MSc in Medical Physics
This MSc course is for those who want to explore aspects of medical physics, in particular medical imaging and the physics of radiotherapy, at postgraduate level. If you have a background in physics/engineering and currently work, or wish to work, in a clinical setting, there is an additional pathway through the qualification which is accredited by the UK Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).
The MSc includes two compulsory 60-credit taught modules and a project module. The two taught modules use the innovative teaching methods pioneered by The Open University to provide you with a good knowledge of the subject as well as giving you a chance to explore a topic of your choice in further depth. The project module allows you to undertake a substantial piece of independent research based on the knowledge and skills you will have developed in the taught modules. If you are following the IPEM pathway you will need to make sure that your project is of a practical, investigative nature requiring laboratory work or computing. If you are on the IPEM pathway you will also have to study an additional 10-credit module.
The learning outcomes of this qualification are described in four areas:
- Knowledge and understanding
- Cognitive skills
- Practical and professional skills
- Key skills
Completing this qualification will equip you with a base of postgraduate level knowledge and understanding in medical physics as well as providing you with a set of key transferable skills which will be relevant to your career. You will learn to carry out critical evaluation of current research and advanced scholarship in your field of study as well as evaluating research methodologies. You will learn the basic science behind radiation protection of patients and staff and be able to discuss some of the ethical issues associated with imaging and radiotherapy.
You will learn to communicate information and conclusions to specialist and non-specialist audiences including professional audiences, demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems and act autonomously in planning and implementing tasks at a postgraduate level.
The nature of this qualification will develop your independent learning skills and enhance your ICT skills in locating information and communicating with others in both professional and academic contexts.
The pathway through this MSc accredited by the UK Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) will be of interest to those who wish to work in a clinical setting.
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