MSc Medical Physics with Radiobiology

University of Oxford, Department of Oncology
Oxford, UK
Closing date
13 Mar 2024

Job Details

Department of Oncology, University of Oxford

The Department of Oncology's mission is to improve cancer care through research and teaching. We employ multidisciplinary approaches from physics, biology, chemistry and mathematical modelling to investigate DNA biology and epigenetics, cell and environmental biology of tumour tissue, and both systemic and local immunological responses in cancer. The department offers an established, world-leading, graduate training programme. Our degree courses focus on expanding scientific knowledge, with particular emphasis on therapies involving drug discovery or action and therapies used in combination with radiotherapy.

About the Course

The MSc in Medical Physics with Radiobiology is a one-year, full-time course run by the Department of Oncology at the University of Oxford, delivered by world-leading academics and clinical scientists. The main aim of this course is to discuss how ionising and non-ionising radiation are used in clinical practice, both in the context of radiotherapy and medical imaging. This is combined with principles of radiobiology at molecular and cellular level, to give graduates a better understanding of the effects of radiation than is achieved in other medical physics courses. This course is designed for individuals interested in careers in medical physics from either a clinical or academic research perspective, or in professions that require a knowledge of medical physics, such as radiation protection.

Course Structure

You will take eight compulsory modules, which are delivered in two-week blocks, following on from each other:

• Physics of Radiation Interactions

• Molecular Radiation Biology

• Radiobiology of Cells and Tissues

• Radiation Safety

• Ionising Radiation Imaging Technologies

• Radiation Therapy Physics

• Non-ionising Radiation Technologies

• Translational Research Methods and Applications

Modules one to four are delivered in the first term and build a picture of the biological responses to radiation from the sub-atomic level through to the effects on whole tissues, in both tumours and normal tissue, and will link this to radiation protection requirements for both patients and workers.

Modules five to eight are delivered in the second term and cover the application of physics in clinical practice across both imaging and radiotherapy. This will include discussion of new and emerging modalities and how these approaches are translated from the lab into clinical practice.

In the third term you will conduct a research project in one of the laboratories in the University’s Medical Sciences Division or within Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, and submit a written dissertation based on your work. 

Entry Requirements and Applications

As a minimum, applicants should hold or be predicted to achieve a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications) in physics or a closely related subject.

Applications for 2024-25 entry are now open. The application deadline for entry in October 2024 is 12pm (midday) GMT on Friday 1 December 2023. Please apply via the University of Oxford graduate admissions webpage.


The Department of Oncology within the Medical Sciences Division was created in October 2010 with a mission to improve cancer care through research and teaching. To do this, the Department delivers research in an array of linked themes. There is a strong emphasis on translation, with established infrastructure to develop scientific insights towards clinical application. The aims of the Department include the development of truly multidisciplinary and collaborative oncology research in Oxford, and working closely with colleagues in the NHS Cancer and Haematology Centre, research can be rapidly and efficiently translated into cutting-edge clinical treatment for cancer patients.

Fundamental to our approach is to train students in translational, as well as basic, science so that they acquire key transferable skills during their time with us. Programmes are usually multidisciplinary and, as described below, attract high quality committed candidates who stay the course. Our translational focus makes us an attractive destination for Industry and we are growing the financial contribution to studentships from this source.

The Department incorporates the MRC Oxford Institute for Radiation Oncology, as well as a number of other internationally recognised research groups working in oncology and related fields. Currently the Department has activities on four sites in Oxford; these are the Old Road Campus Research Building, the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, the Radiobiology Research Institute, and in the Cancer and Haematology Centre.

The Department of Oncology has over 400 staff and more than 120 postgraduate students - both clinical and non-clinical - and is one of the largest departments within the University of Oxford’s Medical Sciences Division. The Department of Oncology has also been awarded a departmental Athena SWAN Silver award in recognition of its commitment to introduce organisational and cultural practices that promote gender equality, and of its efforts to improve the working environment for both men and women.


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