Medical Physics

Degrees Offered: Ph.D., M.Sc.


This is an interdisciplinary program. Professors come from a number of faculties and departments. The department website provides a list of all faculty members associated with the program.

Professors Emeriti

A. Celler, A. MacKay.


P. Kozlowski, A. Rahmin, V. Sossi, Q-S. Xiang.

Associate Professors

N. Ford, S. Kolind, C. Laule, A. Rauscher, S. Reinsberg.

Affiliated Members

H. Zeng (Professor)

Program Overview

Master of Science

Admission Requirements

Students must meet the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies master’s degree admission requirements.

The prerequisite for admission to the program is either: a B.Sc. in physics (single or combined major), astronomy, or mathematics; or a B.A.Sc. in engineering physics or electrical engineering. Applicants with a degree in an engineering discipline or another science discipline are expected to have completed coursework that is the equivalent of a minor in physics. An overall average of 80% or better in third- and fourth-year courses is required for admission to the program.

English language requirements for admission to the program are higher than the minimum specified by the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. Please see English Language Proficiency Standards and GRE Requirements for more details.

Program Requirements

  • Required courses (23 credits)

  • PHYS 500 (3) Quantum Mechanics I
  • PHYS 534 (3) Radiotherapy Physics I
  • PHYS 535 (3) Radiotherapy Physics II
  • PHYS 536 (3) Advanced Radiation Biophysics
  • PHYS 539 (3) Radiation Dosimetry
  • PHYS 540 (3) Radiological Imaging
  • PHYS 545 (3) Anatomy, Physiology and Statistics for Medical Physicists
  • PHYS 546 (2) Clinical Experience in Medical Physics

    One additional elective (3 credits each)
  • PHYS 541 (3) Nuclear Medicine
  • PHYS 542 (3) Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • PHYS 543 (3) Biomedical Optics

    Research thesis (12 credits)
  • PHYS 549 Thesis

Doctor of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

Students are normally admitted to the Ph.D. program after obtaining an M.Sc. or M.A.Sc. and must meet the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies PhD degree admission requirements. Alternatively, well-qualified students admitted to the M.Sc. program in Medical Physics may transfer to the Ph.D. program after one year of study and the completion of a minimum of 12 credits of coursework at the 500-level with a minimum overall average of 85%, clear evidence of research ability, and departmental approval.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 12 credits in graduate level courses in any Science, Applied Science, or Medicine department are required for the Ph.D., with details of the course load determined in consultation with the dissertation advisor and supervisory committee. Students must also satisfy all the course requirements of the M.Sc. program in Medical Physics. Students who do not already have credit for the required master's degree courses or the equivalent graduate level courses from another university (approved by Graduate Chair) must take these courses in the Ph.D. program. Direct transfer students require a further 12 credits of graduate-level coursework in any Science, Applied Science, or Medicine department for the Ph.D. All doctoral students are required to successfully complete a comprehensive examination. The major requirement for the Ph.D. is completion of a research dissertation meeting the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies requirements.

Contact Information

Department of Physics and Astronomy
6224 Agricultural Road
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z1
Tel: 604.822.4245
Fax: 604.822.5324

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