Medical technology is a vital part of our health system the Master of Physics, with a specialisation in Medical Physics, offers a pathway into this fulfilling and expanding field.

Introduction

Medical technology is a vital part of our health system. Nearly everyone knows someone who has had an X-ray, a CT, MRI, or ultrasound examination. Some people may also have experienced or known someone given life-saving radiotherapy treatment. Medical physicists are closely involved in the commissioning, calibration, safe operation and maintenance of these medical systems that help to diagnose and treat thousands of people every year.

There is a growing need to educate and develop physical scientists in medical physics to ensure the safety and efficacy of these technologies and to explore new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.

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Course description, features and facilities

The Master of Physics, with a specialisation in Medical Physics, consists of an equal combination of advanced coursework and a research project and dissertation. The research project is undertaken as part of an internationally recognised research group.

This course is intended to give physical scientists the relevant knowledge and appropriate problem solving skills suitable for entry into an accredited medical physics training program in radiation oncology, nuclear medicine or radiology. Students will undertake a research project on an appropriate medical physics topic that will develop their independent research and analytical abilities and expose them to current diagnostic and therapeutic technologies used in the medical system.

A series of focused coursework units will provide students with relevant background knowledge in topics such as human biology, radiation protection, radiobiology, medical imaging and radiotherapy.

Students must nominate a specialisation on application, the Master of Physics has specialisations in;

The Faculty of Science offers Master's by Coursework bursaries for domestic students and Postgraduate Merit scholarships for international students. Please visit the Faculty of Science website for details.

Domestic students may be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place within this course.

This course has been approved by the Department of Social Services for Student Support Payments. Eligible students can receive Youth Allowance, Austudy or Pensioner Education Supplement.

Students with a career interest in radiation oncology may also be eligible for the Scholarship in Radiation Oncology Medical Physics.

Master of Physical Science Course code: 53560

Master of Physical Science CRICOS code: 077499J

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Student profile – Colm Morrison - Graduate

”The UWA Master of Medical Physics course is an excellent postgraduate research and coursework program for those who want to apply their skills in physics to healthcare. I found the medical physics research and teaching collaborations with industry professionals in both the public and private sectors fostered an excellent learning environment.

 The available research projects were varied and interesting, with supervisors providing support and guidance at every stage.  

The course is also accredited by the ACPSEM, so I’m well on my way to completion of the training required to become a practicing medical physicist, an interesting, fulfilling and in demand career”.  
Colm Morrison

 

What have you enjoyed most about UWA?

The industry relationships with Genesis Cancer Care (where I now work) and SCGH. I had access to their resources and to real medical physicists, oncologists, radiologists and so on. During my Masters I did a project with Genesis. One of my two supervisors was the chief physicist here. And now I’m working with that company.

Best study and career tip

Find the time of day during which you work best, and protect that time. For me, it was after 10pm. Because I had a scholarship, I didn’t need to work, so I could stay up until 2am, then sleep in the next day. Late at night was always my best time to work and study. Now that I’m working, it’s early morning. I like to come in early and get some work done before the phones, emails and other people start to make their claims on me.

Top three reasons to study medical physics

1. To be able to make a difference to people’s lives (clichéd but true)
2. Great job satisfaction
3. You’re at the forefront of medical technology

How do you feel you make a difference in your area?

The physics team is the foundation of the whole radiation oncology system. Without the machines, you can’t treat people, without the physicists, you can’t have the machines. Everybody is a cog in the system but I feel we are an important one.

What do you do in your spare time?

I enjoy riding my motorbike, reading (fiction and non-fiction) but what I really love is baking bread: sourdough, plaited loaves…I love working with yeast and plunging my hands into the dough.

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Structure

The Master of Physics is offered by coursework and dissertation.

While the standard timeframe for completion of this degree is two years (full time), if you have previously completed an undergraduate degree in a cognate (related) area it may be possible to complete within 1.5 years.

The course offers a focused, advanced learning experience that will enhance career choices. You must complete all core units and specialisation core units.

Course structures for the master's degrees with the new 1.5 to 2 year structure (72 to 96 points) are now available via the UWA Handbook.

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Professional recognition

This specialisation has been accredited by The Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM).  Completion of this course does not guarantee eligibility or admission to the ACPSEM Training, Education and Accreditation Program (TEAP).

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Career opportunities

  • Medical Physicist in a tertiary public hospital or private medical service provider
  • Radiation Safety Officer
  • Researcher

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Further study opportunities

Students completing this degree may have the option to pursue further studies in research.

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Check the Entrance requirements

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  1. Admission Requirements
  2. English competency

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have either:

A bachelor's degree in physics, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA, and the equivalent of a UWA weighted average mark of at least 65 per cent.

or

An honours degree in physics, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA.

English competency

See the full list of English language requirements.

Please note: requirements may be higher for some individual courses, where this is the case the additional requirements will be specified.

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How to apply

This course is available to Australian and international students.

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  2. Fees
  3. Contact us

How to apply

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Fees

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Master of Physics: Medical Physics: the details

Status
Available 2017
Locations offered
Crawley
Attendance types
Full-time only
Delivery mode
Internal
Starting dates
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
Please refer to the UWA handbook
Standard full-time completion
2 years
Maximum time to complete
5 years
Contact details: course information
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