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Radiation Protection and Environmental Radiology

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.


    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.

    The schedule will be published 1 month before the course start at the latest.

  • 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 978-1-4822-4464-9 (ISBN (Electronic) 1-4822-4464-0)
    • Lecture notes and handouts.
  • 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:
    Maria Doncel Monasterio, e-mail:

    Marta Lazzeroni
    Maria Doncel Monasterio, e-mail:
    Emely Kjellsson Lindblom, e-mail:

    Course assistant:
    Filippo Schiavo, e-mail:
    Tomas Palmqvist, e-mail:


    Academic advisor at the Department of Physics:

    Student office: