Master of Science in Physics (MSc)


The Department of Physics & Astronomy at UBC is noted for the excellence of its research and its high academic standards and integrity. We are constantly rated as one of the top Physics & Astronomy programs in the world. Each year, we offer 20 to 30 graduate level Physics and Astronomy courses.  We host a full range of presentations and seminars including many on current and emerging topics and technologies, and invite nationally and internationally renowned scientists to participate. We have weekly seminar series on Astronomy, Particle Physics, Condensed Matter, Biophysics, and Theoretical Physics. At our facilities at Vancouver General Hospital, TRIUMF, and AMPEL, seminars are held regularly for faculty and students.


Quick Facts

Master of Science
Mode of delivery
On campus
Program Components
Coursework + Thesis required
Faculty of Science

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Deadline Details

Application Deadline

Deadline to submit online application. No changes can be made to the application after submission.

Transcript Deadline

Deadline to upload scans of official transcripts through the applicant portal in support of a submitted application. Information for accessing the applicant portal will be provided after submitting an online application for admission.

Referee Deadline

Deadline for the referees identified in the application for admission to submit references. See Letters of Reference for more information.

September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
15 October 2019
Canadian Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 December 2019
Transcript Deadline: 15 December 2019
Referee Deadline: 15 December 2019
International Applicants
Application Deadline: 01 December 2019
Transcript Deadline: 15 December 2019
Referee Deadline: 15 December 2019

Funding Sources

All students who are accepted to the MSc in Physics are guaranteed at least a minimum level of financial support, sufficient to cover tuition and living expenses.

Applicants who are interested in the production, preparation, and application of nuclear isotopes for science and medicine may consider the IsoSiM program that provides additional funding and professional development opportunities. Applicants who are interested in quantum materials may consider the QuEST program. Applicants who are interested in nanomaterials synthesis, characterization and application, and nanoscience instrumentation may consider the NanoMat program.

Tuition / Program Costs

FeesCanadian Citizen / Permanent Resident / Refugee / DiplomatInternational
Application Fee$104.00$168.25
Tuition *
Installments per year33
Tuition per installment$1,665.26$2,925.58
Tuition per year
(plus annual increase, usually 2%-5%)
Int. Tuition Award (ITA) per year (if eligible) $3,200.00 (-)
Other Fees and Costs
Student Fees (yearly)$930.14 (approx.)
Costs of living (yearly)starting at $16,884.10 (check cost calculator)
* Regular, full-time tuition. For on-leave, extension, continuing or part time (if applicable) fees see UBC Calendar.
All fees for the year are subject to adjustment and UBC reserves the right to change any fees without notice at any time, including tuition and student fees. Tuition fees are reviewed annually by the UBC Board of Governors. In recent years, tuition increases have been 2% for continuing domestic students and between 2% and 5% for continuing international students. New students may see higher increases in tuition. Admitted students who defer their admission are subject to the potentially higher tuition fees for incoming students effective at the later program start date. In case of a discrepancy between this webpage and the UBC Calendar, the UBC Calendar entry will be held to be correct.

Statistical Data

Enrolment Data

New registrations1831202825
Total enrolment4556545857

Completion Rates & Times

This program has a graduation rate of 88.57% based on 70 students admitted between 2009 - 2012. Based on 68 graduations between 2015 - 2018 the minimum time to completion is 1.33 years and the maximum time is 5.00 years with an average of 2.39 years of study. All calculations exclude leave times.
Admissions data refer to all UBC Vancouver applications, offers, new registrants for each year, May to April [data updated: 22 March 2019]. Enrolment data are based on March 1 snapshots. Program completion data are only provided for datasets comprised of more than 4 individuals. Rates and times of completion depend on a number of variables (e.g. curriculum requirements, student funding), some of which may have changed in recent years for some programs [data updated: 27 October 2019].

Research Supervisors

This list shows faculty members with full supervisory privileges who are affiliated with this program. It is not a comprehensive list of all potential supervisors as faculty from other programs or faculty members without full supervisory privileges can request approvals to supervise graduate students in this program.

  • MacKay, Alexander (Medical physics, Use of Magnetic Resonance Techniques to Investigate Human Pathology)
  • Madison, Kirk (Condensed matter, atomic, molecular and optical physics )
  • Marziali, Andre (Teaching methods, pedagogy, Robotics in education, Nanotechnology, Engineering Physics, Genomics, Biophysics, Genomics Technologies)
  • Matthews, Jaymie Mark (Stellar seismology, stellar structure and evolution, exoplanets, magnetic peculiar stars, photometry and spectroscopy, space astronomy)
  • Mattison, Thomas (Subatomic physics, Particle & Nuclear Physics, Applied Physics)
  • McKenna, Janis (Experimental Particle Physics)
  • Michal, Carl (Nuclear magnetic resonance, biological and energy storage materials )
  • Milner, Valery (Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics; Ultrafast Quantum Coherent Control; Ultrafast Spectroscopy )
  • Oser, Scott (particle physics, neutrinos, dark matter, statistical methods for physics)
  • Plotkin, Steven (Biophysics theory and computation )
  • Rauscher, Alexander (magnetic resonance imaging, physics, quantitative susceptibility mapping, myelin water imaging, brain)
  • Raussendorf, Robert (Measurement-based models for quantum computation, fault-tolerant quantum computation under geometric constraints, quantum cellular automata)
  • Reinsberg, Stefan (Medical physics, MRIs )
  • Richer, Harvey (astronomy, stars, galaxies, universe, solar system, stellar astrophysics, tellar populations, Astronomy, Stellar populations, star clusters white dwarfs)
  • Rottler, Joerg (Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, Soft Matter)
  • Rozali, Moshe (String theory, high energy physics, quantum field theory, cosmology and classical gravitational physics)
  • Schleich, Kristin (Theoretical physics, general relativity )
  • Scott, Douglas (Cosmology)
  • Semenoff, Gordon Walter (Theoretical and mathematical physics, the physics of elementary particles, condensed matter physics, String theory, quantum field theory, statistical mechanics, Moedal experiment, Large Hadron Collider, CERN)
  • Sigurdson, Kris (The Universe, Cosmology, Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Particle Physics, Astrophysics, Cosmic Microwave Background, Cosmic 21-cm Fluctuations, Radio Astronomy, CHIME )
  • Sossi, Vesna (Medical Imaging, Brain imaging )
  • Stairs, Ingrid (pulsars, gravity, general relativity, radio astronomy, radio pulsars, pulsar searches and long-term timing, Radio astronomy)
  • Stamp, Philip C (Theoretical physics, strongly-correlated condensed matter systems, quantum magnetism, decoherence, quantum information, gravity)



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September 2020 Intake

Application Open Date
15 October 2019
Canadian Applicant Deadline
01 December 2019
International Applicant Deadline
01 December 2019

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