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Education and training

Our courses

Our department is involved in a wide variety of education and training initiatives. These include laser safety and radiation protection training courses. We're also a training centre for the NHS Healthcare Scientist Training Programme.

Training and teaching

As well as being accredited to train medical physics and clinical scientific computing candidates on the Scientific Training Programme, our department is accredited to provide clinical science training (ACS route 2) and clinical technologist training.

We contribute to undergraduate and post-graduate teaching programmes at the University of Southampton, and teach on the medical physics option of the BSc/MPhys physics course. We also hold introductory lectures on medical imaging for the biomedical engineering MSc, and students have the opportunity to work on projects in the department.


Several of our staff are named supervisors for PhD projects, and other staff have completed part-time PhDs whilst employed with us. We help supervise BMedSci and MMedSci medical students carrying out projects in the department or related areas. Find out more about the projects we're involved with on our research and development pages.

FRCR lectures

Our staff are involved in delivering the Fellow of the Royal College of Radiologists (FRCR) part 1 physics lectures for the Wessex Deanery. We've achieved a 100% pass rate for the last two years.

Developing our staff

We hold regular scientific seminars, giving staff a platform to present research or development projects and to feedback on new developments they've come across from the wider scientific community.

We also have an annual review of staff training needs, aligned to the annual bid for training and education funding. Funding is used to send our staff on external education courses to maintain the high levels of scientific expertise required in the complex and rapidly developing field of medical physics, as well as to allow the development of scientific or technical skills.