Master of Science - Physics
The M.Sc. (physics) program requires a thesis and 12 credits of coursework. The course selection is determined in consultation with the student's supervisor and/or the Graduate Advisor. PHYS 500 is required and also one of PHYS 501, 502, 504, 508, 516, 526.
Master of Science - Astronomy
The M.Sc. (astronomy) program requires a thesis and 12 credits of coursework. The course selection is determined in consultation with the student's supervisor and/or the Graduate Advisor. One of PHYS 500, 501, 502, 504, 508, 516, 526 is required along with the Astro degree requirements.
See the full Astronomy Degree requirements for details.
Master of Science - Medical Physics
The M.Sc. in Medical Physics is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP). It requires a thesis and 26 credits of coursework. In addition to the required core courses for the accredited Medical Physics Program, students are also required to accumulate a number of days of specified clinical experience and to participate in the medical physics seminar series.
See the full Medical Physics program requirements for details.
Master of Applied Science - Engineering Physics
The M.A.Sc. program requires a thesis and 18 credits of coursework. Up to 6 credits may be 300 or 400 level courses. The course selection is determined in consultation with the student's supervisor and/or the Graduate Advisor. PHYS 500 is required and also one of PHYS 501, 502, 504, 508, 516 or 526.
Doctor of Philosophy - Physics or Astronomy
The Ph.D. in Physics or Astronomy program requires a thesis and 12 credits of coursework, all at the 500 level. Courses taken for an M.Sc. or M.A.Sc. degree may be counted towards this, but students entering the program with a Masters degree are required to take an additional 6 credits of 500-level courses in the Ph.D. program. (For example, UBC M.Sc. students entering the Ph.D. program need to take 18 credits in all, 12 for the M.Sc. and an additional 6 for the Ph.D. If the student took more than 12 credits during the M.Sc. program, the unused portion may be applied to the 6 required for the Ph.D.) The course selection is determined in consultation with the student's supervisory committee. Students entering the Ph.D. program must have the equivalent of the required courses for the M.Sc. program, or will be required to take those courses during the program.
The Ph.D. (Astronomy) coursework is discussed in the Astronomy Degree requirements.
Doctor of Philosophy - Medical Physics
The Ph.D. in Medical Physics requires a minimum of 12 credits in graduate level courses in any Science or Applied Science or Medicine department, with details of the course load determined in consultation with the dissertation advisor and supervisory committee. Courses taken for an M.Sc. or M.A.Sc. degree may be counted towards this. Direct-transfer students are required to take a further 12 credits of 500-level courses in any Science, Applied Science or Medicine department, for the Ph.D. Students who do not already have credit for the medical physics courses required for the master's degree in Medical Physics or the equivalent graduate level courses from another university (approved by Graduate Chair) must take these courses in the Ph.D. in Medical Physics.
Direct Transfer to Ph.D. program
Masters students may transfer directly to the Ph.D. program during their second year, if they obtain at least an 85% average in 12 credits of 500-level coursework, along with clear evidence of research ability and approval of their supervisor. No additional courses are required for students making a direct transfer from masters to PhD program in Physics or Astronomy. For the PhD program in Medical Physics, a further 12 credits are required. For all programs, the supervisory committee can require that the student take additional courses if the committee feels that it will be beneficial to the student's research program.
The Department of Physics & Astronomy is part of many interdisciplinary graduate programs. For specific admission criteria, please consult their program websites as different programs will have different admission and application processes.