Graduate Studies in Physics @ University of Waterloo & University of Guelph

If you are interested in pursuing further study in Physics and Astronomy, you have come to the right place! The Graduate Studies in Physics program is a joint graduate program active at the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph. It is the largest physics & astronomy graduate program in Canada and among the largest in the world.

What does this mean?

When you apply to our program your application is viewed by Physics and Astronomy faculty, at BOTH institutions – that is over 100 prospective supervisors. You will have access to a wide range of courses, with offerings at both campuses delivered electronically or in person, and you will be a part of a vibrant and thriving research community.

Our tradition of collaboration and innovation allows us to offer students a rich and varied graduate experience. With partnerships between; the University of Waterloo, the University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University, the Institute for Quantum Computing and the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, the range of research topics available, is one of Canada's widest and most challenging.

Please review the Supervisors & Research, Opportunities, and Programs sections to the left for more information on your options for study.

  1. Dec. 6, 2016U of G Mars Research Making Headlines

    U of G’s contribution to current and future Mars missions is highlighted in a Dec. 2 CBC news story. The article looks at how Canadian scientists and inventions have helped in understanding of Mars, and discusses the APXS device on the robotic Mars rovers.

  2. Nov. 18, 2016Nano Ontario Conference a Big Success

    Congratulations to Professor John Dutcher and the rest of the Organizing Committee (Reggi Vallillee, Kiley Rider, Rachel Baker, Mike Grossutti, Hurmiz Shamana, Erin Shelton, Richard Parg, John Atkinson and Ben Baylis) on running a very successful 2016 Nano Ontario conference at the Guelph Delta Hotel on November 10 and 11. There were over 160 participants from across Ontario, Quebec and the US, with 4 keynote addresses, 9 invited talks, 85 posters and 9 exhibitors. Well done!

  3. Nov. 11, 2016Evolving the infrastructure of cybersecurity

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  1. Mar. 30, 2017Physics Colloquium - Waterloo

    Dr. Daniel Palanker

    Department of Ophthalmology, School of Medicine, and Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory
    ​Stanford University

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MARCH 1st, 2017

As a result of recent events, students may be considering broadening the graduate schools to which they are applying.  We are happy to extend our deadline to MARCH 1st, 2017. We value diversity in our student body.

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