MSc (Medical Physics)

College of Science

Course overview

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.

Key facts

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.

Additional requirements

Garda vetting/police clearance is required for this programme.

Duration: 1 year, full-time

Next start date: September 2016

ECTS weighting: 90

Average intake: Up to 20

Closing date: 8 July 2016

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

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.

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

Assssments take the form of assignments, essays, presentations and conventional exams. There is an increasing emphasis on self-directed learning. A small research project counts for about 30% of the overall marks.

Find out more

Professor Wil van der Putten (Programme Director) |
Dr Christoph Kleefeld (Programme Director)
T: +353 91 544 311 | +353 91 542 870
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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,815 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €6,591 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,750 p.a. 2015/16

Graduate profile

Michael Martyn
Michael Martyn

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."

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