Our master’s programme provides you with the profound, interdisciplinary knowledge required to fulfil these responsibilities, as well as trains you to be a leader in the constant development of the clinical practice. It also prepares you for a career in the industry, at the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, and in research. After gaining proficiency in Swedish and adding a short introductory course to your curriculum, you will also obtain the professional degree of medical physicist.







Reasons to choose Stockholm University

Study on the edge of science, in the heart of history

Stockholm is home to Radiumhemmet, the first oncological clinic in Sweden established in 1910. Since 1938, Radiumhemmet is part of Karolinska University Hospital in Solna, where the Medical Radiation Physics division is also located. Here, many of the modern radiotherapy techniques such as brachytherapy, Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) and Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT) that treat and cure thousands of patients around the world every year were developed. It is also here that the Master's programme in Medical Radiation Physics is given, by active researchers in the field in close collaboration with the clinical experts from the hospital.  

First class, translational education with many possibilities

Medical radiation physics is a highly interdisciplinary science spanning across many fields including physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology and medicine. This implies particular challenges when studying medical radiation physics, and puts high demands on the quality of the education. It also emphasizes the importance of collaborations with experts from other fields. As the Master’s programme is run by the research division for medical radiation physics, all teachers are both very invested in and dedicated to the education. All teachers are also active researchers in the field with ongoing projects with national as well as international collaborators from several fields. As a student on the Master's programme, you will therefore receive education of the highest quality and be in close contact with the latest research. In addition, you will also gain a profound understanding of the clinical reality from the many teachers from the hospital, where you will also do your clinical practice included in the programme. Depending on your interests and the kind of career you would like pursue after graduation (e.g. clinical, academic, etc.), the degree project of 30 credits can be done at the hospital, with one of the researchers at the division, or in collaboration with the industry.

Programme structure

As the Master’s programme in medical radiation physics is equivalent with the last two years of the professional education to become a medical physicist, all courses are mandatory. In the first year, you will study radiobiology and radiation protection, as well as cover the diagnostic specialties of medical physics including clinical practice in all diagnostic departments at the hospital. The second year is dedicated to radiation therapy (including five weeks of clinical practice) and to the degree project, which is fixed to 30 credits. The topic of the project does not have to have a clinical connection, and many of our graduates go on to work in the industry, at the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, and/or pursue a career in research.

The Swedish credit system is compatible with the European standard ECTS. 30 ECTS is equivalent to one semester of full time studies.

First year (60 credits)
Autumn Spring
Image and System Analysis FK7064 9 credits Physics of Diagnostic Radiology FK8031 10.5 credits (cont’d)
Basic Radiobiology FK7065 9 credits Magnetic Resonance Imaging FK8032 10 credits
Radiation Protection and Environmental Radiology FK8030 7.5 credits Physics of Nuclear Medicine FK8037 11 credits
Physics of Diagnostic Radiology FK8031 10.5 credits (start) The Professional Role of the Medical Physicist FK8038 3 credits
Second year (60 credits)
Autumn Spring
Radiation Therapy Physics and Biology FK8035 22.5 credits Degree Project FK9006 30 credits
Clinical Radiotherapy Physics and Biology FK8036 7.5 credits  


Examples of recent degree projects

1. Clinical optimization of a regularized reconstruction algorithm in PET. (2018)
2. Risk of second cancer from proton therapy of breast cancer – impact of physiological and radiobiological uncertainties. (2018)
3. Ray Cast/Dose Superposition algorithm for proton grid therapy. (2017)

Career prospects

With a Master of Science degree in Medical Radiation Physics from Stockholm University, you will be able to find work in several areas including radiation protection and the industry involved in producing the hardware and software needed for the medical applications of ionizing radiation. You will also be able to pursue a career in research (both in Sweden and abroad). 
Gaining proficiency in Swedish and adding our basic course on Introduction to Anatomy, Physiology, and Oncology to your curriculum, will allow you
to also obtain a professional degree as a medical physicist. This makes you eligible to apply for a certificate to work as a medical physicist in the clinic. The certificate is granted by the National Board of Health and Welfare.

Entry requirements

Application procedure

All our international Master’s programmes start during the autumn semester. The application round normally opens in mid-October the preceding year, with a deadline in January. The exact dates may vary from year to year, so please check the application site for current dates. You apply by following the three steps below:


Scholarships and funding

The scholarship scheme at Stockholm University is aimed at especially qualified students coming from countries outside of EU/EEA/Switzerland and who are required to pay tuition fees for studies. Show scholarships offered by Stockholm University.
The Swedish Institute Study Scholarships target highly-qualified students from certain countries. The scholarships will be awarded for master’s studies in Sweden, starting in autumn and covers both living costs and tuition fees. Show scholarships offered by the Swedish Institute.
You are also encouraged to investigate what scholarships are available through your university, government or international organisations.


If you are left with questions or need more information about the application procedure, programme structure or practical details concerning your studies at Stockholm University, please do not hesitate to contact our Academic Advisors.

We look forward to your application!