Master in Medical Physics

General Objectives of the Course

The present proposal aims at answering to the specific educational requirements for the students that intend to enter the Medical Physics area as qualified professionals. This Master program intends to provide the students with a comprehensive and integrated view of the scientific, technological, technical, socio-economic, ethical, legal, regulatory and legislative issues associated to Medical Physics but also to Radiological Protection and Safety, responding in
this area to the legal requirement (DL227/2008) and to the European recommendations (EFOMP).
A set of legal diplomas is presently under preparation that will transpose the European Directive 2013/59/Euratom. As required by this Directive, the recognition of the Medical Physics expert shall follow a structured education and training framework that includes a Master Degree in Medical Physics with the characteristics and study plan of the one that is proposed here. This proposal aims to offer the 2nd cycle of studies required by that Directive.

Admission Requirements

First cycle in Physics, Physical Engineering, Technological Physics, Applied Physics or Biomedical Engineering, or pre-Bologna degree in one of these areas, or to hold a teaching, scientific or professional curriculum that the Program Coordination recognizes as sufficient to attest the ability to complete this cycle of studies.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Professional Goals

The main professional will be that of Medical Physicist, after the specialized clinical training in a hospital environment, which will be part of the qualification framework of the profession of Medical Physicist. Such education and training framework should be regulated through the transposition of Directive 59/2013 Euratom. The Medical Physicists will be prepared to follow this
profession in the area of Radiotherapy, Nuclear Medicine, and Diagnostic and Intervention Radiology. They also have academic instruction and training to perform dose calculations and put in place radiation protection strategies in medical and/or technological applications and imaging techniques that utilize ionizing radiation. In addition, they can perform scientific and technical specialized functions in sectors - Industry, Environment, Services, Research and Regulation - in which ionizing and non-ionizing radiation is used (by law, all the workplaces where ionizing radiation is employed must have a professional specialist in radiation protection, as the graduates from this Master Program are. Furthermore, the graduated in Medical Physics have the ideal instruction and training to carry out research in the areas of Medical Imaging, Radiotherapy, Dosimetry, Radiation Protection and related areas.

Mode of Study

Daytime / Full-time / Face-to-face

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)

Portuguese/ English

Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

The evaluation and classification rules are those of the Pedagogical Regulation of the University of Coimbra, Regulation 321/2013, of August 23.

Learning Objectives and Intended Skills

The education objectives of this MSc follow the European recommendations on the training of medical physicists. They include to achieve a robust technical and scientific body of knowledge on topics associated to the Physics principles, methods and techniques applied to health, both in diagnosis and therapy, namely in what concerns to quality assurance, optimization and safety of procedures and equipment involving ionizing and non-ionizing radiation.
This MSc also aims at developing different instrumental skills as retrieve information from different sources, analyse and synthesize, problems solving, decision making, interpersonal skills as communicate orally and in writing with both experts and non-experts in the field, respect diversity, work productively in multi-disciplinary teams, criticize constructively and accept constructive
criticism, and systemic skills as adapt to new situations, display autonomy, responsibility and initiative, recognize one’s limitations and abilities.

Course Coordinator(s)

Maria Isabel Silva Ferreira Lopes

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Rui Davide Martins Travasso

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of prior learning is carried out in accordance with the Academic Regulation of the University of Coimbra.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The relevant legislation for the attribution of a Master Degree is DL 74/2006, of March 24, with subsequent amendments, Portaria 782/2009, of July 23.

Graduation Requirements

Obtaining the 108 compulsory ECTS and 12 optional ECTS, including the presentation and defence of a Master's Dissertation.

Access to Further Studies

The Master in Medical Physics gives access to 3rd Cycle (PhD Programs) in Medical Physics and related areas. It will also give access to the Specialization in Medical Physics or Hospital Physics, with the completion of a specialization internship in these areas, as stated by the European Directive 2013/59/Euratom and the European and International recommendations on the requirements for the access to the Medical Physics career.

Study Programme

Fisica Médica

Academic year

Course Type
2nd Cycle Studies - Advanced Specialisation Master Programme

DGES Code: 6468

Qualification Awarded: Mestre

Duration: 4 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 120.0

Category: Advanced specialization second cycle


Call for Applications


1st Semester
Start date: 11-09-2023
End date: 16-12-2023
2nd Semester
Start date: 05-02-2024
End date: 23-05-2024


Agência de Avaliação e Acreditação do Ensino Superior
2019-07-31 a 2025-07-30
Direcção Geral de Ensino Superior

Nº Registo: R/A-Cr 35/2019