With the increasing use of radiation and radioactive material in society, there is a growing need for research and advanced education in Radiological Sciences and Protection.

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The Radiological Sciences option is one of several BMEBT (Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology) options that are designed to expand the scope of the Ph.D. degrees offered at the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) to encompass a variety of disciplines, including but not limited to biological sciences, physics, engineering, etc. This option is intended to develop original research contributions to the discipline of radiological sciences with a focus on applications in the medical field.

The BMEBT with radiological sciences option degree allows one a deeper understanding of the uses of radiation in biomedical and health research. Whether it be how radiation effects cells to yield more effective cancer treatments, or novel attenuation strategies to better shield patients from radiation, this degree will set you apart for a career in the biotechnology or health sectors.


The Ph.D. degree requires completion or transfer of at least 63 total credits (or a minimum of 44 credits for students with advanced standing due to an existing MS degree).

Students are limited in the number of Directed or Independent Study course credits that they can apply toward their program. No more than 6 credits of coursework below the level of dissertation registration may be in the form of Directed or Independent Study. All courses must be conducted at the graduate level.

Sample courses can include:

For complete courses and program requirements, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Admission Requirements

This doctoral degree is offered through the Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology Graduate Program, offered jointly by the University of Massachusetts campuses at Boston, Dartmouth, Lowell and Worcester. To request information and learn more about the application process and requirements, visit Graduate Admissions.

Student Support

Full-time Ph.D. students may be eligible for Research Assistantships (RA) or Teaching Assistantships (TA). The financial support is conditional upon academic performance and TA/RA evaluations.

Why study Radiological Sciences at UMass Lowell?

Student working in reactor.

Scholarship Opportunities

We award roughly $30,000 per year in scholarships, directly for Radiological Sciences students.

Student using remote manipulators in the reactor hot cell

Advance your skills and earn income through paid experiential learning through our laboratories or external partners.

UMass Lowell's quantitative radio chemistry lab set up for analytical and separations chemistry

Advanced Radiation Research Assets

Various opportunities for research and professional development are possible through the use of our research assets.

  • 1 million watt nuclear reactor 
  • 5.5 million volt particle accelerator 
  • Nuclear forensics and radiochemistry facility 
  • Radiation imaging suite 
  • Neutron activation analysis lab 
Chemical/Nuclear Engineering student working in reactor.

Workforce Shortages

Over the last few decades the Radiological Sciences field has seen a drastic decline of the workforce while the use of radiation continues to increase.

This has resulted in many opportunities for our trained Health Physicists working in the radiation protection sectors across the globe.

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For more information, please contact: 

Mark A. Tries
Associate Professor, Coordinator - Radiological Sciences