Taught course

Medical Physics

Institution
University of Glasgow · School of Medicine
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

You should hold at least a 2.1 Honours degree in Physics or a physical science (eg Applied Physics or Electronic Engineering) from an institution recognised by the University.

Months of entry

September

Course content

This taught Masters is designed to provide you with an advanced programme of study in Medical Physics. It provides an understanding of the application of physics and technology to a range of disciplines within medical physics at a level appropriate for a professional physicist. We have expertise in traditional areas like ionising radiation, but also specialist sections in PET Scanning, Ophthalmology, Urology, Informatics and leading researchers in MRI.

Why Glasgow

  • A key strength of this programme is that you will be taught mostly by physicists working in the NHS. It will quip you for employment in a clinical environment.
  • Due to the large size of the NHS medical physics department in Glasgow, all mainstream areas of medical physics are covered along with some specialised fields.
  • The programme is accredited with the Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), the UK professional body for medical physicists.
  • The department has access to 1.5, 3 and 7 Tesla MRI, Pet Scanning, a cyclotron, dedicated SPECT and has its own radiosotope dispensary.
  • Your lecturers are operating at the forefront of the profession with a balance of research and clinical practice, perfect for studying Medical Science.
  • The research component of this programme allows you to develop valuable skills for practising and interpreting research.
  • We draw on expert resources within the wider university for anatomy, statistics and the two optional courses.

Programme structure

You will attend lectures, seminars and tutorials, take part in e-learning and undertake a research project.

Core courses

  • Radiation physics
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Statistics and experimental techniques
  • Medical imaging physics
  • Programming
  • Scientific management
  • Clinical medical imaging
  • Radiotherapy
  • Clinical measurement
  • Research dissertation.

Optional courses

  • Advanced data analysis
  • Problem solving.

Career prospects

Career opportunities include positions in the NHS, private healthcare and equipment manufacturers. This is the course followed by the NHS trainees in Scotland so it is highly attuned to preparing the successful student for employment.

Information for international students

Please refer to our website for more information.

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
    • Reading: 20
    • Listening: 19
    • Speaking: 19
    • Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

Fees and funding

UK students
£7250
International students
£19500

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
mvls-medphys
Email
mvls-medphys@glasgow.ac.uk
Phone
0141 330 4515