2020 Undergraduate Courses
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Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics | 2020

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics



UOW Course Code:




Total Credit Points:



3 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences

Intake Session(s):


Delivery Mode:

On-campus (Face-to-face)

Delivery Campus / UAC Code:

Wollongong / 757616


The Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics degree is designed to produce graduates with the specialist skills necessary to find employment in hospital radiation oncology and nuclear medicine departments, in academic institutions or industry.

Graduates understand radiation interactions, dosimetry, detectors and instrument design related to medical physics, health physics, nuclear physics, radiation safety, and accelerator and reactor physics. Computer programming related to cancer treatment planning, particle transport and medical imaging is also taught.

Professional medical physicists from major hospitals in the State will deliver key lectures and practical work as well as co-supervising thesis work.

Entry Requirements & Credit Arrangements

Information on academic and English language requirements, as well as eligibility for credit for prior learning, is available from the Course Finder.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes are statements of learning achievement that are expressed in terms of what the learner is expected to know, understand and be able to do upon completion of a course. Students graduating from this course will be able to:

CLO Description
1 Identify medical radiation related instrumentation and apply techniques associated with diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology.
2 Compare theoretical, practical and professional information and communicate knowledge, ideas and procedures to other health care professionals/practitioners, researchers and other key stakeholders.
3 Identify the biological effects of radiation and its application for radiation safety and for radiation treatment.
4 Apply knowledge of the basic structure and function of the human body relevant to clinical diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology.
5 Classify radiation and radioactivity, its properties, units of measure, dosimetry measurement concepts and methods.
6 Identify radiation safety practices and procedures associated with diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology.
7 Employ independent learning strategies to self-evaluate and update professional knowledge of innovations in medical radiation physics
8 Apply knowledge of fundamental physical laws to analyse behaviour and properties of a variety of physical systems.

Course Structure

All students must complete the required number of credit points (144) and satisfy all course requirements for the degree, pursuant to course structure below. The Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics normally takes three years to complete if commenced in Autumn session. All students must take particular notice of the Course Rules regarding minimum rate of progress.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 1
MEDI100 Human Structure and Function 6 Autumn
MATH187 Mathematics 1: Algebra and Differential Calculus 6 Autumn
PHYS141 Fundamentals of Physics A 6 Autumn
MEDI112 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II 6 Spring
MATH188 Mathematics 2: Series and Integral Calculus 6 Spring
PHYS142 Fundamentals of Physics B 6 Spring
PHYS114 Analysis and modelling of physical systems 6 Spring
Plus ONE elective (6cp) chosen from the General Schedule.
Year 2
MATH201 Multivariate and Vector Calculus 6 Autumn
MATH202 Differential Equations: Analysis and Applications 6 Autumn
PHYS205 Advanced Modern Physics 6 Autumn
PHYS215 Vibrations, Waves & Optics 6 Autumn
MATH203 Linear Algebra and Groups 6 Spring
PHYS225 Electromagnetism and Optoelectronics 6 Spring
PHYS235 Mechanics & Thermodynamics 6 Spring
PHYS255 Radiation Physics 6 Spring
Year 3
PHYS305 Quantum Mechanics 6 Autumn
PHYS325 Electromagnetism 6 Autumn
PHYS365 Detection of Radiation: Neutrons, Electrons and X Rays 6 Autumn
PHYS366 Physics of Radiotherapy 6 Autumn
PHYS375 Nuclear Physics 6 Spring
PHYS385 Statistical Mechanics 6 Spring
PHYS396 Electronic Materials 6 Spring
Plus ONE elective (6cp) chosen from the General Schedule.


Before completing the degree students with a WAM of 80 or more can apply for admission to the Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics Advanced (Honours). For further information, it is highly recommended that you speak with your program coordinator.

Professional Recognition/Accreditation

The Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics degree conforms to the requirements for membership of the Australian Institute of Physics and the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine.

Other Information

For further information email: eis@uow.edu.au or Academic Programs Director

Last reviewed: 10 October, 2019