In addition to Faculty of Graduate Studies and Faculty of Science requirements, the Department requires:
That all students, with the exception of registrants in the Post-PhD Diploma program, in Radiation Oncology Physics and the Postdoctoral Certificate in Radiation Oncology Physics, register in the Graduate Seminar, Physics 691, during Fall and Winter Terms of the first two years in program.
Master of Science (thesis-based)
a) For students specializing in Astrophysics, Physics, or Space Physics, four half-course equivalents, including at least two of Physics 609, 611, 613, and 615, plus two elective courses at the 500 or 600 level, as approved by the Graduate Chair.
b) For students specializing in Medical Physics, five half-course equivalents, including Medical Physics 623, 625, at least two of Physics 609, 611, 613, and 615, plus one elective courses at the 500 or 600 level, as approved by the Graduate Chair.
c) For students specializing in Radiation Oncology Physics, eight half-course equivalents, including Medical Physics 623, 625, 633, 637, 639, Medical Science 689.01, and two of Physics 609, 611, 613, and 615.
Master of Science (course-based)
This program may be taken part-time or full-time.
a) That the student choose one of the three broad areas of specialization: astrophysics, physics, or space physics. Medical physics and Radiation Oncology Physics are not available as a course-based degree.
b) Ten half-course equivalents, including Physics 603, 605, 609, 611, 613, 615.
c) Four half-course equivalents, depending upon the area of specialization:
Astrophysics – Astrophysics 699 plus three half-course equivalents labelled ASPH (two of these may be at the 500 level). Physics 629 and Space Physics 679 may be taken instead of Astrophysics courses.
Physics – Physics 699 plus two half-course equivalents labelled ASPH, PHYS, or SPPH (these may be at the 500 level) plus one half-course equivalent labelled PHYS, at the 600 level or above.
Space Physics – Space Physics 699 plus three half-course equivalents labelled SPPH, at the 600 level or above. Physics 509 may replace a SPPH course.
d) A comprehensive examination with a written and oral component.
Doctor of Philosophy
a) A minimum of two half-course equivalents at the 600 level or higher for students who hold a Master's degree.
b) A minimum of six half-course equivalents at the 600 level or higher for those entering the doctoral program without a Master's degree.
c) For students specializing in Radiation Oncology Physics who do not hold an accredited M.Sc. degree in Radiation Oncology Physics, Medical Physics 623, 625, 633, 637, 639, and Medical Science 689.01, and two courses from Physics 609, 611, 613, or 615.
Post-PhD Diploma in Radiation Oncology Physics
Eight half-course equivalents including Medical Physics 711, 712, 721, 722, 731, 741 and two of Human Resources and Organizational Dynamics 793, 741 or Strategy and Global Management 797.01.
Postdoctoral Certificate in Radiation Oncology Physics
The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a postdoctoral certificate in Radiation Oncology Physics. This certificate program is a two-term program for students with PhDs in Physics wishing to transition to a career in clinical radiation oncology physics. Students will acquire a broad background in theoretical medical physics including radiation physics, radiobiology, radiation safety, medical imaging and the modern practice of radiation oncology, through intensive coursework and hands-on experience. The program is designed to meet all the recommendations in Report 197S of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine. At the completion of this program students will be well-prepared to begin a residency in medical physics. Potential candidates for this program must hold a PhD in Physics or a related discipline.
The program requirements consists of 6 x 3 credit hour required courses. The semester schedule below is for full-time students:
Medical Physics 623 Radiological Physics and Radiation Dosimetry
Medical Physics 639 Radiobiology and Radiation Safety for Medical Physicists
Medical Science 689.01 Medical Imaging Techniques
Medical Physics 625 Radiation Oncology Physics
Medical Physics 633 Radiation Oncology Physics Laboratory
Medical Physics 637 Anatomy and Statistics for Medical Physicists
Ethics and Errors – offered not for credit
No substitutions accepted.
Six half-course equivalents which are Medical Physics 623, 625, 633, 637, 639, Medical Science 689.01.
Graduation requires successful completion of all required courses with a minimum grade of "B".