Radiation Medicine

Medical Physics

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Areas of Study | BSc (Med) (Honours) | Research

The Division of Medical Physics strives to promote safe and effective use of radiation in the medical environment in line with the needs of the 21st century. The Division forms part of the Department of Radiation Medicine, and liaises closely with the Divisions of Radiation Oncology, Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine to offer effective healthcare services, and support research, teaching and training. 

Formal training programmes are offered for registrars studying towards their college exams, as well as medical physics students studying towards BSc (Med) (Hons) and MSc degrees.  The unit is registered as an HPCSA accredited training institute for Medical Physics interns.

Areas of study

In order to work as a Medical Physicist in South Africa you need to be registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa.  Registration requires a four year professional degree/BSc Honours degree (or equivalent), including all of the medical physics subjects, followed by a two year internship at an accredited training facility.

The Division of Medical Physics at GSH/UCT offers a BSc (Med) (Hon) degree and is also an accredited training institution for this programme. Training includes all aspects of Medical Physics relating to Radiation Oncology, Diagnostic Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Protection.  Interns are required to complete programmes in all four areas in order to register in South Africa.

See more information on the HPCSA requirements.

BSc (Med) (Hons)

Programme convener: Ms H Burger (HoDiv Medical Physics)
Admission requirements:
 FHK1 - A BSc degree with a major in Physics. (2017 syllabus for entrance criteria)
HEQF credits: 123
Plan code: MH001RAY02
The written examination comprises 9 three-hour papers over one year.

Programme outline

The Department of Medical Physics at the University of Cape Town offers a one-year BSc (Med) (Honours) degree in Medical Physics.  The programme comprises approximately 12 lectures per week for one year and a series of practical sessions covering the coursework. In addition to the course work the students will have to complete an educational research module running over a 10 week period in the second semester.


NQF Credits

Quantum Mechanics


Nuclear Physics/Radiation Interactions


Computational Physics (or equivalent)


Introduction to Medical Imaging and Image Processing


Research Project


The Physics of Diagnostic Radiology


The Physics of Nuclear Medicine


The Physics of Radiotherapy


Radiation Protection


Treatment Planning


Radiobiology and Life Sciences



Specific research interests

Volumetric modulated radiation therapy, and innovation in teaching

Hester Burger

Internal dosimetry in nuclear medicine

Nanette Joubert

Radiation dose assessments in diagnostic radiological procedures with specific focus on evaluation and optimization of paediatric imaging

Vuyisile Jonas

Conformal radiotherapy and dose verification

Hannelie MacGregor

LDR brachytherapy implants

Nanette Bruwer