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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: PHYM018 Module Title: RADIATION PROTECTION
Module Provider: Physics Short Name: PHM-RPR
Level: M Module Co-ordinator: BRADLEY DA Prof (Physics)
Number of credits: 15 Number of ECTS credits: 7.5
Module Availability
Semester 2
Assessment Pattern
Unit(s) of Assessment Weighting Towards Module Mark (%)
Closed book examination 100 %
Part-time Students: Same as for full time students

Module Overview

This course describes the international legislative framework of radiation protection. From this starting point the course covers population and personal exposures to radiation, the principles of dose calculations, and example procedures for implementing radiation protection programmes.



Module Aims

To give a thorough understanding of the underlying philosophy and the practical implementation of the ICRP system of radiological protection. To encourage a quantitative approach to radiological protection; and to illustrate the need for a detailed understanding of the sources of radiation exposure and methods for applying the principles of radiation protection.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this module, the student should be able to:

Module Specific Skills:
Demonstrate a critical analysis understanding of principles of radiation protection
Ability to perform simplified dose calculations from original data to show problem solving aspects of such work
Ability to understand case studies illustrating a holistic approach to radiation protection in a wide range of applications

Discipline Specific Skills:
Critical analysis of data to gain ability to perform simplified dose calculations

Personal and Key Skills:
Ability to understand case studies illustrating a holistic approach to radiation protection and methods for applying the principles of radiation protection

Module Content















Prof R Clarke


History of Radiological Protection: The development of ICRP Policy over 80 years.  


The Risks of Exposure to Ionizing Radiation; ICRP Dosimetric Quantities and Units.


The 2007 Recommendations of ICRP; Protecting People in the Event of a Radiological Emergency.


The Current Programme of Work of ICRP.


6 + tutorial



Mrs D Peet



Basic Safety Standards, Ionising Radiations





Mrs E Oakley


Environmental radiation, natural sources, man-made sources and population exposures





Mr R Kenyon


Radiation Protection Practices in Radiopharmaceutical Source Manufacture:


- Environmental Discharge Legislation, Modelling & Monitoring


- Operator and public dose assessment


- Risk assessment process & Hierarchy of Control


- Application of engineered systems, PPE and contingency planning for radiation protection and how they are used in minimising operator risk in normal and accident conditions





Dr W Gilboy


Radiation shielding. Gamma-ray attenuation and build-up processes. Point kernel calculations and their application to extended sources





Dr C Elliot


Assessment of Risk






Mr N Smith


Nuclear Industry Safety Case Principles






Mr R Major


Phases of decommissioning, radiation sources and controls, options and assessment methods, economic considerations and examples


Waste management and disposal, categorisation and arisings, disposal routes, inventory management and assay techniques





Methods of Teaching/Learning

This module is assessed in Paper V which will consist of 6 questions. Students answer 4 questions from the 6. Full marks for a question will be equivalent to 100 % of the total marks available in assessment of this module.

Selected Texts/Journals

1. “Publication 60 - 1990 Recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection”, ICRP, 1991, Pergamon Press (ISBN 008 0411444)
2. “Becquerel's Legacy: A Century of Radioactivity”, O'Riordan, M.C. (ISBN 1870965477)
3. “An Introduction to Radiation Protection”, Martin and Harbison, Chapman & Hall, (4th Edition) (ISBN 0 412 631105)
4. “Radiation Exposure of the UK Population - 1993 Review”, (NRPB-R311), Hughes, J.S. 1999 Review, HMSO
5. United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation, UNSCEAR 2000 Report Vol. 1. Sources, Vol. 2. Effects, United Nations New York, 2000
6. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, Vol 42, No 3 1992 – “Radon 2000” - Proceedings of a Conference, London, March 1992
7. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, Vol 48, No 1, 1993 – “Radiation Exposure of Civil Aircrew” - Proceedings of a Workshop, Luxembourg, June 1991

Last Updated

13th January 2010