Ever since the discovery of X-rays and radioactivity in the late 1800s, ionizing radiation has been used in medicine for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. Today, half of all the cancer patients in the world are treated with radiotherapy, and diagnostic methods based on both ionizing and non-ionizing radiation represent a major cornerstone of modern medicine. As a medical physicist, you are the medical expert on both the physical and biological aspects of radiation, and you are responsible for the safe and optimized use of radiation.
Our Master of Science’s program provides you with the profound, interdisciplinary knowledge required to fulfill these responsibilities, as well as trains you to be a leader in the constant development of the clinical practice. It also prepares you for a career in the industry, at the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, and in research. After gaining proficiency in Swedish and adding a short introductory course to your curriculum, you will also obtain the professional degree of a medical physicist.
Reasons to choose Stockholm University
Study on the edge of science, in the heart of history
Stockholm is home to Radiumhemmet, the first oncological clinic in Sweden established in 1910. Since 1938, Radiumhemmet is part of Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, where the Medical Radiation Physics division is also located. Here, many of the modern radiotherapy techniques such as brachytherapy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) that treat and cure thousands of patients around the world every year were developed. It is also here that the Master of Science's program in Medical Radiation Physics is given, by active researchers in the field in close collaboration with the clinical experts from the hospital.
First-class, translational education with many possibilities
Medical radiation physics is a highly interdisciplinary science spanning across many fields including physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, and medicine. This implies particular challenges when studying medical radiation physics, and puts high demands on the quality of the education. It also emphasizes the importance of collaborations with experts from other fields. As the Master of Science program is run by the research division for medical radiation physics, all teachers are both very invested in and dedicated to education. All teachers are also active researchers in the field with ongoing projects with national as well as international collaborators from several fields.
As a student on the Master of Science program, you will, therefore, receive education of the highest quality and be in close contact with the latest research. In addition, you will also gain a profound understanding of the clinical reality from the many teachers from the hospital, where you will also do your clinical practice included in the program. Depending on your interests and the kind of career you would like to pursue after graduation (e.g. clinical, academic, etc.), the degree project of 30 credits can be done at the hospital, with one of the researchers at the division, or in collaboration with the industry.
Why Stockholm University?
Studying at Stockholm University makes a difference
Stockholm University is one of the 100 highest-ranked universities in the world and Sweden’s largest institution of higher education with top-quality education and outstanding research in a wide variety of fields.
Our campus is situated in the Royal National City Park, just minutes away from the center of Stockholm city. Stockholm has recently been rated the safest capital in Europe and is famous for its many green and clean areas. Stockholm is leading in areas such as social welfare, equality, IT, sustainability and innovation. Known for being an open society, Sweden is also ranked second in the world in the Social Progress Index.