Clinical Medical Physics

Study mode:Full-time Languages: English Duration:2 years
Foreign:$ 2.19k / 1 Semester(s)  
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The curriculum of the Master's programme includes the fields of theoretical and clinical medicine, medical physics, medical engineering, biomathematics, legal questions, nuclear medicine, diagnostic radiology, dosimetry, radiation protection, and the application and methods of modern radiotherapy. Additionally, participants will gain experience in the basics of scientific work through investigation and education.
The Master's programme is designed to aspire to the following aims:
1) optimising and equalising participants' knowledge in the areas of physiology, anatomy, and medical imaging
2) optimising knowledge in the areas of radiation physics, radiobiology, and radiation protection
3) transmission of theoretical knowledge and practical bases of radiotherapy and medical imaging
4) repeating and optimising knowledge in the areas of statistics and two additional modules from the areas of physics or mathematics
5) knowledge in the area of dosimetry, quality assurance, and its application using modern irradiation techniques, and the administrative and judicial framework will be imparted
6) transmission of knowledge and application of the new areas of IMRT/IGRT and particle therapy
7) Students should ultimately be able to undertake scientific and clinical tasks independently, using modern radiotherapy units.

Educational organisation

The first two semesters are taught through conventional lectures at the Faculty of Physics at the PUC. In the third semester, courses on advanced topics on radiotherapy are taught by lecturers from Heidelberg University and DKFZ as online courses. Parallel to these online modules in the third semester, laboratory courses are scheduled at several hospitals in Chile. The Master's thesis should normally be completed in the fourth semester at the PUC. Nevertheless, students may undertake the thesis at other institutions, such as our collaboration partners in Germany, Argentina, Canada and Australia.

Semester One (Santiago de Chile)
General Anatomy and Physiology 6 ECTS
Physics of Radiation and Dosimetry 6 ECTS
Radiobiology, Radiation Protection, and Legal Framework 6 ECTS
Optional Course 6 ECTS

Semester Two (Santiago de Chile)
Physics and Special Techniques of Radiotherapy 6 ECTS
Physics of Medical Imaging 6 ECTS
Statistics 6 ECTS
Optional Course 6 ECTS

Semester Three (Santiago de Chile)
Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) 6 ECTS
Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGR) and Adaptive Radiotherapy (ART) 6 ECTS
Advanced Dosimetry and Quality Assurance 6 ECTS
Practical Work 6 ECTS

Semester Four (Santiago de Chile, Heidelberg or in student's home country)
Master's Thesis 30 ECTS

Pre-requirements 18 ECTS
Total 120 ECTS

Optional Courses
W1 Image processing
W2 Advanced techniques of magnetic resonance imaging
W3 Electronics for physicists
W4 Classical optics
W5 Atomic and molecular physics
W6 Instrumentation and equipment of radiotherapy

International Master, double degree issued by Universität Heidelberg and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Internships

Internships are planned parallel to the online modules in hospitals with modern radiotherapy equipment. These internships are an important part of the Master's programme, as they allow the practical and independent application of the acquired theoretical knowledge under the supervision of radiotherapy staff with long-term experience. Internships are offered in Santiago de Chile, but may also be carried out in collaborating hospitals in Germany, Argentina, Canada and Australia.

Forms of assessment

Assessment will be made in the form of written tests (exams, essays and reports). Studies conclude with an oral exam and the Master's thesis (30 ECTS). The Master's thesis (30 ECTS) is scheduled for the last semester and must be presented and defended.

Course objectives

The use of radiation in medical treatments and the increasing complexity of clinical technology have increased the need for medical physics experts in both private and national healthcare facilities. Therefore, there is an increasing demand for medical physics experts and employment prospects are extremely good.

Language requirements

Applicants must provide proof of their English and Spanish skills.
English: TOEFL 500+ (paper-based), 85+ (internet-based), IELTS certificate level 6+, TOEIC 600+ or equivalent
Spanish: PUC or DELE test from the Instituto Cervantes Intermediate Level or equivalent

Academic requirements

(1) Certificate of high school approval/secondary school completion
(2) Bachelor's degree certificate (or a professional qualification equivalent to a university degree from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile or Heidelberg University, obtained from a university recognised by the Chilean State or, in the case of foreign institutions, by the government of the country), which should have been granted in either physics or engineering. Other applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
(3) Record of the corresponding grades for the undergraduate courses (or equivalent)
(4) Proof of excellent knowledge of Spanish and English:
  • Spanish native speaker
  • secondary education and/or higher education completed in a Spanish-speaking country
  • Spanish test conducted by Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • certificate of approval of the DELE test from the Institute Cervantes Intermediate Level
  • TOEFL 500+ (paper-based), 85+ (internet-based), IELTS certificate level 6+, TOEIC 600+ or equivalent
(5) Two letters of recommendation
(6) Curriculum vitae
(7) Other university degrees that may be relevant
(8) The Master's programme is geared towards academic persons with at least one year's work experience in a field related to physics, medicine, and radiotherapy. This work experience should be gained prior to enrolment at the university or at the latest prior to the start of the third semester.

Costs of living

Approx. 600 EUR per month

Accommodation

The Heidelberg Centre has student residence halls. Alternatively, students can rent a private apartment or a room in a private home, or look for a shared apartment.
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