Physics

Physics: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Arts and Science

Degree Programs

Physics

​​​​​​MSc​
​PhD

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to studen​ts in participating degree programs as listed below:

  1. Biomedical Engineering
    • Physics, MSc, PhD
  2. Earth Sciences and Physics
    • Physics, MSc, PhD​​
  3. Environmental Studies
    • Physics, MSc, PhD
  4. Optics
    • Physics, MSc

Overview

The Department of Physics carries out research in experimental and theoretical physics in the following fields: earth, atmospheric, and planetary physics; quantum optics; condensed matter physics; subatomic physics and astrophysics; and biological physics. The department is involved in many collaborative efforts and has close ties to many institutes worldwide. Eight of them have a particular impact on students. Not only are they concerned with interdisciplinary work, but they are based, in whole or in part, at the University of Toronto and provide novel research opportunities for students at their “home base.” They include: CGCS (Centre for Global Change Science), CIFAR (Canadian Institute for Advanced Research), IPP (Institute for Particle Physics), CITA (Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics), CQIQC (Center for Quantum Information and Quantum Control), the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, IBBME (Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering), and PRO (Photonics Research Ontario).

Contact and Address

Web: www.physics.utoronto.ca
Email: grad@physics.utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-2945
Fax: (416) 978-1547

Department of Physics
University of Toronto
Room 315, McLennan Physical Labs
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A7
Canada

Physics: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Abbatt, Jonathan - BSc, PhD
Bailey, David - BSc, PhD
Barzda, Virginijus - BS, DSc
Bond, J Richard - BSc, MS, PhD, FRSC, FRS
Dhirani, Al-Amin - MSc, PhD
Donaldson, D. James - PhD
Dyer, Charles - BS, MSc, PhD
Ghent, Rebecca - BA, MSc, PhD
Goyal, Sidhartha - MS, PhD
Gradinaru, Claudiu - PhD
Grisouard, Nicolas - BSc, MS, PhD
Holdom, Bob - BSc, MA, PhD
James, Daniel - BA, PhD
John, Sajeev - PhD
Jones, Dylan - AB, SM, PhD
Julian, Stephen - BSc, MS, PhD (Chair and Graduate Chair)
Kee, Hae-Young - PhD
Kim, Yong Baek - PhD
Kim, Young-June - BS, PhD
Krieger, Peter - PhD
Kushner, Paul - BSc, MSc, PhD
Liu, Qinya - PhD
Lo, Hoi-Kwong - BA, MA, MS, PhD
Lowman, Julian - BSc, MS, DPhil
Luke, Michael - BSc, PhD
Marjoribanks, Robin - BSc, MS, MSc, PhD
McMillen, David - BSc, MS, PhD
Milkereit, Bernd - DrRerNat
Miller, R J Dwayne - BSc, PhD
Milstein, Josh - BS, PhD
Moore, GW Kent - BSc, PhD
Morris, Stephen - BSc, MSc, PhD
Murray, Norman - BSc, PhD, CRC
Netterfield, C. Barth - BSc, PhD
Orr, Robert - BSc, PhD, ARCS
Paramekanti, Arun - BE, PhD
Peet, Amanda - PhD
Peltier, W Richard - BSc, MSc, PhD
Pen, Ue-Li - BSc, PhD
Pfeiffer, Harald - MSc, PhD, CRC
Poppitz, Erich - PhD
Pysklywec, Russell - BSc, MSc, PhD
Rein, Hanno - MS, DPhil
Repka, Joseph - BSc, PhD
Ryu, William - AB, PhD
Savard, Pierre - PhD
Sinervo, Pekka - BSc, PhD
Sipe, John - BSc, MSc, PhD
Stanley, Sabine - BSc, PhD
Steinberg, Aephraim - BS, MA, PhD
Strong, Kimberly - PhD
Tanaka, Hirohisa A. - AB, PhD
Teuscher, Richard - BSc, MSc, PhD
Thompson, Christopher - BSc, PhD
Thywissen, Joseph - AM, PhD
Trischuk, William - PhD (Associate Chair, Graduate Studies)
Valencia, Diana - BS, MS, ScD
Vanderlinde, Keith - PhD
Vutha, Amar C. - MSc, PhD
Walker, Kaley - BSc, PhD
Wei, John - PhD
Wells, Mathew - BS, DPhil
Wunch, Debra - BSc, MSc, PhD
Yang, Luyi - BS, MA, PhD

Members Emeriti

Bailey, Richard - BSc, PhD
Birgeneau, Robert - BSc, PhD
Code, Richard - BSc, AM, PhD
Desai, Rashmikant - BSc, PhD
Drake, Thomas - BSc, MSc, PhD
Drummond, James - BA, MA, DPhil
Dunlop, David - MA, PhD
Edwards, Richard - BSc, PhD, ARCS
Joy, Michael - BSc, MASc, PhD
Key, Anthony - MA, DPhil
Litherland, Albert - BSc, PhD, FRS
Logan, Robert - BSc, PhD
Martin, John - PhD
May, Albert - BA, MA, PhD
Norwich, Kenneth - MSc, PhD
Perz, John - BASc, MASc, PhD
Rowe, David - BA, MA, DPhil
Van Driel, Henry - BSc, MSc, PhD
Walker, Michael - BEng, DPhil
West, Gordon - BASc, MA, PhD
Wong, Samuel - BA, MS, PhD

Associate Members

Deyirmenjian, Vatche Berj - PhD
Lee, Christopher - BA, PhD
Polavarapu, Saroja - PhD
Savaria, Pierre - MSc, PhD
Smith, Kendrick - PhD

Physics: Physics MSc

Master of Science

Program Description

The MSc program is directed primarily to qualified students seeking a career in scientific research, with an emphasis on doctoral-stream studies. The MSc can be taken both with or without a thesis, the latter being the norm.

 

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Physics' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree with a final-year average equivalent to at least a University of Toronto mid-B.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

Program Requirements

  • Students normally complete program requirements in one of three ways:

    • ​​​Option 1: Coursework plus MSc Research Report:

      • graduate lecture courses (3.0 full-course equivalents [FCEs]); 

      • a Research Report, which consists of a 6000-series research course appropriate to the field of physics (1.0 FCE) and PHY 3400Y (1.0 FCE).

    • Option 2: Coursework plus MSc Research Project:

      • graduate lecture courses (2.0 FCEs);

      • a 6000-series research course appropriate to the field of physics (1.0 FCE);

      • a Research Project, which consists of a 7000-series seminar course appropriate to the field of physics (1.0 FCE) and PHY 3400Y (1.0 FCE).

    • Option 3: Coursework plus MSc Research Thesis:

      • graduate lecture courses (2.0 FCEs);

      • thesis; 

      • selection of the program is made by the student and faculty advisor in consultation with the Associate Chair.

  • MSc students are expected to attend the weekly general colloquium conducted by the department.

  • The residence requirement is one year, whereby students must be on campus full-time and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program.

Program Length

3 sessions full-time (typical registration sequence: F/W/S)

Time Limit

3 years full-time

Physics: Physics PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Program Description

The Department of Physics offers excellent quality and breadth of research fields. Its internationally leading research teams, in both theory and experiment, operate across a broad spectrum of topics as well as collaborative specializations in interdisciplinary subjects. Graduates work in government, industry, and education around the world. 

Applicants may enter the PhD program via one of two routes: 1) following completion of an appropriate master’s degree; 2) direct entry after completing a bachelor’s degree.

 

PhD Program

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Physics' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate University of Toronto master's degree with an average of at least B+ or demonstrated comparable research competence.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

Program Requirements

  • The core of the PhD program is an original investigation, the results of which are embodied in a thesis. Lecture courses constitute a subsidiary but important part of the program. Consult the department for details.

  • Complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs): graduate lecture courses and a thesis. Course credit will normally be given towards the PhD for all graduate lecture courses taken during a master's program in this department. Students who have completed an appropriate MSc elsewhere and are entering the PhD program will generally be given a course credit of up to 2.0 FCEs in graduate lecture courses towards their PhD course requirement.

  • Complete a qualifying oral examination. Students must complete the qualifying examination within eight months. Students who fail at the first attempt have the opportunity to take the examination again within a time period specified by the examination committee.

  • Students are expected to attend the weekly general colloquium conducted by the department.

Program Length

4 years

Time Limit

6 years

 

PhD Program (Direct-Entry)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Physics' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • Outstanding applicants may be considered directly from undergraduate programs. Normally, these applicants will have an undergraduate average of A or higher.

  • Applicants whose primary language is not English and who graduated from a university where the language of instruction and examination was not English must demonstrate proficiency in English. See General Regulations section 4.3 for requirements.

Program Requirements

  • The core of the PhD program is an original investigation, the results of which are embodied in a thesis. Lecture courses constitute a subsidiary but important part of the program. Consult the department for details.

  • Complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs): graduate lecture courses and a thesis.

  • Students must complete a qualifying oral examination within 20 months. Students who fail at the first attempt have the opportunity to take the examination again within a time period specified by the examination committee.

  • Students are expected to attend the weekly general colloquium conducted by the department.

Program Length

5 years

Time Limit

7 years

Physics: Physics MSc, PhD Courses

All courses are not given every year. Please check the departmental brochure or website for course availability.

Introductory Courses

​PHY 1460H
No​nlinear Physics​
​PHY 1483H
​Relativity Theory I
​PHY 1484H
​Relativity Theory II
​PHY 1485H
​Laser Physics
​PHY 1487H
​Quantum Theory of Solids I
​PHY 1489H
​Introduction to High Energy Physics
​PHY 1491H
Current Interpretations of Quantum Mechanics​
​PHY 1492H
​Physics of the Earth
​PHY 1493H
​Seismology
​PHY 1494H
​Geophysical Imaging: EM and Potential Fields
​PHY 1495H
​Geophysical Research Methods
​PHY 1498H
​Introduction to Atmospheric Physics

General Courses

PHY 1500H
Statistical Mechanics
​PHY 1510H​
​Electromagnetism
PHY 1520H
​Quantum Mechanics
​PHY 1530H​
​Fluid Mechanics
​PHY 1540H
​Mathematical Methods in Physics
PHY 1600H
​Effective Communication for Physicists
​PHY 1610H
​Scientific Computing for Physicists

Specialized Courses

​​PHY 2108H​
​Special Topics in Physics I
​PHY 2109H
​Special Topics in Physics II
​PHY 2202H
​Atomic and Molecular Physics
​PHY 2203H
Quantum Optics I​
​PHY 2204H
Quantum Optics II​
​PHY 2205H
Special Topics in Quantum Optics I​
​PHY 2206H
​Special Topics in Quantum Optics II
​PHY 2208H
​Nonlinear Optics
​PHY 2211H
Quantum Information Theory​
​PHY 2212H
​Entanglement Physics
​PHY 2303H
​Quantum Theory of Solids II
​PHY 2313H
​Special Topics in Condensed Matter Physics I
​PHY 2314H
​Special Topics in Condensed Matter Physics II
​PHY 2315H
​Advanced Statistical Mechanics
​PHY 2321H
​Many Body Physics I
​PHY 2322H
Many Body Physics II​
​PHY 2401H
​Cosmology and Black Holes
​PHY 2403H
​Quantum Field Theory I
​PHY 2404H
​Quantum Field Theory II
​PHY 2405H
​Experimental High Energy Physics
​PHY 2406H
Special Topics in Particle Physics I​
​PHY 2407H
Special Topics in Particle Physics II​
​PHY 2408H
​Phenomenology of the Standard Model
​PHY 2502H
​Climate System Dynamics
​PHY 2504H
​Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics
​PHY 2505H
​Atmospheric Radiative Transfer and Remote Sounding
​PHY 2506H
​Data Assimilation and Retrieval Theory
​PHY 2509H
​Special Topics in Atmospheric Physics I
​PHY 2510H
​Special Topics in Atmospheric Physics II
​​PHY 2603H
​Inverse Theory
​PHY 2604​H
​Planetary Dynamo Theory
​PHY 2605H
​Exploration Seismology
​PHY 2609H
​Planetary Physics
​PHY 2701H
​Biological Physics
​PHY 2702H
​Molecular Biophysics
​PHY 2703H
​Cellular Biological Physics
​PHY 2704H
​Cellular Dynamics
​PHY 2705H
​Special Topics in Biological Physics I
​PHY 2706H
​Special Topics in Biological Physics II
​JGP 4170H
​Geotectonics

Report Course for MSc Students

​PHY 3400Y+​
Selected Topics in Physics​

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

Seminar Courses

​PHY 7001Y+
Atmospheric Physics Seminar​
​PHY 7002Y+
Biophysics Seminar​
​PHY 7003Y+
Condensed Matter Physics Seminar​
​PHY 7004Y+
Geophysics Seminar​
​PHY 7005Y+
​Quantum Optics Seminar
​PHY 7007Y+
Subatomic Physics and Astrophysics Seminar​

+ Extended course. For academic reasons, coursework is extended into session following academic session in which course is offered.

Research Courses

​PHY 6011​Y
​Research ​in Atmospheric Physics
​PHY 6021Y
​Research in Biophysics
​PHY 6031Y
Research in Condensed Matter Physics​
​PHY 6041Y
Research in Geophysics​
​PHY 6051Y
​Research in Quantum Optics
​PHY 6071Y
​Research in Subatomic Physics and Astrophysics