The MSc program in the Department of Physics provides opportunities for students to undertake advanced research in Physics. Students will be exposed to fundamental and applied research in both theoretical and experimental physics. Interdisciplinary research is also possible. Through a combination of coursework and a research-based thesis, students will gain skills necessary to pursue PhD research or careers in Physics or related disciplines.
Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulations 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. A bachelor's degree in physics or a related subject, including advanced undergraduate coursework in quantum mechanics, electromagnetism, and statistical mechanics is required.
This program consists of required courses, elective courses, and a thesis for a minimum of 33 units. Additional courses may be required by a student's supervisory committee, subject to graduate program committee approval. Students are strongly advised to consult the Physics Department website and with potential supervisors before choosing MSc courses.
Students must complete all of
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.
Fr 1:30 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCC 9000, Burnaby
Fr 1:00 PM – 4:20 PM
SSCC 9000, Burnaby
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 12 other graduate units in coursework with at least one of the following core courses
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.
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.
Advanced topics in electromagnetic waves: propagation and polarization in free space and in macroscopic media, including dispersive and anisotropic media; conducting and dielectric waveguides and resonators; radiation, scattering, and diffraction. Prerequisite: PHYS 421 or equivalent.
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.
Mo, We, Fr 9:30 AM – 10:20 AM
AQ 5039, Burnaby
and a thesis
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.
Students are expected to complete the program requirements in six terms (two years).
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.