Academic programs

Graduate and undergraduate studies in astronomy related fields are carried out in four departments at UVic: Physics and Astronomy, Mechanical EngineeringElectrical and Computer Engineering. and the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

However, many graduate students and undergraduates carry out their research at the NRC Herzberg or NRC DRAO, including co-supervision with UVic faculty. This has worked extremely well in many cases where students are interested in instrumentation and using it for their science programs.     

UVic is one of 11 universities that operate the TRIUMF laboratory in Vancouver. TRIUMF has a large cyclotron that is used for experiments in low-intermediate energy subatomic physics and has recently commissioned the ISAC facility for studying unstable nuclear isotopes of interest in, e.g., stellar evolution. The laboratory supplied accelerator components to CERN for the Large Hadron Collider and is where parts of the BaBar, ATLAS and T2K detectors were built. UVic is participating in the construction of a new electron accelerator at TRIUMF.

Get more information on the astronomy graduate program and undergraduate program oh the Department of Physics and Astronomy site.    

Research opportunities and instrumentation projects are described on this ARC website.

See astronomy graduate courses planned for the next two academic years.

More information on research in Adaptive Optics can be found through the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
More information on graduate student research opportunities in Electromagnetics and Photonics (used in astrophysics) can be found through the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering site.
For more informaation on graduate student research opportunities in the area of palaeoclimate (the evolution of planetary atmospheres), should contact Colin Goldblatt at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences.