Radiation Therapy Physics and Biology
This course aims at giving basic theoretical and practical knowledge of the physics and biology of radiation therapy and to prepare the student for working as medical physicist in radiotherapy.
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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 wether you have to reply to your offer or not.
Checklist for admitted students
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Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.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 the mail by the beginning of August, please contact our study advisor!
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 the first lecture. If you have any problems with registration, contact our student office. Contact details can be found below.
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.
If you are conditionally admitted to a course at our department you need to contact our study 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 by e-mail if you are offered a place. Normaly we will not admit new students if more than 1 week has passed after the firsts 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 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.
Education during autumn 2020
Most courses at the Department of Physics which starts during the first period of the autumn semester will have lectures given online while practical elements (e.g., laboratory exercises) and examination take place on campus.
More specific deatalis regarding this course can be found further down on this web page or on the course page in the Athena learning platform. If you have questions you can contact the course coordinator; contact details are found further down on this web page.
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.
Find your way on campus
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.
For new international students
In this course you will start by studying the physical and dosimetric aspects of clinical radiation fields as used in external radiotherapy and in brachytherapy as well as the theoretical algorithms for dose calculation in the treatment planning systems. The techniques and approaches for planning, optimizing and delivery radiotherapy will also be studied. The practical aspects in radiotherapy regarding the quality assurance, quality control and verification of patient treatment are also included. Special attention is given to the clinical radiation biology of the tumour and normal tissues and its applications for fractionated external beam radiotherapy and brachytherapy. The protection of the patients and staff from the unwanted effects of radiation will also be studied by you if you take the course. The course includes classroom lectures, demonstrations at the radiotherapy department in the hospital, treatment planning sessions, problem based learning exercises and calculation exercises.
This is an advanced course given during the daytime. The course is included in the Master`s Programme in Medical Physics.
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 problem based exercises.
The course is examined through written exam.
During the autumn 2019
Course literatureNote that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
- Podgorsak E. B. and International Atomic Energy Agency: Radiation Oncology Physics: A Handbook for Teachers And Students 2005
- Eric Hall and Amato Giaccia: Radiobiology for the Radiologist, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins Sixth Ed 2006
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.
Academic advisor at the Department of Physics: