Prospective Graduate Students
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Financial Support |
Degree Requirements |
To be accepted in a Master's program in the Department of Physics, a
student normally must have obtained a first or upper second class
honours degree in Physics or Engineering Physics. Students with lower
qualifications may be accepted but may have to complete a probationary
period which may involve additional course work.
Initial registration in the department for students without a
postgraduate degree is usually into the M.Sc. or M.Sc. (Eng.)
program. However, the department encourages students who have
demonstrated exceptional ability in graduate work, and who wish to
obtain a Ph.D., to transfer into the doctoral program in their second
year of study.
All graduate programs at Queen's are administered through the School of
Graduate Studies and Research.
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Potential applicants are asked to complete a pre-application that can be found on the
School of Graduate Studies web site.
Further inquiries can be made by regular mail addressed to:
Chair of Graduate Studies,
Department of Physics,
Foreign applicants are strongly encouraged to take Graduate Record
Examinations set by the ETS, New Jersey, U.S.A., the most relevant
examinations being the Subject Test in Physics. Foreign students
whose native language is not English are required to take the the
TOEFL test, and must obtain a score of not less than 550.
Refer to "Academic Qualifications" in the School of
Graduate Studies Calendar for more information.
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Students registered in graduate programs in the Physics Department
receive financial support from three main sources: from government,
department scholarships, from the department through service as
teaching assistants in undergraduate courses, and from supervisors'
research grants in the capacity of research assistants.
Graduate scholarships are offered by the Canadian and Ontario
governments to Canadian students who have high standing in their
courses. Final year undergraduates who are contemplating graduate work
are urged to make inquiries and applications at their undergraduate
institutions early in the academic year. Students applying for
admission to Queen's are automatically considered for major university
scholarships, provided their applications are complete before
mid-March. A small number of tuition bursaries are available to
foreign students to pay the difference between Canadian and
Most graduate students receive a substantial portion of their total
support from the department by assisting in undergraduate laboratory
classes or tutorials. The time spent in these classes is relatively
short - one or two half days per week during the academic year - and
most students welcome the opportunity to impart their knowledge of
physics to undergraduates and, in the process, to gain valuable
For the 2006-2007 session, the floors for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students are
$21,000 and $22,050 respectively. Scholarship holders receive
Refer to the Fees section of the
School of Graduate
Studies calendar for the fee schedule for the school year.
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For the M.Sc. or M.Sc. (Eng) degree, the requirements are:
A minimum of four graduate half-courses to include at least two
half-courses in the Department of Physics. The choice of the courses
is to be approved by the candidate's supervisor and the Chair of
Graduate Studies. Course work is normally completed by the April
following a September start.
Research and Thesis. Students should plan on completing their research
and presenting their thesis within two years of initial registration.
For the Ph.D. degree, the requirements are:
An oral candidacy exam will be given early in the Ph.D. program to to
ensure that students attempting the PhD program have the potential to
successfully complete the research for their thesis in a reasonable
length of time; a demonstrated ability to initiate and complete
independent research is a principal requirement of the PhD. This
examination shall consist of an oral defence of (i) a written thesis
proposal, and (ii) a report on an assigned research area question.
A minimum of eight graduate half-courses (4 usually taken at the
M.Sc. level), to include the following: PHYS 825 (Quantum
Mechanics), PHYS 831 or 832 (Electromagnetism), and the PHYS 901
seminar course. The choice of the remaining courses requires the
approval of the supervisor and Chair of Graduate Studies.
Research and Thesis.
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