Faculty of Engineering

Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics

Testamur Title of Degree:

Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics

Abbreviation:

BMedRadPhys

Home Faculty:

Faculty of Engineering

Duration:

Three years full-time or part-time equivalent

Total Credit Points:

144

Delivery Mode:

On campus (Face-to-face)

Starting Session(s):

Autumn/Spring

Location:

Wollongong

Approx. ATAR Entry:

85

Assumed Knowledge:

Any two units of English plus Physics and Mathematics

Recommended Studies:

English Advanced, Chemistry and HSC Mathematics Ext. 1

UOW Course Code:

847

UAC Code:

757616

CRICOS Code:

052461G

Overview / Course Aims

The Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics degree is designed to produce graduates with a strong background in physics with the specialist skills in Medical Radiation Physics necessary to find employment in hospitals, research or industry.

Students will gain knowledge in areas relating to nuclear medicine, radiation physics, detector and instrumentation physics and data analysis. Graduates working in the area require both a theoretical background and practical skills in physics, with an emphasis on advanced knowledge and practice in specialist areas applicable to medical physics.

Professional medical physicists from major hospitals in the State will deliver key lectures and practical work as well as co-supervising thesis work. Students will find that they will move easily into employment and/or postgraduate work in this specialised area.

Course Requirements

All students must complete the required number of credit points and satisfy all course requirements for the degree - refer to course structure below. The Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics normally takes three years to complete. All students must take particular notice of the Course Rules regarding minimum rate of progress.

The formal contact hours, methods of teaching and learning and forms of assessment vary from subject to subject. Details will be provided to students at the commencement of each subject by the Subject Coordinator. Students should attend all classes including lectures, tutorials and laboratory classes.

Professional Recognition

The Bachelor of Medical and Radiation Physics degree conforms to the requirements for membership of the Australian Institute of Physics.

Further Studies Options

Graduates can apply for entry to the Master of Science - Research or a PhD.

Career Opportunities

Opportunities exist as medical physicists, researchers, occupational health and safety work and in radiation research and development.

Course Program

Subject

Session

Credit Points

Year 1

SHS 111

Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology I

Autumn

6

MATH187

Mathematics 1: Algebra and Differential Calculus

Autumn

6

PHYS141

Fundamentals Physics A

Autumn

6

SHS 112

Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology II

Spring

6

MATH188

Mathematics 2: Series and Integral Calculus

Spring

6

PHYS142

Fundamentals Physics B

Spring

6

plus

two electives (6 credit points each)

 

12

Year 2

MATH201

Multivariate and Vector Calculus

Autumn

6

MATH253

Linear Algebra

Autumn

4

or

MATH203

Linear Algebra

Autumn

6

PHYS205

Advanced Modern Physics

Autumn

6

PHYS235

Mechanics and Thermodynamics

Autumn

6

MATH291

Differential Equations

Spring

3

or

MATH202

Differential Equations 2

Spring

6

PHYS215

Vibrations, Waves and Optics

Spring

6

PHYS225

Electromagnetism and Optoelectronics

Spring

6

PHYS255

Radiation Physics

Spring

6

plus

one elective (if needed)

 

6

or (highly recommended)

MATH293

Complex Variables

Spring

4

Year 3

PHYS305

Quantum Mechanics

Autumn

6

PHYS325

Electromagnetism

Autumn

6

PHYS365

Detection of Radiation: Neutrons, Electrons and X-Rays

Autumn

6

PHYS366

Physics of Radiotherapy

Autumn

6

PHYS375

Nuclear Physics

Spring

6

PHYS385

Statistical Mechanics

Spring

6

PHYS396

Electronic Materials

Spring

6

plus

one elective

 

6