The MPU and the Physics Department have, and for several years have had, the following agreement regarding the Ph.D. program in medical physics:
- To be accepted into the Ph.D. program in medical physics the student should possess an M.Sc. degree in medical physics from an institution with an accredited M.Sc. program in medical physics.
- Ph.D. students in medical physics are officially registered in the Physics Department and must fulfill the criteria of the Physics Department in order to graduate with a Ph.D. degree. This includes all course requirements by the Physics Department as well as the preliminary examination in physics.
- The preliminary examination in physics is a traditional, written examination, usually taken at the beginning of a graduate student's Ph.D. study, covering all areas of basic and modern physics including classical mechanics, electromagnetic theory, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics. Copies of old examinations are available from the Physics department office to help potential students to assess the level of physics knowledge expected from Ph.D. students.
- The Ph.D. students in medical physics work on their Ph.D. thesis research under the auspices of the MPU and under the supervision of an MPU staff member whose credentials must be acceptable to the Physics department. The thesis research is done in one of the two hospital-based MPU divisions: clinical or imaging.