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Program Overview

Physics undergraduate students working in program lab.

Are you fascinated by science and want to use it to positively impact society? Our medical physics program trains you to apply physics principles in the fields of medicine and healthcare. You'll learn to take a scientific approach in solving problems in areas such as:

  • Medical Technology — how to innovate improvements to diagnostic imaging, such MRI and ultrasound?
  • Treatment Planning — what’s the most effective dosage of radiation to treat a cancer patient?
  • Safety Management— how to manage the risk of nuclear medicine for clinical workers and the public?

"As a medical physics undergraduate student, I had many opportunities in research. After graduating, I accepted a graduate scholarship and am now focused on researching quantitative image analysis and machine learning."

Caryn Geady, Class of 2016

Undergraduate Program

Degree: BSc (Honours)

Program Duration: 4 years, full time

Co-op Available? Yes. 5 years, full time. Explore co-op.  

Curriculum: First year builds a broad, solid foundation in science. You'll take the same courses as first-year students in Biology and Chemistry, with the chance to explore various areas across science as a whole. Electives in computing and liberal arts rounds out your overall education. An orientation course will help you transition from high school to university-level studies.

In upper years, you’ll narrow in on physics and its applications in medicine. There's lots of lab work, research and professional-related electives to explore specialty areas. In the fourth-year thesis course, you'll also complete an independent, year-long research project supervised by a professor or hospital researcher. Browse program course lists


Is the Program Right For You?

Medical Physics at Ryerson University falls within the Faculty of Science. Note that medical physics is primarily a specialized field of science (not of medicine per se). Our program is rich in experiential learning and clinically-oriented research using the scientific method.

Successful students have strong aptitude for science, mathematics, analytical thinking and problem solving. Although physics knowledge is not a prerequisite for entry, it is strongly advised.

Physics undergraduate student calculating weight measurments in lab.