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Physics methods and information

technologies in biomedicine

Double Degree Master’s Programme

Subject area

03.04.02 Physics



Faculty of physics


Mode of study




2 years. The first year takes place at Tomsk State University (TSU), the second – at Maastricht University (UM)






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, is flourishing.


A characteristic feature of modern medicine, which includes prevention, diagnosis 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.


Double degree master’s programme Physics methods and information technologies in biomedicine is carried out by Maastricht University (UM) faculty of health, medicine and life sciences in cooperation with Tomsk State University (TSU) faculty of physics.

All students will spend the first year at Tomsk State University and then transfer to Maas¬tricht University for their second academic year.



The master’s programme aims to train highly qualified personnel in medical physics. The programme 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:


Curriculum of the programme

The double degree master’s 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

Special physics practice                                                              5

Current methodology and innovative research in diagnosis,

prevention and therapy of diseases                                             6

Methods of measurement and control in biomedicine                 3

Data acquisition and processing systems in biomedicine            4

Computing in Biomedicine                                                           3

Molecular basis of health and pathologies                                   3

High-performance computing in biomedicine                               4

Safety of microbiological study                                                    3

Animal Models in Research                                                         2

Data analysis in biomedicine                                                       3

Оptical methods in biomedicine                                                   6

Laser methods in biomedicine                                                     4

Trends in physics                                                                         4

History and methodology of physics                                            2

Physics fields and forces in biological systems                           3

Organisation of scientific activity                                                 3

Teaching Practice                                                                        3

Research practice                                                                       39

Research work                                                                            12

Final state assessment                                                               6



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



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)



Lenin Avenue 36, 634050 Tomsk, Russian Federation

Tomsk State University


Project coordinator

Yury Kistenev

E-mail: +7 (3822) 528 732