Division of Medical Physics

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS)

Concentration: MSBS in Medical Physics with concentration in Radiation Oncology Physics

This program is designed for candidates with Ph.D, M.S., or B.S. degree in Physics, engineering or a related field. Candidates
holding a Ph.D. degree desirous of receiving clinical training in Radiation Oncology Physics should consider this program. Minimum degree eligibility criteria for admission is a Bachelor of Science in medical physics, physics, or a related field. Those candidates who have degrees in fields other than physics, should have equivalent to a minor in physics
.

A total of 52 credit hours will be needed to complete this degree program. Candidates with a Bachelor's degree will be required to do a thesis at the end of their course work in addition to clinical clerkship which provides them with practical training. Candidates with a master's or higher level degrees will not be required but will have the option to do a thesis, however, they are required to do a scholarly project in their 2nd year. All candidates admitted to this program must pay tuition to UT, and for
detailed information on tuition and scholarship availability contact the UT College of Graduate Studies. During this two years program, the emphasis is on didactic course work for the first year and on the clinical aspects of medical physics on the second year. The outline of the courses that must be taken by the candidates who meet these criteria are listed below.


Core Courses:
  • Introduction to Physics of Radiation Therapy
  • Radiation Dosimetry I & II
  • Radiation Biology
  • Practical Measurements in Radiation Oncology
  • Special research/development projects in Radiation Oncology are available for credit. Part of clinical training also will qualify for credit
  • Radiation Detection and Measurements
  • Brachytherapy
  • Survey of Radiation Oncology


In addition, the students will be required to take some courses in Radiological Physics, Radiation Protection, and Anatomy:

  • Human Anatomy
  • Radiation Protection and Regulations

The Practical Training program will start with Practical Measurements lab, accelerator rotations with radiation therapists, quality assurance issues and introduction to treatment planning. Simulation and patient setups as well as machine calibration and QA followed by computers and treatment planning, MU calculations by hand and by computer and brachytherapy treatment planning will be discussed.

Other practical issues covered during the second year are brachytherapy dose calculations by hand and related NRC issues, radiology and radiation safety, seminars in Radiation Oncology, intraoperative Radiation Oncology (IORT), conformal Radiation Oncology and 3-D treatment planning and stereotactic radiosurgery. The candidates will have at least a two week rotation in diagnostic radiology.

All the above graduate programs are open to national and international students.

Last Updated: 11/28/18