Physics and Astronomy

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Degree Options

Degrees Offered Expected Duration
 M.Sc. 2 years
Ph.D. 4 years

General Information

The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers opportunities for graduate study in several experimental and theoretical fields of contemporary interest. A Master’s degree in physics normally consists of both coursework and a thesis. The Comprehensive M.Sc. program in medical physics is a two-year (18-month coursework, 6-month research project) program that requires 36 credits. A clinical research project in an approved laboratory and the submission of a research report is also required. On completion of the coursework and research project, the student will be required to pass a comprehensive oral examination.

For Ph.D. students, the main program of studies is selected from one of the major fields of research, and is supplemented by an ancillary program that takes into account the student’s interests and breadth of experience.

Why Study at U of M?

The academic faculty pursue original research in:

  • astronomy and astrophysics
  • atomic and molecular physics
  • condensed matter and materials physics
  • mass spectrometry
  • mathematical physics
  • medical physics
  • subatomic physics

An integral part of the research programs is the variety of major research facilities within the Department, as well as research facilities at various national and international laboratories.

The University of Manitoba is a major institution in the Western Canada Research Computing Grid (WestGrid) and is the location of a large high performance-computing cluster accessible to all researchers across Canada through Compute/Calcul Canada.

Admission Requirements

To enter the Master’s program directly, a student must have an Honours B.Sc. degree in Physics and Astronomy, Mathematics and Physics, or Engineering Physics from the University of Manitoba or the equivalent.

Entry to the Ph.D. program requires an M.Sc. degree.

See the Department website for full admission requirements. All applicants must also meet the minimum admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Possible Start Dates
September, January, May

Application Deadlines
Students should complete and submit their online application with supporting documentation (if applicable) by the date indicated.

Term Start Date Canadian/US International
Fall September  May 15  February 15
Winter January  September 15  June 15
Summer May  January 15  October 15


For information see the Department website.

Physics and Astronomy

Department of Physics and Astronomy
301 Allen Building
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
p: 204.474.9817
f:  204.474.7622

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