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Does anyone here do Medical Physics/Physics with Medical Physics? I'd love to pick it next year and want to know how anyone who has done it (or is currently doing it) is finding it.
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General advice for a physics degree is to keep it general and specialise with the modules you take and research you complete. Most people change their mind as to what physics they find interesting, and there's no point closing doors earlier than you have to. I'd recommend straight physics.
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General advice for a physics degree is to keep it general and specialise with the modules you take and research you complete. Most people change their mind as to what physics they find interesting, and there's no point closing doors earlier than you have to. I'd recommend straight physics.

It's not exactly Medical Physics I want to do. It's Physics with 1 year of Medical Physics which is basically 2 years of Pure Physics.

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It's not exactly Medical Physics I want to do. It's Physics with 1 year of Medical Physics which is basically 2 years of Pure Physics.

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You mean like the UCL course (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-stu...ubsphywmph05)? I can see more of an attraction there - you could switch any time in the first two years if you found something else interesting.
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You mean like the UCL course (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-stu...ubsphywmph05)? I can see more of an attraction there - you could switch any time in the first two years if you found something else interesting.


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Yeah, this is exactly the course and Uni I was looking at. What do you think of it? Would that be a good option to consider?
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Yeah, this is exactly the course and Uni I was looking at. What do you think of it? Would that be a good option to consider?
To me, it looks like a pretty good course. UCL is fairly well-respected for physics, and has some great research facilities. The course structure itself looks pretty good, and the physics taught does seem pretty rigorous. You definitely need to be sure that medical physics is the way to go (do you have any work experience?) as the lab work is completely different to a normal physics degree. For most physics careers, both in academia and beyond, the medical physics degree will weaken your applications (except in the case of medical careers, obviously). If you are sure, though, it looks to be a solid choice.

The only other thing I would note is that departments are rarely very good at communicating, so you may hit against snags in organisation between the biochem side and the physics side. But that's not really a big issue, more something to bear in mind once you start the course.
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To me, it looks like a pretty good course. UCL is fairly well-respected for physics, and has some great research facilities. The course structure itself looks pretty good, and the physics taught does seem pretty rigorous. You definitely need to be sure that medical physics is the way to go (do you have any work experience?) as the lab work is completely different to a normal physics degree. For most physics careers, both in academia and beyond, the medical physics degree will weaken your applications (except in the case of medical careers, obviously). If you are sure, though, it looks to be a solid choice.

The only other thing I would note is that departments are rarely very good at communicating, so you may hit against snags in organisation between the biochem side and the physics side. But that's not really a big issue, more something to bear in mind once you start the course.
Thank you for the advice, I don't have any work experience and I'm not looking for a placement at the moment either. The good thing is that I can always switch to Pure Physics if I change my mind, but I'm very much interested in Physics with Medical Physics.
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Thank you for the advice, I don't have any work experience and I'm not looking for a placement at the moment either. The good thing is that I can always switch to Pure Physics if I change my mind, but I'm very much interested in Physics with Medical Physics.
The problem is that at this stage you don't really know enough about what it means to study an area of physics to know if you enjoy it. I was told the same at this stage, and didn't believe it - I'd read plenty of articles and books about the things that interested me, so I must know. Years later, I now see the truth in those words. I began university planning to become a researcher in academia, and am now going into teaching (which at the time I would have put money on not wanting to go into).

I would strongly recommend trying to get some more information about what it means to study medicine, if for no other reason than something to put in your personal statement. The course does look good, and being able to switch between (probably only possible in the first term due to differences in laboratory work) is a good buffer. You seem sure about what you want to do, and it's always better to follow your beliefs than someone else's - so I'd say go for it.
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