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Medical Physics

Your Course

This MSc programme is designed to meet the demand for qualified medical physicists. It is primarily geared toward training for physicists in the application of radiation physics in medicine but maintains a reasonable exposure to key aspects of clinical engineering so that students receive a comprehensive knowledge of the application of the physical sciences and engineering to medicine.

The MSc consists of a fairly intense programme of lectures, workshops, laboratory sessions, tutorials and self-directed learning, including a research project. The syllabus contains modules covering traditional Medical Physics topics, such as Radiation Fundamentals, and Hospital and Radiation Safety, but also provides an introduction to other areas such as Clinical Instrumentation and modules in Anatomy, Physiology, Medical Informatics and Safety and Risk Management. The course was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP) North America.

3 Good Reasons To Study This Course

1. The course has been accredited by CAMPEP (North America – first European MSc to receive this accreditation).

2. The course is unique in that it is closely integrated with University Hospital Galway.

3. The course provides a unique opportunity to see the operation of a busy academic hospital.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

Graduates must hold at least a Second Class Honours, Level 8 degree (or equivalent international qualification) in Physics or Experimental Physics, Electronic Engineering, or another relevant discipline as determined by the College of Science. Candidates with a primary degree without honours and with three years' relevant and appropriate practical experience may be also considered.


Garda vetting/ police clearance is required for this programme.


1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

The course has been successful in its aims in providing individuals with a good grounding in Medical Physics. A recent survey of graduates showed that around 75% of them had found employment in a Medical Physics-based career. This includes several individuals who have pursued or are pursuing a PhD. About 20% are employed abroad, in countries like the UK , the US, Australia and New Zealand.

Further enquiries

Dr Christoph Kleefeld

T: +353 91 542 870


Application date

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

Closing Date: 7 July 2020

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