Master of Science in Medical Physics Duke Kunshan

Master of Science in Medical Physics

Introduction to the Program

The Duke Kunshan Medical Physics program offers students a unique opportunity to study the discipline and work with professionals in both the United States and China. Students spend Year 1 and the second semester of Year 2 of the Duke Kunshan Medical Physics program at the Duke Kunshan campus in Kunshan, Jiangsu Province, China. During Year 2, students will spend the first semester at the Duke University campus in Durham, North Carolina, United States. The program also includes the option to spend the summer between Years 1 and 2 at the Duke University campus. Kunshan and Durham are both scenic and historical centers of their respective countries and provide students with numerous travel and recreational opportunities.

About DKU

Duke Kunshan University (DKU) is a Sino-American partnership of Duke University and Wuhan University aiming to create a world-class liberal arts and research university which will offer a range of academic programs for students from China and throughout the world. A non-profit, joint-venture institution, Duke Kunshan University was granted accreditation approval by China’s Ministry of Education in September 2013 and welcomed its inaugural class of students in August 2014.

About the Program

The practicum exposes students to the clinical aspects of the practice of medical physics. The practicum in diagnostic imaging offers hands-on experience in the essentials of clinical imaging physics. This includes such areas as computed tomography, radiography, mammography, fluoroscopy, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound, and informatics. The radiation therapy practicum includes experience in linear accelerator calibration and quality assurance, patient simulation and treatment planning, and other clinical procedures such as brachytherapy, stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT), total body irradiation (TBI), and total skin irradiation (TSI) The nuclear medicine practicum includes opportunities for the students to use gamma cameras, positron emission tomography (PET) systems, dose calibrators, and other nuclear medicine instruments, and practical experience with nuclear medicine phantoms and image reconstruction. In addition, students shadow nuclear medicine physicians, technologists, and other professionals.

During the first semester of Year 2, Duke Kunshan University Medical Physics graduate students undertake clinical practicum training at Duke University Medical Center, one of the leading hospitals in the world, featuring modern equipment and techniques. During the Kunshan-based portion of the program, the Duke Kunshan University Medical Physics program also includes field trip experiences at leading hospitals in the Yangtze River Delta Region.  Students may also arrange additional experiences at nearby hospitals on their own.

Application Deadline

The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is May 1, 2022.

Start Date of the Program

The start date of the program is August 2022.


B.S. in Physics. The undergraduate coursework, in addition to basic and upper-level physics courses, should include the following:

  • Chemistry: 1 semester/course
  • Biology: 1 semester/course
  • Electronics: 1 semester/course
  • Computer science/programming: 1 semester/course


Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, mathematics, or engineering with the following minimum college-level coursework  (possibly met if the student has a minor in physics):

  • Mathematics: 2 semesters/courses of calculus
  • Physics: 2 semester/courses of general calculus-based physics  + 3 semesters/courses of upper-level physics selected from courses including modern physics (preferred), electricity and magnetism, quantum mechanics, atomic structure, statistical mechanics, and mechanics.
  • Chemistry: 1 semester/course
  • Biology: 1 semester/course
  • Electronics: 1 semester/course
  • Computer science/programming: 1 semester/course

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fees for international students are 326,000RMB per year or 652,000RMB for the total duration of the programme.


To apply complete the application form and pay the application fee here. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for your application to be processed and before an admissions decision is given. After you have been accepted you will receive your official acceptance letter visa application form. If you have any questions contact us.

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