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Managing motion in radiotherapy treatments

Study level


Master of Philosophy


Vacation research experience scheme

Faculty/Lead unit

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Dr Andrew Fielding
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Science and Engineering Faculty


The outcomes of radiotherapy treatments are influenced by patient motion such as breathing during the delivery of the treatment.

A number of research projects are available to investigate and develop new techniques for measuring and managing motion during the radiotherapy treatment. These include imaging and surface measurement during treatment.

Research activities

You will work within a multi-disciplinary team of clinical medical physicists, clinicians and radiation therapists. The projects include experimental and computational work.


The projects aim to improve the quality of radiotherapy treatments and improve the clinical outcomes, including tumour control and reduced side effects.

You will produce the following outcomes as part of the project:

  • thesis
  • published scientific papers
  • conference presentations.

Skills and experience

You should be able to demonstrate prior knowledge and skill in one or more of:

  • physics
  • applied mathematics
  • computer science
  • electrical engineering
  • medical engineering.
You should have a strong interest in applying your knowledge and skills to improving the diagnosis and treatment of cancer patients.


You may be able to apply for a research scholarship in our annual scholarship round.

Annual scholarship round



Contact the supervisor for more information.