Program list & descriptions

Physics and Astronomy ( Masters )

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
BSc B+ (upper second class); specialization in physics, mathematics or astronomy

Applicants must also 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
Acting Secretary/Receptionist Megan Cox 250-721-7700 ELL 101
Graduate Program Assistant Megan Nell 250-721-7700 ELL 101
FAX 250-721-7715
Chair Adam Ritz 250-721-7698 ELL 103
Acting Assistant to the Chair, General Office Supervisor Amanda Bluck 250-721-7698 ELL 102
Administrative Officer Susan Gnucci 250-721-7699 ELL 104
Physics & Astronomy Co-op Peter Cross 250-721-7713 ELL 118
Co-op Office Sharon Warren 250-721-6122 ELL 119
Laboratory Supervisor Alexander van Netten 250-721-7709 ELL 114
Machine Shop Supervisor Chris Secord 250-721-7721 ELL 029
TRIUMF/VISPA Peggy White 250-721-7736 ELL 207
TRIUMF FAX 250-721-7752

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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Professional development
Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
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