Health Physics, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #60 (WUR) , IN,
Health physics is a profession devoted to the protection of people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation, thus providing for the utilization of radiation for the benefit of mankind.


The use of radiation in medicine, industry, and research benefits all of us. To assure that radiation and radioactive materials are used safely, nuclear facilities and research laboratories demand personnel who understand the many types of radiation hazards and who know how to prevent and control them. Specialized education and training is a prerequisite for becoming a professional health physicist. In order to pursue a career in health physics, you must have a basic education in physical science plus training in specific areas.

To qualify for professional status, a health physicist needs at least a BS degree in science, engineering, or health science with specialized courses in physics, mathematics, chemistry, nuclear engineering, radiation biology, radiological health, and occupational health. A graduate degree in health physics is required for many professional level positions, particularly for those involving health physics research or teaching.

What do Health Physicists Do?
  • Health Physics Researchers
  • Environmental Health Physicists
  • Health Physics Educators
  • Medical Health Physicists
  • Industrial and Applied Health Physicists
  • Radiation Safety Officers
  • Health Physics Regulators
  • More information about Health Physics can be found at the Health Physics Society
Research Opportunities or Research Focus
  • Radiation Shielding and Dosimetry
  • Radiation Waste Treatment and Management
  • Radiation Biology
  • Environmental Radiation and Biological Effect of Low-Dose Radiation Exposure

Programme Structure

  • Radiation Science Fundamentals
  • Applied Health Physics
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Graduate Seminars
  • Nuclear Engineering Principles
  • Statistical Methods
  • Medical Health Physics
  • Radiochemistry
  • Introduction to Aerosol Science
  • Radioactive Waste Management

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Book IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:

  • 3.0 or equivalent required

Graduate Record Examination (GRE):

  • Required -- no minimum score has been set
International Applicant Requirements:
  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 3.0 or equivalent required
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Required -- no minimum score set
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers: Not required, but recommended

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    41404 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 41404 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National Applies to you

    41404 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 41404 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State Applies to you

    22442 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22442 EUR per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for West Lafayette

  • 1096 - 1780 USD/month
    Living Costs

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A limited number of teaching assistantships are available each year to support graduate students. Typical half-time teaching assistants receive an annual stipend of $12,000 plus waiver of tuition and most fees.Purdue is a participating university in the Department of Energy (DOE) Applied Health Physics Fellowship Program. Qualified fellows who are selected through national competition receive an annual fellowship of $14,400 and payment of all tuition and fees by the DOE.The Institute for Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) funds one fellowship in health physics at Purdue each year. This fellowship provides an annual stipend of $12,000 and remission of tuition and most fees.NRC Sponsored graduate Fellowships are available in Health Physics through Purdue Fellowship in Nuclear Engineering and Health Physics. This fellowship provides an annual stipend of $25,000 for 2 years, plus $2400 allowance for the second year.

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