Medical Physics

Duke Kunshan University

M.Sc. On Campus
21 months
55880 USD/year
55880 USD/year
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With an advanced degree in Medical Physics from Duke Kunshan University, you will be empowered to contribute cutting-edge medical care, whether in China or diverse international spheres.


Become a leader in the emerging field of Medical Physics, fusing your expertise in physics with improved medical care. This is a dynamic profession that applies the concepts of physics to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease, with career paths that include academic, research and clinical settings. 

The Medical Physics program from Duke Kunshan University offers students a unique opportunity to study in both the United States and China. Students successfully completing the program will receive a Duke University degree.

The Duke Medical Physics family includes programs at Duke Kunshan University and Duke University. The Duke University Medical Physics program is one of the largest and most highly regarded medical physics programs in the United States. Students in the Duke Kunshan Master of Science in Medical Physics program earn the same degree as students in the Duke University Medical Physics program. 

An Educational Experience in China and the United States

The Duke Kunshan Medical Physics program offers students a unique opportunity to study the discipline and work with professionals in both the United States and China. Students spend Year 1 and the second semester of Year 2 of the Duke Kunshan Medical Physics program at the Duke Kunshan campus in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, China. During Year 2, students will spend the first semester at the Duke University campus in Durham, North Carolina, United States. The program also includes the option to spend the summer between Years 1 and 2 at the Duke University campus. Kunshan and Durham are both scenic and historical centers of their respective countries and provide students with numerous travel and recreational opportunities.

Training for Globally Minded Careers

The Duke Kunshan Medical Physics program prepares students for careers all over the world. For students whose first language is English, the program provides an op­portunity to study in their native language while experiencing the cultural, historical, and economic vibrancy of China. This experience will broaden their horizons and prepare them for the challenges and opportunities of an increasingly global economy. Students who are native speakers of other languages will have an advantage in multinational organizations and international collaborations. Combined skills in English and another language are of high value to the private sector and are a strong asset in many aspects of academic, government, and clinical work.

A Wide Range of Research Experience

All students in Duke Kunshan Medical Physics program have the option of conducting a thesis research project, an option that most students in the Duke University Medical Physics program choose to complete their degree requirements. Thesis research topics may relate to radiation therapy, imaging or other fields. Duke Kunshan Students may work on their MS thesis research at the Duke Kunshan University campus and the Duke University campus. Faculty advisors may be from Duke Kunshan University, Duke University, or both. Advisors are not assigned, but are instead chosen by mutual agreement of the student and the faculty member or members. More information about the Duke University Medical Physics faculty and their research interests can be found on the faculty homepage. An extra high-speed internet connection facilitates communication between the two campuses.


Experts recognize that there is a severe shortage of medical physicists in China and Asia and in many countries worldwide. Our Medical Physics graduates can choose from a wide range of career options, such as

  • Hospital clinics, particularly in radiation oncology
  • High technology medical companies
  • Government facilities and agencies
  • Academia
  • Versatility - careers that blend these different types of work

Programme Structure

You will specialize at Duke Kunshan in one of the following academic tracks, or choose a multi-track path:

  • Diagnostic Imaging Physics
  • Radiation Therapy Physics
  • Nuclear Medicine Physics

The first year of study features core classes that provide a solid base in the fundamentals of Medical Physics. The second year focuses on specialization, with an advanced, track-specific class, a clinical practicum in the student’s chosen academic track, an elective class, and thesis research. There is also a class on Frontiers of Biomedical Science.

To give students access to the full complement of Duke University faculty for their thesis research, students spend the Fall semester of their second year at the Duke University campus, where they study with students in Duke University’s Medical Physics Graduate Program and work with their faculty advisors on thesis research.

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  • Full-time
    • 21 months

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60 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

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English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
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Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants to Duke Kunshan University’s graduate programs must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. If the degree was granted by an institution outside of the U.S., the institution must be accredited by the governing educational body of the country (such as the ministry of education). 

In addition to the prerequisite bachelor's degree, the following are required: 

  • Completed online application form
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Transcript(s) from each post-secondary institution attended
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL scores (minimum score of 90 required) or IELTS scores (minimum score of 7.0 required)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    55880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55880 USD per year and a duration of 21 months.
  • National

    55880 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 55880 USD per year and a duration of 21 months.


All students are automatically considered for merit scholarships based on their Graduate School application – no additional application is required to be considered for these awards.  In addition, accepted students may apply for scholarships and awards based on financial need, country of origin, and field of study.

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