Medical Physics Curriculum
Requirement for the LMU Medical Physics Master Certificate
The Faculty of Physics at LMU Munich offers a specialization in Medical Physics within the general four-semester program of the Master of Science degree in Physics. The Physics Master program covers a total number of 120 ECTS points, which are distributed as following:
The certificate for Medical Physics specialization requires 27 ECTS points from elected courses in the field of medical physics, including 24 ECTS points from compulsory Medical Physics lectures. The remaining 3 ECTS can be covered from additional elected Medical Physics courses or a dedicated Praktikum. Additional 60 ECTS need to be achieved through the practical phase (30 ECTS) and the master thesis (30 ECTS), supervised by one of the LMU Medical Physics Professors or Habilitated Lectureres.
The Faculty of Physics awards the graduate with the academic degree of "Master of Science" ( M.Sc.) after successful completion of the master program. The M.Sc. degree of the Faculty of Physics allows the graduate to enter a Ph.D. degree program in the broad field of physics. An additional certificate on the qualification in the field of Medical Physics is issued upon request by the Faculty of Physics if all requirements for the specialization are fulfilled.
Study and examination regulations for the Master of Science degree program in Physics apply also for the specialization in Medical Physics. Information on these regulations can be found here.
The Master in Physics requires a set of compulsory physics lectures (24 ECTS), and options for these courses can be found on the general Master’s degree website of the Faculty of Physics.
For the specialization in Medical Physics, there is a set of compulsory Medical Physics lectures for a total of 27 ECTS that need to be successfully passed. The main focus of the specialization is on modern radiation therapy and imaging.
The following compulsory Medical Physics lectures (24 ECTS) are offered once per year:
Compulsory courses in Winter Semester
- "Medical physics in radiation therapy", main lecture and seminar, 2+2 SWS (6 ECTS)
- "Advanced image-guided radiotherapy", special lecture, 2 SWS (3 ECTS)
- "Computational methods in medical physics", special lecture, 2 SWS (3 ECTS)
Compulsory courses in Summer semester
- "Imaging in medical physics", main lecture and seminar, 2+2 SWS (6 ECTS)
- "Radiation detectors for medical applications", special lecture, 2 SWS (3 ECTS)
- "Medical physics aspects in ion beam therapy", special lecture, 2 SWS (3 ECTS)
In order to complete the 27 ECTS, additional special lectures and seminars related to the Medical Physics Curriculum are offered at irregular intervals.
These courses (each 2SWS, 3ECTS) include:
Elective courses (offered on yearly basis)
- Radiation biology, brachytherapy, and radioprotection
- Digital image processing in Medical Physics
- Hands-on tutorial on Geant4 and data analysis for Medical Physics applications
Elective seminars (offered on yearly basis)
- The paper trail: discovering published scientific literature in Medical Physics
- Advanced motion compensation in modern radiotherapy
Alternatively, 3 ECTS can be earned by pursuing a 2 weeks Praktikum on an approved Medical Physics topic supervised at the LMU Chair of Medical Physics. Full information on all available Medical Physics lectures of the current semester can be found in the section Teaching.
Although the additional 9 ECTS required to complete the M.Sc. Degree can be acquired in topics outside Medical Physics, we strongly recommend students interested in pursuing a later career as clinical Medical Physicist to select from the above mentioned additional lectures or from other fields as specified by the WBO (Weiterbildungsordnung) of the DGMP, or to pursue a longer (up to 8 weeks) Praktikum at the Medical Physics Chair or collaborating institutions.