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Medical Physics Second Cycle

Programme level:
Second-cycle master study

Title achieved:
Master of Medical Physics (M.Sc.Med.Phys.)

Duration:
2 years (4 semesters), total 120 ECTS

Main objectives of the study programme:
Main objective of the programme is training of experts in the field of medical physics who will participate in technologically most complex research and treatment in medicine, will perform control of said research, play a key role with their expert advice, supervision, purchasing and introduction of cutting-edge medical technology. The programme will train specialists who will work on further integration of physical sciences in biomedical sciences, particularly in the field of general diagnosis and cancer treatment, as well as engaging in interdisciplinary research in the fields of medical physics, biophysics and biomedical sciences. After completing the programme, experts will be able to critically evaluate new science and comparability of new technologies for transfer into clinical practice.

Subject-specific competencies gained in the course of the programme:
Study of medical physics provides students with a coherent proficiency in basic knowledge from the field of medical physics (medical imaging, therapy) as well as the ability to connect that knowledge with other, broader areas that are important for a successful diagnosis and treatment of diseases, such as anatomy, physiology or radiobiology. Students acquire skills to solve real work problems such as radiotherapy planning, calibration of instrumentation, quality assurance of medical device operation. Broadness of study provides students with an understanding of the general structure of medical physics and integration with its sub-disciplines, especially physics of radiotherapy, diagnostic radiology physics, physics of nuclear medicine and health physics. During their studies students will learn about information-communication technology and systems used in medical diagnosis and treatment.

Information on the employability of graduates:

Medical physicists are involved in three fields: clinical services and counseling, research and development (RD) and teaching. Given the difficulty of medical physicist’s position in medical environment, broad basic knowledge and practical experience are essential. Medical physicists require basic physical and mathematical knowledge, while close cooperation with doctors and other medical staff requires familiarity with basic medical sciences such as anatomy and physiology.

Programme provides, according to The Act of Ionizing Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety in Slovenia, training of a so called authorized medical physics expert, who is "an accredited person with required expertise in the field of physics or technology of ionizing radiation and their use in medicine (hereinafter: the field of medical physics) and is qualified to advise on the optimization, measurement and evaluation of patient exposure, development, planning and use of radiological procedures and equipment, while ensuring and verifying their quality”.

Graduates will be employed mainly by/in:

Admission requirements

Candidates who have successfully finished university degree in first-cycle (under Bologna reform system) or university undergraduate study (under pre-Bologna reform system) may enroll in the Medical Physics programme.

Candidates may enroll in the second-cycle master study programme in Medical Physics if they have completed the following:

a) First-cycle study programme in the fields of physics or mathematics
b) First-cycle study programmes in other study fields if the applicant, prior to enrollment, completes the study load required to continue in the study of medical physics to the extent of 10-60 ECTS - these obligations are determined according to the differences of professional fields and on individual basis determined by the committee for postgraduate studies at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. Candidates can carry our these obligations while studying in the first-cycle, in training programs or by passing exams before enrolling in postgraduate studies. Conditions for enrollment are:

c) Bachelor's programme (under pre-Bologna reform system) in the fields of physics or mathematics
d) Bachelor's programme (under-pre Bologna reform system) in other study fields if the applicant, prior to enrollment, completes the study load required to continue in the study of medical physics to the extent of 10-60 ECTS - these obligations are determined according to the differences of professional fields and on individual basis determined by the committee for postgraduate studies at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. Candidates can carry our these obligations in training programs or by passing exams before enrolling in postgraduate studies. Exceptions can be made and candidates can carry out their missing obligations during 1st year of Master's programme.

Candidates who have completed equivalent education as stated in paragraphs a) to d) abroad also meet enrollment criteria and can enter under same conditions as candidates who have completed their schooling in Slovenia.

Knowledge and skills acquired prior to enrollment are taken into account both for enrollment conditions as well as for completed study obligations. Candidates with years of working experience in the field of medical physics (in Slovenia particularly from Oncology Institute, Clinical Center etc.) have priority for enrollment. Academic obligations can be reduced up to 30 ECTS for candidates with (at least) 5 years of working experience in the field of medical physics with professional and scientific success (professional and scientific articles, seminars, completed courses, successfully completed projects etc.). Reduction of coursework prior to enrollment is carried out through recognition of related courses from candidate's professional fields. Candidates applying under c) can have their study load decreased by up to 30 ECTS on account of courses already completed which have similar content and scope as courses in the programme of Medical physics.

Changes of enrollment conditions and reduction of study obligations are considered individually based on documented student applications, which are dealt with by study committee for MA studies at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics.

Selection criteria for limited admission

In the case of limited admission, candidates will be accepted according to the average grade from undergraduate (first-cycle) study. In the event a candidate is not accepted in a given year, he/she may re-apply in the following school year. Study committee will deal with individual exceptions, taking into account other candidate's indicators of suitability (professional qualifications, practical experience, research activity).

Conditions for promotion to the next year

Condition for transition from first to second year is completion of at least 45 ECTS of study load. Study committee for MA studies deals with exceptions individually.

Conditions for repetition of a year of study

Condition for repeating a year is completion of at least 30 ECTS. Study committee for MA studies deals with exceptions individually.

Terms and conditions for the completion of studies

To complete the program, students must:

Transition between study programmes

Transition is possible from:

a) Second-cycle study programme in the fields of physics or mathematics

b) Second-cycle study programmes in other study fields if the applicant, prior to enrollment, completes the study load required to continue in the study of medical physics to the extent of 10-60 ECTS - these obligations are determined according to the differences of professional fields and on individual basis determined by the committee for postgraduate studies at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. Candidates can carry our these obligations while studying in the second-cycle, in training programs or by passing exams before enrolling in postgraduate studies. Conditions for enrollment are:

c) Master's programme (under pre-Bologna reform system) in the fields of physics or mathematics

d) Master's programme (under-pre Bologna reform system) in other study fields if the applicant, prior to enrollment, completes the study load required to continue in the study of medical physics to the extent of 10-60 ECTS - these obligations are determined according to the differences of professional fields and on individual basis determined by the committee for postgraduate studies at Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. Candidates can carry our these obligations in training programs or by passing exams before enrolling in postgraduate studies. Candidates must fulfill conditions for the programme into which they are transitioning. Committee for postgraduate studies at Faculty of mathematics and Physics individually determines obligations that must be carried out prior to transition to the new programme and specifies the year into which the candidate may transition.

Overview of the programme

Upon enrollment candidate selects a mentor in a particular scientific or technical field and chooses courses in the amount of 120 ECTS. Courses are divided into four groups:

In agreement with mentor and programme leader candidate may choose courses from other master's study programmes in second-cycle up to 18 ECTS, not including Master's thesis.

Curriculum

Compulsory courses:

Compulsory professional courses: Elective courses:

Master's thesis

Courses Radiation physics and dosimetry (6 ECTS), Experimental medical physics (6 ECTS), Nuclear and particle physics (6 ECTS) and Physical measurements 2 (4 ECTS) are compulsory for all candidates. Students must also choose one of the courses of Anatomy (6 ECTS) or Physiology (6 ECTS). Master's thesis (30 ECTS) is also compulsory. From the four compulsory professional courses: Radiotherapy physics, Physics of anatomical imaging, Physics of functional and molecular imaging and Health physics, candidates choose at least two (2x9 ECTS), which are then subjects of committee exam. If the candidates so wish, they can take a teoretical examination during committee exam, which is needed for accreditation of an authorized medical physics expert. Only areas from which the committee exam is taken (2-4) are are subject of accreditation. Other courses to a total of 120 ECTS are selected from remaining compulsory professional and elective courses. Upon enrollment mentor and candidate propose a selection of courses which is then approved by study committee responsible for master's programme of Medical physics.

Legend:
P = lectures,
V = exercises,
S = seminar,
ECTS = credit points,
UŠD = hours of study work,

O = compulsory courses,
S = compulsory professional courses,
I = elective courses,
M = master's thesis.

1st year

     1st semester
2nd semester
 Total
Course Type
P
V
S
P
V
S
ECTS
UŠD
 Radiation physics and dosimetry  O  3  1
 0  0  0  0  6  120
 Physical measurements 2  O  2  1  0  0  0  0  4  90
 Nuclear and particle physics  O  3  1  0  0  0  0  6  120
 Anatomy or Physiology  O  0  0  0  3  1  0  6  120
 Radiotherapy physics  S  0  0  0  3  2  0  9  150
 Health physics  S  0  0  0  3  2  0  9  150
 Cellular and molecular biology  I  2  1  0  0  0  0  6  90
 Radiobiology  I  0  0  0  2  1  0  6  90
 Physics of neutron nuclear devices  I  2  1  0  0  0  0  6  90
 Experimental nuclear and particle physics  I  0  0  0  2  1  0  6  90
 Statistical methods in physics  I  2  1  0  0  0  0  6  90
 Physical experiments 1  I  0  4  0  0  0  0  4  90
 Seminar  I  0  0  2  0  0  2  6  120
 Total  14 9
 3
 13
 3  6  80 1410

2nd year

     3rd semester
4th semester
 Total
Course Type
P
V
S
P
V
S
ECTS
UŠD
Experimental medical physics
 O  0  3
 1  0  0  0  6  120
Physics of anatomical imaging
 S  3  1  1  0  0  0  9  150
Physics of functional and molecular imaging
 S  0  0  0  3  1  1  9  150
Clinical aspects of diagnostics and therapy
 I  0  0  0  3  0  2  9  150
Bioelectromagnetism
 I  0  0  0  2  1  0  6  90
Optical methods in medicine
 I  0  0  0  2  1  0  6  90
Safety and risk assessment in medical physics
 I  2  1  0  0  0  0  6  90
Physical experiments 2
 I  0  4  0  0  0  0  4  90
 Selected topics in physics  I  0  0  2  0  0  2  3  120
 Master's thesis  M  0  0  15  0  0  15  30  600
 Total  14 9
 3
 13
 3  6  80 1650