skills and experience required for a modern graduate medical physicist.
It places more emphasis than many other similar courses on topics beyond ionising radiation (X-rays and radiotherapy) to include, amongst other topics, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound and the use of lasers in medicine.
You will learn the theoretical foundations of modern imaging and treatments, and you will gain a set of experimental skills essential in a modern medical physicist’s job. These skills are gained through experimental sessions in our Department of Physics and through practical experiences at collaborating hospitals using advanced clinical facilities.
|Qualification||Study mode||Course length||Placement||Start date|
|MSc||Full-time||12 months||October 2019|
|MSc||Part-time||24 months||October 2019|
Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).
Accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).
Study and work abroad
There may be opportunities to acquire valuable European experience by working or conducting research abroad during your degree or shortly afterwards. It is possible to do this in the summer period with an Erasmus+ grant working on your dissertation or as a recent graduate. In order to qualify your Erasmus+ traineeship must be a minimum of two months.
Academic performance prizes
A prize of £200 is awarded annually for the best research dissertation in the field of Medical Physics. Sir Godfrey was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1979 for his work on Computed Tomography.
A prize of £200 in memory of Professor Valentine Mayneord will be awarded to the student with the best overall performance on the MSc in Medical Physics. Professor Mayneord was one of the pioneers of medical physics, who had a long association with the department and encouraged the growth of teaching and research in the field.
Glen Knoll Prize
A prize of £300 in memory of Prof Glenn Knoll is awarded annually to a student with outstanding performance in Radiation Physics and Radiation Measurement on any of the Department’s MSc programmes. Prof Knoll was a world-leading authority in radiation detection with a long association with the Department.
IPEM Student Prize (MSc Medical Physics)
A prize of £250 awarded to a student on the MSc in Medical Physics programme with outstanding performance in their dissertation.
PANI S Dr (Physics)
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
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Academic year structure
Full-time students complete 4 modules per semester, whereas part-time students typically complete 2 modules per semester. The dissertation topics are normally allocated towards the end of the Spring Semester. The dissertation project work will be carried out during the summer period; part-time students will work on their dissertation in the summer of their 2nd year.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
Year 1 (full-time)
Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7
There are no optional modules
Year 1 (part-time)
Optional modules for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7
There are no optional modules
Year 2 (part-time)
Optional modules for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7
There are no optional modules
Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Learning and disability
We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.
Academic Skills and Development
Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Additional Learning Support
Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.
We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.
See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.
A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Chemistry, Engineering or Physics, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We'll also consider relevant work experience if you don't meet these requirements.
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English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in Writing and 5.5 in each other element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
|Study mode||Start date||Placement||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees|
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2019-20 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.
There may be associated costs with this programme:
- Commuting (local travel expenses): Unable to specify amount - Potentially travel costs for the dissertation which may be reimbursable.
Grand total: Unable to specify amount.
Scholarships and bursaries
Surrey International Scholarship for Engineering and Physical Sciences 2019 entry
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The Braithwaite Family Foundation Scholarship for Medical Physics 2019 entry
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