PhD Program

The Medical Physics Unit (MPU) offers a Ph.D. program in medical physics to its own M.Sc. graduates who excel in their M.Sc. studies and to students entering McGill with a M.Sc. degree in medical physics from another institution with an accredited M.Sc. program in medical physics.

The relatively small size of the MPU and the heavy clinical commitments of its staff can allow only a relatively small effort toward a Ph.D. program in medical physics, and this in collaboration with some other related major department at McGill University. The McGill Physics Department, with its excellent reputation in physics and 185 graduate students and 77 staff members, seems the best candidate for this collaborative effort. The administration of the Physics Department and its academic staff strongly support the joint venture in medical physics between the Physics Department and the MPU.

The Ph.D. graduate in medical physics at McGill University thus receives a Ph.D. from the Physics Department with a subspecialty in medical physics. Applications to the Ph.D. program are submitted through the Physics Department. A PhD applicant therefore needs to fulfill admission requirements for the Physics Department as well as having the necessary background for consideration to Medical Physics. An applicant wishing to enter directly into the PhD program should possess an MSc degree in Medical Physics from an accredited program and should specify which area of Medical Physics he/she wishes to pursue, also whether he/she has the necessary background and knowledge to pass the PhD preliminary exam in Physics - the exam covers all aspects of modern and classical physics, including quantum and statistical mechanics.

Deadlines to submit a complete application (online application submitted and all necessary supporting documents uploaded) for consideration for upcoming admission are as follows:

by September 10, 2022 - consideration for the PhD program beginning January 2023;

by December 15, 2022 - consideration for the PhD program beginning September 2023.

The PhD Medical Physics program achieved its first 5-year accreditation in 1993, latest reaccreditation awarded in 2018 - full accreditation now valid through to December 2023. The portfolio for CAMPEP reaccreditation will be submitted in 2023.


January, 2022

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