My Science masters at NUI Galway

John Masters, pictured above, completed the MSc in Medical Physics in 2018.

“Medical Physics captivated my attention during my time in industry, working in hospitals with the engineering department. Upon researching all of the possible opportunities the field provided, National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG) was the one that bridged accreditations and enabled students from the United States and Canada to attend a program that provides opportunity to continue down the path of Medical Physics across both North America and Europe.”–John Masters, graduate  

The MSc in Medical Physics has received re-accreditation until 2025 from the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programmes. This re-accreditation underlines the high quality of the course and further enhances its international reputation attracting students not only from North America but worldwide. Initially accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, UK, in 2015 NUI Galway’s MSc in Medical Physics was the first European MSc programme to be awarded accreditation from CAMPEP, and the second programme worldwide outside North America. 

The programme is designed to meet the demand for qualified medical physicists. It is primarily geared toward training for physicists in the application of radiation physics in medicine but maintains a reasonable exposure to key aspects of clinical engineering so that students receive a comprehensive knowledge of the application of physical sciences and engineering to medicine. Past graduates have also pursued roles in further academic research and in the medical technology industry. 

John says: “The Medical Physics MSc does an excellent job of teaching all of the necessary aspects of the various roles physicists play in medicine. NUI Galway in particular perfectly balances the time needed in a clinical setting through the University Hospital with the classroom setting before sending students to one of the many connected institutions for a final project. My MSc at NUI Galway ended up being exactly what I wanted; I was able to study with very diverse and knowledgeable experts while enjoying the vibrant life that Galway, Ireland, and Europe have to offer!” 

A recent survey of graduates showed that around 75% of them had found employment in a Medical Physics-based career. This includes several individuals who have pursued or are pursuing a PhD. About 20% are employed abroad, in countries like the UK, the US, Australia and New Zealand, and indeed John has gone from strength to strength and is currently working as a produce physicist/systems engineer in Chronos Imaging in Illinois. 

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For information on all Science postgraduate programmes available at NUI Galway, please visit www.nuigalway.ie/courses. Applications are made online via www.nuigalway.ie/postgraduateapplications  

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