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M. Sc. Medical Physics

The medical physics course at the HHU Düsseldorf aims to optimally prepare students for the increasingly important occupational field of physics in medicine with its excellent job market opportunities. Medical physicists mainly work in large clinics and in the medical technology industry. With us you will receive a comprehensive, full academic education in physics, which also teaches clinical-related medical physics and the fundamentals of medicine through minor and elective subjects. This creates a direct link to the professional field. Interdisciplinary seminars, internships and theses deepen the interface skills. This is made possible through close cooperation between the lecturers in the fields of physics and medicine. The courses are consecutive, i.e. the master's degree builds on the bachelor's degree.

With a bachelor's degree in physics, you can usually start the master's degree in medical physics without any problems and without extending the duration of your studies. In this case, you will attend the modules anatomy, physiology and basics of medical physics in the first year of study instead of the regular compulsory modules statistical mechanics and solid state physics. The descriptions of these modules can be found in the Bachelor's or Master's curriculum.


The curriculum is a non-binding proposal for organizing your studies. The material and the learning objectives are divided into thematically closed units (modules), some of which build on one another. There are compulsory modules and areas within which modules can be chosen. The objectives, content and modalities of each module are set out in the module description.

One hour per week in the semester corresponds to a 45-minute event by lecturers per week during the lecture period (approx. 15 weeks per semester). One credit point corresponds to a student's total workload of 30 hours (averaged empirical values). An average of 30 credit points are planned per semester. As a rule, each module ends with an examination. The grade is weighted with the credit points of the module and is included in the overall grade of the master's degree.

Bachelor's degree or equivalent degree in medical physics, physics or a physics-related subject with a grade of at least 3.0. If the applicant's grades are determined on a different scale than the five-point scale used at German universities, the applicant's grades are converted accordingly. The application can also be made if the bachelor's degree has not yet been completed, but it is very likely that it will be completed before the planned start of the master's degree and this can be proven by appropriate evidence.

Sound knowledge in the following areas of physics:

  • mechanics
  • Electrodynamics
  • Quantum Mechanics / Atomic Physics
  • thermodynamics

(Proof of successful participation in courses with the corresponding content)

Basic knowledge of at least one of the following areas of physics:

  • optics
  • Nuclear / elementary particle physics
  • Solid state physics

(Proof of successful participation in courses with the corresponding content)

In-depth knowledge of the mathematical methods used in physics.

These include in particular:

  • Vector analysis
  • Complex analysis
  • Differential equations
  • Linear Algebra

(Proof of successful participation in courses with the corresponding content)

Ability to conduct physical experiments

  • Proof of successful participation in physical internships or technical internships with physical content

Practical experience in scientific work

  • Proof of successful completion of a bachelor thesis or a comparable thesis

Sufficient language skills in English

  • Mother tongue or evidence from TOEFL (with a result of at least 80 points) or IELTS (with a result of at least 6.0). In justified exceptional cases, the commission can verbally test the language skills in English to determine the suitability and, if necessary, certify sufficient language skills.
  • A domestic university entrance qualification replaces the proof

Sufficient language skills in German

If you are applying as a foreign student, one of the following certificates must be submitted with the application:

  • Mother tongue or German university entrance qualification
  • Proof of language proficiency in accordance with the regulations for admission to study at Heinrich-Heine University.
  • In particular, the following are recognized as proof of sufficient language skills:
  • the passed DSH-2 or DSH-3 language test,
  • the "Small or Large German Language Diploma",
  • the "Central Upper Level Examination" of a Goethe Institute,
  • the "German Language Diploma, Level II" of the Standing Conference or
  • Test DaF with grade 5 or 4 in all partial exams - www.testdaf.de

Important: It is not possible to enroll and apply without proof of the language test. C1 is not sufficient.

1. Application deadline:

  • March 15 (for the summer semester)
  • September 15 (for the winter semester)
  • June 15 (for early admission to the winter semester)
  • An early application is expressly desired. Applicants for the winter semester who need a visa to study in Germany should in any case apply before June 15.

2. Verification of whether admission to the aptitude test is possible and notification of this to the applicant (no later than 6 weeks after receipt of the application or directly after the application deadline).

3. Implementation of the aptitude assessment procedure (3 to 4 times a year).

4. Notification to the applicant (s) and the student secretariat.

5. Enrollment with the student and examination administration student secretariat.

Applications to the Master's program in medical physics are submitted online via the application portal of the HHU Düsseldorf.

Required Documents:

  • Bachelor's degree certificate or evidence showing that the degree will most likely take place before the desired admission to the master’s program.
  • Proof of sufficient language skills in English.
  • Other evidence showing suitability for the master’s degree in medical physics (e.g. own publications, GRE test results, letters of recommendation) can be attached to the application.

The examination board is acc. § 4 of the Master's examination regulations is responsible for the organization of the tasks resulting from the examination regulations.

It usually meets once a year. Its members are acc. Section 4 (2) was chosen.

The examination board includes:



Professors: , Prof. Dr. W. Budach, Prof. Dr. G. Antoch

Representatives of mid-level academic staff: ,

Student representative: 

The Timetables will be updated constantly until the start of classes.

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