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Master programme

Medical physics

General Information

Name of Department/School/University
Department of Atomic Physics, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski
Address/Phone/Fax/E-mail address
5 James Bourchier Blvd., Sofia 1164, Bulgaria / +359 2 962 31 57 / decanat@phys.uni-sofia.bg
Programme name
Medical Physics
Degree / Diploma / Certificate awarded
Master of Science in Medical Physics
Language of tuition
Type of Programme
Length of Programme
3 semesters
Date of commencement
October 2022
Application deadline
21 September 2022
Class size
Student accommodation
Upon request
Cost / Fees
– Bulgarian, governmental request (University of Plovdiv) – no admission fee
– Bulgarian and EU citizens – 1600 BGN / year (800 BGN /semester)
– Non EU citizens – 3200 EUR / year (1600 EUR /semester)
Student grants / Financial assistance
 Exchange partner schools
University of Plovdiv Paisii Hilendarski
 Major recruiters of graduates of this programme
Hospitals, Cancer therapy centers, Research institutes
Programme Director
Associate Professor Krasimir Mitev

Admission requirements

Applicants to the MSc program are expected to have a bachelor’s degree in Physics, Engineering, Mathematics or other natural sciences from an accredited university. The minimum undergraduate coursework must include at least 400 hours in basic undergraduate mathematics courses and at least 700 hours in basic undergraduate physics courses. The basic undergraduate mathematics courses include: Linear Algebra and Analytic Geometry, Calculus, Multivariate Calculus, Vector and tensor calculus, Ordinary differential equations, Partial differential equations, Probability and Statistical Methods or their equivalent. The basic physics courses include: Mechanics, Molecular Physics, Optics, Electricity and magnetism, Atomic physics, Nuclear Physics, Mechanics laboratory, Molecular physics laboratory, Optics laboratory, Electricity and magnetism laboratory, Atomic physics laboratory, Nuclear physics laboratory, Thermodynamics, Quantum mechanics or their equivalent. Some facility in computer programming and electronic instrumentation is recommended. Chemistry and an introductory course in biology are advantageous.

Applicants with deficiencies in their undergraduate curriculum may be accepted or conditionally accepted into the program at the discretion of the Head of the Program. Students accepted on a conditional basis may be required to take additional classes to address coursework deficiencies.

An English language level B2 is required for admission in the program.

Pursue a career in Medical Physics

The Medical Physics Master’s program is designed for professionals with a bachelor’s degree in Physics. It aims to prepare highly qualified specialists in the field of the Medical physics. The Master’s program is only paid.

Since 2022, the Master of science in medical physics can occupy the profession Physicist – Medical Physics according to the Bulgarian National classification of occupations and positions.

The Medical Physics is a branch of Applied Physics which is pursued by medical physicists. It is a scientific discipline which applies physical principles, phenomena and methods in the prevention, diagnosis and therapy with a specific goal of improving human health and well-being.

The Master of science in Medical Physics is a person with a university degree in physics, which works with medical professionals in hospitals, laboratories, universities or research institutes on the application of physical methods for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.

During the course of the Master’s program, the students acquire knowledge in the following areas:

+ Radiation Physics, Atomic and nuclear physics, radiation detection and measurement;
+ Radiation therapy physics, Radiation treatment planning;
+ Physics of Medical imaging (IMR, US, CT, Nuclear medicine), Medical imaging fundamentals
+ Dosimetry and Radiation Protection, Environmental radioactivity;
+ Detectors of ionizing radiation, Monte Carlo simulation of radiation transport;
+ Biophysics modelling of bimolecular interactions, materials for biomedical applications;
+ Statistical data processing in medical-biological research;

The master of science in Medical physics acquires basic skills in order to be able to:
– Use his knowledge on physics, anatomy, physiology and biophysics to apply physical principles and methods in medical diagnostics and treatment activities;
– Applies his knowledge on radiation physics, radiation therapy physics, radiation dosimetry and radiation protection in the clinical practice in nuclear medicine and radiotherapy departments.
– Advice on measures for radiation protection, risk assessment and environmental radioactivity.