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Medical Physics

Location

Note: The Unit is scheduled to move to the new Glen site of the MUHC in June 2015. Building and room numbers are to be confirmed.
  • Medical Physics Unit
  • Montreal General Hospital
  • Livingston Hall, Room L5-113
  • 1650 Cedar Avenue
  • Montreal QC H3G 1A4
  • Canada
  • Telephone: 514-934-1934 ext. 44158
  • Fax: 514-934-8229
  • Email: margery [dot] knewstubb [at] mcgill [dot] ca
  • Website: www.mcgill.ca/medphys

About Medical Physics

The Medical Physics Unit is a teaching and research unit concerned with the application of physics and related sciences in medicine, especially (but not exclusively) in radiation medicine; i.e., radiation oncology, medical imaging, and nuclear medicine. The Unit offers an M.Sc. in Medical Radiation Physics. Facilities are available for students to undertake a Ph.D. in Medical Physics through the Department of Physics.

The research interests of Unit members include various aspects of medical imaging including 3D imaging, the development of new imaging modalities, and applications of imaging in radiation therapy such as: radiation dosimetry and solid state; nuclear cardiology; and applications of radiation biology to therapy. Graduate students are part of the Medical Physics Research Training Network (MPRTN) supported by the Collaborative Research Education Training Experience (CREATE) of the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council (NSERC).

The M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs in Medical Physics are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc., sponsored by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), the American College of Medical Physics (ACMP), the American College of Radiology (ACR), and the Canadian College of Physicists in Medicine (CCPM).

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Medical Radiation Physics (Thesis) (60 credits)

This two-year program provides a comprehensive introduction to the academic, research, and practical aspects of physics applied to radiation medicine. Students may go on to careers in clinical service as medical physicists in research-oriented hospital settings after clinical residency training; may consider development careers in industry in radiation therapy, diagnostic radiology, or nuclear medicine or nuclear energy; in governmental organizations as radiation safety experts, etc.; or pursue academic careers in university, industry, or government organizations. Our graduate programs are accredited by CAMPEP (Commission for Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs). Medical physicists must go through CAMPEP training (M.Sc. or Ph.D., followed by a residency training) to be eligible to sit certification exams. Certification is becoming a mandatory requirement for eligibility to practise in a clinical environment. The McGill M.Sc. program is research oriented, which has the additional advantage that the roads toward a Ph.D., followed by academic, industry, or clinical careers, are wide open. The practical and laboratory sections of the program are conducted in various McGill teaching hospitals.

The program comprises:

  1. didactic courses in radiation physics, radiation dosimetry, the physics of nuclear medicine and diagnostic radiology, medical imaging, medical electronics and computing, radiation biology, and radiation hazards and protection;
  2. seminars in radiation oncology, diagnostic radiology, and miscellaneous aspects of medical physics, e.g., lasers;
  3. laboratory courses in radiation dosimetry and medical imaging;
  4. an individual research thesis.
Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

Medical Physics Admission Requirements and Application Procedures

Admission Requirements

Candidates applying to the M.Sc. program must normally hold a B.Sc. degree (honours or major) in Physics or Engineering, with a minimum CGPA of 3.0 out of 4.0.

Application Procedures

McGill’s online application form for graduate program candidates is available at www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply.

See Application Procedures for detailed application procedures.

For information regarding the application procedure please go to the Medical Physics Unit admissions website at www.mcgill.ca/medphys and click on Academic and then Admissions Information.

Only complete applications will be considered.

Note: When completing the online application, the following information should be entered in the “Application” section to ensure that the application is routed to the correct department:
  • Under "Program choice":
  • “Application type” = Degree, certificate or diploma
  • “Term” = Fall 2015
  • “Department” = Medical Physics Unit
  • "Program" = M.Sc. Med Radiation Physics (Thesis)
  • "Area of study" = Medical Radiation Physics-T
  • "Status" = Full Time
  • Under "Additional Questions":
  • Please indicate source(s) of funding to cover tuition & student fees + living expenses while studying at McGill University.

Supporting Documents: All supporting documentation must be uploaded to the online application; any documents sent by mail will be considered unofficial and missing from the application. For detailed instructions on how to upload required supporting documents, please see: www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/ready.

Transcripts: All transcripts and degree certificates in a language other than English or French must be uploaded to the application in both the original language version and an officially certified English or French language version. If the applicant is accepted, original documents must be presented to the University prior to registration. The grading scale and degree certificate must also be included.

English Language Proficiency: Applicants to graduate studies whose mother tongue is not English, and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate degree from a recognized foreign institution where English is the language of instruction or from a recognized Canadian institution (anglophone or francophone), must submit documented proof of competency in English by submitting a TOEFL iBT or IELTS test score. The original test report must be sent electronically by the testing centre to McGill University; to ensure successful transmission, the student's name given to the testing centre must be identical to the name used for the McGill online application, otherwise the electronic result will not be applied to the McGill application.
Note: McGill institution code = 0935; Medical Physics Unit = 99 (department not listed).

The test must have been taken within the two years prior to date of application review, i.e., not prior to May 01, 2013 for a graduate application to McGill for Fall 2015. Applicants from some countries are exempt from providing evidence of English language proficiency. For more information, see www.mcgill.ca/gradapplicants/apply/prepare/international/proficiency.

Reference Letters: In order for referees to receive an automated email with instructions to upload their recommendation, applicants must include referees' institutional email addresses in the online application; addresses such as Gmail or Yahoo will not be accepted.

Additional Requirements

The items and clarifications below are additional requirements set by this department:
  • GRE is not required for the Medical Physics M.Sc. program.
  • Applicants must either complete the “Applicant Statement” portion of the online application, or alternatively, may submit a one-page Personal Statement.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines listed here are set by the Medical Physics Unit and may be revised at any time. Applicants must verify all deadlines and documentation requirements well in advance on the appropriate McGill departmental website; please consult the list at www.mcgill.ca/gps/contact/graduate-program.

Students are admitted to the M.Sc. program only to start in the Fall term (in September) of a given academic year. Applications must be completed by January 15, 2015 to be considered for the Fall 2015 term. The online application for Fall 2015 will be available by the end of September 2014.

Canadian International Special/Exchange/Visiting
Fall: Jan. 15 Fall: Jan. 15 Fall: Jan. 15
Winter: N/A Winter: N/A Winter: N/A
Summer: N/A Summer: N/A Summer: N/A

Admission to graduate studies is competitive; accordingly, late and/or incomplete applications are considered only as time and space permit.

Taken from Programs, Courses and University Regulations 2014-2015 (last updated Jul. 22, 2014).

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