Division of Medical Physics

Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences (MSBS)

Concentration: Clinical 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.

A total of 92 credit hours will be needed to complete this program. Candidates with a Bachelor's degree will be required to do a thesis at the end of their course work or 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 project in the 2nd year. All candidates admitted to this program must pay tuition to UT. For instate candidates with half tuition scholarships, the total tuition for this two year program will amount to approximately $4000. For detailed information and scholarship availability contact the UT College of Graduate Studies. During this two years training 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:
  • Human Genetics (20.611)
  • Structure and Function (20.500)
  • Introduction to Physics of Radiation Oncology I & ll
  • Radiation Dosimetry I & II
  • Radiation Biology I & ll
  • Practical Measurements in Radiation Oncology
  • Introduction to Computers in Radiation Oncology
  • Dosimetry III & IV for Ph.D. Students
  • Independent Study in Radiation Oncology
  • Special research/development projects in Radiation Oncology are available for credit. Part of clinical training also will qualify for credit.
  • Special Topics in Radiation Oncology
  • Current Topics in Radiation Oncology
  • Radiation Detection and Measurements l & II
  • Brachytherapy I & II (II is Ph.D. level)
  • Electronics
  • Survey of Radiation Oncology
  • Independent Study in Radiation Oncology [currently in catalog as 16-889]
  • Independent Study in Anatomy [currently in catalog as 01-889]

In addition to these courses, the students will be required to take some courses in Radiological Physics, Radiation Protection and Anatomy. 
  • Human Anatomy
  • Independent Study in Anatomy
  • Radiation Protection
The Practical Training program will start with anatomy lab for Physicists in Radiation Oncology (parts I and II), 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 bycomputer 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: 11/18/16