Physics

Physics: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Arts and Science

Degree Programs

Physics

MSc and PhD

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

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
Curtin, David - BSc, MSc, PhD
Dalal, Neal - BSc, PhD
Dhirani, Al-Amin - MSc, PhD
Diamond, Miriam - BSc, 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
Hilfinger, Andreas - MA, MSc, PhD
Holdom, Bob - BSc, MA, PhD
Ilic, Nikolina - BSc, PhD
James, Daniel - BA, PhD
John, Sajeev - PhD
Jones, Dylan - AB, SM, PhD
Julian, Stephen - BSc, MS, PhD
Kee, Hae-Young - PhD
Kim, Yong Baek - PhD
Kim, Young-June - BS, PhD (Associate Chair, Graduate Studies)
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
Menou, Kristen - BSc, MS, ScD
Milkereit, Bernd - DrRerNat
Miller, R.J. Dwayne - BSc, PhD
Milstein, Josh - BS, PhD
Moore, G.W.K. - 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, A.W. - 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
Rauscher, Sarah - BSc, PhD
Rein, Hanno - MS, DPhil
Repka, Joe - BSc, PhD
Ryu, William - AB, PhD
Savard, Pierre - PhD
Scaffidi, Thomas - BS, BE, PhD
Segal, Dvira - BSc, DSc
Sinervo, Pekka - BSc, PhD
Sipe, John - BSc, MSc, PhD
Steinberg, Aephraim - BS, MA, PhD
Strong, Kimberly - PhD (Chair and Graduate Chair)
Teuscher, Richard - BSc, MSc, PhD
Thompson, Christopher - BSc, PhD
Thywissen, Joseph - AM, PhD
Trischuk, William - PhD
Vanderlinde, Keith - PhD
Vutha, Amar C. - MSc, PhD
Walker, Kaley - BSc, PhD
Wei, John - PhD
Wells, Mathew - BS, DPhil
Wunch, Debra - BSc, MSc, PhD
Zilman, Anton - BSc, MSc, PhD

Members Emeriti

Drake, Thomas - BSc, MSc, PhD
Dunlop, David - MA, PhD
Litherland, Albert - BSc, PhD, FRS
Logan, Robert - BSc, PhD
May, Albert - BA, MA, PhD
Perz, John - BASc, MASc, PhD
Rowe, David - BA, MA, DPhil
West, Gordon - BASc, MA, PhD
Wong, Samuel - BA, MS, PhD

Associate Members

Deyirmenjian, Vatche Berj - PhD
Lee, Christopher - BA, PhD
Polavarapu, Saroja - 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
Nonlinear 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 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 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 2609H
Planetary Physics
PHY 2706H
Special Topics in Biological Physics
PHY 2707H
Cellular and Molecular Biophysics I
PHY 2708H
Cellular and Molecular Biophysics II
PHY 2709H
Quantitative Biology of Systems, Organisms, and Populations
PHY 2710H
Computational Methods in Biophysics
PHY 2711H
Biophysical Techniques
JGP 4170H
Geotectonics
JPE 2605H
Advanced Seismology

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 6011Y
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