Medical Physics

medical physics students with scanner

Medical Physics applies the concepts and methods of physics to the diagnosis and therapy of human disease.

Modern medicine relies heavily on physical tools, techniques and principles developed in the physical sciences.

The complexity and precision required in the operation of the related diagnostic and therapeutic equipment and the quest to improve them has led to the subspecialty of Medical Physics.

A medical physicist applies scientific knowledge and technological skills to help prevent, diagnose and treat many kinds of diseases and health conditions. They are a mix of research and clinical scientists who play a pivotal role in providing physics support to various areas of the health sector to provide better outcomes for patients. They also ensure the safety of staff and patients exposed to radiation. 

A medical physicist is typically a member of multidisciplinary team and may be involved in several activities relating to diagnosis and/or treatment in radiology, nuclear medicine or radiation therapy.

This programme is the only one of its kind in New Zealand.