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

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
From 30 June 2023, in accordance with Australian government requirements, the University will be returning to face-to-face teaching for all students where it is safe and practical to do so. For students with circumstances where it would not be practical or safe to travel to Australia, exemptions may apply. Students are encouraged to regularly check Study in 2023 and International Student Covid-19 FAQ for information and updates.

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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.

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $19,250

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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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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, 19 Jan 2023