International Master in Clinical Medical Physics (CMP)

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  • Contenido
    International Master in Clinical Medical Physics“ (CMP).


    • Heidelberg University, Germany (UHD)
    • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile (PUC)
    Partners :     
    • German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Heidelberg, Germany
    • Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiation Therapy, Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany
    Academic Degree :         
    • Master of Science (MSc.), Double Degree
    ECTS Points : 120 

    Program start:
     winter term – March every year (Chile) 

    Program duration:
     2 years (4 semesters) 

    Mode of Study:
     full time; on-site course including online modules during semester 3 

    Language of instruction:
     English, Spanish 

    Tuition fee: 
    3,010,000 CLP per year at Universidad Pontificia Católica de Chile (PUC) (Year 2016), plus a 55,450 CLP (around $90) registration fee; students also pay a 26,500 CLP subscription fee. 

    Application requirements:

    -B.Sc. in Physics, Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering or equivalent (180 ECTS). 
    -Spanish and English language proficiency, Spanish at native-speaker level, English at a level comparable to C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference 
    -One year qualified professional experience in medical radiation physics prior to semester 3. 

    Program Leaders
    • Prof. Jürgen Debus, MD, PhD (UHD)
    • Prof. Wolfgang Schlegel, PhD (UHD)
    • Prof. Beatriz Sanchez, PhD (PUC)

    This double degree program is offered by the Faculty of Medicine Heidelberg at Heidelberg University, Germany (UHD) and the Faculty of Physics at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile (PUC).  

    The first two semesters take place on-site at PUC in Santiago de Chile. The third semester comprises online modules offered by UHD. In parallel practical work sessions are provided by PUC at associated hospitals in Chile. During the fourth semester the final Master’s Thesis can either be written at PUC or at UHD.  

    Course outline

    Medical physicists play a decisive role in radiotherapy processes. In close conjunction with physicians, they plan and carry out radiation treatment for patients. They must also pay due heed to all relevant aspects involved in radiotherapy, including radiation protection and the maintenance of radiotherapy and imaging equipment. 

    The curriculum of CMP includes classes on theoretical and clinical medicine, medical physics, medical engineering, biomathematics, legal questions, nuclear medicine, diagnostic radiology, dosimetry, radiation protection and application and methods of modern radiotherapy. Additionally, participants will gain fundamental experience in scientific investigation and research. 

    This bilingual program (English and Spanish) in medical physics best prepares participants to take the next steps in their professional career. 

    Course structure

    Semester 1 (30 ECTS/50CR) . 

    On-Site module at PUC. 

    Modules - Location - ECTS
    • M1: General Anatomy and Physiology - PUC - 6 ECTS 
    • M1: General Anatomy and Physiology - PUC - 6 ECTS  
    • M2: Physics of Radiation and Dosimetry - PUC - 6 ECTS 
    • M3: Radiobiology, Radiation Protection and Legal Framework - PUC - 6 ECTS  
    • M4.1: Optional Course* - PUC - 6 ECTS 
    • M4.2: Optional Course* - PUC - 6 ECTS 
    Semester 2 (26 ECTS/43,3 CR)

    On-Site module at PUC
    • M5: Physics and Special Techniques of Radiotherapy - PUC - 6 ECTS   
    • M6: Physics of Medical Imaging - PUC - 6 ECTS   
    • M7: Introduction into Statistics - PUC - 6 ECTS   
    • M12: Practical Work - PUC - 8 ECTS 
    Semester 3 (34 ECTS/56,7 CR) . 

    On-Site module at PUC
    • M8.1: Optional Course* - PUC - 6 ECTS  
    • M8.2: Optional Course* - PUC - 6 ECTS  
    Online Module at UHD.
    • M9: Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) - UHD - 7.5 ECTS  
    • M10: Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) and Adaptive - Radiotherapy (ART) - UHD - 7.5 ECTS
    • M11: Advanced Dosimetry and Quality Assurance - UHD - 7 ECTS  
    Semester 4 (30 ECTS(50 CR)

    • MT: Master's Thesis - PUC, UHD, other partners - 30 ECTS  
    Total: 120 ECTS / 200 Cr 

    ECTS: European Credit Transfer System (credit points) 
    Cr: Chilean Credit Points 
    6 ECTS = 10 Cr 

    *Elective modules – optional courses: M4.1; M4.2 and M8.1; M8.2
    • medical imaging
    • special techniques in MR Tomography
    • electronics for physicists
    • classical optics
    • atomic and molecular physics
    • radiotherapy treatment devices
    • electromagnetism
    • modern physics
    Application Procedure

    Applications will be admitted in accordance with the respective admissions regulations of PUC and UHD. The applicants need to be admitted by both universities. 

    The University is at the centre of a research network that includes a large number of non-university research institutions and companies in Heidelberg and the Rhine-Neckar region.

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