Graduate Certificate in Medical Physics

Want to use your passion for physics to make an impact on the health and medical industry?

Medical physics is an evolving science. It’s about harnessing the health benefits of radiation exposure and managing any risks involved.

Due to the expansion of radiation oncology and medical imaging, there’s a global shortage of trained professionals in the area. Demand for medical physics graduates in the health sector is high.

What will you do?

Our Graduate Certificate in Medical Physics focuses on the latest advances in the field. You’ll learn from leading academics and research staff as you: 

  • build knowledge of human anatomy
  • understand medical imaging processes—from X-ray and nuclear medicine to magnetic resonance and ultrasound
  • study mathematical principles involved in image formation
  • learn radiotherapy treatment techniques.

You’ll gain the opportunity to complete the coursework needed for accreditation as a medical physicist by the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine.

  • No. 1 in Australia for Physics*
  • Global treatments market set to double by 2024**
  • Learn from research-active experts

*QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021
**Wise Guy Reports, 2019

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, 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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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC084
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Prerequisites All applicants must have completed the University of Adelaide subject Nuclear and Radiation Physics (PHYSICS 7011) or equivalent.
Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GC084

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $18,500


These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Degree Structure

Example Study Plan

Core Courses

PHYSICS 7548 Human Biology for Medical Physics
PHYSICS 7549 Physics of Medical Imaging
PHYSICS 7550 Radiation Biology, Protection & Epidemiology
PHYSICS 7551 Radiotherapy Physics

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Last updated: Thursday, 14 Oct 2021