FYS9730 – 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, anb to understand the role of physics in the radiotherapy process.


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 student within a given deadline.


Formal prerequisite knowledge


Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap against FYS398.

10 credits with FYS4730 – Medical Radiation Physics for Radiotherapy


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.


Oral exam at the end of the 7 weeks of lectures. Clinical assignment must be passed. 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.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. 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)