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The University of Adelaide

Adelaide , South Australia ,Australia

Master of Medical Radiation Physics

Take proton therapy to the world

Proton therapy is big news in the fight against cancer. Offering next-level precision, it’s an attractive option for treating many tumours close to healthy organs or in children.

Consequently, the treatment’s global market is expected to double by 2024*. Australia’s first proton therapy centre will be part of the neighbouring South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute II, while China has around 50 centres on the way. Specialists in the area are in short supply—and high demand—worldwide.

 

What will you do?

Our Master of Medical Radiation Physics will equip you for a rewarding career in this exciting health field. The degree is studied over two years full-time and is suitable for students with an undergraduate physics degree, or engineering graduates seeking a change of specialisation.

Highly clinically oriented, it will enable you to:

master theoretical and practical mathematics and physics as they relate to clinical radiotherapy and medical imaging
learn from highly accomplished and internationally experienced medical physicists practising at the esteemed Royal Adelaide Hospital
collect, analyse, critically evaluate and synthesise quantitative and qualitative data relating to physics and medical physics
build high-level problem-solving and communication skills
develop advanced research skills through a major final-year research project.
 

Where could it take you?

You will graduate with a strong foundation of knowledge and skills to undertake the necessary additional study and clinical training for Australian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine accreditation.

Once you’ve done this, many doors will open. You could join a cutting-edge proton therapy clinic as a radiation oncology medical physicist. You might help enhance therapy decisions as a diagnostic imaging medical physicist. Perhaps you’ll minimise treatment side-effects as a radiation safety officer.

International students, please note that you may also need to undertake additional study or research to gain accreditation in your home country.

Campus Information

North Terrace

The campus provides a mix of the historical and contemporary, combining old sandstone buildings with state-of-the-art teaching, learning and research facilities.

Intakes

  • Feb
  • July

Application Processing Time in Days: 10

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

There are three key steps you will need to take when addressing the selection criteria in any University of Adelaide job application:

  • Create a new document. Your statement addressing the position’s specified selection criteria should be separate from your cover letter and resume.
  • List each criterion separately. Give each a title, using exactly the same wording as appears on the Position Description (e.g. Excellent verbal communication skills).
  • Address each criterion. Under each heading, write two short paragraphs explaining how your experience, skills, education and training equip you to meet that specific requirement. Dot points are also acceptable.

Please note that failing to submit a statement addressing the selection criteria could result in your application not being considered.

Some helpful writing tips
There are a number of steps you can take when putting together your responses to increase their clarity and impact.

  • Give details of one or two specific things you’ve done that are good examples of the relevant experience or knowledge required. For example: ‘I was responsible for organising an event attended by… This involved…'
  • Preface these examples with a short overview that shows you appreciate the relevance of the specific criterion.
  • Quantify your experience (number of years worked, staff supervised, etc.). For example: ‘I delivered a presentation to an industry forum with an audience of 80 people.’
  • Where possible, indicate how successfully you meet the criterion. You could do this by referring to feedback from others, or things you've set up that are still being used. For example: ‘A report I wrote about… was endorsed by the… Committee and circulated to all stakeholders for discussion.

You could also consider using the STAR method as a structural framework when describing examples of your work. This involves describing, in the order listed here, the:

  • situation you faced
  • task required, and desired outcome
  • action you took to complete the task
  • results you achieved, and lessons you learned.

Potential careers
Medical Physicist, Medical Research, Medical Researcher, Physicist

PSW Opportunity

The additional year of post study work rights is not available to international students studying in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane.

Bachelor Degree or Masters by Coursework Degree - 2 years - 3 years (Adelaide)

Masters by Research - 3 years - 4 years (Adelaide)

PhD qualification - 4 years - 5 years (Adelaide)

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry to postgraduate coursework programs as a minimum requires a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from an approved institution as a qualification for entry.

Some of the graduate certificates and graduate diplomas that are offered may be accepted as qualifying work for entry to a Masters program, or as professional qualifications in their own right.

IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6

TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 20 Listening 20 Speaking 23 Writing 27

Pearson Overall 58 Reading 58 Listening 58 Speaking 65 Writing 65
 
C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 176 Listening 176 Speaking 185 Writing 185
 

Tertiary Qualifications

Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor Engineering with the a GPA of 4.5 and the following (or equivalent):
MATHS 2101 Multivariable & Complex Calculus
MATHS 2102 Differential Equations
COMP SCI 1101 Introduction to Programming
PHYSICS 1100 Physics IA
PHYSICS 1200 Physics IB
PHYSICS 2534 Electromagnetism II