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Master of Science

Admission Requirements

A bachelor's degree in physics or a related subject, including advanced undergraduate coursework in quantum mechanics, electromagnetism and statistical mechanics is required. Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit English proficiency examination results that meet the University minimum requirements for graduate admission, as per Graduate General Regulation 1.3.12.

Program Requirements

Course Requirements

The minimum requirement is the completion of 15 graduate units including all of

PHYS 801 - Student Seminar (1)

Discussion of recent developments in physics, based on student seminars. Attendance is required for all first and second year students proceeding toward MSc or PhD degrees in physics. Course offered regularly.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Karen kavanagh
Fr 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
WMC 3260, Burnaby
G200 Karen kavanagh
PHYS 802 - Introduction to Graduate Studies: Research and Teaching in Physics (2)

Basic skills for research and teaching in physics. Required for all students beginning an MSc or PhD degree in physics. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

and at least one of

PHYS 810 - Advanced Quantum Mechanics (3)

Advanced non-relativistic and some basic relativistic quantum mechanics: symmetries, Schroedinger/Heisenberg pictures, mixtures, variational and perturbative methods, Dirac equation. Prerequisite: PHYS 415, or equivalent.

PHYS 821 - Advanced Electromagnetism I (3)

Advanced topics in classical electromagnetic theory: review of Maxwell's equations in free space and in macroscopic media, with applications in contemporary research; relativistic unification of electromagnetism; Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods in electromagnetism. Prerequisite: PHYS 421 or equivalent.

PHYS 841 - Statistical Mechanics (3)

Review of ensembles and thermodynamics, ideal gases, imperfect classical gases, classical and modern theories of phase transitions, renormalization group. Course offered regularly. Prerequisite: PHYS 445 or equivalent.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G100 Igor Herbut
Tu, Th 11:30 AM – 1:20 PM
AQ 5030, Burnaby

Additional courses beyond the minimum of 15 graduate units may be required by a student's supervisory committee, subject to graduate program committee approval. Students are strongly advised to consult the Physics Department web site and with potential supervisors before choosing MSc courses. Also, students who intend to pursue a PhD in Physics after completing the MSc are advised to review the PhD course requirements.

Research and Thesis Requirements

Students are expected to develop the skills necessary to perform independent research through participation in supervised original research. A thesis that demonstrates these skills is submitted and defended at the program's conclusion.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.