Radiation Oncology Physics

Diploma

Course-based program

Program overview

This is a two-year clinical residency in radiation oncology physics accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Program, or CAMPEP. The post-doctoral diploma is designed for physicists, educated to the PhD level in medical physics, who are intending to pursue a career as a clinical medical physicist. The diploma has three basic components: a practical requirement, a course requirement, and clinical responsibilities.

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.

Completing this program

  • Medical Physics Courses: Clinical competency I and II, Clinical Projects I and II, Radiation Oncology Physics Tutorials and Treatment Planning.

Outcomes

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

With a course based diploma in radiation oncology physics, students will be prepared to begin a residency in medical physics.

Course-based program

Six courses with a minimum grade of "B"; practicum completion

Learn more about program requirements in the Academic Calendar

Classroom delivery

Time commitment

Two years full time

Supervisor

Students are supervised by the Director of Medical Physics or designate, Tom Baker Cancer Centre

Fees and funding

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

Admission Requirements


GPA

A minimum of 3.0 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 and AHS appointment

A University of Calgary Honours background in Physics, Engineering Physics, Astronomy/Astrophysics, or equivalent.

Applicants must also possess a PhD from a CAMPEP accredited graduate program or equivalent and an appointment as an Associate Medical Physicist by the Alberta Health Services.

Work samples

None

Documents

None

Reference letters

Two

Test scores

For some applicants, a satisfactory score on the Advanced Physics Graduate Record Examination.


English language proficiency

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

  • TOEFL score of 86 with no section less than 20 (Internet-based). Our institution code is 0813
  • IELTS score of 6.5 with no section less than 6.0 (Academic version)
  • MELAB score of 80, or higher
  • PTE score of 59, or higher (Academic version)
  • Tier 3 of the International Foundations Program with minimum grades of B,C,C (Writing & Grammar, Reading Comprehension, Listening Comprehension & Oral Fluency)

Deadlines

For admission on September 1:

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

For admission on January 1:

  • Canadians and permanent residents: Jul. 1 application deadline
  • International students: Jul. 1 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

Contact the Graduate Program Administrator

Visit the departmental website

Faculty of Science

Biological Sciences, Room 540
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, ABT2N 1N4
403.220.8600

Visit the Faculty of Science website



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