Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics, Medical Physics and Radiation Protection

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics, Medical Physics and Radiation Protection

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Course title Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physics, Medical Physics and Radiation Protection
Course code UBSCHPMRFT
Postnominal B.Sc. (Hons)(Melit.)
Level of qualification First Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 6
Duration 4 Years
Mode of attendance Full-time
Total ECTS credits 240
Coordinator Carmel J. Caruana
Charles V. Sammut
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
The BSc (Hons) in Physics, Medical Physics and Radiation Protection is a taught programme in Physics and its most attractive applications in society at present – Medical Physics and Radiation Protection. Students will acquire knowledge and cognitive and practical skills through the study of course material, participation in discussions, physics practical work, computational tasks, project work, demonstrations of practical onsite medical physics and radiation protection practices and participation in medical physics and radiation protection practice placements in hospital. Of central importance is the ongoing emphasis towards the acquisition of a capacity for formulation of hypotheses from observation, mathematical modelling and the applications of physics concepts to real world problem solving in particular (though not exclusively) in the fields of Medical Physics and Radiation Protection. Students will study with students from both the Faculty of Science and also from the Faculty of Health Sciences to ensure that they are capable of bridging the gap between pure and applied physics. The course is future looking and very multidisciplinary and includes not only physics, mathematics, medical physics and radiation protection but also essential anatomy, physiology, ICT, ethics, management and legal issues.

This programme is offered as an interfaculty programme of the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Faculty of Science.

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Applicants must satisfy the General Entry Requirements for admission, namely, the Matriculation Certificate and Secondary Education Certificate passes at Grade 5 or better in Maltese, English Language and Mathematics.

Applicants must also satisfy the following Special Course Requirements:

either (i) a pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Physics together with a pass at Intermediate Level at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics

or (ii) a pass at Advanced Level at Grade C or better in Pure Mathematics together with a pass at Intermediate Level at Grade C or better in Physics.

Applicants who possess a grade D when the minimum specified grade is C in only one of the required subjects, whether at Advanced or Intermediate Level, of the special course requirements indicated above, shall be admitted under those conditions as the Board may impose to compensate for the qualification deficiency. If, by the end of the first year, such students do not successfully complete all the requirements to progress regularly to the second year of the Course, they shall be required to withdraw from the Course, and shall neither be entitled to repeat the year nor to progress conditionally as normally permitted under the Principal Regulations.

During the first year of the Course, accepted applicants are required to undergo an occupational health assessment, as detailed in the Occupational Health Protocol approved by the Board, so as to ascertain that they are fit for the duties related to their proposed studies. 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, to be submitted by the 30 October 2019, can be accessed here. Prospective students are encouraged to go through these documents carefully as early as possible.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2019.

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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The programme provides opportunities for students to achieve the following overarching learning outcomes.

1. Subject knowledge and understanding

By the end of the programme, students will be able to:

• Explain and critically discuss the fundamental concepts of physics, their interrelationship and the wide-ranging applicability of these concepts in particular, though not exclusively, in the fields of Medical Physics and Radiation Protection;
• Apply the laws of physics to contribute to the understanding of natural phenomena and employ said laws to the solution of real world problems in particular, though not exclusively, in Medical Physics and Radiation Protection;
• Explain and critically discuss the concepts and practices of Medical Physics and Radiation Protection;
• Formulate physical laws in mathematical language and construct mathematical models of studied physical phenomena including the role of reasoned approximation;
• Interpret and use equations representing physical laws and processes and their practical application;
• Apply carefully devised approximations in the solution of complex equations describing physical processes;
• Assess measurement uncertainty in physical measurements and computational models; and
• Exploit connections between different branches of physics, mathematics, medical physics and radiation protection.

2. Intellectual development

• Distinguish between a sound scientific argument from one based on opinion;
• Identify and appreciate the connections between theory and application;
• Formulate hypotheses by abstraction from experimental observation;
• Formulate and solve physical problems based on mathematical and computational models; and
• Critique alternative models and cause-effect relationships in physical phenomena.

3. Key/transferable skills

• Perform an independent investigation using a critical analysis of the published literature, searching of databases and interaction with colleagues and other experts to identify information relevant to a particular research or professional task;
• Manage tasks independently, using own initiative and plan and execute a project whilst meeting agreed deadlines;
• Interacting constructively with others using a team building approach and demonstrating appropriate leadership skills;
• Use presentation, programming and computational software as part of practical tasks; and
• Explain physical concepts clearly to an audience of peers, scientists from related areas and the general public.

4. Other skills relevant to employability and personal development

• Employ manual dexterity skills in the use of equipment, materials, tools and measuring instruments for Physics, Medical Physics and Radiation Protection applications;
• Apply Medical Physics and Radiation Protection skills to contribute to the optimized, safe and efficient use of existing medical (particularly radiological) devices and the development of clinical services, procedures and protocols for protection of the patient, workers and public from the effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiations and other physical agents in medicine, industry, research and the environment;
• Contribute to Physics, Medical Physics and Radiation Protection services working under the direct supervision of qualified Physicists or Medical Physicists or Medical Physics Experts or Radiation Protection Experts and within the legal and ethical boundaries of each profession;
• Perform quality assurance / control of medical (particularly radiological) devices and radiation protection equipment under the direct supervision of Medical Physicists or Medical Physics Experts or Radiation Protection Experts respectively;
• Contribute to the implementation of processes leading to the optimization of patient, occupational and public risk from ionizing and non-ionising radiations and other physical agents associated with medical, industrial and research devices and environmental radiation sources under the direct supervision of Medical Physicists or Medical Physics Experts or Radiation Protection Experts respectively;
• Carry out the role of Radiation Protection Officer at an entry level under the supervision of Radiation Protection Experts in medical and/or industrial and/or research and/or environmental applications; and
• Appraise at a basic level products from the Medical Device industry.
The programme is for those students who would like to read for a degree in both physics and its most attractive applications in society at present – Medical Physics and Radiation Protection.
This programme leads to graduates who following further specialized education and/or training can be employed/read for higher degrees/carry out research in Physics, Medical Physics, Radiation Protection and the Medical Device industry; the latter is an area of economic growth for Malta.

This programme has sufficient built-in flexibility to allow students to pursue specialisations or careers even outside Medical Physics/Radiation Protection. For instance, given their strong physics and mathematical background, graduates of this programme can work in R&D labs in industry or government/public authorities/consultancy. A strong demand from the gaming industry, in the financial and insurance sectors for students with the transferable skills that are acquired by students following this programmes in physics, mathematics and statistics, guarantees even further employability and excellent postgraduate possibilities.

It opens the door to careers in all areas of Physics and as hospital Medical Physicist (Medical Physicist is a warranted health care profession and Medical Physicists at Expert level are a legal requirement of EU Directive 2013/59/EURATOM) and Radiation Protection Expert (also a legal requirement of EU Directive 2013/59/EURATOM) and medical research and medical device industry, university career, medical device sales, physics education.
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Last Updated: 28 June 2019

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