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Radiation Sources with Medical Applications

This course provides you with basic knowledge of nuclear physics as a basis for studies in radiation physics. Through theoretical and experimental work, knowledge of different radioactive sources is acquired, and different radioactive decay processes are carefully studied. The basic principles and function of particle accelerators are also covered.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2023

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on whether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Information from the department

Everyone admitted to a course at the Department of Physics will receive a welcome letter with important information from us via e-mail. If you have not receive an e-mail by August, please contact our Academic advisor! Unfold and read more.


Courses at the Department of Physics do not have a roll-call. Instead the course starts with the first lecture.


After being admitted to a course, you must register to confirm that you are starting your studies. For most of our courses this can be done online using your university account. Registration normally opens two weeks before the course starts and you must have registered at the latest one week after. If you have any problems with registration, contact our Student office. Contact details can be found below.

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Learning platform

Most of the courses in physics use the Athena learning platform. Once registered, the course should appear automatically in Athena. If you cannot find the course, contact the course coordinator. If the course uses a different website, you can find the link further down on this web page.

Conditionally admitted

If you are conditionally admitted to a course at our department you need to contact our Academic advisor before you can register. Contact us as soon as possible, well before the course starts. Contact details are found further down on this web page.

Applicants on waiting list

Are you placed on a waiting list to any of our courses? You will always be contacted via e-mail if you are offered a place. Normaly we will not admit new students if more than 1 week has passed after the first lecture.

Find the Departmend of Physics

Most of the physics courses are held in the AlbaNova building, located between the Frescati campus and the Royal Institute of Technology (Tekniska högskolan, KTH). Courses in medical radiation physics are sometimes held at Campus Karolinska Hospital. A few of our physics courses are also given in collaboration with KTH or other departments. If this is the case it is clearly stated further down on this web page.

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Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.

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The course gives an introduction to medical radiation physics and a general overview of the clinical applications of ionizing radiation. You will become familiar with the main radiation quantities and units, and achieve a basic understanding of the fundamental radiation interaction processes and dosimetric principles to be further explored in other courses in the Master`s Programme in Medical Physics.
You will learn about natural and artificial radioactivity, and study the different radioactive decay processes and the physical laws and principles describing the radioactive decay series. Particular attention is given to the interpretation of radioactive decay schemes to be used in problem-based exercises. You will also study the basic principles of particle accelerators as well as nuclear reactions, and fission and fusion processes.

The course includes classroom lectures, seminars, exercises in groups in class with the help of the teacher, as well as a radionuclide laboratory.

  • Course structure

    This is a basic course given during the daytime. The course is included in the Master’s program in Medical Physics.


    This course is divided in two parts.

    On part I, the following topics will be presented: introduction to radiation physics (classification of radiation, quantities, units, basic radiation interaction processes, dosimetric principles), basic principles for particle accelerators, electron-, proton- and ion accelerators, nuclear reactions and fission and fusion processes

    On part II, the following topics will be presented: general laws of radioactivity, radioactive decay processes, radioactive decay series and production of radioactive nuclei.

    Teaching format

    The education consists of lectures, seminars and calculation exercises as well as a laboratory exercise. Active participation of the students in the education is achieved through exercises and seminars.

    The course can be given in English.


    The course is examined through seminars and a written exam.


    Marta Lazzeroni


  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    • Krane, Kenneth S: Introductory Nuclear Physics. John Wiley & Sons New York 1988
    • Podgorsak E B: Radiation physics for Medical Physicists. Springer Berlin Heidelberg New York. 2005
    • Karzmark, C J Morton: A primer on theory and operation of linear accelerators in radiation therapy Medical Physics Publishing Wisconsin 1998
  • Course reports

  • More information

    When can I apply?

    Registration is open from mid-March to mid-April for courses that run in the fall, and from mid-September to mid-October for courses that run in the spring.

    Please note that many courses open for late registration in mid-July for courses in the autumn term and in mid-December for courses in the spring term.

    Read our step by step guide on how to apply

  • Contact

    Course coordinator and teacher:
    Marta Lazzeroni, e-mail:

    Marta Lazzeroni
    Fredrik Hellberg, e-mail:

    Problem solving sessions:

    Filippo Schiavo, e-mail:


    Laboratory supervisor:
    Tomas Palmqvist, e-mail:


    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics:

    Student office: