FYS9730 – Medical Radiation Physics for Radiotherapy

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

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, anb to understand the role of physics in the radiotherapy process.

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting studentwithin a given deadline.

Overlapping courses


The course extends over 7 weeks. Compulsory lab work and compulsory essay.

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.


Clinical assignment must be approved to sit the final exam.

Final oral exam just after the 7 weeks of lectures are finished. 

In addition, candidates must hand in an essay which should be connected to the curriculum, but not be a part of this. The candidate should propose a theme for the essay, which then must be approved by one of the lecturers. The essay must be handed in before the 1st of May, and must be graded B or better in order for the candidate to be eligible for the final exam.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS4730 – Medical Radiation Physics for Radiotherapy

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

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

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 29, 2020 5:12:45 PM

Facts about this course


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.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)