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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


  • 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 


  • 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.

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

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


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

Health Physics

  • Toxic and Trace Element Detection in Humans

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

Admissions Contact

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153

Program Contacts

Dr. Raffi Karshafian
Graduate Program Director
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
Fax: 416-979-5343

Sophia Finos
Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4640
Fax: 416-979-5153

"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

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.

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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.


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.