Dec 01, 2023  
University of Alberta Calendar 2021-2022 
University of Alberta Calendar 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

The Degree of PhD with specialization in Medical Physics (Oncology) [Graduate]

Please note [Sept 1, 2021] - A clarification was made to the total number of credits required for students entering the PhD from an Honors BSc degree. See Addenda and Errata  for more information.

Admission to the PhD is dependent on the recommendation of the Graduate Coordinating Committee.

Program Requirements

Students are required to complete a minimum of ★6 in coursework beyond the MSc requirements, and a thesis


  • Two ★3 courses in areas of advanced specialization or elective, based on research interests and discussions with the supervisor and the Director of the Medical Physics program, chosen from the following:
    • Magnetic Resonance Physics subspecialty ONCOL 690  
    • Magnetic Resonance Physics subspecialty ONCOL 691  
    • Radiological and Nuclear Medical Physics subspecialty ONCOL 692  
    • Radiation Oncology Physics subspecialty ONCOL 693  
    • Elective PHYS 511  
  • Students entering the PhD in Medical Physics directly after an Honors BSc degree must also complete all required and elective coursework from The Degree of MSc with specialization in Medical Physics (Oncology) [Graduate]  .


  • Registration in 900-level THES. The student’s research is presented in the form of a thesis which must be defended before a final examining committee.

PhD Proposal

Students must write a PhD proposal in the form of a research grant proposal that is approved by the supervisory committee usually within 12 -30 months of the start of the graduate program. The PhD proposal must be approved before initiating the candidacy exam process.

Candidacy Exam

Medical Physics PhD students must pass an oral candidacy examination consisting of a defence of the research proposal including general medical physics. Students must successfully pass one of the Advanced Specialization Courses before proceeding to the candidacy exam.

Ethics Requirement

Students are required to meet the FGSR Academic Integrity and Ethics Training Requirement . See the Oncology Graduate Student Handbook for details on how to fulfill this requirement.

Residence Requirement

The minimum period of residence is two academic years of full-time attendance at the University of Alberta.

Length of Program

The maximum time to complete the PhD program as set by the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research is six years.