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Biomedical Physics MSc/PhD

Pursue specialized research opportunities in medical imaging, treatment modalities, trace element detection and computational physics.

Our Program

Interested in medicine and how physics is applied in the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses? This applied graduate program is for you.

Biomedical physics applies physics-based concepts and methodologies to procedures such as medical imaging, radiation therapy, radiation protection and dosimetry.

Ryerson graduates in this cutting-edge field use their specialized knowledge, technological skills and multidisciplinary training to make a meaningful difference in the medical and health fields.

CAMPEP Accredited Option

Our MSc and PhD programs now offer a CAMPEP Accredited Option.

CAMPEP accreditation is the current standard for those entering medical physics post-graduate residency programs in subspecialties like radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology, or nuclear medicine.

Biomedical Physics Graduate Program Information

Admissions Requirements

Both our MSc and PhD programs continue to accept applications.

Master of Science (MSc)

Students may be admitted to a MSc program in Physics in the field of Biomedical Physics from a range of undergraduate programs, including physics, biology, engineering, biochemistry, chemistry, or mathematics. Students may be expected to complete certain further undergraduate courses.

  • A minimum overall B average, with a minimum B+ average in the final half of an undergraduate program.
  • Completion of a relevant four-year undergraduate degree in Physics, Engineering, Engineering Physics or other related program from a recognized institution.
  • Two letters of reference are also required from former professors (one may be from a previous employer) familiar with the applicant's abilities.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Students may be admitted to the PhD program in Physics in the field of Biomedical Physics from a range of Master's programs, including physics, engineering, or a related field. They must show clear evidence of research potential.

  • A cumulative GPA of at least A- in all courses credited towards the Master's degree.
  • Completion of a relevant Master's degree in Physics, Engineering, or a relevant field from a recognized institution.
  • Two letters of reference are also required from former professors (one may be from a previous employer) familiar with the applicantant's abilities.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

Applicants whose language of instruction during their undergraduate or graduate studies was not English are required to submit a test of English language proficiency. Minimum requirements and instructions for submission are found on the Graduate Admissions website at School of Graduate Studies Admissions.

Course Offerings

Course Details 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019 2019/2020
F W S/S F W S/S F W S/S F W S/S
BP8101
Statistics for Health Physics
E
BP8102
Medical Diagnostic Techniques
R, RO
BP8103
Fundamentals of Radiation Physics
R, RO
BP8104
Radiation Therapy
E, RO
BP8105
Computational Method in Biomedical Physics
E
BP8107
Radiation Protection and Dosimetry
E, RO
BP8108/BP8109
Special Topics I/II (Biomedical Optics and Photonics)
E
BP8110
Biomedical Ultrasound
E
BP8112
Radiobiology
E, RO
BP8113
Advanced Imaging
E, RO
BP8114
Anatomy & Physiology
E, RO
BP9101
Science Communications
R
Number of Courses Offered 3 3 1 4 3 1 4 3 0 4 3

E - elective
R - required
RO - Required for Option in Medical Physics

BP8106 Optical, Acoustic and Thermal Physics

Please note that the schedule is subjected to change.

Supplementary Policies - MSc

Master of Science (MSc)

The following guidelines and policies are designed to address matters specific to the M.Sc. Biomedical Physics program and be supplementary to the policies of the School of Graduate Studies.

Student Funding

The minimum guaranteed funding will consist of awards, scholarships, stipends and Graduate Assistant (GA) employment, which will be communicated to the faculty and students at the beginning of each year.

The level of funding for students who obtain an internal Ryerson scholarship (such as an RGS) will be increased by $2,000 for the year of the award.

The level of funding for students who receive a major external scholarship (such as an OGS or NSERC PGS) will increase by $4,000 for the year of the award. Students who receive scholarships will have the opportunity to reduce their GA load.

Each year a new International Student Award of $5,000/year for two years will be available (resulting in a total of two concurrent awards) to assist international students with their higher tuition burden. The award will supplement the funding levels described above. International students will be offered admission to the program only if they are successful in obtaining an International Student Award, or their supervisor is able to supplement their stipend by the amount of the award.

Supervisory Committees

The primary purpose of a supervisory committee is to guide students in conducting their thesis research. The committee will also provide timely feedback to students and their supervisors on the progress of the thesis research and the student’s mastery of their field and the scientific method. A student’s supervisory committee must be composed of at least three members, including the supervisor(s), a departmental faculty member and one more person in a desirable field of expertise. At a minimum, the supervisory committee must meet with the student according to the following schedule. Additional committee meetings should be held as needed. Students are encouraged to call them when they feel they are required.

Term Month Key
Dates
1 Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec
2 Jan S1,PR
Feb
Mar
Apr
3 May PR
June
July
Aug
4 Sept PR
Oct S2
Nov
Dec
5 Jan PR
Feb
Mar
Apr S3
6 May PR
June
July
Aug

S – Supervisory committees meeting reports are due at the end of the indicated month. The committee meeting and the supervisory committee meeting report (available on the Department web site) may be completed during the month is it due or any prior month. The report for the S3 committee meeting should include a target date for the thesis defense. It is the responsibility of the student to bring to a supervisory committee meeting a copy of the previous meetings report and a new report form.

P – Progress reports are due in the first week of the indicated month, as required by the School of Graduate Studies. The progress reports also serve as a grade submission for the Master’s Thesis course.

Thesis Examination Committees

The examination committee will consist of a non-voting Chair, the supervisor(s) (who have one combined vote for the case of co-supervision) and at least two additional voting members who are member of the School of Graduate Studies. At least one of the voting members should not be from the student’s supervisory committee.

Thesis Formatting

The thesis format should adhere to the thesis regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. The regulations state, “The thesis or dissertation embodies the results of the student's research program and exposes the work to scholarly criticism. It must represent a single body of work, with integrated material, and should not be solely a collection of published articles.” In comparison to a journal manuscript, a thesis should contain a more in-depth background and introduction, a more detailed description of methodology and results and a more thorough discussion of the results.

In order to facilitate the easier publication of thesis-related research findings our program accepts, as an option, a final written thesis containing a verbatim copy of a previously published or submitted peer reviewed journal manuscripts, as the central chapters, with formatting changes to adhere to the Graduate Studies policies on thesis formatting. The manuscript chapter should list all authors, but the student would normally be the principle author, have the main role in obtaining the results for the publication, and have a major role for the preparation of the publication. If this option is chosen, then the thesis should contain an expanded introductory chapter, written for a more general audience in biomedical physics, before the publication chapter, and an expanded discussion chapter that follows the publication chapter. Both these chapters should have their own bibliographies. Additional chapters (such as for additional results) and appendices (with their own bibliographies) can be included at the discretion of the student and supervisor.

Thesis Examination

A student will give a 20-minute public presentation of their thesis to the examination committee and the rest of the Department and the Ryerson community. The oral examination by the examination committee will commence after the presentation, after a short break and relocation to a more suitable venue.

Supplementary Policies - PhD

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

The following guidelines and policies are designed to address matters specific to the Ph.D. Biomedical Physics program and be supplementary to the policies of the School of Graduate Studies.

Student Funding

The minimum guaranteed funding will consist of awards, scholarships, stipends and Graduate Assistant (GA) employment, which will be communicated to the faculty and students at the beginning of each year. Renewal of the GA funding is contingent upon satisfactory performance.

The level of funding for students who obtain an internal Ryerson scholarship (such as an RGS) will be increased up to $2,000 for the year of the award.

The level of funding for students who receive a major external scholarship (such as an OGS or NSERC PGS) will increase by $4,000 for the year of the award, unless the award provides more funding than the package normally offered to students by the graduate program (in which case the student retains the funding).

Students who receive scholarships will have the opportunity to reduce their GA load, in consultation with their supervisor and the Program Director.

Course Offerings

Course offerings will be communicated to the students at the beginning of each year, and will be posted on the Graduate Website, http://www.ryerson.ca/graduate/programs/biomedical_physics/.

As many courses are offered on a 2-year cycle, students should consult the document at the beginning of each term.

Supervisory Committees

The primary purpose of a supervisory committee is to guide students in conducting their thesis research and prepare them for their examinations. The committee will also provide timely feedback to students and their supervisors on the progress of the thesis research and the student’s mastery of their field and the scientific method. A student’s supervisory committee must be composed of at least three members, including the supervisor(s), a departmental faculty member (and full YSGS member) and one more person in a desirable field of expertise. At a minimum, the supervisory committee must meet with the student according to the following schedule. Additional committee meetings should be held as needed. Students are encouraged to call committee meetings when they feel they are required.

Term Month Key
Dates
Term Month Key
Dates
1 Sept 7 Sept PR
Oct Oct
Nov Nov
Dec Dec
2 Jan PR 8 Jan PR
Feb Feb
Mar S1 Mar S3
Apr Apr
3 May PR 9 May PR
June June
July July
Aug Aug
4 Sept PR 10 Sept PR
Oct Oct
Nov Nov
Dec S2 Dec S4
5 Jan PR,CE 11 Jan PR
Feb Feb
Mar Mar
Apr Apr
6 May PR 12 May PR
June June
July July
Aug Aug

Note that the “Term” row in the above table supersedes the “Month” row. For example, if a Ph.D. student starts the graduate program in January, term 1 starts in January.

S – Supervisory committee meeting reports are due at the end of the indicated month. The committee meeting and the supervisory committee meeting report (available on the Department web site) may be completed during the month is it due or any prior month. The report for the S4 committee meeting should include a target date for the thesis defense. It is the responsibility of the student to bring to a supervisory committee meeting a copy of the previous meeting's report and a new report form.

PR – Progress reports are due in the first week of the indicated month, as required by the School of Graduate Studies. The progress reports also serve as a grade submission for the Ph.D. Thesis course. In all but the final term, the grade is an INP (or UNS, if the progress has not been satisfactory).

CE – The Candidacy Examination (explained in more detail in this document) must be held no later than 20 months from the date of initial registration, and is expected to occur in the 4th or 5th term of residence).

The Candidacy Examination

The Candidacy Examination adheres to the regulations of the School of Graduate Studies, and is composed of a written examination and an oral examination (normally held within two weeks of the written examination). The examination is normally conducted during a candidate’s fourth/fifth term of residence, and must be held no later than 20 months from the date of initial registration (as shown in the table above).

Thesis Expectations

It is expected that the material in the Ph.D. thesis represents an independent, significant and original contribution to knowledge in the field and that the candidate will have demonstrated a suitable level of scholarship in the discipline, demonstrated through the submitted material and the oral exam. The student’s supervisory committee is responsible for ensuring that the thesis material meets the standards of the School of Graduate Studies and the graduate program. Typically, students are expected to be the primary author on at least one peer-reviewed journal article accepted for publication prior to defending their Ph.D. research. In case of intellectual property issues, the Program Director in consultation with the supervisor and the student will assess this situation. The thesis structure is typically such that the individual chapters would constitute 2-3 potential peer-reviewed journal publications.

Thesis Examination Committees

The Ph.D. examination committee composition adheres to the SGS regulations and will consist of a non-voting Chair (Dean of Graduate studies or designate), the supervisor(s) (who have one combined vote for the case of co-supervision), at least two voting members who are member of the School of Graduate Studies and from within the program (at least one of the voting members should not be from the student’s supervisory committee), one voting member who is a member of the School of Graduate Studies and not from within the graduate program, and one examiner external to the
University.

Thesis Formatting

The thesis format should adhere to the thesis regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. The regulations state: “The thesis or dissertation embodies the results of the student's research program and exposes the work to scholarly criticism. It must represent a single body of work, with integrated material, and should not be solely a collection of published articles.” In comparison to a journal manuscript, a thesis should contain a more in-depth background and introduction, a more detailed description of methodology and results and a more thorough discussion of the results.

In order to facilitate the easier publication of thesis-related research findings our program accepts, as an option, a final written thesis containing a verbatim copy of a previously published or submitted peer reviewed journal manuscripts, as the central chapters, with formatting changes to adhere to the Graduate Studies policies on thesis formatting. The manuscript chapter should list all authors, but the student would normally be the principle author, have the main role in obtaining the results for the publication, and have a major role for the preparation of the publication. If this option is chosen, then the thesis should contain an expanded introductory chapter, written for a more general audience in biomedical physics, before the publication chapter(s), and an expanded discussion chapter that follows the publication chapter(s). Both these chapters should have their own bibliographies. Additional chapters (such as for additional results) and appendices (with their own bibliographies) can be included at the discretion of the student and supervisor.

Thesis Examination

A student will give a 20-minute public presentation of their thesis to the examination committee and the rest of the Department and the Ryerson community. The oral examination by the examination committee will commence after the presentation, after a short break and relocation to a more suitable venue.

For PhD supplementary policies, please click here.

*For course descriptions and degree requirements, see the Graduate Calendar.

Program Statistics

YEAR # of applicants # of applicants offered # of applicants matriculating # of students graduating Initial Placement after Graduation
# of graduates in residencies # of graduates in advanced degree programs # of graduates in the industry # of graduates clinically employed # of graduates in academic positions # of graduates in other activities
2007 29 12 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2008 31 12 11 8 1 3 0 2 1 1
2009 49 15 12 7 0 5 0 0 0 2
2010 46 14 12 10 0 7 1 0 0 2
2011 68 20 18 8 0 4 4 0 0 0
2012 70 22 19 13 0 5 3 1 2 2
2013 76 23 14 5 0 2 1 1 1 0
2014 102 21 19 5 0 1 1 1 2 0
2015 76 22 19 10 1 5 3 1 0 0
2016 78 28 20 13 0 6 3 1 0 3
Total 625 189 154 79 2 38 16 7 6 10

Contact Us

Dr. Carl Kumaradas
Graduate Program Director
KHS 340B
ckumarad@ryerson.ca
416-979-5000 x7462

Sophia Finos
Graduate Program Administrator
KHE 342A
biomed@ryerson.ca
416-979-5000 ext. 4760