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The "Medical Physics and Engineering" distance learning certificate course (held in German)

University-level knowledge for medical physics and medical engineering

This extra-occupational distance learning certificate course, which has been offered by DISC since 1994, is designed as a certificate program. While this course is shorter than the "Medical Physics" distance learning Master's degree, it requires a high level of knowledge in the technical/scientific field.

Anyone wishing to participate in the course must therefore have already successfully completed a Master's degree or equivalent from a university (in contrast to the "Medical Physics" distance learning degree, which can taken with just a Bachelor's degree).

Target group

The two-year certificate program is aimed at graduates of technical and science-based degrees with professional experience who are (for the time being) not interested in gaining a higher level academic qualification, but are primarily seeking to gain scientifically-based and professionally recognized knowledge in the field of medical physics/medical engineering and related areas (such as anatomy and physiology). The course is also suitable for those seeking to start work in the multifaceted field of medical physics and medical engineering.

The course is held entirely in German.


The course conveys the necessary scientific knowledge in the field of medical physics and engineering, tailored to the individual, professional requirements of this career path and with key focuses in the areas of medical radiation physics, medical laser physics and medical image processing. Upon successful completion of the course, a graded university certificate is issued by the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern.

Schedule and organization

The standard course duration for part-time study, including examination time, is four terms. It is also possible to take a break during the course and then return to complete it. The contents of the course take the form of written study material specially developed for distance learning. Depending on the level of knowledge already acquired prior to attending the course, participants should allow for a weekly time commitment of approximately 10 - 15 hours.


On campus events

All participants in the "Medical Physics and Engineering" distance learning certificate course are required to attend a compulsory on campus event each term. These events are all held on weekends and students generally have the option of choosing the date that best fits in with their schedule from several identical events. The goal of these events is to reinforce the course contents within the scope of lectures, tutorials and practical work, to discuss questions regarding the study material and debate the practical implementation of the programme content. Written examinations form part of the on campus events.


Program content

The distance learning certificate course is made up of a two-term basics phase that is the same for all students. The subsequent specialization phase is split into the fields of medical radiation physics, medical laser physics and medical image processing. All participants are free to choose which specialist area they would like to study. The contents of the course include conveying basic medical knowledge and legal frameworks, as well as learning about both the function and application of medical equipment and procedures. Among other things, the teaching catalogue is aligned with the training recommendations of the German Society for Medical Physics (DGMP e.V.). The distance learning master degree course "Medical Physics" has been certified since 2010 according to the current revision of the DGMP further education regulation to obtain professional recognition. You can find further information, for example on the curriculum and examination regulations, in the download area. This can be accessed at any time via the link in the download box at the top right of the navigation bar.


Authors & modules

The certificate course includes the following modules:


Module Study material, title Author(s)
MPT0001 Anatomy and physiology Prof. Dr. Eckhard Friedrich
Dr. Eva Ritter
Gabriele Seidel
Prof. Dr. Dr. Heinrich Zankl
MPT0002 Biochemistry and biophysics Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hüttermann
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Trommer
Prof. Dr. Pia Vogel
Dr. John Wise
Dr. Sandra Theison
MPT0003 Biomathematics, in particular statistics Prof. Dr. Christel Weiß
MPT0004 Computer science: basics and applications in the field of medicine Dr. Peter Decker
Frank Ebling
Dr. Werner Eicher
MPT0005 Medical engineering (including "Medical product safety officer" course) Prof. Dr. Ewald Konecny
MPT0006 Organizational and legal basics in the field of healthcare Diana Dietrich
Thorsten Hemmer
Michael Marschall
Caroline Breß
MPT0007 Introduction to radiation protection
(including state-recognised "Basic course in radiation protection - medical field")
Dr. Hermann Meier
Gerhard Schmitt
Dr. Bernd Schröder
Dr. Wolfgang Lehmann
MPT0008 Physics and technology of radiation therapy
Prof. Dr. Hans-Karl Leetz
Dr. Norbert Licht
PD Dr. Yvonne Dzierma
MPT0009 Physics and technology of nuclear medicine Dr. Christof Krummeich
Private lecturer Dr. Jürgen Petzold
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Sattler
Dr. Anita Seese
Dr. Bernd Habermann
Thomas Scholz
MPT0010 Physics and technology of X-ray diagnostics
(in combination with module MPT 0008 and MPT 0009: "State-recognized special course in radiation protection")
Dr. Dieter Gosch
Siegbert Lieberenz
MPT0011 Medical optics Dr. Hans-Jochen Foth
Dr. Reinhard Kusel
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Rassow
MPT0012 Basics of lasers Prof. Dr. René Beigang
Dr. Hans-Jochen Foth
MPT0013 Medical application of lasers Dr. Hans-Jochen Foth
MPT0015 Physics and technology of ultrasound applications in the field of medicine Prof. Dr. Rudolf Millner
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Vitold Jenderka
MPT0016 Medical imaging and image processing
Advanced knowledge of medical image processing
Dr. Heiko Hengen
Rolf van Lengen
Dr. Martin Pfeiffer
MPT0017 Physical measurement techniques in the field of medicine Prof. Dr. Ewald Konecny
Prof. Dr. Werner Nahm
MPT0018 Magnetic resonance tomography and magnetic resonance scanning Dr. Martin Backens
Dr. Heinrich Kolem
MPT0019 Imaging in radition physicsDr. Dieter Gosch
Siegbert Lieberenz
Private lecturer Dr. Jürgen Petzold
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Sattler
Dr. Anita Seese
MPT0021 Legal framework for handling medical equipment Prof. Dr. Ewald Konecny



The "Medical Physics and Engineering" distance learning certificate course is carried out in cooperation with Westpfalz-Klinikum GmbH,  the State Hospital of Feldkirch as well as Saarland University and its university clinics.



Assignments are to be sent in and examinations taken over the course of the certificate program. Once all assignments and examinations have been completed, the distance learning certificate course is concluded with a graded university certificate from the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern.



The study fees for the "Medical Physics and Engineering" distance learning certificate are 590 Euro per term. Added to this is a social contribution of 102 Euro per term. Starting from the third semester over the regular study time of six semesters, a reduced fee of 30 % of the semester fee is levied. These study fees cover all costs for teaching material and their postage, participation in the on campus events, term exams and all administration expenses. However, they do not include any travel, accommodation or meal costs for the on campus events. The study fees are exempted from German VAT and are tax-deductible.


Financial Aid

The state can support you in financing your studies with individual tax incentives. Based on your personal rate of taxation and your professional situation, you can for example offset the costs as professional or special expenses. Please get in touch with your local inland revenue office or tax advisor for more information on this. In certain circumstances, the German state can also support you in your professional further training with so-called training and qualification cheques (Bildungs- und Qualifizierungschecks). You can find information on this on the internet, for example at www.bildungspraemie.info.

Employers are often also willing to contribute to the costs of training for their workforce. And low-interest bank loans geared specifically to funding training courses and offered by the state and banks, such as the KfW Development Bank, represent another good option. However, financial support as per the rules of the Germany's Social Security Code (SBG III) or Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) is unfortunately not possible.



You can apply for the "Medical Physics and Engineering" distance learning certificate course from mid-May to mid-July of every year. Courses begin at the start of October. The documentation is also available for download and submission in a written application. You can also access the online application area via the link on the top right.