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Medical Physics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #27 (ARWU) Madison, WI, United States
One of the basic science departments of the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, the Department of Medical Physics offers comprehensive training in diagnostic and therapeutic medical physics and in health physics.

Overview

Achievement of the M.S. degree in this department reflects strong scholarship in one of the top medical physics programs in North America. Graduates are prepared for teaching and/or research positions in universities, national laboratories, or in the medical and nuclear technology industries. 

We offer a master degree in Medical Physics at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Graduates are also prepared for admission into medical physics residency programs to become board eligible for clinical medical physics positions.

Medical physicists may participate professionally in the treatment of patients, in advanced medical imaging and diagnostic procedures, or in related areas of research and teaching.  Health physicists may operate radiation protection programs at nuclear industrial facilities, hospitals, or laboratories, or may perform research on methods of measuring ionizing radiations (i.e., dosimetry).

Learning Outcomes

  • Articulates, critiques, and/or elaborates theories, research methods, and approaches to inquiry or schools of practice in the field of medical physics.
  • Identifies sources and assembles evidence pertaining to questions or challenges in the field of medical physics.
  • Selects and/or utilizes the most appropriate methodologies and practices.
  • Evaluates and/or synthesizes information pertaining to questions or challenges in the field of medical physics.
  • Communicates clearly in both oral and written formats.
  • Fosters ethical and professional conduct.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Radiological Physics and Dosimetry
  • Radionuclides in Medicine and Biology
  • Physics of Radiotherapy
  • The Physics of Diagnostic Radiology
  • Health Physics and Biological Effects
  • Medical Image Science: Mathematical and Conceptual Foundations

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    32 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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    7

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    92

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    580

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

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  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

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General Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree in physics is considered the best preparation for graduate study in medical physics, but majors such as nuclear engineering, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, or chemistry may also be acceptable
  • The student's math background should include calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and Fourier analysis, such as might be learned in modern optics or undergraduate quantum theory
  • Some facility in computer programming and electronic instrumentation is desirable. One year of chemistry, a year of biology, and an introductory course in physiology are also advantageous

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25336 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    25336 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 25336 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • In-State

    12009 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12009 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Madison

  • 1015 - 1760 USD/month
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