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Syllabus for

Academic year
TIF171 - Medical physics
Syllabus adopted 2017-02-18 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPAPP
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Engineering Physics
Department: 16 - PHYSICS

Teaching language: English
Open for exchange students
Minimum participants: 8

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0117 Project 7,5 c Grading: TH   7,5 c    

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MPAPP APPLIED PHYSICS, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)


Professor  Peter Apell


TIF170   Medical physics


In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

Bachelor level knowledge of physics and mathematics.


Students should understand the physical principles underlying the workings of the body.
From this knowledge be able to develop principles for modern medical devices and treatment methods. In clinical practices as well at the research frontier.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

Students are expected after the course to:

  • understand and use the basic physics that is important for development of a medical device or treatment

  • delved into a particular technique and demonstrating good knowledge of the physical and technical solutions as the basis for that technology.

  • the ability to search for information in the field.

  • Content

    Medical physics is a very broad subject why everything can not be covered in this course. Instead the ambition is to go to great depth in a number of key areas. These are: Cold Plasma, Electroceuticals, Energy and temperature regulation, Mechanical loads,Blood as a unique liquid and Waste management. How to start a medical device company is touched upon.


    The major part of the course is devoted to a project of your own choice where you will take an idea in the medical device arena to suggesting a product.


    2h lectures per week and the same amount of time for coaching capstone project


    Good reference books for the course

  • S.A. Kane, Introduction to physics in modern medicine, 2003, Taylor & Francis
  • J. Malmivuo and R Plonsey, Bioelectromagnetism - principles and applications of bioelectric and biomagnetic fields (
  • R.K.Hobbie, Intermediate Physics for Medicine and Biology, 3rd Ed,; 1997, SpringerVerlag
  • N. Christensen. Medical physics: the perfect intermediate level physics class. European Journal of Physics, Volume 22, p. 421-427 (2001).
  • I.P. Herman. Physics of the Human Body. 2007 (in series: Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering (available at Chalmers Library)


    Oral exam on lecture part of course and presentation of capstone project in written and oral form. Final grade is 30%/70% on these two components of the course.

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