Student information

Learn about our MSc and PhD programs.  We also offer co-op work terms to undergraduate students.

MSc program

Normal prerequisites

UVic Honours degree in Physics, or equivalent. Students admitted to the Master's program, but with backgrounds judged to be less than that of a UVic Honours degree (e.g., a Major degree), are normally required to take additional undergraduate courses in Physics and Mathematics to satisfy the stated prerequisite.

Program Requirements

PhD program

Normal prerequisites

  • The equivalent of an Honours Physics or Astronomy degree
  • The Physics or Astronomy MSc course requirements, or equivalent

Program Requirements

Graduate application information

  • Although applications may be submitted at any point throughout the year, typically, student applications are reviewed in Jan - Apr of each year for Sept. entry. To be considered in the first round of UVic fellowship scholarships, applications must be received by January 15th of each year. In some cases January or May entry may be possible.
  • Student application information can be found on the Department of Physics & Astronomy webpage and also on the Faculty of Graduate Studies webpage.
  • We receive more applications than we have available spots, hence, applications are reviewed and offers made on a competitive basis.
  • Stipends are awarded on a competitive basis for students completing their MSc degrees at UVic (and elsewhere) and interested in pursuing PhD degree studies.
  • The UVic/VIC Medical Physics Graduate Program is a competitive program. Each year the program receives a higher number of applications than available positions. Below is a summary of pertinent application and graduation statistics for the program. Numbers represent new entries into each category. Certification is with either CCPM or ABR.

Program Statistics

Year # of Applicants # of Admission Offers # of Offers Accepted # of Students Graduating Locations of Graduates (initial placement)
M.Sc. Program
2010 12 3 1 2 PhD (2)
2011 21 5 4 1 PhD
2012 23 2 2 0
2013 11 0 0 4 PhD (4)
2014 15 1 1 1 Residency
2015 25 4 3 0
2016 23 2 2 2 Residency (1), PhD (1)
2017 24 6 2 1 PhD
2018 20 4 3 0
Ph.D. Program
2010 9 4 4 0
2011 6 1 1 1 Academic
2012 9 2 2 0
2013 8 3 3 1 Residency
2014 7 1 1 1 Residency
2015 8 1 1 2 Residency (1), Industry (1)
2016 6 2 1 1 Postdoc
2017 6 1 1 2 Residency (2)
2018 7 0 0 3 Postdoc (1), Industry (2)
Graduate Certificate Program
2015 3 2 1 0
2016 2 1 0 1 Residency
2017 6 4 0 0
2018 4 4 3 0

Undergraduate co-op program

The Medical Physics program offers co-op work terms to students in the undergraduate co-op program. The exact projects and timelines depend on the student and current circumstances.

Interested students can check out the UVic Physics and Astronomy Undergraduate Co-op program.

Meet our students

Christopher Johnstone
Christopher’s research aims to standardize microCT image quality and to establish imaging dose in preclinical image-guided radiation therapy. He has also characterized a novel dosimeter for real-time small field measurements during his PhD at the University of Victoria.  
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Samantha Van Nest
Samantha's interest in physics and cancer research was fueled by a series of encyclopedias purchased by her dad one Saturday afternoon at a used book sale. A decade or so later, this led her to study Medical physics in an effort to blend these two interests together.  
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