Master of Science in Biomedical Physics

Our Master of Science Program in Biomedical Physics 1 is designed to provide a high quality, professionally relevant graduate education for students considering careers in bio/health/medical physics, that recognizes the fundamental knowledge and skills set necessary for students to pursue career opportunities in these disciplines.

Graduating students will have the necessary skills to

  1. be admitted into a Ph.D. program in Medical Physics, Medical Biophysics, Biophysics or Physics,
  2. secure an entry level position in Health Physics (with, for example, Hydro One)
  3. secure industrial employment in the biomedical technology, bioinformatics and health sectors,
  4. secure a Clinical Physics Assistant or Research Assistant position at an Ontario cancer center, and
  5. work as technicians in research laboratories, companies or hospitals.

The program is aligned with Ryerson’s mandate of applied professional education, and complements the new undergraduate Contemporary Science platform including a specialization stream in medical physics. Enhanced undergraduate and graduate science education and research in Biomedical Physics, is associated with our ability to attract and retain the best students and faculty, and to ensure excellence in our academic programs.

Our multidisciplinary master program in Biomedical Physics is designed:

  1. to expose students, through coursework and research, to a variety of disciplines including physics, engineering, bioengineering, computer science and biology - a critical factor to the process of innovation in the medical field today;
  2. to be state-of-the-art, combining courses, seminar discussions, and applied research focusing on the understanding, development and evaluation of novel physics-based technologies for the medical, biotechnology and environmental sectors;
  3. to provide relevant education for graduates to enter the workforce or enter into Ph.D. programs in bio/health/medical physics, thereby stimulating economic and social development through the training of highly qualified personnel.

This combined with Ryerson’s close proximity to the Medical and Related Sciences (MaRS) Discovery District including several major teaching hospitals will provide uniquely accessible opportunities for students compared to graduate programs in other Canadian centres.


Students may be admitted to a M.Sc. program in 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. The minimum admission requirements to the master’s graduate program include a four year degree (or equivalent) Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Engineering, Engineering Physics or other related program from a recognized university. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree program with a minimum B+ grade point average, in the last two years of study. Two letters of reference are also required from former professors (one may be from a previous employer) familiar with the applicant’s abilities. Students whose previous language of instruction was not English may be required to submit scores indicating proficiency in English. The minimum score for the TOEFL test is 580/237, TWE 5, MELAB 90, IELTS 7.0.

The degree requirement for the M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Physics is successful completion of 5 semester courses and a research thesis. Four of the five courses must be from the core courses (see Course Curriculum). The remaining course may be chosen from graduate courses in other relevant graduate programs at Ryerson (i.e. Electrical and Computer Engineering) or at other local universities. The supervisory committee and the thesis supervisor will consult with the student on appropriate course selection. The curriculum is structured to facilitate completion in two calendar years of full-time study. At this time we do not offer a part-time program. For more information on our program please contact the Graduate Program Director of the Department of Physics. For specific information regarding how to apply to Ryerson's Graduate School please visit the Graduate Programs Admissions web page.