This three-year programme offers an excellent education in a thriving field of science and engineering. The foundation in core physics together with the major areas of physics applied to medicine prepare you for a wide variety of careers inside and outside medical physics, including those in scientific research and industry.
- Degree Programme
- Medical Physics BSc
- UCAS code
- 3 years
- Application deadline
- 15 January 2016
- Mathematics and Physics required; grade A in Mathematics preferred.
- AS Levels
- For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.
- English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs
- A score of 16-18 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics and Physics (grade 6 in Mathematics preferred), with no score lower than 5.
UK applicants qualifications
For entry requirements with other UK qualifications accepted by UCL, choose your qualification from the list below:
Edexcel Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF), or Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Diploma (NQF) with Distinction, Distinction, Distinction.
Pass in Access to HE Diploma, with between 28 credits awarded with Merit and a minimum of 23 credits awarded with Distinction in the Level 3 units, the remainder of the Level 3 units awarded with Merit.
D3,D3,D3 - D3,M1,M1 in three Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects. Mathematics and Physics required.
AAA-ABB at Advanced Highers (or AA at Advanced Higher and AAA at Higher - AB at Advanced Higher and BBB at Higher). Mathematics and Physics at Advanced Higher required
Successful completion of the WBQ Advanced Diploma, plus 2 GCE A levels at grades A*A-AB. Mathematics and Physics required.
In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificate.
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. Information about the evidence required, acceptable qualifications and test providers can be found on our English language requirements page.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- We have close links to several major teaching hospitals and our staff work side-by-side with doctors and health professionals.
- With our highly rated research, the expert knowledge of our staff will directly benefit the lectures and teaching sessions you attend.
- Most medical physics classes are small (fewer than 35 students) providing you with an informal, interactive teaching environment in which you can easily raise questions. Our department achieved 100% overall satisfaction in the 2014 National Student Survey.
- The programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics (IOP) providing the first step to chartered physicist status.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
We offer the option of studying a three-year Physics with Medical Physics BSc or a more in-depth four -year Medical Physics MSci programme. The first two years of study for both programmes are identical and transfer between the two is possible up to the end of the second year. We advise applying for the MSci initially which makes it easier to defer your decision.
In the first year, you will receive an exciting introduction to all the major medical imaging techniques employed in modern hospitals, including X-ray imaging, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, nuclear isotope imaging and electroencephalography.
In your second year, you will explore the physics of the human body - covering such topics as blood flow, lung function and thermal regulation - and biophysics, in which you will focus on topics like biological polymers, gas and fluid transport processes, membranes and nerve signals.
During your final year you will choose three medical physics courses from a range of options and will work on a major project with one of the department's research groups.
Atoms, Stars and the Universe
Introduction to Medical Imaging
Mathematical Methods I
Mathematical Methods II
Waves, Optics and Acoustics
All first year courses are compulsory.
Atomic and Molecular Physics
Electricity and Magnetism
Introduction to Biophysics
Mathematical Methods III
Physics of the Human Body
All second year courses are compulsory.
Medical Physics Project
You will select three of the following:
Nuclear and Particle Physics
Solid State Physics
Plus three of the following Medical Physics options:
Aspects of Biomedical Engineering
Applications of Bioengineering
Computing in Medicine
Medical Electronics and Neural Engineering
Medical Imaging with Ionising Radiation
Medical Imaging with Non-Ionising Radiation
Optics in Medicine
Treatment with Ionising Radiation
As well as attending lectures, you will also undertake tutorials and practical work, including projects. Projects are conducted in active, well-equipped research groups, often involving collaborations with local hospitals. Many medical physics lectures and projects are taken by a mix of medical physics and medical students, reflecting the multi-disciplinary nature of the work performed in hospitals and universities.
Courses are normally assessed by a combination of coursework and end-of-year examination.
Detailed course descriptions are available on the department website: Physics with Medical Physics BSc.
The first thing to note is that studying Medical Physics at university doesn't commit you to a career in the field. 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 logical, numerate problem solvers and there is a demand for people who have developed such skills in a wide range of careers. If you are focusing on a career in medical physics there are three main paths.
Firstly, you can train as a medical physicist in the health service. Secondly, you can follow a career in industry: MRI scanners, radiotherapy equipment, and physiological monitoring equipment, for example, all need researching, manufacturing, supplying and maintaining. Thirdly, you may pursue a career in research, probably initially by taking a higher degree - an MSc or a PhD.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2013) of this programme include:
- Trainee Clinical Scientist (Medical Physics), King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (2013)
- Customer and Marketing Information Manager, Barclays (2013)
- Vision Scientist, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS (2013)
- Full-time student, Research Degree in Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering at UCL (2013)
*Data taken from the 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education' survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2010-2013 graduating cohorts six months after graduation and, where necessary, department records.
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Fees and funding
- UK & EU fee
- £9,000 (2015/16)
- Overseas fee
- £20,700 (2015/16)
Details about financial support are available at: Fees and funding
The Scholarships and Funding website has a comprehensive list of scholarships and funding schemes available for UCL students. These can be available for specific nationalities, regions, departments or open to all students.