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Offered by the Department of Nuclear Science

Medical physics is a branch of applied physics using concepts and methods of physics to help diagnose and treat human disease. The fusion of medicine, physics, technology and basic sciences makes Medical Physics one of the most fascinating sub-specialties of physical sciences A medical physicist is an expert in radiation physics. He practices medical physics, interacts directly with the radiation oncology team and is responsible for radiation treatment planning. The medical physicist guarantees the accurate measurements of the radiation beam. His goal is to compute the correct radiation dose that can best destroy malignant tumors while minimizing damage to normal tissue. In addition, he also plays a major role in the radiation protection, safety and functioning of radiotherapy units, radiation sources, and radiation detection equipment Employment for a Medical Physicist is wide and possible in institutions such as hospitals, cancer centers, nuclear power plants, radiopharmaceutical production facilities and the academia and foreign opportunities are many. The foremost pathway to becoming a medical physicist requires a postgraduate degree such as a master’s (MSc) or a doctorate (PhD) in medical physics. In addition, clinical practice under the supervision of a Medical Physicist is also required. Want to know more about medical physics? Refer the below lecture done by Dr. Sarasanandarajah Sivananthan.


BSc Degree from a recognized University with Physics as a subject or any other equivalent qualification acceptable to the Senate of the University of Colombo.

Course Fees

LKR 285,000.00

Registration Fee: LKR 2,500/-
Library Fee: LKR 5,000/-
Examination Fee: LKR 25,000/-

Target Audience

Graduates who are planning to work or pursue MPhil/PhD in a relevant field, and graduates who are working or planning to become medical physicists, academics, or any other relevant position. Note: This program is more suitable for candidates with solid Physics and Mathematics or Engineering backgrounds.

Registration for 2022 intake

The programme is advertised for the 2022 intake.

Application and the advertisement of the MSc programme – 2022 intake can be downloaded from the following link:

Tentative dates

Closing date of Applications: 25th April 2022 

Date of commencement: July/ August 2022  

Program Structure

Duration: 18-24 months and will be conducted in the evenings (Friday) and on weekends. They consist of two parts, Part 1-course work (theory and laboratory) and part II- research work.

The MSc programs offered by the Department of Nuclear Science consists of three parts. Following are guidelines issued by the Quality Assurance and Accreditation Council of the UGC.

Part I - Medical Physics (Postgraduate Diploma)

Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Physics can be offered with 25 credits course work under Part I (without conducting any research project). Depending on the level of performance (minimum GPA of 2.0), Postgraduate Diploma can be offered.

Part II - M.Sc. in Medical Physics with Course work

The MSc degree (Course work) can be offered by completing 25 credits course work and 5 credit independent research study module after Part I to those who are having a GPA of 2.5 or better in Part I. Depending on the level of performance (minimum GPA of 2.5 for Part II), Masters Degree can be offered.

Part III - M.Sc. in Medical Physics with Course work and research

The MSc degree (Course work and research) can be Offered by completing a 30 credit (1 year) optional research module after Part II to those who are having GPA of 3.0 or better in Part II. Depending on the level of performance (minimum GPA of 2.5 in Part III), Masters Degree(with research) can be offered.

Course Modules


Course Unit Course Name No. of Credits Note
MMP 5021 Anatomy and Physiology 3C 30L, 30P
MMP 5022 Radiation Physics and Dosimetry 2C 30L
MMP 5023 Physics of Diagnostic Radiology 2C 30L
MMP 5024 Nuclear Instrumentation Lab 1C 30P
MMP 5025 Physics of Radiotherapy 4C 60L
MMP 5026 Diagnostic Imaging with Non-ionizing Radiation 2C 30L
MMP 5027 Medical Imaging Science 3C 30L, 30P
MMP 5028 Lab in Radiation Oncology 1C 30P
MMP 5029 Radiation Protection and Radiobiology 2C 30L
MMP 5030 Physics of Nuclear Medicine 2C 30L
MMP 5031 Research Methodology and Ethics 2C 30L
MMP 5032 Lab in Radiological Physics 1C 30P


Course Unit Course Name No. of Credits Note
MMP 5019 Guided independent research project 5C 150P


Course Unit Course Name No. of Credits Note
MMP 5020 Research Project (full time) 30C 1 Year

Teaching Panel

  • Dr. Jeyasinagam Jeyasugiththan – Senior Lecturer, University of Colombo
  • Dr. Janaka Wansapura – Senior Lecturer, University of Colombo
  • Mrs. Palee Mahawatte – Retired professor, University of Colombo
  • Dr. Arshani Wansapura – Visiting Lecturer, University of Colombo
  • Mr. Athula Kumara – Chief Medical Physicist, National Cancer Hospital Maharagama
  • Dr. Nadarajah Jeyakumaran – Consultant Clinical Oncologist, National Cancer Hospital Maharagama
  • Dr. Murali Vallipuranathan – Community Physician, Ministry of Health
  • Dr.Sameera Viswakula – Senior Lecturer, University of Colombo
  • Dr. Chrishanthi Rajasooriyar – Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Teaching Hospital Jaffna
  • Dr. Sivananthan Sarasanandaraja – Medical Physicist, Senior Peter MacCallum Cancer Research Institute & RMIT University, Australia

Further Information

Further information regarding the MSc Program can be obtained by contacting the program coordinator.

Contact details of the program coordinators are as follows.

Intake Coordinator Email Phone
2020 Dr. J Jeyasugiththan 011 2502525