Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics


Program Description

Course summary

Medical and radiation physicists work in many different fields related to human health in order to improve the quality of life. They are familiar with aspects of ionising and non-ionising radiation used for radiation medicine. They are familiar with various forms of therapeutic radiation oncology as well as different methods of diagnostic radiation imaging, and the mechanisms of how such radiation interacts with the human body. They are also familiar with exciting new radiation medicine technologies being developed for the continued improvement in the treatment of human diseases.

This degree

The Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics is very hands-on with large practical components in all subjects studied to complement the underlying theoretical physical principles.

To ensure the highest level of industry engagement, professional medical physicists from major hospitals and keynote speakers from industry will deliver key lectures and practical work, as well as co-supervise research projects.

In the second year, you will gain hands-on experience in photon, neutron and charged particle physics in the undergraduate physics laboratories, as well as make field trips to accelerator facilities such as the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). In the third year, you will also gain practical experience, particularly in electron and X-ray related medical physics at cancer treatment centres and through ANSTO.

You will graduate with a strong background in physics as well as specialist theoretical, practical and programming skills in radiation medicine that are necessary to find employment in hospitals, research laboratories or related industries. If you continue your studies to an Honours or Master degree, you will learn about Nuclear Medicine, Radiobiology and Radiation Protection in hospitals.

What you will study

You will learn where medical physics matters most: in hospitals, clinics and nuclear science research facilities. In this course, you will gain knowledge in areas relating to nuclear medicine, radiotherapy physics, radiation transport physics modelling, detector and instrumentation physics, and data analysis.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to demonstrate:

  1. Identify medical radiation-related instrumentation and apply techniques associated with diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology.
  2. Compare theoretical, practical and professional information and communicate knowledge, ideas and procedures to other health care professionals/practitioners, researchers and other key stakeholders.
  3. Identify the biological effects of radiation and its application for radiation safety and for radiation treatment.
  4. Apply knowledge of the basic structure and function of the human body relevant to clinical diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology.
  5. Classify radiation and radioactivity, its properties, units of measure, dosimetry measurement concepts and methods.
  6. Identify radiation safety practices and procedures associated with diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology.
  7. Employ independent learning strategies to self-evaluate and update professional knowledge of innovations in medical radiation physics
  8. Apply knowledge of fundamental physical laws to analyse behaviour and properties of a variety of physical systems.

Course Structure

All students must complete the required number of credit points (144) and satisfy all course requirements for the degree, pursuant to course structure below. The Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics normally takes three years to complete if commenced in Autumn session. All students must take particular notice of the Course Rules regarding the minimum rate of progress.

Core Subject List

Year 1

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
MEDI100 Human Structure and Function 6 Autumn
MATH187 Mathematics 1: Algebra and Differential Calculus 6 Autumn
PHYS141 Fundamentals of Physics A 6 Autumn
MEDI112 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II 6 Spring
MATH188 Mathematics 2: Series and Integral Calculus 6 Spring
PHYIS142 Fundamentals of Physics B 6 Spring
PHYS114 Analysis and modelling of physical systems 6 Spring

Plus ONE elective (6cp) chosen from the General Schedule.

Year 2

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
MATH201 Multivariate and Vector Calculus 6 Autumn
MATH202 Differential Equations: Analysis and Applications 6 Autumn
PHYS205 Advanced Modern Physics 6 Autumn
PHYS215 Vibrations, Waves & Optics 6 Autumn
MATH203 Linear Algebra and Groups 6 Spring
PHYS225 Electromagnetism and Optoelectronics 6 Spring
PHYS235 Mechanics & Thermodynamics 6 Spring
PHYS255 Radiation Physics 6 Spring

Year 3

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
PHYS305 Quantum Mechanics 6 Autumn
PHYS325 Electromagnetism 6 Autumn
PHYS365 Detection of Radiation: Neutrons, Electrons and X Rays 6 Autumn
PHYS366 Physics of Radiotherapy 6 Spring
PHYS375 Nuclear Physics 6 Spring
PHYS385 Statistical Mechanics 6 Spring
PHYS396 Electronic Materials 6 Spring

Plus ONE elective (6cp) chosen from the General Schedule.


Before completing the degree students with a WAM of 80 or more can apply for admission to the Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics Advanced (Honours). For further information, it is highly recommended that you speak with your program coordinator.

Accreditation & professional recognition

The Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics degree conforms to the requirements for membership of the Australian Institute of Physics and the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine.

Why choose this course

When you study at UOW you join a vibrant community made up of leading fundamental physics and medical radiation physics researchers and teachers. You'll be part of the highly regarded UOW School of Physics, one that is ranked 'above world standard performance' by Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) in Condensed Matter Physics and Medical Radiation Physics.

Our Medical Radiation Physics (MRP) program is backed by clinical associations with local and Sydney hospitals'over 50% of current practising medical physicists in NSW were educated and trained at UOW.

Our strong ties with industries and government labs such as ANSTO and CSIRO ensure you receive industry exposure throughout your degree.

Career opportunities

  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Computer Architect
  • Computer Systems Engineer
  • Civil Engineer
  • Construction Manager
  • Electronics Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Geotechnical Engineer
  • Materials Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Metallurgist
  • Mining Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Production Engineer
  • Security Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Telecommunications Engineer
  • Transport Engineer
  • Water Quality Manager


A range of admission options are available for students of all ages and academic backgrounds. The procedures governing admission are defined in UOW's Admissions Procedures and the UOW College Admissions policy.

For any specific advice or questions regarding an application, please contact the Future Students Team.

Credit for Prior Learning

If you can demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for our subjects through prior learning, such as previous tertiary or TAFE qualifications, you may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Where relevant to the UOW degree, specified credit may be given for specific subject(s); where not relevant to the degree, unspecified credit may be awarded.

English Requirements for international students

The following level of English is required to gain admission to this program:

IELTS Academic

  • Overall Score: 6.0
  • Reading: 6.0
  • Writing: 6.0
  • Listening: 6.0
  • Speaking: 6.0

TOEFL (Internet-based)

  • Overall Score: 70
  • Reading: 18
  • Writing: 18
  • Listening: 17
  • Speaking: 17

UOW College: English for Tertiary Studies: Credit (weighted average mark of 50 overall and minimum 50 in Academic Reading and Writing)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Full details can be found on our English Language Requirements website.

Last updated Oct 2020

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