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Medical Physics Group PhD Prize 2019



Applications for the 2019 prize are open to postgraduate researchers from an institution in the UK or Ireland, whose PhD viva has taken place between 1 August 2018 and the date of the submission deadline (1 September 2019).

The candidate must be a member of the Institute of Physics.

The prize is not open to paid employees of IOP, members of its Council or members of one of its group committees.

Submission format

  • Candidate’s abstract [300 words maximum] and summary of the research [500 words maximum].
  • Candidate’s list of publications.
  • Supervisor’s reference on the candidate’s suitability for the award, including confirmation of the date of PhD viva. [500 words maximum].
  • Candidates are required to indicate in their submission whether it is, or will be, considered for a similar prize offered by another IOP group. Please note that the Committee intends to liaise with that group so that both prizes will not be awarded to the same applicant.

Evaluation criteria

The submission will be judged by an expert panel according to the following criteria:

  • conceptual originality and application potential of the results or products of their PhD research.

In particular, the submission should highlight any or all of the following aspects of the results of the research:

  • originality and potential paradigm shifting nature
  • potential for implementation in a professional healthcare setting
  • how they can address a specific clinical need or global healthcare challenge
  • originality of the research methodology and analysis
  • quality and clarity of the presentation.



Medical Physics Group Postgraduate Dissertation Prize


The IOP Medical Physics Group (MPG) is pleased to announce a new student prize, to be awarded annually for the best master’s level dissertation, on a topic relevant to medical physics and completed by a student member of the MPG during the previous calendar year. Any dissertation submitted as a part of an MSc programme of study at a university in the UK and Ireland is eligible for consideration. The award, which has a monetary value of £250, will be made to the dissertation that, in the opinion of the MPG Committee, has made the greatest contribution to advancement of medical physics.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 30 November 2017, for dissertations completed in 2015 and 2016.

How to apply Submission

Applications must contain the following four items:

  1. A Summary of the Work undertaken for the dissertation, to include the typical headings of Authorship, Introduction, Theory / Methodology, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, as appropriate. This must be written by the student. (max 1,000 words)
  2. Reflective Thoughts written by the student, describing:
    i. how you have developed scientifically during the course of the project; (max 300 words)
    ii. your work’s significance and how it may impact patient care in the future; (max 300 words)
  3. A letter of support from the project Supervisor / Head of Course, explaining how the candidate meets the evaluation criteria.
  4. Your IOP membership number.

A limit of two applications per MSc course will be applied – applicants are thus advised to liaise with the Course Director prior to submitting an application.

Please send nominations by email to any member of the MPG committee (current MPG officers:,, and ) who will be happy to provide any further information required.

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