Prospective Students

Biomedical Physics - an Emerging Interdisciplinary Field

Modern medical disciplines rely upon an ever-expanding arsenal of technology. This is particularly true of radiology and radiation oncology, which have provided clinical advances including x-ray computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, radiation therapy, radiopharmaceutical therapy, and molecular imaging and diagnostics. The process of development and application of these technologies is a continuum that incorporates modern physics, imaging, signal processing, biostatistics and bioinformatics, and chemistry and molecular biology, all with an emphasis on meeting the needs of clinical medicine. Correspondingly, scientists in the fields of radiology and radiation oncology require a unique skill set to effectively innovate and implement novel technologies for the improvement of human health. This new Stanford PhD program seeks to train future generations of leaders in medical physics, imaging science, molecular imaging and diagnostics, allowing them to translate these new tools to address critical challenges in clinical medicine.


Students are expected to enter with a series of core competencies in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics or engineering, and computing. Students entering the program are assessed by the examination of their undergraduate transcripts and research experiences. Specifically, the department requires that students have completed mathematics through multivariable calculus and linear algebra, and must hold, or expect to hold before enrollment at Stanford, a bachelor’s degree in engineering or physical science from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association. Applicants from institutions outside the U.S. must hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. See minimum level of study required of international applicants.

Qualified applicants are encouraged to apply for predoctoral national competitive fellowships, especially those from the National Science Foundation. Applicants to the Ph.D. program should consult with their financial aid officers for information and applications.

The deadline for receiving applications is December 1, 2021. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required for admission to the Ph.D. program in Biomedical Physics.

Further information and application instructions for all graduate degree programs may be obtained from Graduate Admissions.