Postgraduate Degree

Medical Physics

MSc in Medical Physics

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 (M.Sc) or a doctorate (Ph.D) 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.


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

programme structure

The M.Sc. 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 M.Sc. 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 M.Sc. 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 Outline


  • MMP5021 – Anatomy and Physiology (3C, 30L, 30P)
  • MMP5022 – Radiation Physics and Dosimetry (2C, 30L)
  • MMP5023 – Physics of Diagnostic Radiology (2C, 30L)
  • MMP5024 – Nuclear Instrumentation Lab (1C, 30P)
  • MMP5025 – Physics of Radiotherapy (4C, 60L)
  • MMP5026 – Diagnostic Imaging with Non-ionizing Radiation (2C, 30L)
  • MMP5027 – Medical Imaging Science (3C, 30L, 30P)
  • MMP5028 – Lab in Radiation Oncology (1C, 30P)
  • MMP5029 – Radiation Protection and Radiobiology (2C, 30L)
  • MMP5030 – Physics of Nuclear Medicine (2C, 30L)
  • MMP5031 – Research Methodology and Ethics (2C, 30L)
  • MMP5032 – Lab in Radiological Physics (1C, 30P)


  • MMP5019 – Guided independent research project (5C, 150P)


  • MMP5020 –  Research Project (full time)  (30C, 1 year)


Admission details

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.

Payments for domestic students (for part I and Part II):
Course fee – 185,000/= (Application fee code: 314061500006 for 2018 intake).
In addition, students are expected to pay registration fees (Rs. 2500/=), library fees (Rs.5000/=) and examination fees (Rs.15,000/=).

Payments for International students (for part I and Part II):
Total fee – 5000 USD (included all the payment)

For further details please contact:
Dr.J.Jeyasugiththan, Programme Coordinator, MSc in Medical Physics,
Phone: 0112502525/0775953601, email:

Teaching Panel