Radiation physics machine

Radiation Oncology Physics


Course-based program

Program overview

This eight-month post-doctoral program is designed to provide the didactic background and clinical training necessary for PhD physicists to be eligible for admission to a residency in clinical radiation oncology physics. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, or CAMPEP. Admission to the program does not imply admission to the residency program.

Students will acquire a broad background in medical physics, including, radiation physics, radiobiology, radiation safety, medical imaging and the modern practice of radiation oncology, through intensive coursework and hands-on experience. Our courses are taught by qualified, practising clinical physicists.

Completing this program

  • Courses: Topics include radiological physics, radiation oncology physics, anatomy and statistics, radiobiology and more.

  • Rounds: Students will participate in clinical observation of radiotherapy for cancer.


Medical physicist, radiation oncology physicist, clinical physicist, university instructor, industry physicist.

A course-based certificate in radiation oncology physics is usually considered a final degree.

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Eight months


Students will be supervised by the Postdoctoral certificate co-ordinator or delegate co-ordinator for the duration of their program

Fees and funding

See the Graduate Calendar for information on fees and fee regulations, and for information on awards and financial assistance.

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Admission Requirements


A minimum of 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 point system, over the past two years of full-time study (a minimum of 10 full-course equivalents or 60 units) of the undergraduate degree.

Minimum education

A PhD in Physics or equivalent.

Work samples




Reference letters


Test scores

Foreign applicants may need to provide a satisfactory score on the Advanced Physics Graduate Record Examination.

English language proficiency (ELP)

An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:

*Please contact your program of interest if you have any questions about ELP requirements.


For admission on September 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Jan. 15 application deadline
  • International students: Jan. 15 application deadline

If you're not a Canadian or permanent resident, or if you have international credentials, make sure to learn about international requirements

Learn more about this program

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Science B 605
834 Campus Place NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4
403. 220.3618

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Faculty of Science

Biological Sciences, Room 540
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4

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Highlights of the Radiation Oncology Physics program

Student in radiation lab

Gain experience in a clinical environment

Students work as project assistants at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, finding real-world solutions to clinical problems in radiotherapy

Health Science Centre

Permanent Breast Seed Implant (PBSI)

Students will work in one of the only centres in the world performing this innovative treatment technique for breast cancer

Radiation oncology researchers

Using state of the art technology

Students are fully trained to operate major radiation oncology equipment and become involved in procedure development and maintenance