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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 15th May
Course commences winter semester (September/October) only
Standard course duration 4 semesters
Language requirements English (on application)
Language of instruction English
Other features postgraduate distance learning programme
Tuition fees EUR 2,375 per semester

Faculty of Medicine Heidelberg


The programme is being phased out in the winter semester 2016/17. Admission is no longer possible.



The M.Sc. course in Advanced Physical Methods in Radiography (APMR) is a postgraduate medical physics programme delivered predominantly online. Available exclusively in English, it is the result of close collaboration between the prestigious German Cancer Research Centre (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ), the renowned Heidelberg University Hospital and the Heidelberg Ion-Beam Therapy Center (HIT), a new state-of-the-art heavy-ion facility on the Heidelberg campus.



M 1 Anatomy and Imaging for Radiotherapy

This module will refresh your knowledge of anatomy and introduce you to the latest developments in radiological imaging, including modern X-ray CT, dual-energy CT, morphological and functional MRI and MR spectroscopy, and modern molecular-imaging techniques. The knowledge acquired here is essential for the understanding and application of new treatment techniques.

M 2 Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy

After an overview of the basic features of IMRT, you will be acquainted with the various technical implementations of modern IMRT and its clinical applications. Building on problem- and work-based scenarios, you will be given a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience at our facilities and to discuss your activities on-site with IMRT innovators.

M 3 Ion Therapy

Enhancing your knowledge of the basic physical interactions between protons and ions, you will discover how they can be utilised for the benefit of patients. You will also learn how these interactions form the basis for the biological effects of high LET radiation, which you will study in detail. The module also encompasses an introduction to the vital technical features of accelerators and beam-delivery systems, as well as discussing treatment planning and the implications for clinical practice.

M 4 Image Guided Radiotherapy and Adaptive Radiotherapy

IGRT has become an important new paradigm. The module will show you that IGRT applications are not restricted to accurate patient positioning but also extend to the resolution of inter- and intra-fractional motion with a view to achieving true 4D dose conformation. Other issues explored are basic aspects of modern biological imaging techniques and their implications for radiotherapy.

M 5 Advanced Dosimetry and Quality Assurance

The highly sophisticated techniques involved in IMRT, IGRT and ion-beam therapy make dosimetry and quality assurance doubly challenging. You will be asked to scrutinise the relevant guidelines for the design of dedicated QA procedures adapted to the unprecedented requirements of these modern techniques. The principles of dosimetry will be studied in depth and then applied to special dosimetry techniques for small fields, ion dosimetry and dynamic fields. Last but not least, the practical training sessions at our flagship facilities will have you working side by side with world-renowned experts.

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
  Welcome Day (1 day - optional)    
1 M 1
Anatomy and Imaging for Radiotherapy
M 2
Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT)
  Attendance phase M1+ M2 (4 days)  
2 M 4
Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT)
and Adaptive Radiotherapy (ART)
M 5
Advanced Dosimetry and Quality Assurance (QA)
  Attendance phase M4 + M5 (4 days)  
3 M 3
Ion Therapy
4 Internships
  Attendance phase M3 + MI (14-18 days)  
4 M T
Master‘s Thesis
      Σ 75
MSc Prerequisites
  • at least a Bachelor's degree in a subject related to physics or equivalent
  • proof of at least one year’s professional experience subsequent to the first degree and at least two years of same at the time of
  • prior knowledge of Medical Physics
  • proof of proficiency in the English language
PG-Certs Prerequisites  
  • relevant degree from further- or higher-education institute
    (B.Sc., Diplom, M.Sc.)
  • English-language proficiency certificate
      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


Admission requirements

Applications and Admission

Admission is restricted in accordance with the Admission Regulation.

Examination regulations / Study regulations

Examination regulations

Module Handbook

Please click here to find the latest Module Handbook (see APMR Information Booklet).

Tuition Fees

The tuition fees for the programme amount to EUR 2,375 per semester (fee regulations).

In addition, Heidelberg University charges an administration fee and a EUR 2,375 per semester (Studierendenwerksbeitrag) every semester.


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

phone: +49-(0)6221/42-2644
fax: +49-(0)6221/42-3482

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Latest Revision: 2016-12-09