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Undergraduate Program


What Can I do with a Biophysics degree

What Can I do with BiophysicsBiophysics spans all areas of the life sciences from molecular biology to physiology to the study of ecosystems.  Biophysicists  use experimental  and theoretical approaches of the physical sciences to solve biologoical problems.  Western's Department of Biophysics focuses on medical science and allows students to develop and strengthen their ability to apply mathematical and physical principles in the study of biological phenomena.  Students normally enter the program in the 3rd year from biology, physics, mathematics or chemistry.


Skills Acquired: 

Writing Technical Reports

Establishing Hypotheses

Evaluating Ideas

Design and Performing
Utilizing Mathematical Formulas
Gathering Data
Mathematical Modelling
Problem Solving
Developing Research Methods




Potential Work Environments:

Students with degrees in biophysics are employed in a variety of environments, including government research labs, hospitals, universities, colleges, private industry, etc.

Possible Careers:  

Research Scientist
Applications Specialist
Computational Biologist
Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Computational Chemist
R&D Project Scientist
Medical Physicist

Cancer Researcher

Pharmaceutical Research Technologist

Research Programmer

Medical Imaging Specialist





Career Library:

Medical Laboratory Technologists and Pathologist Assistants & Technicians, Career File

Great Jobs for Biology Majors, B. Cameron

Resource Guide to Careers in Toxicology, Society of Toxicology

Biology:  The Student, Subject and Careers Series, F.M. Speed


The Career Centre @ Western:

UWO Department of Medical Biophysics:

Biophysical Society of Canada:

The Biophysical Society:




Important News for 2014 Graduate Applicants

In Your Statement of Intent, 
please indicate in which area(s) of graduate research you are interested & why your academic and research background has attributes relevant to your intention to pursue a graduate degree in Medical Biophysics.

If you are a domestic applicant - START HERE - to submit your application.

If you are applying to the PhD Med Biop Clin MSc CAMPEP Accredited stream of the Medical Biophysics graduate program - START HERE

If you are an international applicant - START HERE - to submit your application.

MUST READ: Graduate Chair's Notes for All MBP Students

The Top 10 Things A MBP Graduate Student Needs To Know (presented by Baraa Al-Khazraji, senior PhD student)

Above presentations best viewed using Google Chrome

Western's Learning Skills Services for Graduate Students offers excellent advice and counselling about balancing the challenges of conducting research, writing your dissertation, and maintaining a personal life. An effective example of their services is tips on time management

View the Slide Show from the 2013 A. C. Burton Lecture

Best viewed using Google Chrome

In Memory of Dr. Alan C. Groom, Professor Emeritius, the Alan C. Groom Memorial Fund Has Been Established. See Presentation  ...
Best viewed using Google Chrome


Founder, Medical Biophysics, UWO, and
Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Inductee


View UWO Libraries video seminars presented by globally recognized scientists covering all biomedical topics


Also of interest:

Department of Medical Biophysics - Learning through Research