School of Physics & Astronomy

Studying medical physics with us

Student and staff looking at a brain scan on a computer

In year 1, students on all physics courses are given the chance to get an introduction to medical physics, as part of the first year 'Frontiers in physics' module. Following this, in second and third year, students who choose to specialise in medical physics take modules in health physics, molecular biophysics, and structural and functional medical imaging.

Across these modules you will approach wide-ranging topics, examples including radiation protection, nuclear medicine, clinical neurophysiology, particle accelerators, X-ray computed tomography and MRI. The skills and knowledge gained can lead to careers in either in patient facing healthcare (eg within the NHS), supplying hospitals with cutting edge equipment, or in medical research.

Research project

For most students, the culmination of a degree in medical physics is a major research project. Projects take place in both third and fourth year, and students get to apply their knowledge and skills to a genuine research question.

In this video, third year students Hannah Coleman and Harry Cook talk about their project using functional medical imaging to try to understand neural deficits in patients with schizophrenia.

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