Postgraduate study in Medical Physics and Imaging Technology

What can you study in Medical Physics and Imaging Technology?

This programme involves extensive specialist training in imaging and physiology that may create a pathway to proceed to further postgraduate study in Medical Physics, Biophotonics, Biomedical Imaging or Biophysics.

Areas of research interests open to exploration include:

  • Theory of light matter interactions relevant to biological systems
  • Development of optical sensing and imaging systems
  • Data and image processing
  • Development of instrumentation and optical probes

Students considering the Bachelor of Science (Honours) Medical Physics and Imaging Technology programme should have a strong background in Physics and Mathematics. Courses in Biological Sciences or Physiology are also a good combination to have to provide a good foundation to progress your postgraduate studies in Medical Physics and Imaging Technology.  Please see the undergraduate Medical Physics and Imaging pathway for specific information about how to progress to postgraduate study in this subject.


On top of the BSc core Physics courses, prior to applying for the BSc(Hons) in Medical Physics and Imaging Technology you are required to have completed:

  • PHYSICS 244 Electronics and Imaging
  • PHYSICS 340 Electronics and Signal Processing
  • PHYSICS 333 Lasers and Electromagnetic Waves

Additionally, students who have completed the common year in science can complement their curriculum with:

  • MEDSCI 205 The Physiology of Human Organ Systems
  • MEDSCI 206 Principles of Neuroscience
  • MEDSCI 309 Biophysics of Nerve and Muscle

Structuring your postgraduate programme in Medical Physics and Imaging Technology

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Medical Physics and Imaging Technology

45 points:

  • PHYSICS 787 Project

60 points from:

  • MEDSCI 703 Advanced Biomedical Imaging
  • MEDSCI 737 Biomedical MRI
  • PHYSICS 701 Linear Systems
  • PHYSICS 760 Quantum Optics
  • PHYSICS 780 Advanced Imaging Technologies

15 points from:

  • MEDSCI 701 Special Studies in Medical Science
  • MEDSCI 703 Advanced Biomedical Imaging
  • MEDSCI 704 Stem Cells and Development
  • MEDSCI 705 Infection, Immunity and Disease
  • MEDSCI 706 Genomic Medicine
  • MEDSCI 707 Activities of Microbes in Disease
  • MEDSCI 708 Advanced Immunology and Immunotherapy
  • MEDSCI 709 Nutrition in Health and Disease
  • MEDSCI 710 Nutrition Mechanisms
  • MEDSCI 711 Clinical Nutrition
  • MEDSCI 712 Critical Evaluation of Nutritional Therapies
  • MEDSCI 713 Principles of Cancer Therapy
  • MEDSCI 714 Advanced Cancer Biology
  • MEDSCI 715 Molecular Toxicology
  • MEDSCI 716 Advanced Drug Disposition and Kinetics
  • MEDSCI 717 Advanced Neuroscience: Neuropharmacology
  • MEDSCI 718 Pharmacology of Anaesthetics and Analgesics
  • MEDSCI 719 Pharmacometrics
  • MEDSCI 720 Biomedical Research Techniques
  • MEDSCI 721 Advanced Toxicology
  • MEDSCI 722 Clinical Pharmacology
  • MEDSCI 723 Cancer Pharmacology
  • MEDSCI 725 Experimental Design
  • MEDSCI 727 Advanced Neuroscience: Neurophysiology
  • MEDSCI 729 Perinatal Physiology and Medicine
  • MEDSCI 730 Reproductive Science
  • MEDSCI 731 Advanced Reproductive Biology
  • MEDSCI 732 Molecular Aspects of Endocrinology and Metabolism
  • MEDSCI 733 Advanced Methods in Cell Physiology
  • MEDSCI 734 Advanced Integrative Physiology
  • MEDSCI 735 Special Topic: Concepts in Pharmacology
  • MEDSCI 736 Special Topic: Digital Skills and Scholarship for Researchers
  • MEDSCI 737 Biomedical MRI
  • MEDSCI 738 Biological Clocks
  • MEDSCI 739 Advanced Sensory Neuroscience
  • MEDSCI 740 Stem Cell Biology and Transgenesis
  • PHYSICS 701 Linear Systems
  • PHYSICS 703 Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • PHYSICS 705 Advanced Electromagnetism and Special Relativity
  • PHYSICS 706 Quantum Field Theory
  • PHYSICS 707 Inverse Problems
  • PHYSICS 708 Statistical Mechanics and Stochastic Processes
  • PHYSICS 715 Selected Topics 1
  • PHYSICS 726 Optoelectronics
  • PHYSICS 727 Optoelectronics and Communications
  • PHYSICS 751 Selected Topics 2
  • PHYSICS 754 Condensed Matter Physics
  • PHYSICS 755 Particle Physics
  • PHYSICS 756 Nuclear Physics
  • PHYSICS 760 Quantum Optics
  • PHYSICS 780 Advanced Imaging Technologies
  • PHYSICS 791 Selected Topics 3
  • PHYSICS 792 Selected Topics 4


Explore the postgraduate courses you can take for a Medical Physics and Imaging specialisation:

Where can postgraduate study in Medical Physics and Imaging Technology?

Companies such as the Auckland District Health Board, Cubic Health and Orion Health require medical physicists with the specific skill-set required in biophotonic, biomedical imaging and instrumentation.

Jobs related to Medical Physics and Imaging Technology include:

  • Health analyst
  • Medical Physicist
  • Researcher
  • Scientific advisor

Scholarships and awards

Each year we award scholarships and prizes to thousands of students.

Find out about the scholarships you may be eligible for, search available scholarships or begin an application by visiting Scholarships and awards.

Help and advice

For further information and advice, please contact the Science Student Centre.

Science Student Centre
Level G, Room G 20
(beside the entrance to the Large Chemistry Lecture Theatre)
Building 301
23 Symonds Street
Auckland 1010

Phone: +64 9 923 7020

To find a supervisor to work with you on your research project please see Postgraduate Research Topics.