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Radiation Protection and Environmental Radiology

  • 7.5 credits

In this course you will learn about radiation protection and how radionuclides may spread through the environment, e.g. in case of accidents. You will learn how to shield radiation effectively.

This course you will learn what you need to know how to protect yourself, others and the environment from radiation. You will understand what the dangers of radioactivity and radiation are, and how to quantify and mitigate these dangers.
You will learn the difference between radiation protection and operational quantities and how these can be related, calculated or measured. You will get hands-on experience with a broad range of detectors at a laboratory exercise at the Swedish Radiation Protection Authority (SSM).
Equally important is that you learn how the Swedish legislation functions and how it is related to the core concepts of radiation protection on a global level.
Nuclear waste management is also a part of this course, which we will show to you in practice by a study trip to related nuclear power facilities (e.g. fuel element fabrication, a nuclear power plant or nuclear waste deposit).


  • Course structure

    This is an advanced full-time course given during the daytime, except for one laboratory session which may occur in the late evening. The course is included in the Master`s Programme in Medical Physics.

    Teaching format

    The education consists of lectures, activating tutorials and exercises, computer exercises as well as practical laboratory work.  
    Several excursions will take place during this course to relevant laboratories.


    The course is examined through a written exam, possibly with an oral supplement.

    Skriv in de examinationsformer som används i kursen. Beskriv gärna lite. Till exempel kan man instället för ”skriftlig examination” skriva ”salstentamen samt en skriftlig rapport”. OBS! Det som står här måste stämma med kursplanen.


    Course responsible and examinator
    Niels Bassler, email:

    Niels Bassler, email:
    Marta Lazzeroni, email:

    Axel Erbing


  • Course literature

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

    Environmental radioactivity and emergency preparedness / Mats Isaksson, Christopher L. Rääf. CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, [2017] ISBN 9781315372877

    Lecture notes and handouts.

  • Contact

    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics: