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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health Physics and Radiation Science

In this age of advanced technological development, it is difficult to find an aspect of our modern life that does not involve the use of ionizing radiation. Energy supply, medicine, agriculture, national security, manufacturing and resource-based industries are all examples of where the uses of radioactive materials or radiation-generating machines are an essential part of their operations. Radiation is also a unique tool for the study of materials and matter on the atomic scale. Radiation science recently has seen huge advances in techniques for material science using advanced radiation sources such as synchrotrons, neutron spallation sources and reactor neutron beams.

Such a wide-spread and general application of radiation leads to a constant and growing demand for trained scientists who understand radiation, its applications and hazards, and can work towards the betterment of society through its safe and innovative use.

The curriculum is designed to provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of advanced science for radiation protection of humans and the environment, as well as the application of radiation technologies in health care and industry. The first two years establish the fundamentals in: 

  • Mathematics;
  • Physical and biological sciences; and
  • Technology.

During your third year, you will the fundamentals of:

  • Radiation detection and measurement;
  • Imaging
  • Radiation biophysics; and
  • How radiation is produced and used in a wide range of applications.

Fourth year allows for specialization and includes two thesis projects.

Included in the program are courses such as:

  • Industrial Applications of Radiation Techniques;
  • Introduction to Nuclear Reactor Technology;
  • Medical Imaging;
  • Radiation Biophysics and Dosimetry;
  • Radiation Detection and Measurement;
  • Radiological and Health Physics; and
  • Therapeutic Applications of Radiation Techniques.