Graduate students in our department earn a degree in Science, while choosing to focus within these subdisciplines:

  • Astrophysics and gravitation
  • Biophysics
  • Photonics and Atmospheric, Molecular, and Optical Physics
  • Quantum information and computing
  • Quantum matter
  • Soft matter
 

In addition to graduate work in Physics, the University of Waterloo offers two streams of collaborative graduate work with Nanotechnology and Quantum Information designations.

Nanotechnology

The first of its kind in Canada, this program is jointly offered by the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering and allows students to gain perspectives on nanotechnology from a wide community of scholars within and outside their disciplines in both course and thesis work. Graduates receive a 'Nanotechnology' designation on their degree.

Quantum Information

This program is a collaboration between the Institute of Quantum Computing, the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Engineering, and the Faculty of Mathematics, and allows for a unique interdisciplinary research and learning environment. This program is designed to provide students with knowledge of quantum information, including both theory and its implementations, advanced expertise in quantum information science and in home program disciplines, as well as training in research. Graduates receive a 'Quantum Information' designation on their degree.

Below is a summary of offered programs. Please refer to Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs and the Graduate Studies Academic Calendar for detailed information about programs and application deadlines.

Master of Science (MSc)


MSc Physics
Thesis-based or Coursework/Research Project

MSc Physics (Nanotechnology)

MSc Physics (Quantum Information)

Minimum admission requirements:

  • An Honours Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in Science with at least a 75% standing
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Physics subject test scores for all students who have completed their post-secondary education outside of Canada
  • Three references, two academic
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable. TOEFL 90 (writing 25 speaking 25), IELTS 7.0 (writing 6.5, speaking 6.5)

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


PhD Physics

PhD Physics (Nanotechnology)

PhD Physics (Quantum Information)

Minimum admission requirements:

  • Normally a Master's degree in Physics, with at least a 75% standing.
  • Students with an undergraduate degree in Physics may apply for admission directly to the PhD program. Successful applicants will have an outstanding academic record, breadth of knowledge in physics, and strong letters of recommendation.
  • Gradaute Record Examination (GRE) Physics subject test scores for all students who have completed their post-secondary education outside of Canada.
  • Three academic references
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable. TOEFL 90 (writing 25 speaking 25), IELTS 7.0 (writing 6.5, speaking 6.5)