Joint Department of Physics: Education and training

The Joint Department of Physics runs a number of short courses each year for external and internal delegates related to the physics and oncology of four of the major specialties practiced.

Teaching courses:

PhD studentships

The Department has a number of fully funded PhD studentships, which are awarded by competitive interview to the best students applying. For more information or to apply, please contact There are currently two clinical scientists employed by The Royal Marsden who are funded for part-time PhD study by grants from the NIHR.

STP Scientist Training Programme

The department is involved in providing three and 18-month clinical placements to medical physics trainees as part of the Health Education England accredited training scheme. Postgraduate training for the STP leads to a specifically commissioned and accredited Master's degree and certification of achievement of work-based training.

At Sutton, we are part of the St George’s training centre, and at Chelsea, we are part of the Kings College Hospital training centre, both associated with the Kings College London MSc in Medical Engineering and Physics, for whom RMH physicists provide much of the advanced medical physics lecturing.

Successful completion of the scheme results in registration by the HCPC.

PTP Practitioner Training Programme

Radiotherapy physics at both Chelsea and Sutton participate in the postgraduate diploma PTP programme, employing funded trainees (HENWEL) on a two-year clinical and academic programme. Successful candidates are then eligible for the Voluntary Technologists’ Register. The academic component of the course is provided by the University of Cumbria and the practical and clinical competencies are taught by radiotherapy physicists at The Royal Marsden.