Master of Medical Radiation Sciences Program

Table of contents

    1. Objective and Contents
    2. Scientific Environment
    3. Key Data
    4. Modules
    5. Medical Physics Expert Accompanying Training Program (Fachkunde)
    6. Organisation
    7. Application
    8. Documents and Forms
    9. Contacts

Objective and Contents

The Master program Medical Radiation Sciences profile was established in 2005. It is greatly demanded because of its exceptional combined training program which allows to obtain master’s degree and Medical Physicists (MPE) certificate from the German nuclear supervisory authorities (Fachkunde). This particular concept of academic education of Medical Physics Experts was designed by OncoRay in Dresden.

The Master program Medical Radiation Sciences is addressed to young scientists and engineers holding a first academic degree (e.g. Bachelor). The objective of the program is to provide education including practical training in physics related disciplines required for medical application of ionizing radiation. The teaching program covers those branches of physics, biology, chemistry, technology and medicine, which are relevant for radiotherapy, diagnostic radiology as well as in nuclear medicine. The aim of the course is to train experts in medical radiation physics. The labor market lacks these skills, opening graduates of the Master program the best chances for a successful career. The overall teaching program refers to the education catalogue of Deutschen Gesellschaft für Medizinische Physik (DGMP).

Scientific Environment

The Master program is integrated in the Postgraduate School of the National Center for Radiation Research in Oncology - OncoRay. Lectures and modules are embedded in a modern technological and medical environment and are supported by an interdisciplinary team of internationally well-known and distinguished scientists. Master theses are performed in the OncoRay research groups or co-operating groups, who provide highly attractive scientific topics. This includes research projects concerning the proton therapy device which started treatment in 2013.

Key Data

Consecutive Master program, 120 CP, application-oriented, 4 semesters, matriculation every winter semester after passing an admission procedure, no study fees


Anatomy and Physiology (6 CP)
Cell und Molecular Biology (5 CP)
Atomic and Nuclear Physics (5 CP)
Interaction Radiation-Matter (5 CP)
Radiation Planning (5 LP)
Radioprotection (8 CP)
Physics and Technology for Medical Applications of Radiation (9 CP)
Tumor and Radiation Biology (6 CP)
Dosimetry for Medical Physicists (6 CP)
Biostatistics (5 CP)
Radiopharmacy for Medical Physicists (5 LP)
Tomographic Techniques in Medicine (5 CP)
Digital Image Processing (5 CP)
Nuclear Medicine, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Radiation Therapy (5 CP)
Medical Engineering, Quality Assurance and Organization of Health System (5 CP)
Physics and Technology of Particle Therapy (5 CP)
Medical Application of Magnetic Resonance (5 CP)
Attention: The instruction language is German. C1 level is required.


Medical Physics Expert Accompanying Training Program (Fachkunde)

Medical Physics Experts are specialists for physical tasks in radiation applying medical disciplines (Nuclear Medicine, X-Ray Diagnostics, Radiation Therapy) accredited by the nuclear supervisory authorities. The education takes 2 years and is performed as hand-on practical training („Sachkundezeit“) at certified clinical institutes. At the TU Dresden this training is combined with the Medical Radiation Sciences Master course. Typical tasks of Medical Physics Experts (MPE) are the optimization of radiation treatment, patient dosimetry, the physical aspects of radiation planning, constructional and technical radioprotection, development of new investigation and treatment methods, quality assessment and quality assurance, constancy tests, support of technical equipment in clinical departments, instruction of MTAs for handling devices and the correct application of the Medical Devices Directive (“Medizinproduktegesetz”). Alumni have excellent career perspectives because of the enormous shortage of experts in Germany and other European countries.

Twelve MPE training places are available at the Dresden University Hospital (Radiation Therapy, Proton Therapy Nuclear Medicine, Radiologic Diagnostics, Neuroradiology) and the hospital Dresden-Friedrichstadt (Radiation Therapy) every year. During the education, students are full-time integrated in daily clinical routines as long as there are no lectures or examinations.


Applicants will conduct aptitude interviews in context of an assessment procedure. A first qualifying scientific or technical degree (for instance Bachelor) is mandatory for matriculation, as well as good skills in math and physics. German knowledge on C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages is required before application.


German applicants or applicants who have graduated from German secondary schools or institutions of higher education typically submit the application to portal 7 of the Online Application Portal of the TU Dresden
The application period starts on June 1st and ends on June 30th of each year.

Applicants of foreign nationality with a foreign entrance qualification for higher education submit the application to uni-assist
The application period starts on April 1st and ends on May 31st of each year.

Please include the completed Assessment Form (linked below) in your application.

Documents and Forms

Study Regulations (German)
Examination Regulations (German)
Assessment Regulations (German)
Selection Regulations (German)
Assessment Form (German)


Dean Medical Radiation Sciences
Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Enghardt
Tel. +49 351 458 7411
Fax: +49 351 458 7311
Mail: wolfgang.enghardt@o n c o r a (please remove the spaces)

Coordination and counseling
PD Dr. Steffen Löck
Tel. +49 351 458 7408
Fax: +49 351 458 7311
Mail: steffen.loeck@o n c o r a (please remove the spaces)

Nationales Zentrum für Strahlenforschung in der Onkologie – OncoRay
Medizinische Fakultät TU Dresden
Fetscherstraße 74/PF41
01307 Dresden

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Matthias Hinz
Last modified: Jan 15, 2018