Health and Radiation Physics

Faculty of Science, Medical Physics and Radiation Sciences

Health Physics is interdisciplinary, bridging the fields of medicine, biology, engineering and physical science. It provides scientific method and knowledge of Radiation Protection to the Health Care and Nuclear industries and regulatory bodies.

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Degree Details

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

The program consists of a course and project based MSc . Research is conducted with faculty using McMaster radiation facilities or at industrial partners facilities. Some students are presently working in the Health Physics field in industry and pursue the program part-time.

Areas of Research

Brachytherapy radioisotopes, β interface dosimetry, imaging dose distributions, neutron micro-dosimetry; Nuclear and atomic techniques used for analysis of both trace toxic elements and major components of human body composition; Development of novel radiopharmaceuticals and medical use of radioisotopes in diagnosis and therapy; Novel methods of imaging bone architecture and joint structure non-invasively; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; DNA damage and DNA repair processes in carcinogenesis; Adaptive response, genomic instability and bystander effect in radiation risk assessment of human and non-human biota; Laser and light propagation in tissue for photodynamic therapy and tissue characterization; Skeletal muscle function and the mechanisms of repair/regeneration; Radiation ccident dosimetry; Advanced methods of optimization for intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT) and gel dosimetry

1 year
Required Credential:
Honours Bachelor's degree
Program Type:
Course based
Program Options:
Full-Time, Part-Time
Typical Entry:
Typical Deadline:
February 28th