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About the department

Whether you are beginning your career as an undergraduate or you are undertaking studies at the graduate or postdoctoral level, Concordia’s Department of Physics is a great place to deepen your understanding of the world. The teaching and research in the department focus on experimental, theoretical, and computational physics skills needed in many areas of science, industry, and society.

Our department strives to provide an inclusive environment that values a diverse community,and the perspectives and interests of that community. Anybody who dedicates their time to studying the fundamentals of the natural sciences needs to feel welcome and supported in order to build a truly creative 21st century Department of Physics. You can read our statement on diversity and inclusion here.

Our major program (BSc Physics) is flexible enough to allow students to pursue of a variety of other interests, while providing a strong physics skill set to augment their competitive edge on the job market. For a more extensive physics education and exposure to physics research, we offer two BSc specialization programs in Physics (Option A)and Biophysics (Option B). Students with strong academic performance also qualify for the Co-op and Honours programs.

The Masters (thesis) and PhD programs prepare you to lead research, teaching, and industry careers. Follow these links to view the research profiles of our Faculty membersour course offerings, and some industry opportunities.

Have you ever wondered how the physical world works on the most fundamental level? How matter, energy and fields interact? If so a physics degree at Concordia will give you the tools to answer these questions while you build a strong capacity for abstract thinking and problem solving. These skills will serve you well whether you continue to work in research or industry.

A convivial environment with hands-on study

The Physics Department at Concordia provides one of the most convivial environments for study and research within a traditional university campus, the Loyola campus, with an emphasis on good student-faculty interaction. Undergraduate students are encouraged to actively participate in labs and research groups, giving students the opportunity to learn fundamental skills that will be valuable for various work settings. The highly attractive Co-op program, unique among English language universities in Quebec, also offers undergraduates the opportunity to acquire hands-on experience with potential employers during the course of their studies.

Numerous career options for undergraduates and graduates

A Major in physics gives you the skills to work in photonics, materials science, management, medicine, biophysics, programming, cyber security, data science and many more while a specialization or honors degree will also give you the opportunity to continue in graduate studies. To learn about the program please visit the Undergraduate page or contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Advisor.

Graduate studies will further your knowledge in a chosen field. The Physics Department specializes in the research of nano technology, nanomaterials, photonics, biophysics, medical imaging, medical physics, high energy physics, electron paramagnetic spectroscopy, molecular modeling and physics education. The Physics Department has seen rapid growth in recent years with many faculty members looking for smart and motivated researchers. Please visit the research page to learn more about the research groups.

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