Master of Medical PhysicsCareer
Qualified medical physicists are highly sought after in Australia and worldwide due to the expansion of radiation oncology and medical imaging facilities and services.
RMIT graduates in the areas of medical physics, radiation and health physics are employed in the fields of:
- medical imaging
- nuclear medicine
- radiation protection
- mining and prospecting
- government regulatory agencies
- associated research activities of non-hospital institutions
Our graduates are employed throughout Australia as well as internationally in the USA, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Australia is experiencing an expansion of radiation oncology and medical imaging facilities and service.
Growth includes construction of new treatment centres, particularly in regional centres.
The current national workforce demand has been forecast to continue to grow significantly in the next two decades.
A postgraduate qualification such as this is mandatory to become a certified practising medical physicist in Australia.
Similar workforce demand and growth has been experienced worldwide.
The Master of Medical Physics at RMIT is closely linked with all major hospitals in Melbourne through teaching and research collaborations.
Other organisations, such as radiation protection authorities and research facilities, are also closely connected employers of our graduates.
Courses taught in the program have been developed in consultation with practising professionals in the fields of radiotherapy, oncology, medical imaging, nuclear medicine, and radiation protection.
Work-integrated learning is embedded into the program through the research project.
You will either identify a research project from a workplace scenario you have encountered or will be selecting a topic your academic supervisors or industry collaborators have proposed in relation to their research activities or clinical responsibilities.
Your research project will have an industry consultant as a co-supervisor who will jointly assess the research project outcomes with the academic supervisor.
Your industry-integrated project will enable you to experience a workplace setting firsthand and build valuable contacts with potential future employers.
Professional recognition and accreditation
This program is accredited by the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM) who oversee a professional accreditation program that recognises and certifies experienced medical physicists.
To be certified as a professional medical physicist in Australia, you must complete the requirements stipulated by the ACPSEM. These include:
- undergraduate Bachelor of Physics or Bachelor of Science with physics major and strong maths subjects, or ACPSEM approved equivalents
- an ACPSEM accredited postgraduate degree in medical physics (usually masters or higher), or ACPSEM approved equivalents. You must also meet the bachelor degree requirements (above)
- completion of the ACPSEM Training, Education and Accreditation Program (TEAP) while employed as a Medical Physics Registrar at an accredited clinical centre