FYS4730 – Medical Radiation Physics for Radiotherapy

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Course content

The course provides an introduction to the physics of ionizing radiation in the treatment of cancer; also the role of radiotherapy in cancer therapy in general and the radiotherapy process is discussed. The physics of radiotherapy comprises an introduction to interaction between radiation and matter and radiation dosimetry, characteristics of the radiation beam and dose distributions, the physics of therapy machines, treatment techniques, treatment planning and dose computation, as well as an introduction to clinical radiation biology. Both the physics of external beam therapy and brachytherapy is covered. The course comprises also a clinical assignment.

Learning outcome

To obtain knowledge about the physics of ionizing radiation in modern cancer treatment, and to understand the role of physics in the radiotherapy process.


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Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with FYS9730 – Medical Radiation Physics for Radiotherapy


The course extends over 7 weeks. Compulsory lab work.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


Oral exam just after the 7 weeks of lectures. Clinical asignment must be passed.

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Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every spring

If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.



Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)