Your degree in Biophysics

While studying biophysics, you’re learning how to apply physics concepts and problem solving skills to biological processes. This includes a strong understanding of both the life sciences and the laws of physics to solve problems within living organisms.  

These skills may include:

  • Observation and interpretation of the physical basis of underlying biological phenomena
  • Application of theoretical mathematical and physics concepts to real world problems, particularly with respect to human systems and biological problems
  • Usage of computer programming to create complex models or solutions
  • Application of logic, imagination, judgement and abstract thinking to solve problems across and between disciplines
  • Connecting, integrating, and analysing information
  • Quantifying and running complex calculations and statistical analyses
  • Communication of complicated ideas through advanced technical writing
  • Usage of a wide range of advanced electronic and non-electronic instruments, machines and lab equipment across physics, chemistry, biology, and medicine

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including medical research, clinical services, disease understanding and treatment, journalism, government services, project management, health data analysis, equipment monitoring and control, finance, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.


Biomedical engineer

Biomedical technician


Database analyst

Financial analyst

Health physicist


Laboratory technician

Medical radiation technologist

Natural science manager


Radioisotope technician

Scientific writer


Water resources engineer

Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Biophysics Student Society
Meet other UBC Biophysics students through events and programs.

UBC Physics Society
Attend student events, seek mentorship, and meet other UBC Physics students.

UBC Science Co-op
Gain work experience in biophysics between study terms.

Departmental research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

UBC Physics Olympics
Volunteer to support local high school teams competing in a series of physics events.

Metro Vancouver Physics Circle
Provide guidance to advanced high school students in physics through biweekly sessions.

Saturday Morning Lectures
Attend lectures at TRIUMF to learn about the frontiers of modern physics.

Faraday Show
Volunteer at UBC’s annual science show for kids in term 1, through demonstrations and hands-on activities.

CAP University Prize Exam
Compete against other undergraduates in this national Physics competition and win prizes in term 2.

UBC Physics outreach initiatives
Interact with elementary and high school students through workshops and sessions.

UBC Department of Physics events
Check out the range of departmental events, including seminars, colloquia, and lectures.

UBC Physics resources for students
Attend workshops and browse resources in the Physics department.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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