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

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM234
Deferment Yes - 2 year

February and July

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study

A completed Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Engineering with a minimum GPA of 4.5


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.

  • Admissions Transparency Data
    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2023
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    International students 6 85.7%
    All students 7 100.0%

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Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $40,500

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This is an Australian full-fee program. As a domestic student you may be eligible to:

  • receive a zero interest government assistance package to cover your course fees and
  • use over $100,000 in HELP assistance over your lifetime
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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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Potential careers

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

Medical Physicist;  Medical Research;  Medical Researcher;  Physicist

Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

To qualify for the degree of Master of Medical Radiation Physics, students must satisfactorily complete a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 48 units, comprising:
  • Core courses to the value of 30 units
  • Electives to the value of 6 units
  • Research Project to the value of 12 units.

Example Study Plan

To satisfy the requirements for core courses students must complete courses to the value of 30 units.

All of the following courses must be completed: APP MTH 7035 Modelling with Ordinary Differential Equations
PHYSICS 7007 Fourier Techniques and Applications
PHYSICS 7011 Nuclear and Radiation Physics
PHYSICS 7028 Experimental Physics
PHYSICS 7534 Computational Physics
PHYSICS 7548 Human Biology for Medical Physics1
PHYSICS 7549 Physics of Medical Imaging1
PHYSICS 7550 Radiation Biology, Protection and Epidemiology2
PHYSICS 7551 Radiotherapy Physics2
and courses to the value of 3 units from the following: PHYSICS 7010 Non-Linear Optics
PHYSICS 7104 Electronics for Data Acquisition
1 = Course offered in even years.
2 = Course offered in odd years.

Research Project
To satisfy the requirements for the Research Project, students must complete courses to the value of 12 units.

All of the following courses must be completed: PHYSICS 7580A Research Project in Medical Radiation Physics Part A
PHYSICS 7580B Research Project in Medical Radiation Physics Part B

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Last updated: Friday, 8 Mar 2024