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Medical Physics (MSc)
MSc (Medical Physics)
College of Science
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 course is unique in that it is closely integrated with the University Hospital Galway.
The majority of lectures and course materials are delivered by hospital staff.
The course provides a unique opportunity to see the operation of a busy academic hospital.
September 2015: NUI Galway’s MSc in Medical Physics is the first European MSc programme to be awarded accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programmes (CAMPEP) and the second programme worldwide. Read more here.
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
Next start date: September 2016
ECTS weighting: 90
Average intake: Up to 20
Closing date: 8 July 2016
Applications and selections
Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.
Selection is based on the candidate's academic record at under-graduate level and their aptitude for the course. Candidates may be interviewed to determine suitability.
Requirements and assessment
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Dr Christoph Kleefeld (Programme Director)
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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.
MSc (Medical Physics), 2012
"I really enjoyed living and studying in Galway (for my undergraduate degree), and so I decided to apply for a Masters at NUI Galway following my primary degree. The best thing about the postgraduate course at NUI Galway is its links with the University Hospital Galway (UHG), which is a teaching hospital in close proximity to the School of Physics. Some lectures are given by clinically employed medical physicists, which was great for giving us an insight into the day-to-day working life of a medical physicist. As part of our course we also did tours of the hospital to see all the equipment and to watch it being used by hospital staff. It really helped me to put everything that I was learning into context ... Doing a Masters was very challenging but was very rewarding. The amount I learnt was astounding and I would really recommend this Masters to anyone interested in medical physics. I received funding from my local authority which helped me to complete this course. It also has given me the specific knowledge and skills, like problem solving, that I will need in my future career."