Taught course

Medical Physics

University of Glasgow · School of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing

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.

Please also submit a copy of your CV and a personal statement detailing why you wish to study this programme at the University of Glasgow.

Months of entry


Course content

The aim of this programme is to provide 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 and to equip you for employment in a clinical environment.

A key strength of this programme is that you will be taught mostly by physicists working in the NHS.

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.

For example we have expertise in:

  • Informatics
  • Ionising radiation
  • Leading researchers in MRI
  • Ophthalmology
  • Specialist sections in PET Scanning
  • Urology

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
  • a cyclotron
  • dedicated SPECT
  • its own radioisotope dispensary
  • PET scanning

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 content on anatomy, statistics and data analysis.

Information for international students

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)
  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0.
  • Tests must have been taken within 2 years 5 months of start date. Applicants must meet the overall and subtest requirements using a single test.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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