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What is Medical Physics?

Medical Physics is the application of physics principles to medicine and healthcare. Medical physicists work in both hospitals and universities, in the following healthcare specialties: radiology (medical imaging), nuclear medicine, radiation protection, and radiation oncology. Without Medical Physics, there would be no stethoscopes, X-Rays, MRI scanners, particle accelerators, or computer-assisted tomography.

What is Biomedical Engineering?

Biomedical Engineering is the application of engineering principles to biology and health care. Bioengineers work alongside clinicians, therapists and researchers to develop systems, equipment and devices in order to diagnose and treat illnesses. Biomedical engineers are responsible for such life-saving and life-enhancing tehnologies as prosthetics, dentures, artificial hearts, dialysis machines, robotic and laser eye surgery, pacemakers, and wearable technology.

Where do our graduates work?

Research and academia

There are numerous careers within research and academia that you can pursue as one of our graduates. Careers in this field typically require a PhD. Our department currently has around 70 PhD students, involved in many different areas of research. A PhD degree often leads to a career in academia (initially as a postgraduate researcher and then a university lecturer), but is also recognised as a valuable step towards careers in the NHS or in industry.

Clinical science and the NHS 

Thousands of medical physicists and biomedical engineers work in the NHS, doing a wide range of jobs all aimed at using physics and engineering to diagnose, treat and manage illness. The range of tasks is broad, but often include developing new techniques for imaging and radiotherapy, ensuring medical equipment is working optimally, and research and development.

Industry

Our graduates have found employment in a broad range of medical physics and biomedical engineering related industries. It is possible to start such careers at any level, after successfully completing a BSc, MSci, MSc, or PhD.

We hold an annual Careers Event involving talks from former students on their chosen career and how to get there. 

Support and resources

Students can access personal advice on preparing job applications via their tutor. The Faculty of Engineering also offers support and resources and its own dedicated Careers Team. 

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