Master's in Medical Physics

A two-year degree programme

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and Trieste University announce a second cycle of the Master's Programme in Medical Physics (MMP), a two-year advanced training programme in the field of medical physics, co-sponsored by The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in collaboration with Trieste Hospitals.

The programme will be held from 1 January 2015 until 31 December 2016 and will lead to an Advanced Studies Master's Degree in Medical Physics.

The denomination of the official Italian Degree is "Master di Secondo LIvello".

The first year will be spent in Trieste, Italy, while the second year will be dedicated to clinical professional training in a medical physics department of a hospital in the programme's training network.

The Master's Programme is designed to provide young, promising graduates of physics or related fields (mainly from developing countries) with postgraduate theoretical and clinical training so that candidates may be recognised as clinical medical physicists in their home countries.

The Master's Programme in Medical Physics, prepared with the assistance of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency, consists of several basic and advanced courses and practical and clinical training by experts in these fields. There will be an examination at the end of each course. Additionally, participants are required to work on a dissertation to be submitted and defended during the last month of the programme. The master's degree will be awarded by Trieste University only to those candidates who successfully complete all examinations, clinical training, and other requirements as may be decided by the Master's Committee. Participants will also be required to take part in ongoing activities of ICTP in their related fields.

The minimum qualification for applicants is a degree equivalent to an M.Sc.  in physics or related fields. The selection of candidates will be based on their university performance, research activity and professional experience in the field. Adequate proficiency in English language is required.

The Master's Programme is open to young (generally below 30 years of age) qualified graduates from countries that are members of the United Nations, UNESCO or IAEA.

Candidates who have received their degree outside Italy must obtain the "dichiarazione di valore" from the Italian Embassy in their country, testifyng that their curriculum studiorum is equivalent to the Italian "Laurea specialistica" (5 years of University studies).

The maximum number of students admitted is 18.

The university course fees for the Master's Programme is 2000 euro.

Qualified candidates may attend the course at their own cost. A limited number of partial or full scholarships  will be awarded to successful candidates from developing countries. ICTP will also cover, on the basis of a detailed request, travel costs and course fees for a limited number of successful candidates from developing countries who are not awarded the full scholarship.


Master's Programme Outline

First year programme:

  • Anatomy and Physiology as applied to Medical Physics
  • Radiobiology
  • Radiation Physics
  • Radiation Dosimetry
  • Physics of Nuclear Medicine
  • Medical Physics Imaging Fundamentals
  • Physics of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology (X rays, US, MRI, Hybrid systems)
  • Physics of Radiation Oncology
  • Radiation Protection
  • Information Technology in Medical Physics
  • Medical Statistics

(330 hours of lessons and 230 hours of guided exercises)

 Second year programme

  • Clinical training in radiotherapy, diagnostic and interventional radiology, nuclear medicine and radiation protection in a hospital of the clinical network (hospitals in Northern Italy and other nearby Countries) (1200 hours)
  • Thesis work (125 hours)

Faculty: about 30 professors from ICTP, Trieste University, Elettra Syncrotron facility, Trieste University hospital and from the hospitals of the clinical network assure a wide spectrum of knowledge in all areas of medical physics from research and professional activities.


ICTP Master in Medical Physics Programme
The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics
Strada Costiera 11
I-34051 Trieste