MSci Medical Physics - F350 (4 years)

MSci Medical Physics

This is an honours degree which includes training in transferable skills, including numeracy and communication. The four year duration of the MSci programme allows the "core" physics material to be with covered in depth with a reasonable amount of time to cover specialised medical physics courses. Our undergraduate student handbook contains more details.

Most of our students enrol initially for the MSci programme, with the option of changing to B.Sc. later, if appropriate. Both degrees follow the same course modules for the first two years, with examinations being taken at the end of each year. It will then be clear whether it is in the interests of the student 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 3 years, with one medical physics module during the first year, two in the second year, normally three during the third year and normally three more medical physics modules in the fourth year. You will also undertake a group project in year 3, where the emphasis is on cooperation in a team, and a medical physics project in year 4.

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, so you'll complete four units a year, plus the half unit communication module. Year 1 and Year 2 include modules which give you a thorough background in physics and medical physics.

In Year 3, you will normally choose three optional medical physics modules at year 3 level from this list (1.5 units) and three physics modules (1.5 units). You will also complete an experimental physics module (0.5 units) and a group research project (0.5 units), making four units in total. However, you may take 2 or 4 medical physics modules and the balance in physics modules to give a total of 6.

In Year 4, you will normally study three further medical physics options at M level (1.5 units). All our year 3/4 modules can be taken in the fourth year (at M level) if you did not previously take that module in year 3. You will also select two options from elsewhere. You will also complete a major (1.5 unit) research project with one of the research groups in the Department. Again, there is flexibility to take 2 or 4 medical physics modules rather than the usual 3.

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
MPHY1001 Introduction to Medical Imaging
MPHY2001 Physics of the Human Body Medical Physics Option Medical Physics Option
PHAS1102 Physics of the Universe MPHY2002 Introduction to Biophysics
Medical Physics Option Medical Physics Option
PHAS1228 Thermal Physics PHAS2201 Electricity & Magnetism Medical Physics Option Medical Physics Option
PHAS1224 Waves, Optics & Acoustics PHAS2440 Practical Physics 2A PHAS3440 Experimental Physics (Some Med Phy2) MPHYM000 Medical Physics Project (3 modules)
PHAS1247 Classical Mechanics PHAS2224 Atomic & Molecular Physics PHAS3441 Group Project 2 x  Physics Options

PHAS1240 Practical Skills 1C

PHAS1245 Mathematical Methods I

PHAS1246 Mathematical Methods II

PHAS2228 Statistical Thermodynamics

PHAS2246 Mathematical Methods III

PHAS2222 Quantum Physics

3 of:
PHAS3224 Nuclear & Particle Physics PHAS3225 Solid State Physics
PHAS3226 Quantum Mechanics PHAS3201 Electromagnetic Theory
(Or all 4 + 2 Med Phys option)

In addition, Developing Effective Communication (PHAS1901/PHAS2901) is a half-course unit spread over years 1-2.

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 undergraduate degree programmes, please email our Admissions Tutor Dr Karin Shmueli.


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.