Syllabus for Medical Physics and Engineering

Medicinsk fysik och teknik


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 3MG050
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Technology G2F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2016-03-08
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2019
  • Entry requirements:

    60 credits in physics or engineering.

  • Responsible department: Department of Immunology, Genetics and Pathology
  • Other participating department(s): Faculty of Science and Technology

Learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to

  • explain biological effects and risks of ionising radiation
  • explain the principles of radiotherapy of tumours
  • describe the function of different radiation detectors
  • describe radionuclidic methods of measurement
  • carry out basic calculations of doses
  • describe planar X-ray
  • describe and explain different tomographic image methods based on X-ray, nuclear spin resonance and nuclide techniques
  • describe the principles of ultrasonography
  • describe the advantages and limitations of different technologies and discuss their use in medicine.


The course should provide students with a knowledge of physical methods for applications in medical technology. The following technologies and fields will be dealt with: X-ray tube and diagnostic X-ray. Accelerator technology for tumour treatment. Tomographic methods used for medical images, such as PET (Positron Emission Tomography), SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography), CT (Computed Tomography) and MR (Magnetic Resonance). Ultrasound. The chemical and biological impact of ionising radiation. Dosimetric calculations. Risk estimations.


Lectures, teaching sessions, seminars and compulsory study visits: Uppsala University Hospital, the Skandion Clinic, or equivalent.


Written examination at the end of the course (4 credits). Attendance at study visits and active participation in problem presentation (1 credit).

If special circumstances apply, the examiner can allow an exception from the assessment method indicated and permit a student to be assessed in another way. Special circumstances can include notification of special educational support from the university coordinator.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Spring 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

There is no centralized reading list for the course and the one that is available is lecture handouts from each course instance (plus possibly from previous years), as well as information during the study visits.