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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, followed by a four to five-month 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 like Clinical Instrumentation. Modules in Anatomy, Physiology, Medical Informatics and Safety and Risk Management. The course is accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) and is, therefore, recognised as a component of IPEM professional training.

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 (Programme Director)
T: +353 91 542 870


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

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

3. The majority of lectures and course materials are delivered by hospital staff.

Application date

CLOSING DATE: 7 July 2017

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