Medical Faculty HeidelbergClinical Medical Physics

Cancellation of degree programme (aktiv)

The "Clinical Medical Physics" (CMP) course will be discontinued at the end of the 2019 summer semester and applications are no longer possible.

The International Master’s degree programme in Clinical Medical Physics (CMP) provides students with an introduction to the relevant fields of radiotherapy-related medical physics, including anatomy and physiology, imaging, dosimetry and evaluation and  radiation protection, along with modern treatment modalities such as Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) and Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT).

Medical physicists play a decisive role in radiotherapy processes. In close collaboration with physicians, they plan and carry out radiation treatment for cancer patients. They also ensure that all relevant aspects of the radiotherapy treatment process are taken into consideration, including radiation protection, maintenance, dosimetry, and maintenance of radiotherapy and imaging equipment. This international Master’s degree programme in Clinical Medical Physics is a bilingual degree plan (English and Spanish) offered through Heidelberg University in  Germany in cooperation with the Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago de Chile. It provides students with ideal preparation for pursuing a professional career.

Special Features and Characteristics

The international Master’s degree programme in  Clinical Medical Physics is offered through the Faculty of Physics of the Pontifical Catholic University in Santiago de Chile in cooperation with the Medical Faculty Heidelberg of Heidelberg University.
Additional support is provided through the Clinica Alemana in Santiago de Chile, the Department of Medical Physics in Radiotherapy of the German Cancer Research Centre in Heidelberg (DKFZ), and by the Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiation Therapy at Heidelberg University Hospital. The cooperation with these institutions contributes to Heidelberg’s reputation as one of the world’s foremost centres for the investigation and application of modern radiotherapy methodology. The collaboration with our partners in Chile offers students the opportunity not only to gain research experience,  but, through both on-site training and online instruction, to acquire specialised knowledge from medical physics experts. This provides students with an outstanding theoretical and practical education, enabling them to pursue international careers as medical physics experts.

Graduates will be conferred with a dual degree: a “Magister en Física Médica” from the Pontifical Catholic University and a Master of Science in Clinical Medical Physics from Heidelberg University.

 

Research

Students become part of an international research community. Medical physics research is primarily conducted as part of the German Cancer Research Centre’s “Imaging and Radiooncology” research programme, under the auspices of the Medical Physics for Radiation Oncology division. The division’s research activities are carried out in close collaboration with the Heidelberg University Hospital as well as the Heidelberg Ion-Beam Therapy Centre (HIT). The division’s research focuses on adaption of treatment for dynamic changes in target volumes and organs at risk due to organ motion, tumor reduction or growth, or uncertainties with regard to patient positioning or immobility. Additional research topics include the integration of image-guidance and time-adapted therapy into the treatment process as well as high-precision dose delivery, using online imaging of 3D anatomy and online monitoring of 3D dose distribution. Other important research fields include mathematical and biological modelling and optimisation as well as the testing and establishment of  adequate quality assurance measures.

Occupational Areas

This Master’s degree programme in Clinical Medical Physics provides students with ideal preparation for pursuing a professional career in the field of radiotherapy. Medical physicists play a decisive role in radiotherapy processes. In close collaboration with physicians, they plan and carry out radiation treatment for cancer patients. They also ensure that all relevant aspects of the radiotherapy treatment process are taken into consideration, including radiation protection, maintenance, dosimetry, and maintenance of radiotherapy and imaging equipment.

Insights

This is a holistic programme in which the courses cover a broad range of medical physics topics. It is an amazing opportunity to be able to learn from leading scientists.

Isabela Paredes Cisneros, 24, Clinical Medical Physics, 4th semester Master