Master of Science in Medical Physics

Master of Science in Medical Physics

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Course title Master of Science in Medical Physics
Course code PMSCMPHFTT0
Postnominal M.Sc. Med.Phy.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Carmel J. Caruana
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
The M.Sc. Medical Physics is a clinically oriented programme designed specifically for those aiming to enter the Medical Physics healthcare profession or work as a research medical physicist in research laboratories or the biomedical industry. Students will acquire knowledge and cognitive and practical skills through the study of course material, participation in discussions, demonstrations of practical onsite medical physics and radiation protection practices and a research project. The study unit content ranges from traditional medical physics topics such as medical radiation physics to topical subjects such as machine learning and pattern recognition and legal and professional issues.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a Bachelor degree comprising 240 ECTS credits 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) Physics, Medical Physics and Radiation Protection or
(c) Electrical and Electronic Engineering or
(d) Mechanical Engineering.

The maximum number of students that can be admitted into the course is 5 students.

When the number of places is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants will be selected using the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) degree type and class
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study and
(c) performance during an interview, if deemed necessary.

The selection criteria can be found here.

Interviews, if necessary, shall be conducted by a board composed of at least three members appointed for the purpose.

For the purpose of selection, applicants who fully satisfy the entry requirements by 31 August preceding the commencement of the Course shall be considered first.

During the first year of the Course, accepted students may be required to undergo an occupational health assessment so as to ascertain that they are fit for work which brings students in contact with the clinical environment. Students who do not fulfil this requirement may be barred from progressing with their studies. Failure to disclose information about a physical or mental health problem that could affect patient safety is considered to be a serious breach of the University Suitability to Practise Regulations.

Further information, including a schedule of interviews for applicants for courses with a limited number of students and for 'adult learners/mature applicants' (in the case of undergraduate courses), as well as important information on the occupational health protocol can be accessed here. Prospective students are encouraged to go through these documents carefully as early as possible.

The notice regarding submission of documentation is available here.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

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

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

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After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Annual Enrolement Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400

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.
The course is intended for students with a minimum four year undergraduate degree in Physics and/or Medical Physics as a main area of study, or Electrical and Electronic Engineering, or Mechanical Engineering who aim to enter the Medical Physics healthcare profession or work as a research medical physicist in research laboratories or the biomedical industry.
Career Opportunities:
- Clinical Medical Physicist in hospitals
- Research in biomedical industry

Access to Further Study:
- PhD studies
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 22 April 2021

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