Physics (M.Sc.)

Study the universe, from sub atomic particles, to galaxies and beyond.

Academic Advisor

Dr. Christine Kraus, Coordinator

Telephone: 705.675.1151 ext 4337


Office: F-511, Science Building Sudbury Campus

How to Apply
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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

For admission into the program, students require an honours degree (or equivalent) in Physics with B average (70%).  Applicants who have an honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriately related science or engineering area can be admitted directly into the program but may be required to complete a few
extra courses at the undergraduate level. Completion of a qualifying year will be required for students
having only a general degree.

Please note students in the Biomedical Physics Program wanting to be considered for direct admission
to the M.Sc. in Physics Program in the field of Medical Physics need to have completed at least 15
credits from the courses listed below,

  • PHYS 2406 – Mechanics I
  • PHYS 2017 – Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 3416 – Introduction to Quantum Mechanics (Instructor has to wave PHYS 2407 Mechanics II prerequisite)
  • At least one of the following courses,

                PHYS 3036 – Thermodynamics

                PHYS 3116 – Advanced Laboratory I

                PHYS 4067 – Instrumentation

                MATH 2066 – Introduction to Differential Equations

                MATH 1037 – Calculus II (If MATH 1057 – Linear Algebra was taken as a mandatory course)


                MATH 1057 – Linear Algebra (If MATH 1037 – Calculus II was taken as a mandatory course)


Application Process


Step 1. Contact the Graduate Coordinator and/or individual faculty member about the possibility of becoming a student.  Students are encouraged to consult the faculty list on the Faculty Members tab in order to identify a potential supervisor (i.e. a faculty member they would like to work with).  


Step 2. Click here to submit the online application. Once students have applied, they will receive instructions (typically within 48 hours) from the Office of Admissions leading them to the MyLaurentian portal. Students can access the portal at; sign in credentials will be provided in the correspondence received from the Office of Admissions upon successful completion of an application. The following documents will be required in order to complete an application.



  • Three Reference Forms (to begin the process at click on "Reference Submission" on the left-hand navigation menu)
  • Statement of Interest (to be uploaded via MyLaurentian)
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume (to be uploaded via MyLaurentian)
  • Official Academic Transcript(s) from all post secondary studies* (Please note that current or prior Laurentian University students do not need to request transcripts)  


*Please note that official transcripts or WES course-by-course (for institutions attended outside of North America) must come directly to the Office of Admissions from the previous post secondary institution by requesting at the time of your application or by contacting the institution's Registrar's Office.


Step 3. Once the Admissions Office receives all information and the application is deemed complete, the application will be forwarded to the department.  An Admissions Committee meets to review the applications.


Step 4. The Admissions Committee will review all applications on file and make a decision regarding the suitability of each applicant.  The Admissions Committee will then make a recommendation to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Laurentian University. The Graduate Studies office will verify the dossier and if satisfactory, the Dean of Graduate Studies will forward the recommendation to the Office of Admissions at Laurentian University for admission. 


Step 5: If approved for admission, the Office of Admissions will send the student an Offer of Admission via MyLaurentian.  Applicants wishing to accept the offer of admission must indicate their response on MyLaurentian within 3 weeks of receiving the offer. Once the student has accepted the offer, a transition to the registration process occurs.

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.

Students must follow these regulations while in the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


Approved Fields of Study

  • Medical Physics
  • Particle Astrophysics
  • Condensed Matter Physics

M.Sc. in Physics - Thesis option
A student in this option must successfully:
1. complete two full graduate courses (12 credits) to be approved by the supervisory committee members; and
2. prepare and defend a thesis (PHYS 5000) on a topic in one of the department’s research areas.

M.Sc. in Physics - Course work program
A student in this option must successfully:
1. complete a minimum of three full graduate courses (18 credits) to be approved by the supervisory committee members; and
2. prepare a critical review essay (PHYS 5005) that involves independent library research.


PHYS-5000EL - Thesis PHYS-5226EL - Selected Topics in Applied Physics PHYS-5227EL - Selected Topics in Theoretical Physics PHYS-5406EL - Quantum Mechanics I PHYS-5437EL - Advanced Solid State Physics
PHYS-5506EL - Advanced Electromagnetic Theory I PHYS-5606EL - Medical Radiation Physics PHYS-5607EL - Radiotherapy Physics PHYS-5617EL - The Physics of Medical Imaging PHYS-5706EL - Non-Accelerator Particle Physics