Master of Medical Physics (thesis and coursework)

This course provides physical scientists the relevant knowledge and appropriate problem solving skills suitable for entry into an accredited medical physics training program in radiation oncology, nuclear medicine or radiology. A research topic in medical physics examined by thesis comprises 69 per cent of the course. The remaining 31 per cent comprises required units in human biology for medical physicists, radiation biology and protection, radiotherapy physics, and medical imaging physics.

Course structure

Note: This course is only available to re-enrolling students.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (90 points):

AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2ANHB5451Anatomy and Biology for Medical Physicists
Prerequisites:
enrolment in 53560 Master of Physics (Medical Physics specialisation) and completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or equivalent.
This unit is taught online
S1PHYS5401Medical Imaging Physics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in 53560 Master of Physics (Medical Physics specialisation) or 62550 Master of Professional Engineering (Biomedical Engineering specialisation) and completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or equivalent.
2 - 4 hours per week plus one hour of practicals per week
S2PHYS5402Radiation Biology and Protection
Prerequisites:
enrolment in 53560 Master of Physics (Medical Physics specialisation) and completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or equivalent.
2 - 3 hours per week plus an extra hour of practicals in some weeks
S2PHYS5403Radiotherapy Physics
Prerequisites:
enrolment in 53560 Master of Physics (Medical Physics specialisation) and completion of the core and complementary units for the Physics major or equivalent.
2 - 3 hours per week plus an extra hour of practicals in some weeks.
 PHYS5411Medical Physics Thesis Part 1
 PHYS5412Medical Physics Thesis Part 2 (12 points)
 PHYS5413Medical Physics Thesis Part 3 (24 points)
 PHYS5414Medical Physics Thesis Part 4 (24 points)

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week (for face-to-face mode only)
S2PUBH5769Biostatistics II
Prerequisites:
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I or equivalent training/experience
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week (for face-to-face mode only)

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.

Rules

Note: This course is only available to re-enrolling students.

Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The http://handbooks.uwa.edu.au/postgraduate/student-procedures'>student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) a relevant bachelor's degree with a major in physics, mathematics or engineering with first class or second class honours and with an average mark of at least 70 per cent, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty;

or

(b) a relevant Graduate Diploma in Science of this University which includes a research component, and with an average mark of at least 70 per cent, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6. This course does not form part of an articulated sequence.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 96 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8.(1) A student who does not pass units to a value of at least half the total points value of units for which they are enrolled, or who fails the same unit twice, will not have made satisfactory progress.

(2) Students who fail units to the value of 12 points from Group A of the Master of Medical Physics (by thesis and coursework) core units will not have made satisfactory progress.

[(1) and (2) are approved additions to University Policy]

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. A student who fails to make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 is assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' unless the Faculty decides otherwise in light of exceptional circumstances.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent, which is calculated based on —

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;

and

(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules
Substitution

13. The Faculty, on the recommendation of the course coordinator, may permit a student to substitute for two units in Group A two other relevant units of equivalent value at Level 4 or higher offered in this University or in any comparable course in another recognised institution.