Master of Science in Physics with focus on Medical Physics
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 related to 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), both also being supervised by one of the LMU medical physics professors.
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 are available at the Faculty's German website.
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 radiation therapy, followed by imaging. The lecture content of the compulsory Medical Physics lectures is adapted to the topics recommended by the DGMP for further training in Medical Physics.
The following compulsory Medical Physics lectures (24 ECTS) are offered once per year:
- "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)
- "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 (2 SWS, 3ECTS) related to the Medical Physics Curriculum (e.g. "The Paper Trail: Discovering Published Scientific Literature in Medical Physics") are offered at irregular intervals. Full information on all available Medical Physics lectures of the current semester can be found in the section Teaching or the website of the Chair of Medical Physics. Alternatively, 3 ECTS can be earned by pursuing a 2 weeks Praktikum on an approved Medical Physics topic supervised by the LMU Chair of Medical Physics.
Although the additional 9 ECTS required to complete a Master program can be acquired in topics outside Medical Physics, we strongly recommend students interested in pursuing a later career as clinical Medical Physicist to select additional lectures within the Biophysics curriculum or another field specified by the WBO (Weiterbildungsordnung) of the DGMP or to pursue a longer (up to 8 weeks) Praktikum.