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The distance learning Master's degree in "Medical Physics" (held in German)

Expert partner for the use of medical equipment

To run their medical equipment, hospitals, clinics and large practices require specialists fully trained in the basics of modern medicine and operation of high-tech medical devices. This opens up a highly interesting field of work for engineers or scientists that are also trained in medical physics. Their solid university education just needs to be supplemented with the necessary interdisciplinary specialist knowledge in medicine and physics here. This makes them the ideal partner to physicians using high-grade medical equipment. Alongside potential for working at medical facilities, further fields of application include research and development of medical equipment and procedures, testing, monitoring and maintenance, as well as sales, training, etc.


Target group

The three-year, accredited distance learning Master's degree is aimed at graduates of technical and science-based degrees with at least one year of professional experience in the field of medical physics, medical engineering or other closely related fields. This course is ideal for those already working or seeking to work in the areas of medical radiation physics, laser physics or image processing.

The course is held entirely in German.


Objective

The course conveys the necessary scientific knowledge in the field of medical physics, 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. The course concludes with the academic grade "Master of Science" (MSc).


Schedule and organization

The standard course duration for part-time study, including examination time, is six 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 15 - 20 hours. More information on the application process can be found here.

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On campus events

All participants in the "Medical Physics" distance learning degree are required to attend one compulsory on campus event in the first five of the six terms. These events are all held on weekends and students generally have the option of choosing the date that bests 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 program content. Written examinations form part of the on campus events.

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Program content

The "Medical Physics" distance learning Master's degree encompasses a phase of basic and advanced study, as well as a graduation phase of two terms. Once the phase of basic study is completed, the distance learning degree focuses on more advanced materials in the fields of medical radiation physics, medical laser physics and medical image processing, whereby students each select one specialist field.

In the subsequent graduation phase, students can work on the contents of one of the other two specialist fields. The Master's dissertation is then written to complete the graduation phase. The contents of the course include conveying basic medical knowledge and legal frameworks, as well as 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.

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Authors & modules

The degree course includes the following modules:

Modul Lehrbriefe, Titel Autoren/innen
MPT0001 Anatomie und Physiologie
Spezielle Gebiete der Anatomie und Physiologie
Prof. Dr. Eckhard Friedrich
Dr. Eva Ritter
Gabriele Seidel
Prof. Dr. Dr. Heinrich Zankl
MPT0002 Biochemie und Biophysik Prof. Dr. Jürgen Hüttermann
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Trommer
Prof. Dr. Pia Vogel
Dr. John Wise
Dr. Sandra Theison
MPT0003 Biomathematik, insbesondere Statistik Prof. Dr. Christel Weiß
MPT0004 Informatik: Grundlagen und Einsatz in der Medizin Dr. Peter Decker
Frank Ebling
Dr. Werner Eicher
MPT0005 Medizintechnik (enthalten: Kurs „Sicherheitsbeauftragter Medizinprodukte") Prof. Dr. Ewald Konecny
MPT0006 Organisatorische und rechtliche Grundsätze im Gesundheitswesen Diana Dietrich
Thorsten Hemmer
Michael Marschall
Caroline Breß
MPT0007 Einführung in den Strahlenschutz
Grundlagen der Strahlenphysik
(enthalten: Staatlich anerkannter
„Grundkurs im Strahlenschutz - Medizin")
Dr. Hermann Meier
Gerhard Schmitt
Dr. Bernd Schröder
Dr. Wolfgang Lehmann
MPT0008 Physik und Technik der Strahlentherapie
Grundlagen der Dosimetrie
Prof. Dr. Hans-Karl Leetz
Dr. Norbert Licht
PD Dr. Yvonne Dzierma
MPT0009 Physik und Technik der Nuklearmedizin Dr. Christof Krummeich
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Jürgen Petzold
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Sattler
Dr. Anita Seese
Dr. Bernd Habermann
Thomas Scholz
MPT0010 Physik und Technik der Röntgendiagnostik
(enthalten: in Kombination mit Modul MPT 0008 und MPT 0009: „Staatlich anerkannter Spezialkurs im Strahlenschutz")
Dr. Dieter Gosch
Siegbert Lieberenz
MPT0011 Medizinische Optik Dr. Hans-Jochen Foth
Dr. Reinhard Kusel
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Rassow
MPT0012 Grundlagen von Lasern Prof. Dr. René Beigang
Dr. Hans-Jochen Foth
MPT0013 Medizinische Anwendung von Lasern
Vertiefungswissen medizinische Laseranwendung
(enthalten: in Kombination mit Modul MPT 0012: Kurs „Laserschutzbeauftragter")
Dr. Hans-Jochen Foth
MPT0015 Physik und Technik der Ultraschallanwendung in der Medizin Prof. Dr. Rudolf Millner
Prof. Dr. Klaus-Vitold Jenderka
MPT0016 Bilderzeugung und Bildverarbeitung in der Medizin
Vertiefungswissen Bildgebungsverfahren in der
Medizin
Dr. Heiko Hengen
Rolf van Lengen
Dr. Martin Pfeiffer
Prof. Dr. Thomas Greiner
MPT0017 Physikalische Messtechniken in der Medizin Prof. Dr. Ewald Konecny
Prof. Dr. Werner Nahm
MPT0018 Kernspintomografie und Kernspinspektroskopie Dr. Martin Backens
Dr. Heinrich Kolem
MPT0019 Bilderzeugung und Bildbewertung in der
Strahlenphysik
Dr. Dieter Gosch
Siegbert Lieberenz
Priv.-Doz. Dr. Jürgen Petzold
Prof. Dr. Bernhard Sattler
Dr. Anita Seese
MPT0021 Gesetzlicher Rahmen für den Umgang mit Medizintechnik Prof. Dr. Ewald Konecny
MPT0022 Grundlagen der Diagnostik Prof. Dr. Jürgen Dahmer
MPT0023 Fortgeschrittene Methoden der medizinischen
Bildverarbeitung
Dr. Matthias Färber
Prof. Dr. Heinz Handels
MPT0104 Klinische Studien Prof. Dr. Ewald Konecny
MPT0107 Qualitätsmanagement in GesundheitseinrichtungenDr. Waltraud Zenz
Dr. Walter Steinmetz

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Partners

The "Medical Physics" Master's degree course is held in cooperation with Westpfalz-Klinikum GmbH, Saarland University and university clinics, the State Hospital of Feldkirch, as well as the Mannheim medical faculty at Heidelberg University.

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Examinations

Records of achievement are required during the course. These take the form of send-in assignments, successful participation in written examinations and submission of a Master's dissertation. Once all assignments and examinations have been successfully completed and a Master's dissertation submitted, the distance learning degree is concluded with the academic title "Master of Science" (MSc). Successful participants will then receive the following documents:

  • Report from the University of Kaiserslautern
  • Certificate on awarding of the academic title Master of Science
  • Diploma supplement (DS) in English

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Costs

The study fees for the "Medical Physics" distance learning Master's degree are EUR 690 per term. Added to this is a social contribution of EUR 101 per term. The one-off fee for the Master's examination is EUR 500. Starting from the third semester over the regular study time, a reduced fee of 30 % of the semester fee is levied. The fee for the master’s thesis is not affected. 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 not subject to German VAT and are tax-deductible.

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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.

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Accreditation

The distance learning program "Medical Physics" has been accredited for awarding the academic degree "Master of Science". The agency responsible for managing the accreditation process is AQAS (www.aqas.de).

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Application

You can apply for the limited admission "Medical Physics" distance learning degree 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 right.