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.

 

  • 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 3CM234
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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Selection Criteria
Graduate 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, ENG 1002 Programming (Matlab and C), PHYSICS 1100 Physics IA, PHYSICS 1200 Physics IB and PHYSICS 2534 Electromagnetism II.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM234

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $37,000

Scholarships

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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Careers

Potential careers

Medical Physicist, Medical Research, Medical Researcher, Physicist

Degree Structure

Example Study Plan

Level I

Semester I

Semester II

Level II

Semester I

Semester II

  • PHYSICS 7580B Research Project in Medical Radiation Physics Part B           
  • PHYSICS 7549 2 Physics of Medical Imaging or PHYSICS 7550 1 Radiation Biology, Protection & Epidemiology

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, 14 Oct 2021