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This master’s degree programme in medical physics is a multidisciplinary two-year master’s degree programme that combines high-level research and teaching. The programme is designed for all nationalities, and a maximum of 15 students will be accepted into it.

To apply for the programme, the applicant is expected to have a three-year bachelor´s degree or an equivalent university degree in an applicable field (physics or engineering), as well as very good skills in both written and spoken English. Learn more about the admission requirements.

In the programme, curriculum theory meets practice: The programme includes the possibility for a clinical practicum at the Kuopio University Hospital, consisting of e.g. quality assurance measurements, training in radiation dosage planning for cancer treatment and getting familiar with the routine tasks of a medical physicist. The clinical practicum can be replaced with a research practicum at one of the high-class research groups at the Department of Applied Physics at the University of Eastern Finland. The curriculum of the medical physics programme has been constructed so that, in addition to compulsory courses, the student also has optional courses or study modules which can be freely included in the studies according to students´ academic interests and future career plans. Learn more about the programme curriculum.

In addition to the training in medical physics, students will gain critical research skills necessary for postgraduate studies in the field of medical physics and technology. Moreover, the programme serves as a launchpad for young and talented students seeking a career in the medical technology and diagnostics industry. Students who have successfully completed the programme will be awarded with a master’s degree in applied physics.

Application period will next be open 1.12.2019.

Studies

 

The Master’s Degree Programme in Medical Physics is a two-year programme. Students who have successfully completed the programme will be awarded with a master’s degree in medical physics. During the two years you’ll be spending with us, you’ll get to know our excellent lecturers, professors, PhD students and other staff members, and you’ll be spending a lot of time in our state-of-the-art learning environments. The group size at the lectures is typically around 20 students, which makes the lecture environment peaceful. Teaching is intensive and the student can be in direct contact with the lecturers.

The essential content of the degree programme in medical physics is designed to prepare and equip students for a career in the field of medical physics and technology. Typically, this includes the development of new instrumentation and technology, the development of new medical diagnostic protocols and therapeutic procedures, and improvement of existing technologies.

The application period will next be open 1.11.2018-31.1.2019, 15:00 (GMT+2) for the 2019 – 2021 programme.

The applications will be sent through the Studyinfo service. Applicants are informed about the selections in the beginning of April 2019.

Please see Programme structure for more details.

Learning by doing

Medphys students have conducted various kinds of projects related to medical physics during their studies. Here you can find topics of advaced laboratory work, research practicum and MSc theses conducted during the years 2016-2018.

Project work in applied physics (group/supervisor)

– Experimental testing with novel commercial hydrogels and electrodes based on them (preclinical measurements), Biomaterials group

– Impedance measurements for saliva, Biomaterials group

– Ex vivo electrical impedance measurements on pork jaw tissue sample, Biomaterials group

– Ferro-electret films and ferroelectric polymers such as polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) for biosignal measurement, Biomaterials group

– Accuracy of magnetic resonance imaging based determination of tendon size, Biophysics of bone and cartilage group

– Computational modeling of TMS-induced D-waves in Motor Cortex, KUH clinical neurophysiology/UEF Petro Julkunen

– Individual characterization of fast intracortical facilitation with paired biphasic-wave transcranial magnetic stimulation, KUH clinical neurophysiology/UEF Petro Julkunen

– The effect of various optimization parameters on the VMAT dose distributions for head and neck cancer, KUH radiation therapy/Jan Seppälä

– Peripheral/Scatter doses of CyberKnife system, KUH radiation therapy/Jan Seppälä

– The effect of various optimization parameter on the VMAT dose distribution for head and neck cancer, KUH radiation therapy

– Staff dosimetry in cyclotron and radio pharmacy facilities at Kuopio University Hospital, KUH nuclear medicine/Mikko Hakulinen

Research practicum

– Development and testing of concentric ring probe for measurement of electrical impedance of organic and biological materials, Biomaterials group

– The effect of different preconditioning protocols on repeatability of ACL: stress-relaxation response in tension, Biophysics of bone and cartilage group

– Association between the tibiofemoral kinetics and kinematics and osteoarthritis development in ACL reconstructed knees, Biophysics of bone and cartilage group

Master’s theses:

– Application of bioimpedance spectroscopy for electrical characterization of oral tissues, Biomaterials group

– Elastic, viscoelastic and fibril-reinforced poroelastic material properties of human tibial cartilage, Biophysics of bone and cartilage group

– Near infra-red (NIR) spectroscopy for arthroscopic evaluation of human cartilage and meniscus, Biophysics of bone and cartilage group

– Variation in biologically effective dose of SRBT treatments for prostate cancer, KUH radiation therapy

– Implementation of a theoretical pipeline for modeling navigated TMS, KUH clinical neurophysiology/UEF Petro Julkunen

After graduation

 

The master’s programme will equip the student with specialist skills in the field of medical physics. In addition, the course of study will provide the expertise required to pursue a specialisation as a medical physicist and can open pathways to further advanced studies and fellowship opportunities.

Upon completion of the programme, the graduate will have a career path tailored to his or her needs or interests, creating a possibility of

  • Continuing advanced studies to pursue a career as a scientist
  • Becoming a valuable part of industry (e.g., in health technology and engineering)
  • Working in management and teaching
  • Acting in science administration at national level or internationally
  • Continuing in pursuit of a career as a specialised medical physicist

    Admission requirements for the 2019-2021 programme

    The qualified applicant has an undergraduate degree (from at least a three-year bachelor’s programme or the equivalent) in science or engineering. The degree work should have included sufficient preparatory studies in physics and mathematics. Additional studies in computer programming and human biology are considered an asset.

    The applicant must provide certification of proficiency in English by submitting a valid TOEFL/ PTE or Academic IELTS certificate that is no more than two years old. The following entrance requirements are applied:

    • TOEFL (iBT): 92
    • IELTS (academic): 6.5
    • CAE: 180
    • CPE: 180
    • PTE (academic): 62

    The applicant does not need to present evidence of proficiency in English

    – if his or her secondary education, Bachelor’s (BSc), Master’s (MSc) or higher degree was conducted in the English language in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, or the United States or

    – if his or her background includes BSc or MSc degree studies completed in English in these countries.

    – if the applicant’s secondary education was in one of the Nordic countries (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, or Iceland) or

    – the applicant received a mark of at least Magna Cum Laude Approbatur for the English language as a part of the Finnish Matriculation Examination.

    – exchange studies (at least 20 ECTS) completed in English at the University of Eastern Finland is regarded as proof of sufficient proficiency in English.

    – A1 English as displayed in the International Baccalaureate examination with a minimum grade of 2 is accepted as proof of proficiency in English.

    Selection criteria

    Firstly, candidates with an adequate academic background will be selected for further consideration. For these candidates, numerous factors are considered, with the following elements used for grading criteria:

    I. The mark for the major subject or full GPA for the BSc degree (whichever is higher) and the suitability of any minor subjects with regard to the MedPhys programme, along with the marks for the relevant subjects

    II. The letter of motivation

    III. The letters of recommendation

    IV. Miscellaneous factors: relevant work experience, scientific merit, other degrees received, and international experience

    Points are assigned for each of these four elements (0–5 each), and those eligible applicants with the most points will be selected to progress further in the process.

    An interview may be used in the final decisions on admission. The objective is to select well-motivated applicants for the programme.

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