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COURSE TITLE Master of Science in Medical Physics








M.Sc. Med.Phy.(Melit.)

Second Cycle

Level 7

4 Semesters



Carmel J. Caruana

To provide participants with the educational requirements to practise in the field of Medical Physics.

Highly specialised knowledge in the field of Medical Physics which is expertise in the recognition and correction of less than optimal performance or clinical use of medical devices and the implementation and management of programmes for protection of patients/staff/public/research volunteers from physical agents associated with medical devices (e.g., ionising radiation, strong magnetic fields, lasers). All Medical Physics activities are based on current best evidence or own scientific research when the available evidence is not sufficient. Medical Physicists need to have a critical awareness of knowledge issues in the field and at the interface between physics and medicine.


1. Cognitive skills: specialised skills involved in problem solving, research, reflection, judgement, handling of complexity, communication and innovation.
2. Practical skills: involving manual dexterity in the use of methods, materials, tools and measuring instruments for medical physics applications.
3. Transferable skills: advanced analytical, synthetic, problem solving, mathematical, computing, management, communication, leadership, project management, creative and entrepreneurial skills.


1. Research: assume responsibility in an autonomous manner to:
a) Review a particular area of interest in Medical Physics.
b) Identify a project and research objectives worthy of attention and which are realizable given the available resources.
c) Integrate and apply the knowledge, understanding and skills acquired during the programme to the realization of the research objectives.
d) Report and present the findings of the research in the manner specified by the Board of Studies of the programme.

2. Lay the foundations for the following competences:
a. Practice the Medical Physics profession responsibly within the legal and ethical boundaries of the profession.
b. Take on responsibility at a basic level for the role of Medical Physics Expert and Radiation Protection Expert (Medical) as required by EU legislation.
c. Be aware of the importance of maintaining fitness to practise in an autonomous yet responsible manner.
d. Be able to work in an inter-professional manner with other healthcare professionals, support staff and service users, their relatives and carers.
e. Take responsibility for recognition of less than optimal performance or clinical use of medical devices (identification and elimination of causes, and confirmation that proposed solutions have restored devices and use to acceptable status).
f. Take responsibility for the setting up and management of programmes for protection (including dosimetry) of patient/staff/public/research volunteers with respect to the effects of physical agents associated with medical devices (e.g., ionising radiation, strong magnetic fields, lasers).
g. Take responsibility for contributing to professional knowledge and practice and for reviewing the performance of teams.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY - Clinical Medical Physicist in hospitals
- Research in biomedical industry
- PhD studies
The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree obtained with at least Second Class Honours in one of the following areas of study:

(a) Science with Physics as a main area of study or
(b) Electrical and Electronic Engineering or
(c) Mechanical Engineering or
(d) Communications and Computer Engineering.

Prior to registering for the Course, eligible applicants are also required to undergo a medical fitness test as directed by the Board so as to ascertain that they are fit for work which brings students in contact with the clinical environment.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2017.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.




Last Updated: 5 April 2017
The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

For applicable fees please check the link on the Finance Office webpage.
Opening Ceremony and Meetings for Freshers
Lectures for continuing day and evening courses are set to commence on Monday, 25th September 2017, whilst lectures for new students following day and evening courses will commence on Thursday, 5th October 2017. Details on the opening ceremony and compulsory meetings for freshers are available here
Courses to be Offered as from October 2017

A list of courses to be offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences, together with details on individual courses and links to further information on the procedure for application submission are available via the prospective students page.

Dates for interviews that will be held with applicants for limited number courses (in the event of over-subscription), as well as interviews to be held with applicants considered in terms of the ‘Adult Learner’ clause are available here.


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