Medical Physics - Research

PhD Medical Physics
Graduate Research (level 10 nfq)

Medical Physics is the branch of Physics that applies the concepts and principles of physics to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. The PhD in Medical Physics is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in Medical Physics, either in a clinical environment or in research.

The programme comprises of a PhD research project in an area of medical physics. The programme also consists of a number of taught modules which provide a strong foundation in diagnostic imaging physics, nuclear medicine, radiation oncology physics and radiation protection, as well as the essential anatomy and physiology knowledge required to understand a patient’s anatomical structure and physiological processes.

The UCD School of Physics is in the process of seeking accreditation for the PhD in Medical Physics from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programmes (CAMPEP).

Entry requirements

Informal queries on admission to the PhD in Medical Physics may be made to the Programme Directors or .

PhD candidates should contact potential supervisors that will support the research and, after consultation with the Programme Directors, then develop a research proposal.

Information on the PhD application process is available on the UCD Graduate Studies website at

Application dates

Information on the PhD application process is available on the UCD Graduate Studies website at See "Application Weblink" below.


3 years full-time. Mode of Delivery: Face-to-Face.

Enrolment dates

NEXT INTAKE: 2024/2025 September.

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Careers & Employability
The programme provides an accepted route to enter a career in Medical Physics or academia. CAMPEP accreditation allows graduates to apply for CAMPEP residency programmes in Ireland and internationally. Prospective employers include Medical Physics Departments in hospitals and clinicals across Ireland and abroad, medical device manufacturers and regulatory bodies.

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