Clinical Medical Physics (M.Sc.) - International Master's Programme

Campus_PUC_clinical medical physics

Main building of PUC Santiago de Chile


Degree: Master of Science
Application: mandatory
Course start: winter term - March (Chile)
Course duration: 2 years
Programme type: full time; includes online modules of the distance learning M.Sc. programme "Advanced Physical Methods in Radiotherapy" (APMR)
Study form: postgraduate study programme
Language of instruction: English, Spanish
Tuition fee:

Tuition fees at PUC are: 3,010,000 CLP/year at PUC (Year 2016), plus a 55,450 CLP (around $90) registration fee; students also pay a 26,500 CLP subscription fee.

Tuition fees at Heidelberg University are 1,800€ for semester no. 3 and 4. However, students in the 4th semester shall be required to pay only if their Master’s Thesis is carried out in Heidelberg, Germany.

The Master´s programm clinical medical physics ist being phased out. Admission is no longer possible.

This double degree programme is offered by the Faculty of Medicine Heidelberg (UHD) and the Faculty of Physics Universidad Pontificia Católica de Chile (PUC).

The first two semesters take place on-site at PUC in Santiago de Chile. The third semester comprises online modules offered by the online MSc programme “Advanced Physical Methods in Radiotherapy” (APMR). In parallel practical work sessions are provided by PUC at associated hospitals in Chile. During the fourth semester the final Master’s Thesis can either be written at PUC or at UHD.

Course outline

Medical physicists play a decisive role in radiotherapy processes. In close conjunction with physicians, they plan and carry out radiation treatment for patients. They must also pay due heed to all relevant aspects involved in radiotherapy, including radiation protection and the maintenance of radiotherapy and imaging equipment.

The curriculum of CMP includes classes on theoretical and clinical medicine, medical physics, medical engineering, biomathematics, legal questions, nuclear medicine, diagnostic radiology, dosimetry, radiation protection and application and methods of modern radiotherapy. Additionally, participants will gain fundamental experience in scientific investigation and research.

This bilingual educational programme (English and Spanish) in medical physics best prepares participants to take the next steps in their professional career.

Course structure since March 2015

Semester Modules Location ECTS/Module ECTS/Semester
Semester 1 M1: General Anatomy and Physiology PUC 6 ECTS 30 ECTS
M2: Physics of Radiation and Dosimetry PUC 6 ECTS
M3: Radiobiology, Radiation Protection and Legal Framework PUC 6 ECTS
M4.1: Optional Course* PUC 6 ECTS
M4.2: Optional Course* PUC 6 ECTS
Semester 2 M5: Physics and Special Techniques of Radiotherapy PUC 6 ECTS 26 ECTS
M6: Physics of Medical Imaging PUC 6 ECTS
M7: Introduction into Statistics PUC 6 ECTS
M12: Practical Work PUC 8 ECTS
Semester 3 M8.1: Optional Course* PUC 6 ECTS 34 ECTS
M8.2: Optional Course* PUC 6 ECTS
M9: Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) UHD 7.5 ECTS
M10: Image Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT) and Adaptive Radiotherapy (ART) UHD 7.5 ECTS
M11: Advanced Dosimetry and Quality Assurance UHD 7 ECTS
Semester 4 MT: Master's Thesis PUC, UHD, other partners 30 ECTS 30 ECTS
Total 120 ECTS


On-site module at PUC, attendance mandatory
Online module at UHD, attendance mandatory
Practical Work

*elective modules – optional courses: M4.1; 4.2 and M8.1; 8,2

  • medical imaging
  • special techniques in MR Tomography
  • electronics for physicists
  • classical optics
  • atomic and molecular physics
  • radiotherapy treatment devices
  • electromagnetism
  • modern physics

The CMP Modules M9, M10 and M11 refer to the APMR Modules M2, M4 and M5, respectively. For more information please have a look at the relevant website.


Programme leaders

Prof. Jürgen Debus, MD, PhD   Prof. Jürgen Debus, MD, PhD

Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Medical Faculty Heidelberg, Heidelberg University
Medical Director of the Department of Radiation Oncology and Radiation Therapy, Heidelberg University Hospital
CEO of HIT GmbH, Heidelberg

Prof. Wolfgang Schlegel, PhD  

Prof.  Wolfgang Schlegel, PhD

Professor of Medical Physics at the Medical Faculty Heidelberg, Heidelberg University
Department of Medical Physics in Radiation Oncology, German Cancer Research Centre (DKFZ), Heidelberg


Prof. Beatriz Sánchez, PhD

Professor of Physics at the Physics Faculty, Pontifical Catholic University (PUC)
programme director of the Medical Physics Master Programme at PUC, Santiago, Chile


Formal requirements

Application and admission

Applications will be admitted in accordance with the respective admissions regulations of PUC and Heidelberg University. The applicants need to be admitted by both universities.
The Admission Regulations of Heidelberg University for the Master in Clinical Medical Physics Program is available in PDF format here.

Application requirements:

  • B.Sc. in Physics, Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering or equivalent.
  • Spanish and English language proficiency, Spanish at native-speaker level, English at a level comparable to C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference
  • One year qualified professional experience in medical radiation physics prior to semester 3.

Module Guide

The Module Guide of the CMP programme is available here in PDF format.

Student enrolment

To apply for the double degree programme, please contact the Heidelberg Center Latin America in Santiago de Chile:

Johanna Höhl
Center for Excellence in Investigation and Teaching: Medical Physics

Application forms are available for download here.

Note: Students may only participate in the Heidelberg part of the course after successful completion of the first two semesters at PUC.


Closing date

October 31st 2018

Study and examination regulations

Heidelberg University’s examination regulations (amended 31 August 2012) are available in PDF format here.


Tuition fees

Tuition fees at PUC are: 3,010,000 CLP/year at PUC (Year 2016), plus a 55,450 CLP (around $90) registration fee; students also pay a 26,500 CLP subscription fee.

Tuition fees at Heidelberg University are 1,800€ for semester no. 3 and 4. However, students in the 4th semester shall be required to pay only if their Master’s Thesis is carried out in Heidelberg, Germany. In addition, Heidelberg University charges an administration fee and a Student Union fee for semester no. 3 and 4 (see here for more information).


For detailed information about the program please contact the program coordinating team via

Marcel Schäfer
Simone barthold-Beß, PhD


Seitenbearbeiter: E-Mail
Letzte Änderung: 19.03.2019
zum Seitenanfang/up