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Medical Physics employs physical concepts for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human disease. It is a truly diverse field that utilises the knowledge gained in other areas of physics and applies it to heal people and it is now a highly recognisable and valued area of medicine. Its disciplines are vital components of many aspects of healthcare such as medical imaging, radiotherapy for cancer patients, cardiology, othopedics and other specialties, as well as medical research in general. Hear from the program coordinator as well as current students about the field and employment opportunities.
You can pursue a Master of Physics (Medical Physics) at UWA after completing a bachelor's degree with a major in Physics. While the standard timeframe for completion of this degree is two years (full time), if you have previously completed an undergraduate degree in a related area, it may be possible to complete it within 1.5 years. The Master of Physics (Medical Physics) course is intended to give students with physics and engineering backgrounds the relevant knowledge and problem solving skills suitable for entry into The Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM) Training, Education and Accreditation Program (TEAP) in radiation oncology, radiology and nuclear medicine. A series of coursework units will provide students with relevant background knowledge in topics such as human biology, radiation physics and dosimetry, radiobiology and radiation protection, radiotherapy physics and medical imaging (eg CT, MRI).
Medical Physics facilities
Much of the practical coursework in the Master of Physics (Medical Physics) takes place on site at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, with state-of-the-art equipment.
- Radiation Oncology SCGH
- 5 x clinical linear accelerators
- 1 x Cyberknife robotic accelerator
- Brachytherapy afterloaders
- Dosimetry equipment
- Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital
- Clinical PET, SPECT, CT, 3T MRI
- 18 MeV cyclotron
- MR-guided surgery
Standard entry for high school leavers
- This pathway is also available through the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours). Students taking this pathway require an ATAR of 98.00.
- UWART (Arts)
- UWBMD (Biomedical Science)
- UWCOM (Commerce)
- UWSCI (Science)
- UWBPH (Philosophy [Honours])
- BA + MPhys
- BBiomedSc + MPhys
- BCom + MPhys
- BSc + MPhys
- BPhil (Hons) + MPhys
- Three-year bachelor's degree plus a two-year master's degree
- Yes. Admission is awarded on a competitive basis to the top ranked students for the year’s intake.
- A bachelor's degree with a major in Physics, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA, and the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent, or an honours degree in Physics, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.
The Master of Physics (Medical Physics) program is accredited by the The Australasian College of Physical Scientists & Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM).
Pathways for mature-age students
After finishing my undergraduate Physics degree, I chose the Master of Physics (Medical Physics) because I was attracted to the application of science in helping people in a direct and meaningful way. It also appealed to my longstanding interests in biology and radiation.