Medical Physics MSc

Medical Physics MSc course begins at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. This unique course aims to educate medical physicists with interdisciplinary theoretical and practical knowledge and application skills who are capable of performing clinical tasks as scientists participating in academic and industrial research, developing and operating methods, equipment and measuring devices using modern technologies and monitoring the medical application of ionising and non-ionising radiation and radioactive materials. They have knowledge of medical imaging, nuclear medicine (diagnostics and therapy), radiotherapy, radiation protection and radiobiology and are able to meet the specific requirements of medical physics with a professional and ethical awareness. Graduates will be prepared to continue their studies at doctoral level.

The course is recommended for students who hold a BSc degree and are interested in the practical applications of basic physical knowledge. All credits of Physics or Physicist-Engineering BSc can be taken into account concerning the course. Credits specified below can be considered from other bachelor's and master's degree programmes that are accepted by the credit transfer committee of the institution. The minimum number of credits required for admission to the Master's programme is 180, from which 65 credits are divided into the following areas:

  • at least 25 credits in physics, physical chemistry, electronics, technical physics;
  • at least 18 credits in mathematics, information technology, programming, computer science (of which at least 10 credits in mathematics);
  • other sciences (chemistry, materials science, nuclear and environmental sciences, measurement, process control, control engineering).

The curriculum for the BME MSc in Medical Physics can be found below.

You can read about the course on the website, where you can also apply for the course starting in English in September 2024.

Curriculum (excel)

Subject Credit I. II. III. IV.
    Physics laboratory OF 4   x    
    Physical basis of X-ray diagnostics 4 x      
    Physical basis of radiotherapy 4   x    
    Nuclear medicine 4   x    
    Radiobiology 3 x      
    Radiation protection in medical physics 5 x      
    Basics of functional anatomy 4   x    
    Medical imaging 5 x      
  Optional economics courses (1 course to be chosen from the following list, 2 credits in total)
    Investments 2   x    
  English for university studies, en B2+* 2   x    
  Communication Skills, en B2* 2   x    
  English for engineers, en B2* 2   x    
  Professional writing, en C1* 2   x    
  English for professional success, en C1* 2   x    
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH (53 credits in total)        
    Independent laboratory OF1 7   x    
  Independent laboratory OF2 10     x  
  Diploma work OF 30       x
  Seminar OF1 2 x      
  Seminar OF2 2   x    
  Seminar OF3 2     x  
  Seminar OF4 0       x
ELECTIVE PROFESSIONAL COURSES (to be chosen from the list of non-compulsory courses, 24 credits in total)
    Essential medical physiology 4 x      
  Ethical Aspects of Medical Research 4   x    
  Measurement techniques in radiotherapy 2     x  
  Brachytherapy 3     x  
  Quality assurance and legislation 4     x  
  Radiotherapy 2 3     x  
  Ultrasound diagnostics 3   x    
  Radionuclide production and application in medical biology 4     x  
  Migration of radioactive materials in environmental and biological matter 4     x  
  Safety of radioactive wastes 4     x  
  Magnetic resonance 5   x    
  Magnetic resonance and clinical applications 3   x    
  Magnetic resonance and clinical applications 2 3     x  
  Neutron and gamma transport methods 4     x  
  Monte Carlo methods 5 x      
  Monte Carlo particle transport methods 3     x  
  Physics of semiconductors 3 x      
  Computer Simulation in Physics 5   x    
  Physical optics 5 O   E  
  Industrial and biological applications of lasers 3 E   O  
  Optical information processing and data storage 3   O   E
  Optical design 6   x    
  Medical optical devices 4   x    
  Artificial Intelligence in Data Science 5     x  
  Nanotechnology and materials science 4     x  
  Introduction to Machine Learning* 4     x  
  Data Science Aided Measurements* 3     x  
  Biostatistics 3     x  
  Research methodology 3   x    
ELECTIVE COURSES (any subject from the BME, but we reccomend the subjects in the following list, 8 credits in total)
  Optional subjects from the BSc in Physics        
  Sustainable development and energetics 3 x      
Materials for Medical applications 4     x  
Clinical Diagnostics based on Measurement 5       x
Innovative application of polymers and their composites 4       x
Biomechanics of biomaterials 5     x  
Effects of ionising radiation on living organisms 3   x    
  Basics of medical physics 0        
Professional training OF 0        
  *"Courses marked with an asterisk are included in the BME Physics BSc or Physics-Engineering BSc as compulsory, compulsory elective, recommended elective professional courses or compulsory general knowledge courses, therefore, only those courses can be enrolled to that have not been completed during BSc studies.      
  Basics of medical physics additional basic knowledge determined based on previous studies    
    Modern Physics*          
    Multivariable Calculus*          
    Probability Theory*          
    Data Collection and Evaluation*          
    Programming 1*          
    Nuclear Physics*          
    Nuclear Measurement Techniques*          
    Introduction to Handling Experimental Data*          
  Professional training OF A week in industry, health, research institutes, preferably connected to the topic of the thesis