Medical Physics

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

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.  

medical physicist working with a patient

Formal training programmes are offered for registrars studying towards their college exams, as well as medical physics students studying towards BSc (Med) (Hons), MSc and PhD 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.

BSc (Med) (Hons)

Programme convener: Dr Annemari Groenewald (Deputy Manager: Medical Physics)
Admission requirements:
 FHK1 - A BSc degree with a major in Physics. (Syllabus for entrance criteria)
NQF credits: 123
Plan code: MH001RAY02
The written examination comprises 9 three-hour papers over one year.

Programme structure and outline

The qualification is designed to teach students the fundamentals and advanced knowledge of Medical Physics, as applied in Radiotherapy, Nuclear Medicine, Radiology and Radiation Protection, as well as prepare them for the scope of practice of a modern-day medical physicist. The qualification as a whole, or equivalently a BSc(Hons) Physics with the six Medical Physics courses as addenda, allows for registration as a Medical Physics intern with the HPCSA.

Core Courses at NQF level 8:

NQF credits:

The Physics of Radiology


The Physics of Nuclear Medicine




Radiation Protection and Dosimetry




Treatment Planning


Modern Physics for Medical Physicsits - Applied Quantum Mechanics and Nuclear Physics


Clinical and Advanced Techniques


Introduction to Medical Imaging and Image Processing


Medical Physics Research Project


Total NQF credits:



Medical Physics Staff