Master Student performing the daily routine measurement at University Proton Therapy Dresden. (c)Stephan Wiegand

The Master program Medical Radiation Sciences profile was established in 2005. It is greatly demanded because of its exceptional combined training program which allows to obtain master’s degree and Medical Physicists (MPE) certificate from the German nuclear supervisory authorities (Fachkunde). This particular concept of academic education of Medical Physics Experts was designed by OncoRay in Dresden.
The Master program Medical Radiation Sciences is addressed to young scientists and engineers holding a first academic degree (e.g. Bachelor). The objective of the program is to provide education including practical training in physics related disciplines required for medical application of ionizing radiation. The teaching program covers those branches of physics, biology, chemistry, technology and medicine, which are relevant for radiotherapy, diagnostic radiology as well as in nuclear medicine. The aim of the course is to train experts in medical radiation physics. The labor market lacks these skills, opening graduates of the Master program the best chances for a successful career. The overall teaching program refers to the education catalogue of Deutschen Gesellschaft für Medizinische Physik (DGMP).

Modules

  • Anatomy and Physiology (6 CP)
  • Cell und Molecular Biology (5 CP)
  • Atomic and Nuclear Physics (5 CP)
  • Interaction Radiation-Matter (5 CP)
  • Radiation Planning (5 LP)
  • Radioprotection (8 CP)
  • Physics and Technology for Medical Applications of Radiation (9 CP)
  • Tumor and Radiation Biology (6 CP)
  • Dosimetry for Medical Physicists (6 CP)
  • Biostatistics (5 CP)
  • Radiopharmacy for Medical Physicists (5 LP)
  • Tomographic Techniques in Medicine (5 CP)
  • Digital Image Processing (5 CP)
  • Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Radiation Therapy (5 CP)
  • Medical Engineering, Quality Assurance and Organization of Health System (5 CP)
  • Physics and Technology of Particle Therapy (5 CP)
  • Medical Application of Magnetic Resonance (5 CP)

Attention: The instruction language in the modules is German.

Medical Physics Expert Accompanying Training Program (Fachkunde)

Medical Physics Experts are specialists for physical tasks in radiation applying medical disciplines (Nuclear Medicine, X-Ray Diagnostics, Radiation Therapy) accredited by the nuclear supervisory authorities. The education takes 2 years and is performed as hand-on practical training („Sachkundezeit“) at certified clinical institutes. At the TU Dresden this training is combined with the Medical Radiation Sciences Master course. Typical tasks of Medical Physics Experts (MPE) are the optimization of radiation treatment, patient dosimetry, the physical aspects of radiation planning, constructional and technical radioprotection, development of new investigation and treatment methods, quality assessment and quality assurance, constancy tests, support of technical equipment in clinical departments, instruction of MTAs for handling devices and the correct application of the Medical Devices Directive (“Medizinproduktegesetz”). Alumni have excellent career perspectives because of the enormous shortage of experts in Germany and other European countries.
Ten MPE training places are available at the Dresden University Hospital (Radiation Therapy, Proton Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, Radiologic Diagnostics, Neuroradiology) and the hospital Dresden-Friedrichstadt (Radiation Therapy) every year. During the education, students are full-time integrated in daily clinical routines as long as there are no lectures or examinations.

Key Data

Consecutive Master program, 120 CP, primarily application-oriented, 4 semesters, matriculation every winter semester after passing an admission procedure, no study fee

Study Commission

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Enghardt, Prof. Dr. Mechthild Krause, B.Sc. Veit Czernohorsky, B.Sc. Clara Müller

Application

Suited applicants will be invited to take part in aptitude interviews. A first qualifying scientific or technical degree (for instance Bachelor) is mandatory for matriculation, as well as good skills in physics and mathematics.

  • Applicants who have graduated from german secondary schools or institutions of higher education, should register from June 1st to June 30th online through the application portal of the "Immatrikulationsamt der TU Dresden".
  • Applicants who have graduated from foreign secondary schools or institutions of higher education, should register from April 1st to May 31st online through the application portal of uni-assist e.V.

Further information can be found on the web pages of the Technical University Dresden.