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MSc in Medical Physics

Programme Title:

Master of Science in Medical Physics

Programme Code:


Stream Code:

MSF (Full-time)
MSP (Part-time)

Mode of Study:

Mixed Mode

Normal Duration:

1 year (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type


Programme Leader

Dr. Jing CAI


This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Health Technology.





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Programme Aims

This award is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Health Technology, which aims to provide students with background in physics, engineering, health technology, as well as others interested in medical physics, with an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in medical physics.

A. Advancement in Knowledge and Skill

  • To teach students core knowledge of medical physics, including radiation therapy, diagnosing imaging, nuclear medicine, and radiation safety physics;
  • To develop specialists in their respective professional disciplines and enhance their career paths;
  • To provide a learning environment for exchanging knowledge and ideas between students, teachers, and professionals;
  • To equip students with knowledge and skills of clinical medical physics for entering the profession of clinical medical physics; and
  • To develop critical and analytical abilities and skills for pursuing further studies and solving challenging clinical problems.

B. Professional Development

  • To develop students' ability in critical analysis and evaluation;
  • To cultivate within healthcare professionals the qualities and attributes that are expected of them;
  • To acquire a higher level of awareness and reflection within the profession and the healthcare industry to improve the quality of healthcare services; and
  • To develop students' leadership ability.

C. Evidence-based Practice

  • To equip students with the necessary skill in research to enable them to perform evidence-based practice in the delivery of healthcare service and industry.

D. Personal Development

  • To provide channels through which practising professionals can continuously develop themselves while at work; and
  • To allow graduates to develop themselves further after graduation.


Programme Characteristics

The scope of the programme includes radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging, nuclear medicine and medical health physics, which fulfils the educational requirements of a medical physicist. The curriculum is designed to align with the international standards of medical physics graduate education. The teaching faculty includes a large number of experienced clinical professionals, including clinical medical physicists, oncologists, radiologists, etc. The programme prepares students for careers in clinical medical physics, medical technology research and development, academia, government regulation, healthcare industry, entrepreneurship and etc.

Programme Structure

The Postgraduate Scheme in Health Technology consists of the following awards:

  • MSc in Medical Imaging and Radiation Science (MScMIRS)
  • MSc in Medical Laboratory Science (MScMLS)
  • MSc in Medical Physics (MScMP) *


To be eligible for the MSc in Medical Physics, students will be required to complete a total of 30 credits:

  • 1 Compulsory Subject (3 credits)
  • 7 Core Subjects (18 credits)
  • 3 Elective Subjects (9 credits)

Core Areas of Study

Compulsory Subjects (3 credits)

  • Research Methods & Biostatistics (3 credits)

Core Subjects

  • Radiation Physics * (3 credits)
  • Radiation Protection and Radiation Safety * (3 credits)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology * (3 credits)
  • Radiation Therapy Physics * (3 credits)
  • Medical Imaging Physics * (3 credits)
  • Radiobiology for Medical Physicists * (2 credits)
  • Ethical Issues in Medicine and Research * (1 credit)

Elective Subjects

  • Clinical Practicum of Medical Physics * (3 credits)
  • Bioinformatics in Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • Dissertation (9 credits)
  • Advanced Topics in Health Technology (guided study) (3 credits)
  • Multiplanar Anatomy (3 credits)
  • Advanced Radiotherapy Planning and Dosimetry (3 credits)
  • Advanced Technology and Clinical Application in Computed Tomography (3 credits)
  • Advanced Technology and Clinical Application in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (3 credit)
  • Digital Imaging and PACS (3 credits)
  • Advanced Radiation Protection (3 credits)
  • Advanced Technology and Clinical Application in Nuclear Medicine Imaging (3 credits)
  • Molecular and Functional Imaging: From Body System to Molecules (3 credits)
  • Knowledge Management for Clinical Applications (3 credits)
  • Virtual Reality in Healthcare (3 credits)


* Subject to approval

Entrance Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Physics, or Applied/ Engineering Physics.
  • Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, radiography or health technology

If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.


Additional Document Required

  • Personal Statement
  • Employer’s Recommendation
  • Transcript / Certificate

Other Information

There is an option to exit with a PgD in Medical Physics by completing 18 credits with 12 credits from the core subjects and 6 credits from the electives.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you are interested in this programme and would like to know more about the application and career development, please refer to FAQ for details.


For latest admission, please visit Study@PolyU and eAdmission.


For further information, please contact Ms. Candy Yung:

Telephone: (852) 3400 8578
Fax: (852) 2362 4365
E-mail: candy.yung@polyu.edu.hk


For more details of the programme, please visit Study@PolyU website.

Programme Leaflet