Science - Medical-Physics

  • Degree: Master
  • Campus: Beirut
  • Faculty: Science
  • Department: Physics

Program Description

The Master of Science in Medical Physics at Beirut Arab University is designed to prepare students for a career as a Medical Physicist in hospitals and in industry. The students will acquire the required skill sets through didactic, laboratory and clinical training. This training is reinforced by clinical training and research projects in radiation therapy physics and in diagnostic imaging to provide students with advanced research and clinical training opportunities.

Chairperson Professor Mohammad Salem Badawi

Professors: Prof. Ramadan Awad - Dean of Faculty of Science

Associate Professors Dr. Salem Marhaba, Dr. Walid Malaeb

Part Time Lecturers Prof. Mahmoud El Korek Dr. Ali Kaafarani, Dr. Sally Shawa, Dr. Hadi Basma, Dr. Samir Tohme, Dr. Mohamed Abbas

The Master of Science in Medical Physics at Beirut Arab University is designed to prepare students for a career as Medical Physicists in hospitals, industry or to pursue a PhD.

Aims of the Program 

  1. Ensure that the student have a deep knowledge, understanding of technical and theoretical complemented with embedded practical work at hospitals and industry to prepare them for a career as a Medical Physicist to: 
  2. Induce lifelong learning skills, essential attitudes for social and personal development. 
  3. Provide trained manpower.
  4. Provide leadership qualities.
  5. Create awareness of health hazards due to carcinogenic materials.
  6. Develop radiotherapy treatment and managerial skills.

Upon graduation, students will be able to:

  1. Evaluate medical radiation related instrumentation and apply techniques associated with diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology.
  2. Interpret theoretical, practical and professional information and communicate knowledge, ideas and procedures to other health care professionals/practitioners, researchers and other key stakeholders.
  3. Apply knowledge of the basic structure and function of the human body relevant to clinical diagnostic imaging and radiation Oncology.
  4. Evaluate radiation and radioactivity, its properties, units of measure, dosimetry measurement concepts and methods.
  5. Appraise radiation safety practices and procedures associated with diagnostic imaging and radiation oncology.
  6. Exercise critical thinking and judgment of the biological effects of radiation and its application for radiation safety and for radiation treatment.
  7. Perform the clinical support procedures required of a medical physicist in a professional and ethical manner.
  8. Design, research, synthesis key information and apply expert judgment in completing independent projects and thesis in the field of medical radiation physics.

The student will be awarded a Master of Science degree in Medical Physics if he/she successfully completes the 36 required credit hours with a CGPA of no less than 2.33 in the courses, and successfully defends the thesis in no less than two years from the date of registration in the program. 

Graduates with a Master of Science in Medical Physics have the possibility to pursue a doctoral degree, or to seek employment in different fields, both in the governmental and private sectors including:

  • Radiotherapy and nuclear medicine departments in hospitals.
  • Radiation protection in industrial and scientific hospitals.
  • Research, development, and commercialization of radiation medical instrumentation.
  • Medical physics instrumentation sales.
  • Education.

Program Requirements Credits
Mandatory Courses 24
Elective Courses 6
Thesis 6
Prerequisite courses 7
Total 36

Experimental Facilities: The program utilizes a number of well-equipped laboratories for practical work and research. The Laboratories serving the program are:

  1. General Physics Lab
  2. Advanced Physics Lab
  3. Classical Mechanics Laboratory
  4. Specialized Lab of Materials Science

Study Plan:

Elective Courses (EC)

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
MDPH609 Advances in Radiotherapy  3 (3 Cr.:3 Lec.) EC
MDPH611 Software and Medical Imaging Fundamentals 3 (3 Cr.:3 Lec.) EC
MDPH612 Treatment Planning 3 (3 Cr.:3 Lec.) EC
MDPH613 Quantitative Analysis of Medical Image 3 (3 Cr.:3 Lec.) EC
MDPH614 Physics of Imaging Detectors 3 (3 Cr.:3 Lec.) EC
MDPH616 Imaging Machine Techniques 3 (3 Cr.:3 Lec.) EC

Mandatory Course (MC)

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
MDPH601 Introduction to Radiation Physics 3 (3 Cr.:3Lec.) MC
MDPH602  Imaging Physics: Diagnostic and Nuclear Medicine  3 (3 Cr.:3 Lec.) MC
MDPH603 Physics of Radiotherapy 3 (3 Cr.:3 Lec.) MC
MDPH604 Radiation Dosimetry 2 (2Cr:2 Lec.) MC
MDPH605 Radiobiology  2 (2 Cr.:2 Lec.) MC
MDPH606 Physics of Radionuclide  2 (2 Cr.:2 Lec.) MC
MDPH607 Radiation Physiology and Anatomy 3  (3 Cr.:3 Lec.) MC
MDPH608 Radioprotection  2 (2 Cr.:2 Lec.) MC
MDPH610 Technical Writing and Research Methods 1 (1 Cr.:1 Lec.) MC
MDPH666 Medical Physics Clinical Training 3 (3 Cr.:9 lab.) MC

Non-Thesis Track (NT)

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
MDPH670 Project 3 (3Crs.: 3Lec) NT

Thesis Track (TT)

Course Code Course Title Credits Hours Distribution Course Type
MDPH699 Thesis 6 (6crs.) TT