BSc Physics with Medical Physics - F351 (3 years)

BSc Physics with Medical Physics

This is an honours degree which includes training in transferable skills, including numeracy and communication. It covers the same "core" physics material as the four-year MSci option, but includes fewer of the specialised medical physics modules. Most of our students enrol initially for the MSci programme, with the option of changing to BSc later, if appropriate. Both degrees follow the same modules for the first two years, with examinations being taken at the end of each year. It will then be clear whether to continue the MSci, or change to the BSc. For example, the Departmental Tutor may require a student to change to the BSc if his/her academic progress is considered insufficient.

You will take core Physics modules throughout the first two years, with one medical physics module during the first year, two medical physics modules in the second year, and normally three during the third year. You will also complete a Medical Physics project with one of the research groups in the department. Our student handbook contains more details.

Programme structure

Each year, you will take eight modules, plus one additional module, Developing Effective Communication (PHAS1901/2901) which is spread over the first two years.

Each module is worth half a course unit, apart from the year 3 project which is equivalent to a full course unit. You'll therefore complete four units a year, plus the half unit communication course.

In the third year, you will normally choose three optional medical physics modules from this list (1.5 units), three physics modules (1.5 units) and your research project, which is worth a full unit, making four units in total. However, you may take 2 or 4 medical physics modules as the balance in physics modules, to give a total of 6.

The table below describes the courses you'll take.

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Introduction to Medical Imaging
Physics of the Human Body
Medical Physics Option
Atoms, Star and the Universe
Introduction to Biophysics
Medical Physics Option
Thermal Physics
Electricity and Magnetism
Medical Physics Option
Waves, Optics & Acoustics
Practical Physics 2A


Medical Physics Project

Classical Mechanics
Atomic and Molecular Physics
Practical Skills 1C
Statistical Thermodynamics
Mathematical Methods I
Mathematical Methods III

2-4 (normally 3) of

PHAS3224 Nuclear and Particle Physics
PHAS3225  Solid State Physics
PHAS3226 Quantum Mechanics
PHAS3201 Electromagnetic Theory

Mathematical Methods II
Quantum Physics

Third year optional medical physics courses


We consider all applicants individually. Your application will be especially interesting to us if you can demonstrate your interest in the medical applications of physics. Offer holders will be invited to the department for a dedicated UCAS Open Day. During this visit you will have an opportunity to tour the relevant departments and meet some of our staff and current students. We strongly recommend that you attend if you can as this is an excellent and fun way to find out more about the course, our department and studying at UCL.

Our students come through a variety of routes. The majority have A-levels but others have International Baccalaureate (IB), BTEC or other overseas qualifications. In all cases we require sound qualifications in Mathematics and Physics. Note that qualifications in Biology are not required - we will teach you any anatomy and physiology you need to know.

A-level entry requirements are in the range AAA-ABB, to include Mathematics (grade A preferred) and Physics, usually at least one of them at grade A. The third A-level may be in any subject recognised by UCL. Applicants educated in the UK also need a pass in a 4th AS-level, excluding General Studies. Alternatively, we require 34-38 points in the IB with a score of 16-18 points in three higher-level subjects to include Mathematics and Physics. All applications should be made through UCAS.

For the most current admissions information including entry requirements, please take a look at the prospectus:

For general information about applying to study at UCL see:


To enquire about entry to our Medical Physics undergraduate degree programmes, please email our Admissions Tutor Dr Karin Shmueli or UCL’s Central Engineering Admissions Team at:  Please don’t forget to include your UCAS ID number if you have one.


We will make all reasonable efforts to ensure that the information provided above is correct. However, it may be amended before the start of, or during, the course to which it refers.