Physics Methods and Technologies in Biomedicine


Subject area 03.04.02 Physics
Faculty Faculty of physics
Mode of study Full-time
Duration 2 years. The first year takes place at Tomsk State University (TSU), the second – at Maastricht University (UM)
Language English
Degrees MSc Physics & MSc Biomedical Sciences

Concept of the Programme 

In the last decade, the life sciences have become the crossroads of disciplines, where scientific and technological development, with a great impact on industry, science and society, come to flourish.
A characteristic feature of modern medicine, which includes prevention, diagnostics and treatment, is the extensive application of methods derived from the field of physics and information technologies. Sophisticated electronic equipment is becoming widely used in medicine; for example, various types of scanners, imagers, encephalography machines, lasers, X-ray machines and a large class of accelerators. Furthermore, modern information technology is also being introduced into medical practice. That is the reason why healthcare and medical research institutions are in need of specialists with fundamental training in physics and mathematics, electronics and computer science – those who have a deep insight into medical issues and challenges.
The double-degree master’s programme Physics Methods and Information Technologies in Biomedicine is carried out by Maastricht University's (UM's) Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences in cooperation with Tomsk State University's (TSU's) Faculty of Physics. 
All students will spend the first year at Tomsk State University and then transfer to Maastricht University for their second academic year.


The Programme aims to train highly qualified personnel in medical physics. It will enable them to apply their knowledge of physics principles, methods and molecular mechanisms and use state-of-the-art techniques and supercomputing technologies in medical research for the purpose of understanding and unraveling the mechanisms that underlie health and disease.

At the end of study, the graduates should be able to:

  • integrate interdisciplinary knowledge of biomedicine, physics, mathematics, and biology;
  • use and operate modern medical equipment;
  • apply the methods of medical imaging for assessment of public health;
  • employ high parallel computing for solving medical imaging tasks and three-dimensional reconstruction;
  • analyse medical information based on theoretical knowledge of physics principles and laws;
  • receive and process big data for assessment of biosystems;
  • perform calculations based on the results of experiments and carry out mathematical and statistical processing of multidimensional biomedical data;
  • integrate scientific knowledge and skills at evidence-based practice in diagnostics.

Curriculum of the Programme

The Programme will opt for a multi- and interdisciplinary approach and a variety of teaching methods in the form of task-, problem- and project-based learning, lecture-based and practical work – all aimed at increasing student’s responsibility, independence and competences.

Philosophic issues of natural science 2 ECTS
Special physics practice 5 ECTS
Current methodology and innovative research in diagnosis, prevention and therapy of diseases 6 ECTS
Methods of measurement and control in biomedicine 3 ECTS
Data acquisition and processing systems in biomedicine 4 ECTS
Computing in biomedicine 3 ECTS
Molecular basis of health and pathologies 3 ECTS
High-performance computing in biomedicine 4 ECTS
Safety of microbiological study 3 ECTS
Animal Models in Research 2 ECTS
Data analysis in biomedicine 3 ECTS
Оptical methods in biomedicine 6 ECTS
Laser methods in biomedicine 4 ECTS
Trends in physics 4 ECTS
History and methodology of physics 2 ECTS
Physics fields and forces in biological systems 3 ECTS
Organisation of scientific activity 3 ECTS
Teaching practice 3 ECTS
Research practice 39 ECTS
Research work 12 ECTS
Final state assessment 6 ECTS

Career prospects

The knowledge acquired by our graduates on physics methods and high-performance and supercomputing technologies in medical research and practice will prepare them for challenges in scientific and practical work. They are aimed at improving the quality of medical care and ensuring efficient use of health care resources. Upon completion of the programme, graduates are prepared to join medical, biological and health care research centres working towards solving complex scientific tasks like diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of diseases. They may also choose to explore job opportunities in software development for practical and theoretical needs in biomedicine.


Admission requirements

  • A university bachelor’s degree in the fields of Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Technology, Technical Medicine, Clinical Technology, Sciences of Physics, Biology, Medicine, Computer Sciences, Biotechnology, Life Sciences, or Medical Natural Sciences.
  • Admission is furthermore based on the result of the entrance examination in Physics (written) at TSU and the interview on the subject of the educational programme. The entrance examination is held in Russian, for foreign students – in English, videoconferencing system is available. 
  • Language requirements: The CEFR English  language proficiency at  B1-B2 levels.


Supervisors of the programme

Professor Vladimir Demkin, Head of the Department of General and Experimental Physics (TSU)
Phone: 007(382-2) 529848  

Professor Herman Kingma, Head of the Laboratory for Modelling Physical Processes in Biology and Medicine (Maastricht University)

Programme coordinators

Tatyana Rudenko (TSU)
Phone: 007 (382-2) 529552 

Nicole Senden (Maastricht University)

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