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Radiotherapy Physics MED5302

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 15
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course provides a foundation knowledge and in-depth learning of all aspects of Radiotherapy Physics.


This course is made up of lectures and tutorials in semester 1.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses




Written exam (70%)

Two written assignments (30% total, 1500 words each)

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ Explore the application of Radiotherapy Physics in the treatment of cancer

■ Demonstate an advanced knowledge and in-depth understanding of the application of; dosimetry, radiotherapy equipment, quality assurance, radiation saftey, treatment planning, imaging, computer systems and network connectitvity in the patient's Radiotherapy pathway.

■ Describe recent and emerging developments in Radiotherapy Physics

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of a range of advanced radiotherapy techniques, evaluate when they should be applied, and their relevance in the treatment of various cancer sites;

■ explain the physical principles relevant to a range of advanced radiotherapy techniques including both the technology and clinical application

■ describe and critically appraise the current radiation safety and radiation protection legislation and guidance as it applies to Radiotherapy.

■ Apply the ideas and techniques developed in the lectures to solve a variety of Radiotherapy Physics problems

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.