Taught course

Medical Physics

University of Aberdeen · School of Medicine and Dentistry

Entry requirements

Minimum 2nd-class honours in a physical science or engineering subject preferred. Exceptionally, biological sciences or medicine with evidence of experience/motivation in physical sciences considered.

Months of entry


Course content

Medical physics is the application of physics, electronics and computing to medical problems. There are a large number of specialities such as nuclear medicine, which uses radioactive materials for diagnosis of disease, radiotherapy, which employs linear accelerators to destroy cancerous tissue, as well as medical electronics and magnetic resonance imaging.

The MSc in Medical Physics is the first step towards qualification as a Medical Physicist, providing the student with a knowledge base in all major aspects of physics as applied in the modern clinical/health environment. The MSc programme has been designed to integrate with the UK NHS's grade-A medical physicist training scheme, and has been accredited for this purpose by the Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine.

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Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations50
Written coursework / continuous assessment20
Dissertation30 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Postgraduate Secretary
+44 (0)1224 437096