Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Medical Biophysics

Doctor of Philosophy (MSc / PhD)

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