Medical Biophysics

Master of Science (MSc)



Meet Amy Schranz, MSc candidate in Medical Biophysics

"I have a fantastic supervisor who encourages everyone in the lab to work together and socialize in a constructive way. Also, everyone in my year in Medical Biophysics, we all get along so well, and hang out a lot outside of work to de-stress."

Supervisor: Dr. Robert Bartha

Describe your research.
I am using magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), a method used in MRI, that allows us to quantify brain metabolites in a region of interest. More specifically, I am quantifying these metabolites in order to look at changes in metabolism in the prefrontal cortex and white matter in women varsity rugby players before and after sport concussions. Hopefully with this research we will learn more about the pathophysiology involved in concussion, and come one step closer to finding a reliable biomarker to use in concussion diagnosis and prognosis.

Where is “home” for you?
I grew up in Waterdown, Ontario.

What are you most passionate about?
Teaching! I can’t wait to be able to teach – it’s why I applied to be a teaching assistant, and it’s why I am also a part-time high school tutor.

What is your “dream” career?
I plan to be a clinician scientist in neurology, with a focus on neurodegeneration.

Do you belong to any university or community groups, such as clubs, choirs, etc? If yes, what are they?
I am a volunteer with Strong Bones Strong Minds Strong Muscles (SBSMSM). We focus on delivering science and research awareness to the community, hoping to shorten the gap between researchers and the public. We have different subcommittees; one is “raising hope through science” where we bring science experiments to the children’s hospital to promote science and learning.

What one thing would you like people to know about you?
Probably my sense of humor. We all work so hard every day, and I think it’s important to be able to have a good laugh with people; it makes work that much more enjoyable.

What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
Look into the research that is happening at Western (including Robarts Research Institute and St. Joseph’s Healthcare) in Medical Biophysics. Have a supervisor in mind that you want to work with so that you can make the best of your interviews/visiting campus, and include specific research goals in your application.

Program Websites


Program Contact

Kathleen Petts (askmbp@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.

Program Length

  • 6 Terms

Program Design

  • Full-time study
  • Thesis-based

Funding Information

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships (if eligible):

Admission Requirements

  • A four-year degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution, with preference given to those in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) discipline.
  • Consideration will be given to applicants with a minimum of a 78% average, but preference given to applicants with a minimum of an A- or 80% average (final two years).

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). iBT (internet-Based Test): The minimum acceptable score is 86, with no individual score below 20. PdT (Paper-delivered Test): The minimum acceptable total score is 65, with no individual score below 20. Please note that some programs require a higher minimum and/or band score. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
  • The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) of the British Council. The minimum acceptable score is 6.5 out of 9. The IELTS is offered in 6 test centres in the US and 3 in Canada.
  • The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) of the University of Michigan. Students must have at least 80 on each of the sections and an overall score of at least 85. Arrangements to write MELAB may be made online. Please note: The MELAB is no longer being offered by Michigan Language Assessment. However, Western University will continue to accept MELAB test reports that are newer than two years old as sufficient proof of English language proficiency.
  • The Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL Assessment). The minimum acceptable score is 60. The CAEL Assessment is offered in several countries throughout the world as well as Canada.
  • Western English Language Centre. The requirement is successful completion of the High-Advanced level.
  • CultureWorks. The requirement is successful completion of Level 7.
  • Fanshawe College’s ESL Program. The requirement is graduation from Level 5, Advanced Academic Preparation, with a minimum 80% in all components.

Application Deadline

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