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Biomedical Physics (MSc, PhD)

Part of the Faculty of Science

Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Science or PhD

If you are looking for a challenging career with a positive social impact, this is it. Biomedical Physics is an exciting, cutting-edge, multidisciplinary field in which MSc and PhD graduate degrees lead to a career in research, biomedical technology or clinical medical physics. Graduate students seeking to enter a medical physics residency program may pursue a CAMPEP accreditation in Medical Physics, which distinguishes our programs.

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At a Glance

Over $22,000 yearly MSc funding
Over $26,000 yearly in PhD funding
8 to 1 MSc application to seat ratio
90% of graduates stay in the field

MSc

  • Completion of a 4-year bachelor’s degree in physics, engineering, engineering physics or other related discipline 
  • Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) overall with 3.33/4.33 (B+) average in the last two years of study 
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be academic 

PhD

  • Completion of a master’s degree in physics, engineering or a related discipline
  • Minimum GPA or equivalent of 3.67/4.33 (A-) in all courses credited towards master’s degree
  • Clear evidence of research potential
  • Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be academic

Applicants may be required to provide certification of English language proficiency. For more information, review the Yeates School of Graduate Studies admission requirements.

More information on how to apply.

Students are encouraged to submit applications prior to the first consideration date to increase their chances of securing financial support for their graduate studies. Applications received after the first consideration date will be accepted and reviewed based on spaces remaining in the program.

See application dates.

For detailed graduate tuition and fees information please visit Fees by Program.

For information on scholarships, awards and financing your graduate studies visit Financing Your Studies.

The faculty members in the program conduct research in novel ways to model, describe, detect, image and treat diseases through computational and experimental approaches.

Medical Imaging

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Optical Imaging
  • Photoacoustic Imaging
  • Ultrasound Imaging

Treatment Modalities

  • Laser Therapies
  • Ultrasound Therapies
  • Nanoparticle Mediated Therapies/Theragnostics
  • Radiation Therapy and Treatment Planning

Virophysics

  • Computational/Mathematical modelling of virus infections in vivo and in vitro

Health Physics

  • Toxic and Trace Element Detection in Humans

Biomedical Physics (MSc, PhD) graduate program calendar

As a student, you will have access to the following research labs:

On Campus

  • Virophysics Computer Laboratory
  • Optical Spectroscopy Laboratory
  • Biological Systems and Cell Culture Laboratory
  • Biomedical Optics Laboratory
  • X-ray Fluorescence Laboratory
  • Innovative Nuclear Medicine and Radiation Metrology Laboratory
  • Radiochemistry & Nanotechnology Laboratory

Located at St. Michael's Hospital

  • Advanced Biomedical Ultrasound Imaging and Therapy Laboratory
  • Biomicroscopy and Cellular Imaging Laboratory 
  • Photo-Acoustics Laboratory

Graduate Admissions

Admissions information and how to apply

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Email: grdadmit@ryerson.ca

For information specific to programs please see the program contact information below.

Program Contacts

Dr. Raffi Karshafian
Graduate Program Director
PhD
Research areas: Ultrasound and microbubble mediated therapeutic applications in targeted drug delivery (chemotherapy) and enhancing therapeutic efficacy of radiotherapy. Acoustic behaviour of microbubble contrast agents
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 7536
Email: karshafian@ryerson.ca

Sophia Finos
Graduate Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4640
Email: biomed@ryerson.ca

"The most exciting part of my research is the potential that bench discoveries will one day impact the delivery of health care as well as advance basic science. Ryerson provides the ideal scientific and academic incubator for success and innovation."

Eno Hysi, PhD candidate

Student Profile: The Seeds of Cancer, external link

Michael Moore (biomedical physics PhD alumnus) uses photoacoustic imaging to "listen" to tumour cells. Michael conducts his research at iBEST, a partnership between Ryerson and St. Michael's Hospital.

Graduate Academic Calendar

Find curriculum, course descriptions and important dates for Biomedical Physics (MSc, PhD).

How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.

Funding

At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.