The McGill Medical Physics Unit offers a Graduate Diploma in Medical Radiation Physics which is CAMPEP-accredited as a Certificate in Medical Physics. It allows eligible individuals to retrain in Medical Physics. Students in the Diploma/Certificate will follow the identical course program, and are evaluated according to the identical standards on course performance, as the students in the CAMPEP-accredited full-time M.Sc. Medical Physics program with the addition of an Ethics course.
The Certificate Program received its first CAMPEP accreditation in December 2013 - reaccredited in 2018. Full accreditation now valid until December 2023. The portfolio for CAMPEP reaccreditation will be submitted in 2023.
Admission process to the Graduate Diploma
Students applying to the Graduate Diploma (D-MDRD-PHYS) follow the same application procedure and must submit the same materials as the candidates applying for the full-time M.Sc. program in Medical Physics. Briefly, the prerequisites are: (i) in addition to Ph.D. degree, a B.Sc. in Honours Physics, Physics Major, or related physics-oriented science (transcripts have to be submitted that allow these requirements to be checked); (ii) Minimum GPA of 3 out of 4 in the B.Sc.; (iii) GRE not required; (iv) TOEFL for foreign applicants (internet-based – iBT) minimum overall score of 86; (v) Two letters of reference; (vi) Statement of purpose. After successful completion of the 1-year program, students will graduate with a McGill Graduate Diploma in Medical Radiation Physics.
Note that students with M.Sc. degree in a related science and a physics B.Sc. that satisfies the above-mentioned requirements, will not be admitted in the Diploma program. They will be required to register in the regular Medical Physics M.Sc. program should they wish to transition into Medical Physics.
English language proficiency: all test scores must be sent *electronically* by your testing centre to McGill University. It is important that the name used on your language test matches exactly with the name used on your McGill application. PAPER COPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED.
Deadline to apply for the Graduate Diploma beginning September 2023: January 15, 2023
(complete files i.e. online application submitted & all necessary supporting documentation uploaded)
Note: only one (1) admission round per academic year.
Courses in the Graduate Diploma
Obtaining a Graduate Diploma in Medical Radiation Physics will require the student to pass the course portion of the M.Sc. program in its entirety with the addition of an Ethics course. The total number of credits required to graduate from the Diploma is 30 and the number of courses is 12.
The 11 Medical Physics courses and their outlines are listed here. The additional Ethics course is a Seminar course in Medical Ethics offered through the McGill Department of Philosophy i.e. PHIL 643:
"An advanced course devoted to a particular philosophical problem as it arises in the context of medical practice or the application of medical technology".
The option exists for an equivalent course to PHIL 643, subject to discussion with - and approval of - the Graduate Program Director.
Graduate Diploma students follow the classes at the same time as the full-time M.Sc. students in their first year. For successful graduation from the Diploma, the identical standards with regards to passing grades and student performance will be maintained as for the regular full-time M.Sc. students.