MDPH403-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Radiation Physics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


Ionising radiation, interactions, energy deposition, nuclear models, radiation units, radiation generation, and isotope production.

The aim of the course is to provided participants with a general knowledge of the physical principles that form the foundations for the use of ionising radiation primarily in medicine (both therapy and diagnostic), and, to a lesser degree, in industry.

Summary of the course content:
The topic areas covered are
 basic nuclear physics
 radioactivity
 nuclear reactions
 charged particle ionising radiation
 uncharged ionising radiation
 dosimetric principles, quantities and units, and dosimetry in practice
 neutrons.

Learning Outcomes

To provide an underpinning understanding, and a practical knowledge of
 the types, origins and sources of ionising radiation and its interaction with matter
 the basics of ionising radiation dosimetry
 the principles involved in the detection and measurement of ionising radiation
 the use of basic radiation measuring instruments.


Subject to approval of the Head of Department



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Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Konstantin Pavlov


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignment 10%
Final Exam 60%
Practical 10%
Test 20%

NB: A pass in the final exam is required to pass the course.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Podgorsak EB; Radiation Physics for Medical Physicists ; 3rd; Springer, 2016.

Recommended Reading

Attix FH; Introcution to Radiological Physics and Radiation Dosimetry ; John Wiley & Sons, 1991 ((1986, 1991)).

Johns HE & Cunninghma JR; The Physics of Radiology ; Thomas, 1983.

Khan FM; The Physics of Radiation Therapy ; 5th; Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2014.

Podgorsak EB; Radiation Oncology Physics: A handbook for teachers and students ; IAEA, 2005.

Additional Course Outline Information

Academic integrity

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Physical & Chemical Sciences .

All MDPH403 Occurrences

  • MDPH403-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023