The Master's programme Medical Physics
Scientific director: Prof. Dr. Volker Schünemann
Use of medical devices
To operate their medical devices, hospitals and large practices require specialists who have knowledge of the fundamentals of medicine as well as of the high-tech devices they work with. In addition to health institutions, other fields include research and development for medical devices and procedures, testing, controlling and maintenance, as well as sales and training.
The German-language Master's programme is aimed at graduates of technical or natural-scientific degree programmes with at least one year of relevant work experience in the area of medical physics, medical technology and neighbouring disciplines. In particular, it is aimed at professionals who work or wish to work in medical radiation and laser physics as well as imaging and image processing.
Objective and degree
The distance learning programme provides the participants with knowledge of medical physics with a special focus on medical radiation physics, medical laser physics and medical imaging and image processing. The programme incorporates and separately certifies officially recognised courses on radiation protection for experts in medical physics (basic and specialised course), a course for laser protection officers and a course for medical products safety officers.
Graduates of the Master's programme are awarded a diploma from the Technische Universität Kaiserslautern, a certificate documenting conferment of the academic degree Master of Science (M.Sc.) as well as an English-language diploma supplement.
The distance learning programme comprises 21 compulsory elective and compulsory modules that enable students to specialise in medical radiation physics, medical laser physics and medical imaging and image processing. Other topics include
- Fundamentals of medicine,
- Legal framework conditions of as well as function and use of medical technology and medical physics devices and procedures.
The teaching order follows, among other things, the training recommendations of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Medizinische Physik e.V. (DGMP).
Distance learning programmes are basically defined by the fact that students do not physically attend the institution of higher education, instead the institution of higher education comes to them. Both programme organisation and the didactically prepared learning materials are based on the concept of independent learning: the learners are supported in taking personal responsibility for their own learning process by a teaching-learning arrangement that consists of a combination of self-learning materials, on-campus phases and online-based interactions in the online campus. Each programme has an own virtual learning environment within the online campus that accompanies the students for the duration of their course. During the on-campus phases, the students have the opportunity to consolidate and substantiate the self-taught content in the context of practical classes and group work and to further discuss their acquired skills and knowledge in consideration of current issues.
Schedule and organisation
The distance learning programme in Medical Physics has a standard period of study of six semesters (part-time). Mandatory on-campus phases take place once per semester over a (long) weekend. The written module examinations are completed during mandatory on-campus phases.
A weekly commitment of around 15-20 hours is required to study the material, complete the mail-in exercises, take the examinations and complete the Master's thesis (amongst others).
At a glance
At the moment, the tuition fees are EUR 690 per semester as well as the social fee of currently EUR 102 per semester. The one-time fee for the Master's thesis is EUR 500. The tuition fees do not include travel and accommodation expenses or meal allowances during the on-campus phases. Only the social fee is charged in the first and second semester after the end of the standard period of study. Tuition fees are reduced to 30 percent of the original fee as of the third semester exceeding the standard period of study; this does not apply to the Master's thesis fee. The tuition fees are exempted from German VAT and may be tax-deductible if the legal requirements are fulfilled.
Subject to change.
The Master's and Certificate programmes at the DISC are training programmes. The admission requirements are based on the following legal regulations:
- the Higher Education Act (Hochschulgesetz) of the respective federal state,
- the applicable examination regulations (Prüfungsordnung) at the time of enrolment,
- the enrolment regulations.
The specific admission requirements for the TU Kaiserslautern and this programme can be accessed here.
The distance learning programme starts in the winter semester (October) of every year. Information on the application procedure and deadlines can be accessed here.
The distance learning programme's scientific director is Prof. Dr. Volker Schünemann (TU Kaiserslautern). The distance learning programme Medical Physics is taught in cooperation with the Landeskrankenhaus Feldkirch, the Medical Faculty Mannheim of Heidelberg University, the Medical Faculty of Saarland University, the Saarland University Medical Center and the Westpfalz-Klinikum.
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Dr. Peter Decker
All questions concerning application and examination procedures will be answered by the Subdivision Distance Student Affairs.