Our degree programmes
Although we are a large medical physics department, we are relatively small in terms of numbers of undergraduate students. This has the advantage of smaller, more intimate class sizes, and also means that our staff are able to devote a proportion of their time to research, so that students can learn about the latest innovations from leading experts in their field. Your lecturers are also likely to have active collaborations with clinicians and scientists in the nearby hospitals, so that students can learn about new applications and how they benefit patients.
We offer both a three-year BSc degree and a more in-depth four-year MSci degree. Your first two years of study will be taught mostly in the Department of Physics and Astronomy along with other physics students, although you will also study introductory medical physics, human physiology and radiation physics. These two years are identical for both programmes and transfer between the two is possible at the end of the second year. We advise applying for the MSci initially which makes it easier to defer your decision.
During years three and four, you will be based within the Department of Medical Physics & Bioengineering. You will select three medical physics modules each year and, in your final year, will work on a major project with one of the department’s research groups. Both of our degrees are accredited by the Institute of Physics providing the first step to chartered physicist status.
Once you have graduated a wide range of career paths will be open to you. The first thing to note is that studying Medical Physics at university doesn’t commit you to a career in Medical Physics. Our degrees are accredited by the Institute of Physics and give you access to the same wide diversity of careers as any other UCL physics degree. Physicists tend to be numerate, logical, problem solvers and there is a demand for people who have developed such skills in a wide range of careers. If, however, you want a career in Medical Physics, there are three main paths. First, you can train as a Medical Physicist in the Health Service. Second, you can follow a career in industry: MRI scanners, radiotherapy equipment, and physiological monitoring equipment, for example, all need researching, developing, manufacturing, supplying and maintaining - jobs for Medical Physicists. Third, you may pursue a career in research, probably first off by taking a higher degree – an MSc or a PhD.
School students potentially interested in our degree programmes are welcome to attend one of the open days, which provide an opportunity to visit the Department and meet some of our staff and students.
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How to apply
To join one of our undergraduate degrees, prospective students need to apply through UCAS. UCL provides full details here.
Frequently asked questions
- We maintain a list of FAQ here.