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Master of Science in Medical Physics

Sept 2022 Entry
Programme code: 55005

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Department of Health Technology and Informatics

Stream Code

MSF (Full-time)
MSP (Part-time)

Mode of Study Mixed Mode

Normal Duration

1 year (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation


Initial Registration Credits

For local students
6 (Full-time)
3 (Part-time)
For non-local students
6 (Full-time)

Fund Type Self-Financed

Tuition Fee

HK$5,000 per credit for local students
​HK$5,400 per credit for non-local students

Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme
A total of 4 fellowships shall be awarded to local students. Please click here for details.

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the fellowship at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

Programme Leader(s)

Programme Leader

Prof. Jing CAI

Deputy Programme Leader

Dr Jung Sun YOO
PhD, BSc


  • This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Health Technology.
  • We have a limited quota for admissions. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

This award is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Health Technology, which aims to provide students with a background in physics, engineering and/or health technology, as well as those interested in medical physics, with the opportunity to develop knowledge of and skills in medical physics.


A. Advancement in Knowledge and Skills

  • To introduce students to core knowledge of medical physics, including radiation therapy, diagnosing imaging, nuclear medicine and radiation safety physics;
  • To expose students to the field of health science and technology;
  • To provide an appropriate learning environment for the exchange of knowledge and ideas between students, teachers and professionals;
  • To equip students with the knowledge of and skills in clinical medical physics necessary to become clinical medical physics professionals; and
  • To help students to develop the critical and analytical abilities and skills needed to pursue further studies and solve challenging clinical problems.


B. Professional Development

  • To develop students' critical analysis and evaluation ability;
  • To cultivate in students the qualities and attributes that are expected of healthcare professionals;
  • To promote greater awareness and reflection within the profession and the healthcare industry to improve the quality of healthcare services; and
  • To develop students' leadership ability.


C. Evidence-based Practice

  • To equip students with the necessary research skills to enable them to engage in evidence-based practice regarding the delivery of healthcare services.


D. Personal Development

  • To allow graduates to develop themselves further after graduation.



The scope of the programme includes radiation therapy, diagnostic imaging, nuclear medicine and medical health physics, and thus fulfils the educational requirements of a medical physicist. The curriculum is aligned with the international standards of medical physics graduate education. The teaching faculty include a large number of experienced clinical professionals, including clinical medical physicists, oncologists and radiologists. The programme prepares students for careers in clinical medical physics, medical technology research and development, academia, government regulation, the healthcare industry, entrepreneurship, etc.


Programme Structure

The Postgraduate Scheme in Health Technology consists of the following awards:

  • ​MSc in Medical Imaging and Radiation Science (MScMIRS)
  • MSc in Medical Laboratory Science (MScMLS)
  • MSc in Medical Physics (MScMP)


To be eligible for the MSc in Medical Physics, students are required to complete a total of 30 credits, as follows:

  • 1 Compulsory Subject (3 credits)
  • 7 Core Subjects (18 credits)
  • 3 Elective Subjects (9 credits)


Core Areas of Study

Compulsory Subject (3 credits)

  • Research Methods & Biostatistics (3 credits)


Core Subjects (18 credits)

  • Radiation Physics (3 credits)
  • Radiation Protection and Radiation Safety (3 credits)
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (3 credits)
  • Radiation Therapy Physics (3 credits)
  • Medical Imaging Physics (3 credits)
  • Radiobiology for Medical Physicists (2 credits)
  • Ethical Issues in Medicine and Research (1 credit)


Elective Subjects (9 credits)

  • Clinical Practicum of Medical Physics (3 credits)
  • Bioinformatics in Health Sciences (3 credits)
  • Dissertation (9 credits)
  • Advanced Topics in Health Technology (guided study) (3 credits)
  • Multiplanar Anatomy (3 credits)
  • Advanced Radiotherapy Planning and Dosimetry (3 credits)
  • Advanced Technology and Clinical Application in Computed Tomography (3 credits)
  • Advanced Technology and Clinical Application in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (3 credits)
  • Digital Imaging and PACS (3 credits)
  • Advanced Radiation Protection (3 credits)
  • Advanced Technology and Clinical Application in Nuclear Medicine Imaging (3 credits)
  • Molecular and Functional Imaging: From Body System to Molecules (3 credits)
  • Knowledge Management for Clinical Applications (3 credits)
  • Virtual Reality in Healthcare (3 credits)

Entrance Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree in physics, applied physics or engineering physics;
  • A Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, mathematics, engineering, radiography or health technology.


If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.

Other Information
  • Applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students may be required to take classes in addition to the core programme curriculum to gain the necessary foundational knowledge.
  • Students have the option to exit with a PgD in Medical Physics by completing 18 credits comprising 12 credits for Core Subjects and 6 credits for Elective Subjects.


For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: (852) 3400 8578; email: hti.dept@polyu.edu.hk)


or visit our website at https://www.polyu.edu.hk/hti/en/study/programmes/taught-postgraduate-degree/msc-in-medical-physics.html

Programme Leaflet

Please click here to download.