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Advanced Physical Methods in Radiotherapy

Group foto of the first Master Online APMR class (2010)
Group photo of the first Master Online APMR class (2010)

 

Degree Master of Science
Application deadline May 15th
Programme start Winter term (September/October)
Programme duration 4 semesters
Study options postgraduate distance learning programme, accredited by ACQUIN
Language requirement English
Language of instruction English
Tuition fees € 2375,- per semester

Medizinische Fakultät Heidelberg

 

Introduction

The Master Online Advanced Physical Methods in Radiotherapy (APMR) is a postgraduate programme in the field of medical physics delivered predominantly online. This English-speaking distance learning programme is the result of a long-term collaboration between the widely acclaimed German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), the distinguished Heidelberg University Hospital and the new state-of-the-art heavy ion facility, Heidelberg Ion-Beam Therapy Center (HIT).

 

Modules of study

M 1 Anatomy and Imaging for Radiotherapy

We will refresh your anatomical knowledge and you will be exposed to the latest improvements in radiological imaging, including modern X-ray CT, dual energy CT, morphological and functional MRI and MR spectroscopy, as well as in modern techniques in molecular imaging. The knowledge gained will form the basis for the understanding and application of the new treatment techniques.

M 2 Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy

After an overview of the basic features of IMRT, you will be introduced to the different technical implementations of modern IMRT and to applications in clinical practice. Building upon problem- and work-based scenarios you will have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience at our facilities and to discuss your activities on-site with the IMRT innovators.

M 3 Ion Therapy

You will reinforce your knowledge about the basic physical interaction of protons and ions and discover how these can be harnessed to the benefit of the patient. An understanding of these interactions also forms the basis for the biological effects of high LET radiation, which you will study in detail. You will be introduced to vital technical features of accelerators, beam delivery systems and also to treatment planning and the implications for clinical practice.

M 4 Image Guided Radiotherapy and Adaptive Radiotherapy

More recently IGRT has become an important new paradigm. You will discover that applications of IGRT are not merely restricted to accurate patient positioning, but include further the resolution of inter- and intrafractional motion in order to arrive at a true 4D dose conformation. The basics of modern biological imaging techniques and their implication for radiotherapy will also be explored.

M 5 Advanced Dosimetry and Quality Assurance

The highly advanced techniques of IMRT, IGRT and ion beam therapy require complex solutions for dosimetry and quality assurance. You will scrutinize relevant guidelines for the design of dedicated QA procedures adapted to the unique requirements of these modern techniques. Dosimetric principles will be studied in-depth and then applied to special dosimetry techniques for small fields, ion dosimetry and dynamic fields. Finally, you will find yourself working side by side with world renowned experts during the practical training sessions at our flagship facilities.

M I Internships

Treatment Planning | IMRT | ART | Ion Therapy | Dosimetry and QA

M T Master’s Thesis

Topic to be selected from modules 1 - 5.

 

Programme structure

 

Semester Modules   ECTS
Credits
  Welcome Day (1 day - optional)    
1 M 1
Anatomy and Imaging for Radiotherapy
M 2
Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT)
15
  Attendance phase M 1+ M 2 (4 days)  
2 M 3
Ion Therapy
M 4
Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT)
and Adaptive Radiotherapy (ART)
15
  Attendance phase M 3 + M 4 (4 days)  
3 M 5
Advanced Dosimetry and Quality Assurance (QA)
M I
4 Internships
15
  Attendance phase M 5 + M I (14-18 days)  
4 M T
Master‘s Thesis
  30
      Σ 75
MSc Prerequisites
  • at least a Bachelor's degree in a subject related to physics or equivalent
  • Proof of at least one year of professional experience following the first degree and at least two years upon application for admission to the Master's examination.
  • prior knowledge in Medical Physics
  • proof of English language proficiency
45
PG-Certs Prerequisites
  • Relevant degree of higher or further education institute
    (Bachelor, Diploma, Master)
  • English language proficiency
 
      Σ 120

 

Further information

 

Programme leaders

Prof. Jürgen Debus, MD, PhD   Prof. Jürgen Debus, MD, PhD
Professor for Radiation Oncology at the Medical Faculty Heidelberg, Heidelberg University
Medical Director of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiation Therapy, Heidelberg
University Hospital and CEO of HIT GmbH, Heidelberg
Apmr Jaekel Klein   Prof. Oliver Jäkel, PhD
Professor for Medical Physics at the Medical Faculty Heidelberg, Heidelberg University
Head of the Department of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology, DKFZ, Heidelberg
Medical Physics Director of HIT GmbH, Heidelberg
Prof. Wolfgang Schlegel, PhD   Prof. Wolfgang Schlegel, PhD
Professor for Medical Physics at the Medical Faculty Heidelberg, Heidelberg University
Department of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology, DKFZ, Heidelberg

 

Formal Issues

Application and Admission

Admissions are restricted according to the Admission Regulation.


Admission regulations

  • at least a Bachelor's degree in a subject related to physics or physical technology or a diploma in physics, biomedical technology or equivalent engineering studies.
  • at least one year of qualified professional experience in the field of medical radiation physics following the first degree and at least two years of professional work experience in medical radiation physics upon application for admission to the Master's examination.
  • prior knowledge in Medical Physics as specified in the Continuing Education Regulations (Weiterbildungsordnung) of the German Society of Medical Physics (DGMP) as a requirement for recognition as a specialist in Medical Physics in the field of Medical Radiation Physics within the specialised area of radiation therapy or knowledge corresponding to an equivalent period of advanced training and qualification.
  • proof of English language proficiency at a level comparable to C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference is required (see CEFR for self checks). Note: English Language Proficiency can also be proofed by the school leaving certificate or prior higher education studies in English.


Application procedure

German students

German students can enrol without prior application at the Central University Administration by the beginning of the lecture period. They are required to show the written statement of admission issued by the representative of the desired Master’s programme, confirming that preconditions according to the admission regulations have been met. Please contact the
Advanced Physical Methods Team for further information about the application procedure.


International students

International students have to submit an application to enable due examination of their previous academic achievements. The closing date for international applicants is 15 May for the winter semester. Please contact the Advanced Physical Methods Team for further information about the application procedure.

Examination Regulation / Study Regulation

Examination Regulation

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees for the program are 2.375,- EUR per semester.

In addition, the Heidelberg University charges an administration fee and a Studentenwerksbeitrag per semester.

 

Contact

Heidelberg University
Postgraduate Scientific Studies
Bergheimer Str. 58, Building 4311
D – 69115 Heidelberg

Tel: +49 (0) 6221/54-7812/24
Fax: +49(0) 6221/54-7819

apmr@uni-hd.de
www.apmr.uni-hd.de

 

 

 

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Latest Revision: 2014-08-06