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Physics PhD

Admission Requirements

  • MSc degree in Physics with high standing from a recognized university.
  • Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the English language proficiency page for further information on requirements and exemptions.

Additional Admission Requirements

Meritorious students enrolled in the MSc program in Physics at this university who have completed all requirements except for the thesis may apply for permission to proceed directly to doctoral studies without submitting a master's thesis.

Degree Requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a minimum of 90 credits.

Please see the Physics Courses page for course descriptions.

Physics PhD (90 credits)

9credits chosen from Physics PhD Electives


PHYS 861 Doctoral Seminar on Selected Topics I (3.00)
PHYS 862 Doctoral Seminar on Selected Topics II (3.00)



PHYS 870 Comprehensive Examination and Research Proposal (6.00)



PHYS 890 Doctoral Research and Thesis (69.00)

Physics PhD Electives

PHYS 601 Advanced Quantum Mechanics I (3.00)
PHYS 602 Advanced Quantum Mechanics II (3.00)
PHYS 603 High Energy Physics (3.00)
PHYS 609 Selected Topics in Quantum or High Energy Physics (3.00)
PHYS 636 Condensed Matter Physics I (3.00)
PHYS 637 Condensed Matter Physics II (3.00)
PHYS 639 Selected Topics in Condensed Matter Physics (3.00)
PHYS 642 Statistical Physics (3.00)
PHYS 644 Advanced Classical Mechanics and Relativity (3.00)
PHYS 646 Electrodynamics (3.00)
PHYS 648 Non Linear Waves (3.00)
PHYS 649 Selected Topics in Theoretical Physics (3.00)
PHYS 660 Chemical Aspects of Biophysics (3.00)
PHYS 663 Quantitative Human Systems Physiology (3.00)
PHYS 665 Principles of Medical Imaging (3.00)
PHYS 679 Selected Topics in Applied Physics (3.00)

Students may, with permission of their supervisor, substitute up to two courses from the following list:

CHEM 620 Selected Topics in Organic Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 630 Selected Topics in Physical Chemistry (3.00)
CHEM 677 Enzyme Kinetics and Mechanism (3.00)
CHEM 678 Protein Engineering and Design (3.00)
CHEM 690 Selected Topics in Instrumentation (3.00)
CHEM 692 Experimental Protein Chemistry (3.00)
MAST 689 Variational Methods (3.00)
MAST 694 Group Theory (3.00)
MAST 840 Lie Groups (3.00)
MAST 841 Partial Differential Equations (P.D.E.’s) (3.00)
MAST 851 Differential Geometric Methods in Physics (3.00)
MAST 854 Quantization Methods (3.00)
MAST 855 Spectral Geometry (3.00)
MAST 856 Selected Topics in Mathematical Physics (3.00)
MAST 857 Selected Topics in Differential Geometry (3.00)

Academic Regulations

  1. Academic Standing. Please refer to the Academic Standing section of the Calendar for a detailed review of the Academic Regulations. Program Specific Requirements. Students must obtain an assessment grade point average (AGPA) of 3.00 based on a minimum of 6 credits.
  2. Residence.The minimum period of residence is two years (6 terms) of full-time graduate study beyond the master’s degree, or the equivalent in part-time study, or three years (9 terms) of full-time graduate study beyond the bachelor’s degree for those students who are permitted to enrol for doctoral studies without completing a master’s degree.
  3. Time Limit. Please refer to the Academic Regulations for further details regarding the Time Limits.
  4. Graduation Requirement. In order to graduate, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.00.

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