Postgraduate

Master of Medical Physics

Learn the applications of physics to healthcare including diagnostic imaging, radiotherapy and radiation protection. This course is not subsidised for Australian residents through Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP).
2
Years Full Time

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(+61 8) 6488 1000

Hours

8.30am - 5pm AWST, Monday - Friday

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Careers and further study

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Career Pathways

Completing this course will provide you with a solid base to pursue a career in healthcare, and science, within hospitals, clinics, academic institutions and industry. You will develop the knowledge, understanding and practical insight that will enable you to help diagnose and treat disease using techniques such as nuclear medicine, MRI, CT scanners, computer technology and radiation therapy.

Medical physicists can undertake roles in a tertiary public hospital or private medical service provider. Some of the career options available to a Medical Physicist graduate include:

  • Medical Physics Registrar - The Master of Physics (Medical Physics) program provides students with the relevant knowledge and problem solving skills suitable for entry into the ACPSEM Training, Education and Accreditation Program (TEAP) in radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology or nuclear medicine. TEAP position are paid position and competitive. The accepted applicant will be in a registrar role for 3 to 5 years to become a qualified clinical medical physicist specialist.
  • Research and Development - Positions may be available at tertiary education institutions or private scientific companies as researchers. Opportunities may be available for further study (PhD) or postdoctoral research positions. Academic positions may open in university settings for PhD graduates as lecturers.
  • Radiation Safety Officers -There may be job opportunities in hospitals, clinics or industry (eg. mining companies) as a radiation safety officer.
  • Government Bodies - As scientific officers or dosimetry officers (eg. ARPANSA), or radiation safety officers (eg. State Radiological Councils).

Completing this course will provide you with a solid base to pursue a career in healthcare, and science, within hospitals, clinics, academic institutions and industry. You will develop the knowledge, understanding and practical insight that will enable you to help diagnose and treat disease using techniques such as nuclear medicine, MRI, CT scanners, computer technology and radiation therapy.

Medical physicists can undertake roles in a tertiary public hospital or private medical service provider. Some of the career options available to a Medical Physicist graduate include:

  • Medical Physics Registrar - The Master of Physics (Medical Physics) program provides students with the relevant knowledge and problem solving skills suitable for entry into the ACPSEM Training, Education and Accreditation Program (TEAP) in radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology or nuclear medicine. TEAP position are paid position and competitive. The accepted applicant will be in a registrar role for 3 to 5 years to become a qualified clinical medical physicist specialist.
  • Research and Development - Positions may be available at tertiary education institutions or private scientific companies as researchers. Opportunities may be available for further study (PhD) or postdoctoral research positions. Academic positions may open in university settings for PhD graduates as lecturers.
  • Radiation Safety Officers -There may be job opportunities in hospitals, clinics or industry (eg. mining companies) as a radiation safety officer.
  • Government Bodies - As scientific officers or dosimetry officers (eg. ARPANSA), or radiation safety officers (eg. State Radiological Councils).

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course.

Domestic Student Fees

Indicative annual course fee
2024
Full-Fee Paying Place $29,200.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

International Student Fees

Indicative first year fee
2024
$48,100.00

Find out more about tuition fees or visit the fee calculator for the estimated total course fee.

Note, tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to increase up to 7.5 per cent per annum.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—A relevant bachelor's degree with a major in physics, mathematics or engineering and with an average Maths and Physics mark of at least 65 per cent, or equivalent as recognised by the School.

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.

Minimum overall IELTS score of 6.5, with no band less than 6.0.


ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

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Course details

You'll learn the theoretical foundations underpinning modern imaging and treatment modalities, and will gain a set of skills essential for a modern medical physicist.

About the course

Designed to meet the requirements of international students. In this course you’ll develop the knowledge and skills to combine physics principles with engineering methods and techniques in the clinical environment and in research, for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.
Master of Medical Physics

Quick details

Status
  • Available 2023
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 16-25 hours per week
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 73660
CRICOS code
  • 111847G
Master of Medical Physics
Status
  • Available 2023
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly contact time
  • 16-25 hours per week
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 73660
CRICOS code
  • 111847G
Full time/part time duration
  • 2 years full-time

Why study this course?

  1.  Allows international students to access overseas financial support from their supporting organisations.
    Domestic students may wish to enrol in Master of Physics (Medical Physics)
  2. Provides strong background knowledge in the field and prepares you for your future career
  3. Students will complete a research project on a medical physics topic that will develop your independent research and analytical abilities and give you understanding of current diagnostic and therapeutic technologies used in medical systems. You will have several optional units to choose from, to suit your individual interests
  4. With our strong partnerships with Sir Charles Gaidner Hospital and private centres across Perth, you'll be taught by leading clinical medical physicists who are operating at the forefront of the profession, giving you real-world learning on how medical physics problems are handled in the hospital environment

Course structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

Core
Take all units (54 points):
Option
Optional units: Take unit(s) to the value between 18 to 42 points:
Custom - Conversion
Students who have not completed a major in Physics from this University, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by the School, may be required to complete conversion units up to the value of 24 points from this group.

You'll learn to

  • Understand the core subjects in medical physics and the latest technologies in the field
  • Understand the fundamental concepts and applications of physics principles in medical diagnosis and treatment
  • Become familiar with practical skills in the field of medical physics and learn analytical, communication and problem-solving skills by conducting research

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Course Accreditation

The Master of Medical Physics program is accredited by the The Australasian College of Physical Scientists & Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM).

Master of Physics (Medical Physics) - Domestic students

Domestic students may wish to enrol in:  Master of Physics (Medical Physics)