High Energy Physics Graduate Program

Research opportunities at the MSc and PhD level are available within several ongoing programs in Experimental High Energy Physics.

Please visit the Victoria Subatomic Physics and Accelerator Research Centre website for more information about these opportunities and the faculty and staff at the centre.

The HEP group at UVic has a strong track record, with many faculty either holding or having held leadership positions within these and earlier experimental collaborations. In turn, many MSc and PhD graduates from UVic having progressed to successful careers in physics within Canada and elsewhere. See a list of some of our alumni.

Students entering the graduate program at MSc level will need to complete the coursework requirements for the MSc (Physics) degree. These include 7.5 course units (5 one-semester classes) for an MSc, and a further 1.5 units (1 one-semester class) for a PhD. For MSc students, the primary course requirements are normally completed during the fall and spring semesters of the first year. A typical course list for incoming students in particle physics is shown below. Additional courses may be taken as required in the fall or spring of the second year.

Additional 4th year courses may also be required for those students who have not already completed upper level courses in quantum mechanics (see e.g. PHYS 423), electromagnetism (see e.g. PHYS 422), and particle physics (see e.g. PHYS 424).

Fall term core courses include:
PHYS 500A  Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 502A  Classical Electrodynamics
PHYS 515  Data Analysis Techniques for Physics and Astronomy

Spring term core courses include:
PHYS 501A  Quantum Theory and Quantum Fields
PHYS 521A  Techniques in Nuclear and Particle Physics I

In addition to these core courses, the MSc program requires one additional course (see Further MSc/PhD courses).

Further courses which can be taken at the MSc or PhD level include:
PHYS 509  Standard Model Phenomenology

For PhD students, the courses above and/or the additional courses below may provide the additional course units required, while other subjects may be covered by directed studies (PHYS 580).
PHYS 513  Topics in Theoretical Physics
PHYS 522  Topics in Accelerator Physics