Physics and Engineering in Medicine: Radiation Physics MSc

This programme stream is designed for students with a developed interest in the radiation physics aspects of technology that is applied in modern medicine. Students gain an understanding of scientific principles and practices that are used in hospitals, industries and research laboratories through lectures, problem solving sessions, a research project and collaborative work.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£10,765 (FT) £5,560 (PT)
£22,350 (FT) £11,125 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
31 July 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree in Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, or another closely related discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Workplace knowledge and expertise are also considered.

English Language Requirements

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: TBC

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Degree Information

Students study in detail the physics theory and practice that underpins modern medicine, and learn to apply their knowledge to established and emerging technologies in medical imaging and therapy. The programme covers the applications of both ionising and non-ionising radiation to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease and disorder, as well as the electronic and computational skills needed to apply this theory into practice.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Interactions of Radiation with Matter
  • Imaging with Ionising Radiation
  • Imaging with Non-ionising Radiation
  • Clinical Practice
  • Treatment with Ionising Radiation
  • Viva module


  • Aspects of Biomedical Engineering
  • Optics in Medicine
  • Computing in Medicine
  • Medical Devices and Applications


All MSc students undertake an independent research project within the broad area of Physics and Engineering in Medicine which culminates in a report up to 10,000 words, a poster and an oral examination.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, demonstrations, practicals, hospital visits, and a research project. Lecturers are drawn from UCL and from London teaching hospitals including UCLH, St. Bartholomew's, and the Royal Free Hospital. Assessment is through supervised examination, coursework, the dissertation and an oral examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Physics and Engineering in Medicine: Radiation Physics MSc


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


The MSc programme has been accredited for many years by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) and the department is working towards ensuring compliance with the new IPEM accreditation standards being published later in 2013.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Radiation Physicist, Pfizer Ltd (2011)
  • Cardiac and Vascular MRI Physicist, University of Oxford (2011)
  • Clinical Scientist (Training), Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (2011)
  • Radiotherapy Physicist, Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre (2010)
  • PhD Student, Royal Marsden NHS Trust (2009)


Postgraduate study within the department offers the chance to develop important skills and acquire new knowledge through involvement with a team of scientists or engineers working in a world-leading research group. Graduates complete their study having gained new scientific or engineering skills applied to solving problems at the leading edge of human endeavour. Skills associated with project management, effective communication and teamwork are also refined in this high-quality working environment.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The spectrum of medical physics activities undertaken in UCL Medical Physics and Bioengineering is probably the broadest of any in the United Kingdom. The department is widely acknowledged as an internationally leading centre of excellence and students on this programme receive comprehensive training in the latest methodologies and technologies from leaders in the field.

The department operates alongside the NHS department which provides the medical physics and clinical engineering services for the UCL Hospitals Trust, as well as undertaking industrial contract research and technology transfer.

Students have access to an exceptionally wide range of workshop, laboratory, teaching and clinical facilities in the department and associated hospitals. A large range of scientific equipment is available for research involving nuclear magnetic resonance, optics, acoustics, X-rays, radiation dosimetry, and implant development.

Student / staff ratios › 15 staff › 60 taught students › 110 research students

Department: Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering

Degree reviews

Staff review

"UCL in itself, with its amazingly diversified biomedical research, is an endless source of ideal collaborators, most of which are world leading. There are by far more interesting projects than there is time to be able to carry them out."

Dr Alessandro Olivo

I am the module organiser for Imaging with Ionizing Radiation for our Physics and Engineering in Medicine MSc, which has a number of different streams. Like most academics in the department, I also offer a number of student projects for the same programme. I supervise quite a few PhD students, and I am one of the supervisors on the Medical and Biomedical Imaging Doctoral Training Programme.
Professor of Applied Physics

Application and next steps


Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is particularly suitable for students with a first degree in a physical or mathematical science who wish to develop an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving in healthcare, and in particular those seeking employment as clinical or biomedical engineers in hospital, industry or university environments.

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 July 2015

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study radiation physics at graduate level
  • why you want to study this programme at UCL
  • whether you have relevant industrial or workplace experience
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


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  • Receive notice of graduate open days, events and more
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