Prospective Undergraduates (Minor Degree Programmes)

Minor in Medical Physics

Host: Faculty of Science (FoS) and Faculty of Engineering (FoE)

Medical Physics is the branch of physics that develops and applies the methods and techniques, often from Nuclear Physics, which form the basis of the advanced technologies used in medicine and healthcare today. Examples are imaging techniques such as X-ray Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET), as well as radiation therapy techniques such as Radiotherapy and Proton Therapy, relevant in cancer treatment.

The fact that life expectancy and population are increasing, and the tendency to adopt more affluent lifestyle habits, leads to an increase in the incidence of many chronic and degenerative diseases. For example, the prevalence of cancer is predicted to increase three-fold by 2030, and other aging related maladies will also be seen more frequently.

Because of the rising expectations for better quality healthcare, experts in Medical Physics are needed where specialized knowledge and skills are required in specific areas (e.g. Radiation Oncology, Proton Beam Therapy, Medical Imaging (MRI/CT) and Medical Technology).

The Medical Physics minor aims to teach the basics of Medical Physics and the constitutional knowledge that is required from Nuclear Physics as well as Biology & Life Science, in order to broaden the knowledge of some of our graduates at the interface of these fields.

Those students who aim to become professional Medical Physicists will be able to utilize the solid foundation the minor represents to carry on through the NUS Department of Biomedical Engineering’s new graduate programme in Medical Physics, which is currently being implemented.


The Medical Physics programme is an undergraduate minor programme both for physics majors (FoS) and other Science & Engineering (FoE and FoS) students with

  • H2 Physics (or its equivalent; e.g. PC1221/PC1221FC and PC1222) and
  • H2 Biology (or its equivalent e.g. LSM1301) and
  • Have read and passed one of the following:
  PC1144 Introduction to Modern Physics
  PC1432 Engineering Physics
  PC2232 Physics for Electrical Engineers
  PC2130B Applied Quantum Mechanics

The Medical Physics minor will cover relevant topics in Medical Physics including nuclear physics, nuclear analytical techniques, radiation physics, imaging techniques and accelerator based applications (e.g. proton therapy).

Invitations to apply for the Medical Physics minor will be sent to first & second year FoE & FoS students. Applicants who meet the pre‐requisites and have a good academic standing will be invited for an interview.


The Medical Physics minor programme will consist of the following set of core modules (12MCs):

Module (4MC each) Pre-requisites
GEK1540 Modern Technology in Medicine and Healthcare (for AY2014/15 Cohort and before)
GEH1032 Modern Technology in Medicine and Healthcare (for AY2015/16 Cohort and after)
PC3232 Nuclear & Particle Physics (for physics majors)
PC2130 or PC2130B
PC3232B Applied Nuclear Physics PC1144 Physics IV or PC1432 Engineering Physics or PC2232 Physics for Electrical Engineers or PC2130B Applied Quantum Physics
PC3294 Radiation Laboratory module PC3232 Nuclear and Particle physics or PC3232B Applied Nuclear Physics


Students in the Medical Physics minor programme are required to read at least 12 MCs of modules from the set of electives below, with at most 8 MCs from 1000 level modules.

Modules (4MC each)

  • LSM1202 Human Anatomy
  • LSM2212 Human Anatomy (for AY2015/16 Cohort and after)
  • LSM1104 General Physiology or LSM2231 General Physiology
  • LSM1106 Molecular Cell Biology
  • LSM1401 Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • LSM2103 Cell Biology or LSM2233 Cell Biology
  • LSM4243 Tumour Biology
  • LSM3223 Immunology
  • LSM3243 Molecular Biophysics
  • EE4603 Biomedical Imaging Systems

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