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Radiation Sciences Graduate Program (RadGrad)

Programs

We offer internationally recognized, high quality programs that allows our graduates to enter the professions in Medical Physics, Health Physics, and Radiation Biology. Our alumni staff cancer clinics across Canada, work in nuclear power stations, perform analysis and policy advice for the Canadian government, conduct research in laboratories around the world; and hold positions at universities across North America. 

We offer a course-based degree in Health and Radiation Physics, and two research degree programs in radiation sciences: Radiation Sciences – Medical Physics and Radiation Sciences – Radiation Biology

A list of descriptions of the graduate courses offered through our program can be found here.

Courses marked with a * are 3 unit graduate courses, equivalent to 3 hours of teaching over a 13 week semester. Some courses are offered in compressed formats over a six week period. Contact the Program for more information. 

Research In Action 1

 

M.Sc. in Health and Radiation Physics

The M.Sc. in Health and Radiation Physics is relatively course intensive and is designed to provide the education, training and professional development required for a career in Health Physics. Normal admission requirements are a B.Sc. honours degree, with at least B+ standing (or equivalent) in Physics, Biophysics, Engineering Physics, Chemistry, or some course of study approved by the Program. 

A candidate for the M.Sc. degree in Health and Radiation Physics must: 

  1. Satisfactorily complete the courses:
    • Medical Physics *772
    • Medical Physics *773
    • Medical Physics *775
    • Medical Physics *776
    • Students must complete satisfactorily one additional 700-level course from the following list: Medical Physics *770, Medical Physics *771, or Medical Physics *778. Students who have not satisfactorily completed Medical Physics *6R03 must also complete this course satisfactorily.
  2. Pass a final comprehensive examination
  3. Complete and defend a research report based upon a project approved by the Program.

A student with a strong background in Health and Radiation Physics may be permitted to replace one or more of the core courses with relevant courses approved by the Program. A student may not take more than one 600-level full graduate course to satisfy the minimum course requirements.

Research In Action 2

M.Sc. in Radiation Sciences

The M.Sc. in Radiation Sciences is a research degree with two possible options: a more physics focused degree (Medical Physics) or a more life sciences oriented degree (Radiation Biology).

Medical Physics

The M.Sc. in Radiation Sciences (Medical Physics) requires that a candidate complete satisfactorily the courses Medical Physics *775, Medical Physics *773 and one other half course. Students who have not completed satisfactorily Medical Physics *6R03 must also complete this course satisfactorily. Candidates for this M.Sc. are also required to present and defend a thesis, which shall embody the results of original research.

Radiation Biology

The M.Sc. in Radiation Sciences (Radiation Biology) requires that a candidate complete satisfactorily the course Medical Physics *773, and one other half course at the 700 level which can be either Medical Physics *779 or Medical Physics *780. Students who have not completed satisfactorily Medical Physics *6B03 must also complete this course satisfactorily. Candidates for this M.Sc. are also required to present and defend a thesis, which shall embody the results of original research.

Research In Action 3

Ph.D. in Radiation Sciences

The Ph.D. program in Radiation Sciences is a research degree with two options: a more physics focused degree (Medical Physics) or a more life sciences oriented degree (Radiation Biology).

Medical Physics or Radiation Biology

The minimum course requirement for the Ph.D. degree in Radiation Sciences in both fields of Medical Physics and Radiation Biology is the completion of at least one full course at the 700-level beyond the courses required for the M.Sc. degree. Candidates in the Medical Physics field who have not already completed Medical Physics *773, Medical Physics *6R03 and Medical Physics *775 shall take these courses plus at least one other half course at the 700-level. Candidates in the Radiation Biology field who have not already completed Medical Physics *6B03 and Medical Physics *773 shall take these courses plus two half courses at the 700 level. Every candidate for the Ph.D. must pass a Comprehensive Examination concerned with Radiation Sciences, but outside their own immediate area of research. A thesis must be presented embodying the results of original research, and this thesis will be defended in a final oral examination.

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McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

McMaster University
General Sciences Building, Room 109
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
+1 (905) 525-9140 ext.27650
Email Inquiries:
radgrad@mcmaster.ca

McMaster University - Faculty of Science

Mailing Address

McMaster University
General Sciences Building, Room 109
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
L8S 4K1

Contact Information

Office Hours:
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Telephone Inquiries:
(905) 525-9140 ext. 27650
Email Inquiries:
radgrad@mcmaster.ca