Why choose this course

We’re still open for 2019 applications. If you would like to be considered for 2019 entry, please apply for 2020 entry and email Admissions with your URN to advise you would like to join us in 2019.

Can the application of physics concepts, theories and methods save lives?

On Surrey’s internationally renowned MSc Medical Physics course, you’ll explore this question, discovering the latest techniques which are extending the limits of medicine. 

We are accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), and 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 of a modern graduate medical physicist.

Our course places more emphasis than many other similar programmes on topics beyond ionising radiation (X-rays and radiotherapy), allowing you to study areas such as 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 that are essential to a modern medical physicist’s job. You’ll gain these skills through experimental sessions in our Department of Physics, as well as through practical experiences using advanced clinical facilities at collaborating hospitals.

Key information

Start date: October 2020

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 2 years

Professional recognition

MSc - 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

Hounsfield Prize

A prize of £200 is awarded annually for the best research dissertation in the field of medical physics. Sir Godfrey Hounsfield was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1979 for his work on Computed Tomography.

Mayneord Prize

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 Professor Glenn Knoll is awarded annually to a student with outstanding performance in ‘Radiation Physics and Radiation Measurement’ on any of the Department’s MSc courses. Professor 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 course with outstanding performance in their dissertation.

Career prospects

As a graduate of this course you’ll have skills that are highly sought to work at the interface between physics and medicine, with an emphasis on advanced technologies.

Graduates of this course have gone on to work for a wide range of employees including the NHS, the Institute of Cancer Research London, Elekta Ltd, GE Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline Ltd., the British Army, the Department of Civil Aviation, and several UK and international universities, hospitals and government organisations.

Equality and diversity

We are committed to fostering the next generation of physicists in an environment that is diverse and inclusive, ensuring equal opportunities for all, independent of race, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or other protected characteristics. 

We are a member of the Institute of Physics’ equality and diversity initiative, Project Juno. This scheme rewards physics departments for promoting gender equality in physics, and we have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) programme with the goal of growing the diversity of our student body and ensuring a welcoming environment for everyone.

Programme leader

PANI Silvia (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 (PDF) 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.

Disclaimer

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.

Academic year structure

Full-time students complete four modules per semester, whereas part-time students typically complete two 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 second year.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

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:

Year 1 (full-time)

Optional modules for Year 1 (full-time) - FHEQ Level 7

There are no optional modules

PGCert Radiation Physics: 60 taught module credits (Modules PHYM032,
PHYM015 and PHYM054 compulsory) at FHEQ Level 7
PGDip Medical Physics (Modules PHYM032, PHYM015 and PHYM054
compulsory) 120 taught module credits at FHEQ Level 7
MSc (Medical Physics): 180 credits at FHEQ Level 7 and completed the
programme of study

Year 1 (part-time)

Optional modules for Year 1 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

There are no optional modules
PGCert Radiation Physics: 60 taught module credits (Modules PHYM032,
PHYM015 and PHYM054 compulsory) at FHEQ Level 7
PGDip Medical Physics (Modules PHYM032, PHYM015 and PHYM054
compulsory) 120 taught module credits at FHEQ Level 7
MSc (Medical Physics): 180 credits at FHEQ Level 7 and completed the
programme of study

Year 2 (part-time)

Optional modules for Year 2 (part-time) - FHEQ Level 7

There are no optional modules

PGCert Radiation Physics: 60 taught module credits (Modules PHYM032,
PHYM015 and PHYM054 compulsory) at FHEQ Level 7
PGDip Medical Physics (Modules PHYM032, PHYM015 and PHYM054
compulsory) 120 taught module credits at FHEQ Level 7
MSc (Medical Physics): 180 credits at FHEQ Level 7 and completed the
programme of study

Timetable

Course 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 the Disability and Neurodiversity Service 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.

Disability and Neurodiversity Service

The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service 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.

Find out more about the support available or contact the team directly for further information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

Entry requirements

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.

Credit transfer

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.

Fees

Start date: October 2020

Full-time

UK/EU £10,300

Overseas £21,000

Part-time

UK/EU £5,200

Overseas £10,500

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year or three-year part-time structured masters course, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the course.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Additional costs

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.

Funding

Funding opportunities are also available for MSc Students with the Higher Education Sponsorship Scheme by the Society for Radiological Protection.

How to apply

We’re still open for 2019 applications. If you would like to be considered for 2019 entry, please apply for 2020 entry and email Admissions with your URN to advise you would like to join us in 2019.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

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