Masterat in Fizica Medicala , Trieste , Italia

A two-year degree programme

The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and Trieste University announce a new Masters Programme in Medical Physics (MMP), a two-year advanced training programme in the field of medical physics, co-sponsored by the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS).

The programme will be held from 1 January 2014 until 31 December 2015 and will lead to a Masters Degree in Medical Physics. 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 programmes training network.

The Masters 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 Masters 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 masters 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 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. (or an exceptionally good B.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 Masters 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. The maximum number of students admitted is 15.

The course fees for the Masters Programme is 2000 euro.

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

The downloadable application is here.


Masters 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

(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 (1200 hours)
  • Thesis work (125 hours)


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