Research course

Radiological Sciences

University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio · University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio

Entry requirements

A bachelor's degree in a natural science or engineering. A degree in some other field must have provided sufficient science and mathematics courses to give the applicant the equivalent of a degree in natural science or engineering. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 out of 4.0. GRE score of at least 1000. TOEFL score of at least 550. Applicants must have undergraduate credit for the following courses: Biology: Two semesters of general biology (Two years for Radiation Biology Ph.D.); Chemistry: Two semesters of general chemistry (through biochemistry for Radiation Biology Ph.D.); Physics: Two years of general physics (two semesters for Radiation Biology Ph.D.); Mathematics: Through calculus and ordinary differential equations; Computer Science: Introduction to computer science (one semester). Although students may be admitted with deficiencies, which can be eliminated by successfully completing approved courses at other institutions, all deficiencies must be removed before admission to candidacy for a degree. (Note: for students applying to the Human Imaging Curriculum of the Radiation Biology Track, MCAT or USMLE scores may be accepted in lieu of GRE) Additional Prerequisites for Medical Physics Applicants: As a CAMPEP-accredited graduate program, admission into the UTHSCSA Medical Physics education programs requires that students accepted have a strong foundation in basic physics. This should be documented by either an undergraduate degree in physics or a degree in a related engineering or physical science with coursework that is equivalent to a minor in physics (includes at least three upper level undergraduate physics courses). In addition, students are expected to have basic college-level chemistry and biology training (one year or two semesters each) and one semester of computer science. Math: Students applying to the Physics track shall have completed four semesters of calculus and linear algebra, including differential equations and Fourier Analysis. Physics: Students applying to the Physics track should have a B.A. or B.S. in physics OR in an related science or engineering field that includes at least: a two semester, calculus-based introductory physics course and at least three upper level courses such as E&M, modern physics, classical mechanics, introductory quantum mechanics and/or thermodynamics.

Months of entry


Course content

The Radiological Sciences Ph.D. is designed to prepare students to participate in the development and transmission of scientific knowledge in the uses of radiant energy forms in the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases. Doctoral degree programs are offered in studies that concentrate in the general areas of:

  • Medical Physics (Therapeutic or Diagnostic Medical Physics Emphasis);
  • Radiation Biophysics (Not Biophysics);
  • Neuroscience Imaging;
  • Human Imaging.

The curriculum provides a core of fundamental knowledge through a synergistic program of formal courses, seminars, teaching opportunities and hands-on research experience.

The research program in Radiological Sciences acts as a bridge between basic sciences and the application of such knowledge in the diagnostic and therapeutic processes of medicine.

Department specialisms

There are a variety of research environments available to students in the graduate program. The Radiology Department's research spans the spectrum from basic research related to molecular imaging, nanotechnology, radio-therapeutics and targeted drug delivery to clinical research dedicated to minimally invasive image guided therapeutics, cardiac MRI imaging and diabetes research. The UTHSCSA Research Imaging Center develops non-invasive imaging and measurement methods, including positron emission tomography (PET), magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, electrophysiological imaging and the biomedical image analysis, all applied to studying brain function and other basic and clinical research areas. At the Cancer Therapy and Research Center, research on the development and application of new technologies to improve radiation oncology and combination therapies is carried out. There are also several other off-campus clinics and laboratories in which some of our students work.

Information for international students

TOEFL score of at least 550.

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
60 months

Course contact details

Charlotte Anthony