Why do PhD Medical Physics at Dal?

Dalhousie's CAMPEP (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Programs) doctoral program in Medical Physics prepares graduates to pursue a rich and diverse range of career opportunities and to become leaders in the field of medical physics.

The PhD program requires one year of core courses and, typically, three years of thesis research. Courses in the PhD program (which can also be completed in conjunction with the MSc program) provide students with the medical physics foundations specified within the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics standards.

Our PhD students are encouraged to be innovators, beginning with their thesis research. For your doctoral thesis, you can undertake research in therapeutic medical physics, medical imaging or a variety of multi-disciplinary topics. 

When you graduate with your PhD in Medical Physics, you will be well positioned to compete for residency training programs and career opportunities that can include and combine clinical support, research, academics and administration.

Program Details


Program Structure

Coursework is normally completed within the first year of study. Thesis research is completed during the subsequent years. 

Fall Term
MEDP 6421 Radiological Physics

MEDP 6400 Medical Imaging Physics I

MEDP 6430 Radiation Biology

MEDP 6424 Special Topics in Medical Physics

MEDP 6416 Seminars in Medical Physics

Winter Term
MEDP 6410 Medical Imaging Physics II

MEDP 6450 Computational Methods in Medical Physics

MEDP 6423 Radiation Therapy Physics

MEDP 6431 Radiation Safety and Protection in Medicine

MEDP 6416 Seminars in Medical Physics 


Degree requirements

  • Completion of all core courses within the first year
  • Completion of preliminary examination
  • Completion and defence of doctoral thesis

Choosing a research supervisor

Students are encouraged to contact program faculty to select a supervisor and discuss options for thesis research. 

Transfer from MSc to PhD

Graduate students have the option to transfer directly from an MSc to a PhD program. A student considering this change would submit the request to the Faculty of Graduate Studies prior to the end of the first year. Transfers will require approval from the supervisor and supervisory committee.

Students making this change will have maintained an A- average over the first year of the MSc program.

Tuition Fees

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Application Deadline

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Graduate student handbook

Refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for full details on graduate programs in Medical Physics.