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Medical Physics and Imaging Technology

Students who complete the BSc in Physics (Medical Physics and Imaging Technology) with a B average or higher in 45 points above stage II are strongly encouraged to enrol in the BSc(Hons) in Medical Physics and Imaging Technology. This additional 4th year of study includes a 45 pts research project (usually to be carried out in collaboration with medical physicists or with industrial partners) as well as a selection of honours level imaging and physiology papers from Physics and the School of Medicine. This honours year provides a student with excellent preparation to enter the biophotonics or the medical physics workforce, or to proceed directly to graduate study. Students are advised to contact the MPIT coordinator for further information or details regarding possible research topics.

Medical Physics and Imaging Technology - quick facts

Taught by

Department of Physics

Available as a subject for

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons))

Undergraduate study options in Physics

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Bachelor of Science conjoint degree

Further information

Science Postgraduate Prospectus

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Biomedical Science

Subject Description

There is a shortage of personnel in the medical industries who are proficient in the complementary areas of physics, biology and physiology and skilled in the design and application of Imaging Technologies. This undergraduate pathway followed by the BSc Honour in MPIT prepares you for these roles, therefore you will be very employable as an MPIT graduate. You will cultivate your skills in appropriate areas of physics and biomedical sciences, so you should already have a strong background in physics, biology and calculus. This will be supplemented by specialist research-led training in biophotonics, biomedical imaging and instrumentation.

Students graduating from this specialisation will have the capacity to contribute at an advanced level across a wide range of related fields. Students entering this specialisation will also have the opportunity to proceed to postgraduate study in Medical Physics, Biophotonics, Biomedical Imaging or Biophysics.

Students entering this programme should have a good background in Physics and Mathematics. The specialisation involves a solid grounding in these subjects with extensive specialist training in imaging and physiology.

Structure and prerequisites

Bachelor of Science (Honours) (BSc(Hons)) - Physics

The prerequisite is a major in Physics and at least 90 points at Stage III.



  • On top of the BSc in physics core papers, it is recommended that you have taken: PHYSICS 244, 340 and 333.
  • Additionally, students who have completed the common year in science can complement their curriculum with these papers from the FHMS schedule: MEDSCI 205, 206 and 309.

Career Opportunities

In New Zealand and in all developed nations there is growing demand for staff with an understanding of physics as well as physiology and biology. At the University of Auckland, the MPIT programme has been designed with particular input from the Australasian College of Physical Scientists & Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM) and local industries most likely to recruit graduates. Several former students who have carried out their fourth year projects with Medical physicists or in the medical school as well as on industrial projects. ADHBs are recruiting medical physicists every year and companies such as Orion Health or Cubic Defense are constantly seeking graduates from this programme. Other employment has been gained in local District Health Boards.

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