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

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC084
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Prerequisites All applicants must have completed the University of Adelaide subject Nuclear and Radiation Physics (PHYSICS 7011) or equivalent.
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.

  • Admissions Transparency Data
    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2023
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    International students N/A N/A
    All students 1 100.0%

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Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $20,250

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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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Degree Structure

Academic Program Rules

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To qualify for the Graduate Certificate in Medical Physics, student musts satisfactorily complete a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 12 units, comprising of core courses to the value of 12 units.
The Graduate Certificate in Medical Physics has a standard full-time duration of 0.5 years and is only offered part-time over 2 years.

Example Study Plan

To satisfy the requirements for core courses students must complete courses to the value of 12 units.

All of the following courses must be completed: PHYSICS 7548 Human Biology for Medical Physics1
PHYSICS 7549 Physics of Medical Imaging1
PHYSICS 7550 Radiation Biology, Protection and Epidemiology2
PHYSICS 7551 Radiotherapy Physics2
1= Course offered in even years.
2 = Course offered in odd years.

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Last updated: Thursday, 22 Feb 2024