Program list & descriptions

Physics and Astronomy ( Doctorate )

The graduate program in physics and astronomy is structured so that students are fully engaged in research by the end of their first year of courses. All degrees are awarded with a major in physics, while the department offers areas of research specialization. Note that the program requirements differ for research with a specific concentration in astronomy, medical physics or ocean physics.


Prerequisite Minimum standing
MSc B+ (upper second class); specialization in physics, mathematics or astronomy

Applicants must meet the general admission requirements for the Faculty of Graduate Studies.


Entry point Domestic students International students
September January 15 (recommended) January 15 (recommended)


Program advisers

Department directory

Group/Position Name Telephone Office E-mail
Chair Adam Ritz 250-721-7698 ELL 103
Acting Assistant to the Chair, General Office Supervisor Megan Nell 250-721-7698 ELL 102
General Inquiries Jasdeep Randhawa 250-721-7700 ELL 101
Administrative Officer and Registration Susan Gnucci 250-721-7699 ELL 104
Graduate Advisor Sara Ellison 250-721-7737 ELL 208
Acting Graduate Program Assistant Ashley Forseille 250-721-7700 ELL 101
Undergrad Advisor: Years 1 & 2 Mark Laidlaw 250-721-7701 ELL 106
Undergrad Advisor: Years 3 & 4 Richard Keeler 250-721-7746 ELL 218
System Manager Nik Zapantis 250-721-7729 ELL 105A
Outreach Coordinator Susan Gnucci 250-721-7699 ELL 104
Laboratory Coordinator Alexander van Netten 250-721-7709 ELL 114
Physics & Astronomy Co-op Peter Cross 250-721-7713 ELL 118
VISPA Office Peggy White 250-721-7736 ELL 207
Graduate Student Liason

Co-operative education opportunities

What is co-op?

Co-operative education (co-op) is a learning strategy that lets you:

  • alternate your academic studies with paid, relevant work experience in your field of study
  • enrich your academic studies by drawing on practical, real-world experience from your work terms
  • develop competencies to excel in the workplace
  • potentially pursue work terms related to your graduate research or project
Can you do co-op?

Graduate co-op may be available to students who are pursuing thesis and non-thesis (or professional) degrees. Participation is optional, and admission is determined after consultation with your graduate adviser and department. Contact the co-op program in your degree area for details, or email

Note: Co-op is not open to one-year graduate degrees, graduate certificates and diplomas, and non-degree graduate students.

What other career development support does UVic offer?

UVic Co-op and Career can support you through every stage of your career development, through:

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