Master of Medical Radiation Physics
Take proton therapy to the world
Proton therapy is big news in the fight against cancer. Offering next-level precision, it’s an attractive option for treating many tumours close to healthy organs or in children.
Consequently, the treatment’s global market is expected to double by 2024*. Australia’s first proton therapy centre will be part of the neighbouring South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute II, while China has around 50 centres on the way. Specialists in the area are in short supply—and high demand—worldwide.
What will you do?
Our Master of Medical Radiation Physics will equip you for a rewarding career in this exciting health field. The degree is studied over two years full-time and is suitable for students with an undergraduate physics degree, or engineering graduates seeking a change of specialisation.
Highly clinically oriented, it will enable you to:
- master theoretical and practical mathematics and physics as they relate to clinical radiotherapy and medical imaging
- learn from highly accomplished and internationally experienced medical physicists practising at the esteemed Royal Adelaide Hospital
- collect, analyse, critically evaluate and synthesise quantitative and qualitative data relating to physics and medical physics
- build high-level problem-solving and communication skills
- develop advanced research skills through a major final-year research project.
Where could it take you?
You will graduate with a strong foundation of knowledge and skills to undertake the necessary additional study and clinical training for Australian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine accreditation.
Once you’ve done this, many doors will open. You could join a cutting-edge proton therapy clinic as a radiation oncology medical physicist. You might help enhance therapy decisions as a diagnostic imaging medical physicist. Perhaps you’ll minimise treatment side-effects as a radiation safety officer.
International students, please note that you may also need to undertake additional study or research to gain accreditation in your home country.
*Wise Guy Reports, 2019.
For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.
For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.
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I am a:
SATAC Code 3CM234 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February and July Enquiries Future Students teamGraduate entry
Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Engineering with a minimum GPA of 4.5 PLUS the equivalent of MATHS 2101 Multivariable & Complex Calculus, MATHS 2102 Differential Equations, COMP SCI 1101 Introduction to Programming, PHYSICS 1100 Physics IA, PHYSICS 1200 Physics IB and PHYSICS 2534 Electromagnetism II.SATAC Code: 3CM234
CRICOS 0101506 Intake February and July
English Language Requirements
Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6 TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21 Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169 Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor Engineering with the a GPA of 4.5 and the following (or equivalent):
- MATHS 2101 Multivariable & Complex Calculus
- MATHS 2102 Differential Equations
- COMP SCI 1101 Introduction to Programming
- PHYSICS 1100 Physics IA
- PHYSICS 1200 Physics IB
- PHYSICS 2534 Electromagnetism II
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
Indicative annual tuition feesAustralian Full-fee place: $35,000
Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $44,500
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Medical Physicist, Medical Research, Medical Researcher, Physicist
Example Study Plan
- PHYSICS 7534 Computational Physics
- APP MATH 7035 Modelling with Ordinary Differential Equations
- PHYSICS 7011 Nuclear and Radiation Physics
- PHYSICS 7551 1 Radiotherapy Physics or PHYSICS 7548 2 Human Biology for Medical Physics
- PHYSICS 7007 Fourier Techniques and Applications
- PHYSICS 7010 Non-Linear Optics OR PHYSICS 7104 Electronics for Data Acquisition
- PHYSICS 7580A Research Project in Medical Radiation Physics Part A
- PHYSICS 7548 2 Human Biology for Medical Physics or PHYSICS 7551 1 Radiotherapy Physics
Medical Physics courses:
PHYSICS 7548 Human Biology for Medical Physics
PHYSICS 7549 Physics of Medical Imaging
PHYSICS 7550 Radiation Biology, Protection & Epidemiology
PHYSICS 7551 Radiotherapy Physics
1 Course offered in even years
2 Course offered in odd years
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Last updated: Thursday, 11 Feb 2021