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Medical Physics Programme

Medical physicists are the healthcare services' experts on radiation and have important duties in radiological protection and radiation treatment. The medical physics programme suits those who are interested in physics and mathematics and want to use their knowledge in a responsible context.

Five-years of full-time studies lead to an academic professional qualification (Master of Medical Science with a major in medical radiation science with Specialization in medical radiation physics) and a licence to practice.

Responsible and varying

Radiation can save lives, but improper use can cause severe injuries. It is therefore important that there are experts with good knowledge of how to use radiation. Medical physicists contribute to patients who undergo radiation therapy receiving as good a treatment as possible and that the radiation doses in radiological examinations are reduced as much as possible.

Medical physicists also have the task of training and informing personnel, patients and relatives about radiation safety and what benefits and risks accompany various methods. The professional category cooperates closely with other healthcare personnel and also has contact with patients. There are often opportunities to participate in research and development in healthcare.

The medical physics programme provides in-depth knowledge in radiation safety and radiation physics measurement technology. This expertise is also in demand in other operations, such as authorities, the nuclear power industry and medical technology companies.

Theory and practice

Basic physics and mathematics are studied in the first two years, while the third year is about the basics in radiation physics. Then, the students take courses in nuclear physics, various types of radiation sources, the interaction of radiation with matter, dosimetry, radiation biology and radiation protection. Course components on the behaviour of radioactive substances in the environment are also included.

In the fourth year, the students learn how radiation physics is used in healthcare: X-ray physics, radiation treatment, nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance techniques, as well as courses concerning medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, imaging physics, scientific methodology and radiation protection emergency preparedness.

In the fifth and final year, the students have work placement under the supervision of experienced medical physicists and do an individual project of 30 higher education credits. During the programme, theoretical studies are interspersed with laboratory work. The medical physics programme comprises 300 higher education credits in total and provides a professional qualification as a medical physicist (Master of Science in Medical Physics). After graduation, the student applies for a licence from the National Board of Health and Welfare.

Application, entrance requirements and selection

Every year, 20 students are admitted to the medical physics programme in Gothenburg. Admission takes place in the autumn semester. This programme is conducted in Swedish.

To meet the general entry requirements you must:

  • have successfully completed upper secondary (high school) education and meet the requirements for university studies in the home country.
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in English. The entry requirement is the equivalent of at least grade E of the Swedish upper secondary course English 6/English B. See English Language Requirements.
  • be able to demonstrate proficiency in Swedish. The entry requirement is the equivalent of at least grade E of the Swedish upper secondary course Swedish 3/Swedish as a second language 3.


See other ways of meeting the requirement in Swedish at the website (in Swedish): https://www.antagning.se/sv/Det-har-galler-for-dig-som-gatt/Utlandsk-gymnasieutbildning/Det-har-behover-du-ha/Behorighet-i-svenska/

For students who received their final school grades after 31 December 2009, there is an additional entry requirement for mathematics as follows:

  • The student must have successfully completed courses in mathematics to reach the level of the Swedish courses Mathematics 1a, 1b or 1c / Mathematics A (approximately 10 years of mathematics studies).


If you have an International Baccalaureate (IB) degree from 2013 or earlier and received a diploma you have basic eligibility for higher education in Sweden, if you have sufficient knowledge in Swedish, English and mathematics.

For general admission, you must have:

  • Swedish A1 or A2, at least grade 4. If you completed your secondary education prior to January 1, 2010, it is enough with grades of at least 4 in Swedish B.
  • English B, SL, at least grade 4, with language of instruction other than English
  • Whoever has the IB diploma meet normal requirements in mathematics for basic eligibility, otherwise required Mathematics course A or Mathematics 1a/1b/1c.


And specific entry requirements, with pass grades of at least E:

  • Biology A, Physics B, Chemistry B, Mathematics E or Biology 1, Physics 2, Chemistry 2, Mathematics 4 (field-specific entry requirements 10/A10).

Selection: grades (66%) and the Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test (34%).

Study Counseling

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Medical Physics Programme student tells all

Meet Frida Svensson, 25, a student in the medical physics programme.

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Utskriftsdatum: 2020-08-15