Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Medical Biophysics

Doctor of Philosophy (MSc / PhD)



Meet Tomi Nano, MSc/PhD candidate, CAMPEP Medical Biophysics

“This program has amazing faculty scientists and world-class facilities.”

Supervisor: Ian Cunningham

What is it about your grad program that enables you to thrive and be successful?
The Medical Biophysics department has wide network of scientist throughout London, with labs at Victoria Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, University Hospital, Robarts Research Institute and other Western facilities. This wide networks has allowed me to network with many scientist from various fields and could lead to new collaboration opportunities in the future. Also, my colleagues in Medical Biophysics and the Schulich student network have provided me with support which is essential for my success.

Where's your favourite place on campus?
My favourite place to work on research is Robarts Research Institute. It has everything I need: my lab, my desk and other fellow colleagues whom I consume copious amounts of coffee with. I also enjoy studying and reading on the Grad Club patio during a warm summer day.

Have you taken any professional courses that Western makes available to grad students ?
Yes, I’ve attended various MyGradSkills/GradWriting courses and found the topics very relevant to graduate student interested in further developing their careers. It was useful to discuss thesis or grant writing with other grad students from different programs because they provided new insight. I also took the Advanced Teaching Program from the Teaching and Learning Center, which provided teaching practice and an opportunity to learn different teaching styles.

Do you engage in volunteer activities?
Yes, I am the Society of Graduate Students (SOGS) department representative, the Event Coordinator for Strong Bones, Strong Minds, Strong Muscles (SBSMSM), and the Co-Chair for Retiring with Strong Minds (RWSM)

Program Websites


Program Contact

Kathleen Petts (kathleen.petts@schulich.uwo.ca)
Graduate Recruitment Coordinator

Department of Medical Biophysics

Western University
Medical Sciences Rm 407
London, Ontario N6A 5C1

t. 519-661-2111 ext. 88030
f. 519-661-2123

The Department of Medical Biophysics works very closely with other university departments, research institutes, and hospitals in the City of London to offer unique graduate training opportunities in diverse fields including: cardiovascular disease, microcirculation, hemodynamics, biomechanics, and cancer. Biomedical imaging (CT, MRI, MRS, ultrasound, SPECT, PET-CT, PET-MRI, optical, photoacoustic) is a vigorous research area at the cellular, small-animal, pre-clinical, and clinical scale in our department. Our research program therefore gives students a chance to work with state-of-the-art equipment, often combining computational and experimental techniques.

The work of all our students, considered collectively, represents substantial accomplishments in a wide spectrum of physical, biological, and clinical science. Following graduation, you will find a rewarding career in the health care sector, biomedical industry, and academia; others pursue further training in professional schools such as medicine, dentistry, or business.

Times to Completion

  • 12 Terms (4 years) for those with previous MSc and 15 Terms (5 years) for reclassified MSc trainees

Funding Details

All accepted candidates eligible for:

  • Base Annual Stipend (MSc:$23,000 PhD:$24,000)
  • Western Graduate Research Scholarship
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship
  • Teaching Assistant Stipend
  • Research Assistant Stipend
  • Internal and National Scholarships

Admission Requirements

  • Master’s degree including undergraduate physics education that includes at least three upper level (3rd or 4th year) half-courses in physics.
  • Students with an admission average of >85%) without a previous master’s degree may be considered for direct-entry PhD program.

Application Deadline(s)

  • June 1 – Fall Term
  • November 1 – Winter Term
  • March 1 - Summer Term

Fields of Research

  • Medical Imaging
  • Medical Physics and Cancer
  • Microcirculation and Cellular Biophysics
  • Orthopaedic Biomechanics and Biomaterials