Medical Physics

  • Years2 years
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Study startAutumn
  • ECTS credits120


Objectives and content

Over the past decades, there has been a tremendous technical development in the field of medical technology and the equipment applied in diagnostics and therapy. This development has also increased the demands for interdisciplinary competence in the clinics as well as an increased effort in research

The Master¿s programme aims to provide the student with a thorough understanding of the physics which forms the foundation for modern medical diagnostics and therapy. The Master¿s Thesis will comprise theoretical and/or experimental work and is often combined with modelling. Common subjects will be within diagnostics such as MRI, PET, ultrasound or CT or radiation therapy. This may involve instrumentation, computer simulations of physical processes, optimization of image acquisition, analysis of patient or phantom data or high performance computing

The student will receive guidance with respect to performing independent scientific work related to existing projects in the research group. Great emphasis is laid on teaching the student to evaluate own- and others research work/results as well as oral and written presentation of their own work and scientific literature.

The Degree

Master of Science in Physics - medical physics

Professional Prospects

Further studies

To be eligible for admission to the Doctoral education (PhD) the candidate must have completed a master¿s degree. To qualify for the Doctoral education (PhD) at UiB the average grade for the master's thesis, the Master's degree and the bachelor's degree should be at least C. In order to get enrolled you have to be granted a fellowship for doctoral training.

What you Learn

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme the candidate will have the following learning outcomes:


  • Give an account of the basic theories and fundamental physics relevant for medical physics
  • Explain the foundation for for medical diagnostics and modern radiotherapy
  • Explain selected experimental methods and measurement techniques in medical physics
  • Demonstrate a high level of knowledge in the field of medical phyiscs, and expert knowledge within the field of the Master¿s thesis project


  • Perform an independent research project, under supervision, but show initiative and independence according to established research norms
  • Handle and present scientific data, evaluate prescision and uncertainties and use programming tools for analysis of data
  • Analyse relevant topics in medical physics and debate ways to explore these topics/questions using scientific methods
  • Get acquainted with the research community/environment and acquire the needed tools and resources for performing the scientific work
  • Analyse and evaluate scientific sources of information and use these in a structured manner to reach new ideas/hypothesis in the field of medial physics
  • Analyse, evaluate and debate own results in a scientifically sound manner, in light of the current knowledge in the field

General competence

  • be able to analyse scientific problems in general and participate in discussion about different ways to address and solve problems
  • give good written and oral presentation of scientific topics and results
  • communicate scientific problems, analyses and conclusions within medical physics, both to specialists and the general public
  • be able to reflect over central scientific problems in his/her own work and other people¿s work
  • demonstrate understanding and respect for scientific values like openness, precision and reliability

Study Period Abroad

Study period abroad

You can plan study periods abroad in consultation with your supervisor as a part of the master agreement.

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

In order to apply for the Master Programme in Physics, Medical Physics, you need a bachelor degree in Physics or related fields.

Bachelor degrees from UiB that qualify:

  • Bachelor degree in Physics

Bachelor degrees that qualify

  • Bachelor degree in Physics
  • Other bachelor degrees can qualify if you can document courses in Calculus, Linear Algebra, Differential Equation, Function of Several Variables, Mechanics, Electromagnetism, Thermodynamics, Basic Measurement Science and Experimental Physics, Modern Physics, Project in Physics

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