Theoretical Physics Graduate Program

Welcome to the UVic graduate program in Theoretical Physics.

Graduate research opportunities at the MSc and PhD level are available in the following areas:

  • Particle Phenomenology
  • Astroparticle Physics
  • Formal Particle Theory and String Theory
  • Gravitation and Cosmology

More information about the Theoretical Physics research program is found at the Victoria Subatomic Physics and Accelerator Research Centre website.

Students entering the graduate program at MSc level will need to complete the coursework requirements for the MSc (Physics) degree. These include 9 course units (6 one-semester classes) for an MSc, and a further 3 units (2 one-semester classes) 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 core course list for incoming particle theory students is shown below. Additional courses may be taken as required in the fall or spring of the second year.

Further 4th-year courses may also be required in addition 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 general relativity (see e.g. PHYS 415).

Fall term core courses include:
PHYS 500A  Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 502A  Classical Electrodynamics
PHYS 506A  Particle Physics I

Spring term core courses include:
PHYS 500B  Quantum Mechanics II
PHYS 506B  Particle Physics II
PHYS 600A  Quantum Field Theory I

NOTE: PHYS 506B and PHYS 600A are offered in alternate years.

For upper-level MSc and PhD students, the advanced courses below may also be available, with further subjects covered by directed studies (PHYS 580).
PHYS 513  Topics in Theoretical Physics
PHYS 523  Particle Cosmology
PHYS 600B  Quantum Field Theory II

Additional graduate courses which may be of interest to theory students are offered by the Particle Physics, Astronomy, and Condensed Matter Physics Groups and may include:
ASTR 508  Cosmology
PHYS 507B  Solid State Physics II
PHYS 515  Data Analysis Techniques for Physics and Astronomy