Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Physics (PhD)

Overview

Medical physicists are health care professionals with specialized training in the medical applications of physics. Their work often involves the use of x-rays and accelerated charged particles, radioactive substances, ultrasound, magnetic and electric fields, infra-red and ultraviolet light, heat and lasers in diagnosis and therapy. Most medical physicists work in hospital diagnostic imaging departments, cancer treatment facilities, or hospital-based research establishments. Others work in universities, government, and industry.

Graduates of the Ph.D. in Medical Physics program will:

  • understand the physics of medical imaging and radiation oncology;
  • achieve independence in original medical physics research;
  • work effectively in clinical and research environments that include oncologists, radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, cardiologists, neuroscientists, radiation therapy professionals and biomedical engineers;
  • be prepared for positions at medical physics research institutions as well as healthcare institutions.

Quick Facts

Degree
Doctor of Philosophy
Subject
Science
Mode of delivery
On campus
Registration options
Full-time
Specialization
Medical Physics
Program Components
Dissertation
Faculty
Faculty of Science

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Date: Thursday, 05 September 2019
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Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019
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Requirements

TOEFL (ibT) Overall Score Requirement

90
22
21
22
21

IELTS Overall Score Requirement

6.5
6.0
6.0
6.0
6.0

Funding Sources

All full-time students who begin a UBC-Vancouver PhD program in September 2018 or later will be provided with a funding package of at least $18,000 for each of the first four years of their PhD. The funding package may consist of any combination of internal or external awards, teaching-related work, research assistantships, and graduate academic assistantships. Please note that many graduate programs provide funding packages that are substantially greater than $18,000 per year. Please check with your prospective graduate program for specific details of the funding provided to its PhD students.

Career Outcomes

Career Options

Graduates will be equipped to pursue careers in hospitals, specialized areas of medicine (e.g. cancer treatment and research and brain research), government, industry and other medical research environments. Their work is interdisciplinary in nature and in many cases, translates to innovative solutions to real world medical problems relating to diagnosis and treatment of many disease types from cancer to brain and cardiac research.

Many of our medical physics faculty hold associate or adjunct professor status in the Department of Physics and Astronomy but have primary appointments in Departments of the Faculty of Medicine (Radiology, Surgery, Oncology) or work at the BC Cancer Agency Treatment or Research Centres.

In BC alone, population growth and replacement of retirements requires about 5 new radiotherapy physicists each year.  Growing demand for advanced medical imaging (CT, MRI, PET) creates a similar requirement for imaging physicists. 

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,665.26$2,925.58
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
$4,995.78$8,776.74
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • Ford, Nancy (Imaging, Biomedical Technologies, micro-computed tomography, physiological gating, models of respiratory disease, image-based measurements, dental imaging, x-ray imaging)
  • Kolind, Shannon (MRI, Medical Physics, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord, Brain, Neurological Disease, Myelin)
  • Kozlowski, Piotr (development and application of MRI techniques to study pre-clinical models of human diseases with specific focus on cancer and spinal cord injuries; development of the multi-parametric MRI techniques for prostate cancer diagnosis in the clinical setting.)
  • Laule, Cornelia (Imaging, Neurological Diseases, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Spinal Cord Diseases, Pathology, Central Nervous System Inflammatory Diseases, Cerebral Atrophy, Auto-Immune Diseases, Multiple Sclerosis, Nervous System Development, Pain, Schizophrenia, Neuronal Systems, magnetic resonance imaging, brain, spinal cord, myelin, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, neurological diseases, image analysis)
  • MacKay, Alexander (Medical physics, Use of Magnetic Resonance Techniques to Investigate Human Pathology)
  • Rauscher, Alexander (magnetic resonance imaging, physics, quantitative susceptibility mapping, myelin water imaging, brain)
  • Reinsberg, Stefan (Medical physics, MRIs )
  • Sossi, Vesna (Medical Imaging, Brain imaging )
  • Xiang, Qing-San (Magnetic Resonance Imaging )
  • Zeng, Haishan (Family practice, dermatology)

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