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Physical Sciences in Medicine

This course offers the academic training required for a career in scientific support of medical procedures and technology. The course is coordinated through the Medical Physics Departments in St. James's Hospital and St. Luke's Hospital, Dublin.

Students enter via the M.Sc. register. This course covers areas frequently known as Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering. It is designed for students who have a good honours degree in one of the Physical Sciences (physics, electronic or mechanical engineering, computer science, mathematics) and builds on this knowledge to present the academic foundation for the application of the Physical Sciences in Medicine.

The course will be delivered as lectures, demonstrations, seminars, practicals and workshops. All students must take a Core Module. Upon completion of this, the student will then take one of three specialisation tracks in Diagnostic Radiology, Radiation Therapy or Clinical Engineering. The running of each of these tracks is subject to a minimum number of students taking each track and therefore all three tracks may not run each year.

The course presents the core of knowledge for the application of the Physical Sciences in Medicine; it demonstrates practical implementations of physics and engineering in clinical practice, and develops practical skills in selected areas. It also engages students in original research in the field of Medical Physics / Engineering. The course is designed to be a 1 year full-time course but is timetabled to facilitate students who want to engage over a 2 year part-time process.


1 year full-time or 2 years part-time.

The course is designed to be a one year full-time course but is timetabled to facilitate students who want to engage over a two year part-time process.

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Subjects taught

Core Modules
• Introduction to Radiation Protection & Radiation Physics (5 ECTS)
• Imaging Physics & Technology (5 ECTS)
• Introduction to Radiotherapy and Non-Ionising Imaging (5 ECTS)
• Basic Medical Sciences (5 ECTS)
• Introduction to Research Methodology and Safety (5 ECTS)
• Medical Technology and Information Systems (5 ECTS)
• Seminars (5 ECTS)

Specialisation Track Modules (Diagnostic Radiology)
• Radiation Physics and Dosimetry (5 ECTS)
• Medical Informatics and Image Processing (5 ECTS)
• Ionising and Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (5 ECTS)
• Imaging Physics and Technology 2 (10 ECTS)

Specialisation Track Modules (Radiation Therapy)
• Radiation Physics and Dosimetry (5 ECTS)
• Principles and Applications of Clinical Radiobiology (5 ECTS)
• External Beam Radiotherapy (10 ECTS)
• Brachytherapy and Unsealed Source Radiotherapy (5 ECTS)

Specialisation Track Modules (Clinical Engineering)
• The Human Medical Device Interface (5 ECTS)
• Principle and Practice of Medical Technology Design, Prototyping & Testing (5 ECTS)
• Medical Technology 1: Critical Care (5 ECTS)
• Medical Technology 2: Interventions, Therapeutics & Diagnostics (5 ECTS)
• Medical Informatics and Equipment Management (5 ECTS)

Project Work and Dissertation (30 ECTS)

In parallel with the taught components, the students will engage in original research and report their findings in a dissertation. A pass mark in the assessment components of all three required sections (Core Module, Specialisation Track and Dissertation) will result in the awarding of MSc in Physical Sciences in Medicine. If the student does not pass the dissertation component, but successfully passes the taught components, an exit Postgraduate Diploma in Physical Sciences in Medicine will be awarded. Subject areas include

• Radiation Protection and Radiation Physics
• Imaging Physics and Technology
• Basic Medical Sciences
• Medical Technology Design, Prototyping and Testing
• Medical Informatics
• Image Processing
• External Bean Radiotherapy
• Brachytherapy and Unsealed Source Radiotherapy
• The Human-Medical Device Interface

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: This programme is currenlty under review

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