Entry requirements

Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

This course offers the academic training required for a career in
scientific support of medical procedures and technology. The
course is coordinated through the Medical Physics Departments
in St. James’s Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital, Dublin. Students
enter via the M.Sc. register. This course covers areas frequently
known as Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering. It is
designed for students who have a good honours degree in one
of the Physical Sciences (physics, electronic or mechanical
engineering, computer science, mathematics) and builds on
this knowledge to present the academic foundation for the
application of the Physical Sciences in Medicine.
The course will be delivered as lectures, demonstrations,
seminars, practicals and workshops. All students must take
a Core Module. Upon completion of this, the student will
then take one of three specialisation tracks in Diagnostic
Radiology, Radiation Therapy or Clinical Engineering. The
running of each of these tracks is subject to a minimum
number of students taking each track and therefore all
three tracks may not run each year.
Core Modules are: Introduction to Radiation Protection
andamp; Radiation Physics (5 ECTS); Imaging Physics
andamp; Technology (5 ECTS); Introduction to Radiotherapy
and Non-Ionising Imaging (5 ECTS); Basic Medical Sciences (5
ECTS); Introduction to Research Methodology and Safety (5
ECTS); Medical Technology and Information Systems (5 ECTS);
Seminars (5 ECTS).
Specialisation Track Modules (Diagnostic Radiology)
are: Radiation Physics and Dosimetry (5 ECTS); Medical
Informatics and Image Processing (5 ECTS); Ionising and Non-
Ionising Radiation Protection (5 ECTS); Imaging Physics and
Technology 2 (10 ECTS).
Specialisation Track Modules (Radiation Therapy) are:
Radiation Physics and Dosimetry (5 ECTS); Principles and
Applications of Clinical Radiobiology (5 ECTS); External Beam
Radiotherapy (10 ECTS); Brachytherapy and Unsealed Source
Radiotherapy (5 ECTS).
Specialisation Track Modules (Clinical Engineering) are: The
Human Medical Device Interface (5 ECTS); Principle and
Practice of Medical Technology Design, Prototyping andamp;
Testing (5 ECTS); Medical Technology 1: Critical Care (5 ECTS);
Medical Technology 2: Interventions, Therapeutics andamp;
Diagnostics (5 ECTS); Medical Informatics and Equipment
Management (5 ECTS).
Project Work and Dissertation (30 ECTS)
A pass mark in the assessment components of all three
required sections (Core Module, Specialisation Track and
Dissertation) will result in the awarding of M.Sc. in Physical
Sciences in Medicine. If the student does not pass the
dissertation component, but successfully passes the taught
components, an exit Postgraduate Diploma in Physical
Sciences in Medicine will be awarded. The course is designed
to be a 1 year full-time course but is timetabled to facilitate
students who want to engage over a 2 year part-time process.

Information for international students


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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dr Gerard Boyle
+353-1-896 3556/3557