Physics Program Requirements
All Physics graduate students, M.Sc. and Ph.D. are required to take the Physics Graduate Seminar Course, a Milestone, offered during each Fall and Winter terms of the program. Each student needs to give one talk a year on the progress of his/her research project.
The Physics core graduate courses (half courses) are:
- Classical Electrodynamics [Physics 9302]
- Quantum Mechanics [Physics 9203]
- Statistical Physics [Physics 9404]
Students are encouraged to take as many of these core courses as fitting in their course package discussed and approved by the AC. Foundations of Physics (Physics 9610, half course) is the course on which the Comprehensive Exam Component 1 is based.
The funded length of each program is 2 years, although many students complete it more quickly. Both programs culminate in either a research thesis or a research project.
The Physics M.Sc. Report Based degree requires the completion of 3 graduate courses (half courses) and a Research Report. One of these courses can be Physics 9610, the remaining two courses are to be discussed with and approved by the AC. If Physics 9610 is not chosen than the three core courses should be taken. The Research Report is not defended by the student, but approved and assigned a grade by the AC.
The Physics M.Sc. Thesis Based degree requires the completion of 3 graduate courses (half courses) and a research thesis. One of these courses can be Physics 9610, the remaining two courses are to be discussed with and approved by the AC. If Physics 9610 is not chosen than the three core courses or a combination of core courses should be taken. The Research Thesis is defended by the student.
The funded length of each program is 4 years, and requires completion of a comprehensive examination and a research thesis. PhD candidates are expected to obtain marks of at least 85% in all their courses.
The Physics’ Ph.D. program requires the course work for the Physics’ M.Sc. degree plus 3 additional graduate courses. This course package must include Physics 9610 or alternatively the three physics core courses. The graduate course package is individually designed for each student on the student’s
needs by the AC. The AC may recommend additional courses to be taken if they feel that the student lacks the required background for the student's research area. The Graduate Chair approval is necessary for all graduate course packages.
All Physics’ Ph.D. Students must pass the 2 component Physics Comprehensive Exam.
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