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Medical Physics

Apply physics-based concepts and methodologies to make a meaningful difference in medical and health fields.

Graduate Degrees

Program Components Duration
MSc Coursework and thesis 24 months
PhD Dissertation  36-48 months

The medical physics graduate program at UBC's Okanagan campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP). Based in Kelowna, BC, the campus offers tier-one research-based degrees to students in a collegial, close-knit setting.

Our dynamic faculty and students are engaged in a variety of research projects, many in close partnership with the BC Cancer Agency and relevant industry.

Our research-based MSc and PhD degrees in medical physics provide students with theoretical, practical and analytical expertise, as well as experience in the application of scientific results to real-world problems.

The MSc degree is centred on conducting research that addresses current health-care challenges centred primarily around cancer diagnosis and treatment. Graduates of the MSc program are prepared for positions in clinical service and consultation, research and development, teaching or for PhD research.

Formal milestones for the program include establishing a faculty advisory committee; preparing, presenting and defending a thesis research proposal; completing thesis research and writing; and defending the work. Most MSc students complete Teaching Assistantships throughout the duration of their studies.

The MSc degree normally requires 33 credits of coursework. Additional coursework may be required at the discretion of the supervisory committee.

Exceptional MSc students can direct-transfer to the PhD program if they meet program requirements within the first year of their MSc.

The PhD degree is centred on conducting original research. Graduates of the PhD program are prepared for careers requiring advanced independent research and teaching in academia, cancer centres, research hospitals, government and industry.

Formal milestones for the program include establishing a faculty advisory committee, preparing, presenting and defending of a thesis research proposal; passing an oral candidacy exam; completing thesis research and writing; and defending the work. Most PhD students complete Teaching Assistantships throughout the duration of their studies.

At the PhD level, courses are required only at the discretion of the student's advisory committee.

Related Programs


Research & Supervisors

We invite you to discuss your research interests and career goals with participating faculty and potential supervisors in medical physics, and we are happy to share our excitement about what we study and teach.

Graduate students can pursue these and other faculty research and teaching interests:

  • 3-D Radiation Dosimetry
  • Accelerator Physics and Dosimetry
  • Brachytherapy
  • Experimental Radiobiology
  • High Precision Radiotherapy
  • Medical Imaging

The success of UBC's Okanagan medical physics graduate program depends on the exceptional students within our program. Students are strongly encouraged to reach out to a potential faculty supervisor before beginning the application process.

 
Cynthia Araujo | cynthia.araujo@ubc.ca | 250.712.3966 ext. 683916
Research interests: Safe and effective use of radiation for the treatment of cancer including external beam and brachytherapy technique development and verification, implementation of new technology in radiation therapy, and the use of imaging in treatment planning and treatment verification.
Deidre Batchelar | dbatchelar@bccancer.bc.ca | 250.712.3966 ext. 686655
Research interests: Advanced Imaging in brachytherapy, high precision radiotherapy.
Thor Bjarnason | thor.bjarnason@interiorhealth.ca | 250.826.0722
Research interests: Quality control, radiation safety, patient dose reduction, and image quality assessment in planar x-ray and CT.
Marco Carlone | marco.carlone@bccancer.bc.ca | 250.712.3914
Research interests: Simulation of linear accelerators, use of magnetic fields in radiotherapy, quality assurance in radiotherapy.
Christina Haston | christina.haston@ubc.ca | 250.807.9886
Research interests: Radiation oncology; radiation biophysics.
Michelle Hilts | mhilts@bccancer.bc.ca | 250.712.3966 ext. 686738
Research interests: Brachytherapy for breast cancer; 3-D radiation dosimetry.
Derek Hyde | dhyde2@bccancer.bc.ca | 250.712.3966 ext. 686632
Research interests: Image-guided radiation therapy for high-precision treatments.
Andrew Jirasek | andrew.jirsasek@ubc.ca | 250.807.8812
Research interests: Raman spectroscopy of irradiated cells and tissues; 3-D radiation dosimetry.
Marie-Pierre Milette | marie-pierre.milette@ubc.ca | 250.712.3966 ext. 683923
Research interests: Treatment planning optimization and treatment verification.
Rasika Rajapakshe | rasika.rajapakshe@ubc.ca | 250.712.3966 ext. 683915
Research interests: Medical imaging; image guidance in radiation therapy; health informatics and analytics.
Jesse Tanguay | jessetan@mail.ubc.ca | 250.807.9634
Research interests: x-ray imaging, spectral and dual-energy x-ray imaging, tomosynthesis, objective assessment of x-ray image quality, x-ray detectors
Tony Teke | tteke2@bccancer.bc.ca | 250.712.3966 ext. 686857
Research interests: Monte Carlo modeling; 4 Pi treatment planning optimization and verification; 4-D dose calculation; SBRT/SRS; quality assurance tests for trajectory treatments.
Joseph Yang | joseph.yang@ubc.ca | 250.712.3966 ext. 683918
Research interests: Cone beam CT image optimization and novel imaging applications in radiation therapy.
Asst. Prof. Christina Haston
Focused research on radiation therapy
Assoc. Prof. Andrew Jirasek
Pioneering collaboration with the BC Cancer Agency

Admission Requirements

Master of Science Applicants (MSc)

Applicants to the MSc program are expected to have a Bachelors Honours Physics degree, or equivalent, with a minimum average of B+ (76%) or better in their third- or fourth-year classes.

Doctoral Applicants (PhD)

PhD applicants will normally have a MSc in Medical Physics or a related field, with a B+ (76%) average or better in the MSc coursework and thesis. Your background training must be sufficient for advanced work in your chosen field.

In exceptional cases, applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who have had significant formal training and relevant professional experience, may be granted admissions on the recommendation of the Medical Physics Graduate Program Committee and approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

MORE INFORMATION

Visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar* for full admission and program requirements information; the Calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia.

* In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Master of Science Applicants (MSc)

Applicants to the MSc program are expected to have a bachelors honours physics degree, or equivalent, with a minimum average of B+ (76%) or better in their third- or fourth-year classes.

English-language competence: For non-native speakers of English, minimum acceptance TOEFL scores are 600 (Paper) and 100 (Internet); or IELTS minimum overall band score of 7.0 (with no other component score less than 6.5); or a MELAB score of at least 84.

Doctoral Applicants (PhD)

PhD Applicants will normally have an MSc in medical physics or a related field, with a B+ (76%) average or better in the MSc coursework and thesis. Your background training must be sufficient for advanced work in your chosen field.

English-language competence: For non-native speakers of English, minimum acceptable TOEFL scores are 600 (Paper) and 100 (Internet); or IELTS minimum overall band score of 7.0 (with no other component score less than 6.5); or a MELAB score of at least 84.

In exceptional cases, applicants who do not meet the requirements stated above, but who have had significant formal training and relevant professional experience, may be granted admission on the recommendation of the Medical Physics Graduate Program Committee and approval of the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

MORE INFORMATION

Visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar* for full admission and program requirements information; the Calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia.

* In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Required Grades and Credential Guide

Grades and degree credentials required by UBC vary by country. Search the Required Grades and Credential Guide — a guide to assist international students in estimating their eligibility.

International Advisors

An international student advisor can answer questions about immigration, medical insurance and the transition to UBC's Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC, Canada. Go to the International Programs and Services website to meet the team.


Tuition & Funding

Tuition

Program Schedule Domestic (per year) International (per year)
MSc Full-time $4,801.80 $8,435.94
PhD Full-time $4,801.80 $8,435.94

Tuition is paid three times a year at the beginning of each term, as per the Academic Calendar: Winter Term 1, Winter Term 2, and Summer Term.

Visit the UBC Okanagan Academic Calendar* for full admission and program requirements information; the Calendar is a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services and academic policies at the University of British Columbia.

* In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Graduate student stipends are funded through a combination of internal and external funding awards, Teaching Assistantships (TA) and Research Assistantships (RA). Funding and stipend amounts are guaranteed for the amounts and durations listed in the table below. Funding beyond the recommended completion times is not guaranteed.

Students are expected whenever possible to apply for relevant scholarships and fellowships. These include principally, but are not limited to, Canadian Tri-Council scholarships, University Graduate Fellowships, and Graduate Dean's Entrance Scholarships.

Stipends

The medical physics graduate program offers the following minimum funding to eligible students:

Program Minimum Stipend Duration
MSc $23,000 per year 2 years
PhD $25,000 per year  3 years post MSc; 4 years if direct transfer to PhD from MSc

Students with additional external or internal funding awards will have funding levels above the minimums listed here.

Check the Assistantships tab for more details.

Assistantships

Teaching Assistantships (TA): Providing financial support, TAs allow graduate students to develop skills in teaching, supervision, facilitation and student assessment. TAs may lead seminars, help teach undergraduate courses, or assist in student evaluations and marking. TAs are mentored both from their supervisor and via the Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Research Assistantships

Research Assistantships (RA): As a paid research assistant, RA students assist their supervisor or other researchers in conducting high-level research, which often contributes to the student's thesis. RAs are typically funded by the supervisor's external grants, contracts or other sources of funding.

Scholarship & Fellowship Awards

UBC Awards: The College of Graduate Studies administers merit-based graduate awards at the Okanagan campus. The College manages a number of award competitions each year and administers payment of all internal awards and selected external awards.

External Awards: All prospective graduate students (Domestic and International) should explore and apply for external awards and fellowships, including awards offered by Canada’s three research councils: CIHR, NSERC and SSHRC.

Graduate scholarships and awards may also be available from foundations, private companies or foreign governments (check with your country’s education authority).


How to Apply

Find a Supervisor

Please contact our faculty before starting your application. Admission to the program requires the support of a faculty supervisor as well as satisfying program-specific criteria.

A complete application package will contain:

  • Online application and application fee
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary institutions attended
  • English language test (for non-native speakers of English)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resumé
  • Three reference forms or letters

Applying takes time. We recommend you start your application two months in advance of published deadlines. For full consideration students should apply by the following dates:

Intake Apply Before 
Domestic applicants
September January 31
January June 2
May October 13
International applicants
September January 31
January June 2
May October 13

UBC'S Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the medical physics graduate program at UBC's Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.

UBC Okanagan

UBC's Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of about 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university's respect for sustainability.

A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

Check out this 360-degree video: Kelowna From Above*.

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Full-time UBC Okanagan students can live in residence, which offers modern living with easy access to academic and personal support. Residences are surrounded by hiking and biking trails, plus panoramic views of the campus and valley.

The Student Residence website includes helpful information about Important Dates for living on campus, plus options and resources for Living Off Campus.

Kelowna Off Campus Student Housing is a public Facebook group that shares notes about housing options, finding roommates, and vaccines in Kelowna and the Okanagan Valley.*

* UBC does not verify or endorse information shared on this third-party website, which is offered here as a public resource only.

Join the club! Make friends with similar interests, and organize and participate in academic and recreational events in the Quantitative Sciences Course Union (QSCU).

There are orientation events for all graduate students, including the College of Graduate Studies' incoming graduate student orientation and Create, a campus-wide orientation for all new students.

In addition to University-wide orientation events, entering Medical Physics graduate students will have orientation sessions with the Program Director, and also at the BC Cancer Agency. These sessions are scheduled upon arrival to UBC Okanagan.

Stay active. Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and play—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness and Wellness Centre and our 1,561 square-metre gymnasium, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes and nationally ranked varsity athletics. Have a ball in Sports and Recreation.

Relax. The Graduate Collegium is a gathering place where grad students can hang out, eat lunch, spend time with their fellow students, and attend or host special events. The lounge-style room is open seven days and week and is outfitted with comfortable furniture, kitchen facilities, and individual and group-work spaces.

The College of Graduate Studies is your hub for administrative support and such things as graduate workshops for professional development and for assisting you from the admissions process through to your graduation.

The Library's Centre for Scholarly Communication (CSC) supports graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff and faculty in disseminating their research. The CSC provides one-on-one consultations and workshops, including writing support for theses, dissertations, journal articles and grant proposals.

The Centre for Teaching and Learning provides support related to teaching, TA training and use of technology in educational programming.

Career Development

With a medical physics MSc or PhD degree from the University of British Columbia, graduates are well-positioned to thrive in a variety of occupations, such as:

  • Academic Physicist
  • Clinical Medical Physicist
  • Consultant
  • Diagnostic Medical Physicist
  • Imaging Specialist
  • Industry Scientist
  • Radiotherapy Physicist

Career Services

Map out your future and prepare to hit the ground running with resources and services provided by the Advising & Involvement Centre.

Tell your story with resumé and cover-letter strategies, and search Work Study jobs for experience relevant to your degree and career goals. You can also book an appointment to meet one-on-one with our career advisor.

alumni UBC

alumni UBC is a member-driven association that offers a variety of lifetime programming and communications to enrich the lives of UBC graduates.

The 'Your Next Step' program offers webinars, speaker series and professional development sessions. It is designed to provide advice, tips and resources in areas of career development to graduates for life after university.

Realize the promise of a global community with shared ambition for a better world and an exceptional UBC.

Inquire

Dr. Andrew Jirasek
Graduate Program Coordinator
250.807.8812
andrew.jirasek@ubc.ca

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