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Basic Radiobiology

  • 9 credits

The aim of the course is to give a basic knowledge of the biological effects of ionizing radiation, both for understanding radiation protection rules and regulations and the rationale for treatment of cancer using radiation. You will learn the fundamental aspects of radiation interaction with the biological material.

In this course you will study the radiobiological effects on living tissues and the factors affecting the relationship between the dose of radiation and the biological effect in order to have a fundamental understanding of these processes. The radiation effects at the cellular level resulting in damages of the DNA molecule in the cell nucleus and the cellular repair mechanisms will also be studied as well as the theories for cell survival after irradiation and dose-response curves. You will also study the stochastic, deterministic and the hereditary (genetic) effects of radiation and the biostatistics models to describe them and analyse radiobiological data. The course includes classroom lectures, computer exercises, calculation exercises and a study visit to a radiobiological laboratory.

  • Course structure

    This is an advanced course given during the daytime. The course is included in the Master`s Programme in Medical Physics. I can also be taken as an independent course.

    Teaching format

    The education consists of lectures and tutorials, calculation exercises and computer exercises as well as practical demonstrations. Active participation of the students in the education is achieved through active learning exercises and oral presentation of project assignments.


    The course is examined through written exam.



    Lecture education:

    Iuliana Toma-Dasu, phone 072 147 42 57, email:
    Emely Kjellsson Lindblom, email:

    Laboratory assistant:

    Wille Häger, email:


  • Course literature

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

    Eric Hall and Amato Giaccia: Radiobiology for the Radiologist, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins Sixth Ed 2006, Chapters 1-13

  • Contact

    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics: