Your degree in Biophysics

Skills you’ll develop

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, judgment 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, technical writing, government services, project management, health data analysis, equipment monitoring and control, finance, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academic backgrounds, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. 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.

  • Bioinformatician
  • Biomedical engineer
  • Biomedical technician
  • Biophysicist
  • Database analyst
  • Financial analyst
  • Health physicist
  • Journalist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Medical radiation technologist
  • Natural science manager
  • Optometrist
  • Radioisotope technician
  • Scientific writer
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Water resources engineer

Make the most of your specialization

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

Build your network

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 finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Biophysics graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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