Programme: BScHons Medical Physics

Code Faculty Department
10243003 Faculty of Health Sciences Department: Radiation Oncology
Credits Duration NQF level
Minimum duration of study: 1 year Total credits: 205 NQF level:  08

Programme information

The following requirements are set for completing the programme:

  • Advanced instruction by means of self-tuition and four compulsory seminars of which at least one must be read to and defended before the department in question, on topics assigned to the student.
  • Practical experience of the laboratory techniques used in the particular subsections of the subject.
  • Attendance at the compulsory faculty module (TNM 700) Applied research methodology 700.
  • Successful completion of the prescribed module (MBS 700) Medical biostatistics 700.
  • Taking part in a research project and presentation of an independent research report.
  • Satisfactory attendance at a library-user course.

Admission requirements

  1. Relevant bachelor’s (or equivalent) degree with at least one applicable biological subject as a major
  2. A weighted average of at least 60% at final-year level

Additional requirements

The prerequisites for admission to the honours degree in certain fields of study are indicated in the syllabuses of the specific department.

Also consult General Regulations.

Other programme-specific information

Modules to be taken in the Department of Physics, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences:

  • FSK 710   Mathematical methods 710
  • FSK 711   Classical dynamics 711
  • FSK 713   Quantum mechanics 713
  • FSK 714   Electrodynamics 714

Modules to be taken in the School of Medicine:

  • GNF 700  Medical physics: Practical work 700
  • GNF 701  Medical physics: Nuclear medicine 701
  • GNF 702  Medical physics: Diagnostic radiology 702
  • GNF 703  Medical physics: Radiation physics 703
  • GNF 704  Medical physics: Radiotherapy 704
  • GNF 705  Medical physics: Radiation protection 705

Examinations and pass requirements

  1. The examination at the end of the programme will consist of two written papers of three hours each as well as an oral examination of 30 minutes.
  2. For the field of specialisation Medical Physics, one examination of three hours is required in each of the theoretical modules. The mark awarded to the practical work will also be taken into account when the final mark is calculated.
  3. To comply with the pass requirements for the degree, a student must obtain a final mark of at least 50% in each division as indicated, as well as a pass mark of at least 50% for the essay/work assignment (if applicable). The stipulations regarding pass requirements for dissertations in the General Regulations apply mutatis mutandis to essays.
  4. Also consult General Regulation G.18 regarding Renewal of registration. 

Pass with distinction

The degree is conferred with distinction on a student who has obtained an average of at least 75% in the examination (written, oral, practical, etc).

Minimum credits: 170

Core modules

The information published here is subject to change and may be amended after the publication of this information. The General Regulations (G Regulations) apply to all faculties of the University of Pretoria. It is expected of each student to familiarise himself or herself well with these regulations as well as with the information contained in the General Rules section. Ignorance concerning these regulations and rules will not be accepted as an excuse for any transgression.

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