School of Medicine
University of Patras
Postgraduate Programms

Postgraduate Program of Studies in Medical Physics – Radiation Physics

Medical and Physic Departement of University of Patras

Christina Alexatou , Secretariat of School of Medicine, tel. 2610-969106, fax: 2610-996103,e-mail: alexatou@upatras.gr 

https://physics.med.upatras.gr/

Scope

The postgraduate program in Medical Physics was founded in 1988 and has been the first program in Greece (1993) officially offering a Postgraduate Diploma (Master of Science). The program has recently (2018) been revised and renamed to Medical Physics-Radiation Physics (FEK 1627/10.5.2018 & FEK 3922/10.9.2018), aiming to:

  • be harmonized with European Medical Physics Programs of studies accreditation specifications.
  • prepare graduates (holding a BSc Degree in Physics) to be accepted in the 3-year training in Medical Physics offered by the Greek Hospitals, required for participating to the Professional License Examinations.
  • offer scientific knowledge and research skills, necessary to Physicists and related Scientists, wishing to be involved in Research and Development in the field of Medical Physics–Radiation Physics.

The Postgraduate Program is Interdepartmental supported by the:

-Department of Medicine, University of Patras

-Department of Physics, University of Patras

Leads to MSc

The Program is leading to a Postgraduate Diploma (Master of Science) in Medical Physics-Radiation Physics.

Careers of medical physicists

Follow a clinical residency traineeship in order to provide clinical medical physics services and consultation, which requires professional license, following the residency

Provide industrial medical physics services and consultation

Be involved in research and development of new equipment and procedures

Follow a PhD in Medical Physics, required for Academic careers, and often required for clinical, industrial and R&D careers

Duration

The duration of the Program is three (3) academic semesters.

The teaching and exams for the first semester take place from the 1 October to 31 January and the second semester from 1 February to 30 June.

Syllabus

The 1st semester consists of seven (7) topics, which offer basic medical sciences, medical-radiation physics, as well as basic research methodology tools and skills. The 2nd semester consists of six (6) topics, which offer advanced of diagnostic and therapeutic physics methods and technologies. During the 3rd semester, the students carry out research work, required for completion of their MSc thesis. 

First semester topics
(1) Research Methodology, (2) Biostatistics, (3) Basic Medical Sciences I (Biochemistry-Biology), (4) Basic Medical Sciences II (Anatomy-Physiology-Pathophysiology), (5) Radiation–Matter Interactions, (6) Dosimetry and (7) Medical Informatics.

Second semester topics
(1) Physics of X-Ray Medical Imaging, (2) Physics of Nuclear Medicine, (3) Physics of Radiotherapy, (4) Radioprotection–Radiobiology, (5) Physics of Non-Ionizing Radiation and (6) Medical Image Analysis.

Third semester
Postgraduate Thesis.

All topics are compulsory including the MSc Thesis.

The lessons will take place in the Computer Centre, Room 2 which is located on the 1st floor of the Preclinical Functional Building of the School of Medicine in the North wing of the University of Patras.

Credit Units

The total number of Credit Units (ECTS) required to acquire the Interdepartmental Postgraduate Program are ninety (90), i.e. 30 ECTS per semester.

Responsibilities

In order to obtain the Postgraduate Diploma (MSc), students are required to attend and pass successfully the exams for all courses of the first and second semester, as well as to successfully complete their MSc thesis.

Language of Instruction

The language of Instruction is English

Entry Requirements

Candidates must hold a Degree in Physics, Mathematics, Applied Physics & Mathematics (School of Applied Physical and Mathematical Sciences), Medicine, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Radiological Technology, or an equivalent and corresponding National or International Degree, in accordance with Greek legislation.

The maximum annual numbers of available positions are 20, while no fees are required.

Registration

The Secretariat of the School of Medicine is responsible for the registration of the postgraduate students and the maintenance of student records.