Technological advances and developments in medicine, particularly in radiology, oncology (radiotherapy) and nuclear medicine, have created a demand for qualified medical physicists to manage and monitor the medical usage of radiation in all its forms. In 1998, Universiti Malaya launched the Master of Medical Physics programme to meet this growing need. Over 150 graduates have graduated from this programme thus far.
The programme is accredited by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), United Kingdom since 2002. At present, the University of Malaya programme is the only one outside the British Isles (United Kingdom and Ireland) to receive such recognition.
This programme provides postgraduate training in clinical applications of physics in medicine and biology, particularly with regard to ionizing electromagnetic radiation. The main areas of focus are the planning, quality control and safety considerations for medical imaging (general x-ray machines, CT scanners, MRI scanners, ultrasound scanners, etc.), nuclear medicine imaging (gamma cameras, SPECT scanners, etc.) and radiotherapy (linear accelerator, brachytherapy equipment, etc.)
This programme trains and equips students to take up professional positions in education, research and service orientated positions in hospitals, government agencies, laboratories, the medical industry and the nuclear technology industry.