The Department of Physics at Queen’s University is one of the leading Canadian research institutes in Physics, Engineering Physics and Astronomy.
Our faculty includes high-profile, worldclass physicists who work on cutting edge areas of theoretical, applied and experimental physics.
Our staff and students carry out their research on campus as well as at external facilities including some of the largest astronomical and astroparticle observatories in the world, such as Gemini and SNO, the High Performance Computing Virtual Lab (HPCVL supercomputer) and at the Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario.
"I have always been interested in understanding how things work at deepest levels and working with the SNO and SNO+ projects has given me the opportunity to contribute to our understanding of some of the most fundamental known particles. Being at Queen's has given me the opportunity to work on two world-class particle astrophysics experiments with some of the best researchers in the field. There are few institutions in the world that can match Queen's strength in this area."
—Alex Wright, Ph.D, 2009
Degrees Offered / Length of Program
- M.Sc.: 2 years
- Ph.D.: 4 years
For a select group of students (2-5 per year), we allow accelerated entry to the Ph.D. program after one year in the Master’s program.
Method of Completion
- M.Sc.: Course work, research project, thesis & defence
- Ph.D.: Course work, research project, thesis & defence, seminar series
Supervisors and Fields of Study
We encourage you to identify an area of research interest and contact a potential supervisor before applying.
Engineering & Applied Physics
- Lynann Clapham: Non-destructive strain evaluation, applied magnetics
- Jun Gao: Organic and polymer light emitting devices
- Andy Kerr (KRCC): Clinical cancer care, radiation physics
- Robert Knobel: Mesoscopic device physics at low temperature
- Geoff Lockwood: Ultrasonic imaging
- Jordan Morelli (adjunct): Controlled fusion, plasma physics renewable energy.
- Kevin Robbie: Optics of thin films, chiral and carbon based matterials, glancing angle deposition
- John Schriener (KRCC): Clinical cancer care, radiation physics
- Marsha Singh: Small-angle X-ray scattering
Condensed Matter Physics
- Marc Dignam: Theoretical and computational research in photonic crystal devices, nonlinear optics
- James Fraser: Experimental ultrafast and nonlinear optics
- Robert Gooding: Strongly correlated electron systems and quantum materials
- Stephen Hughes: Theoretical research on nanophotonics and quantum optics
- Alastair McLean: Scanning probes, nanostructures and nanophotonics
- Jean-Michel Nunzi:Optical and electronic properties of organic materials and devices
- James Stotz: Semiconductor spintronics and quantum dots Astrophysics & Astronomy
- Eugene Zaremba: Bose-Einstein condensation in trapped atomic gases, physics of cold atoms, quantum coherence
Astrophysics & Astronomy
- Stephane Courteau: Formation, structure and evolution of galaxies
- Martin Duncan: Formation and evolution of planetary systems
- David Hanes: Globular star clusters, observational cosmology
- Judith Irwin: Interstellar medium in galaxies, disk-halo connection, galaxy outflows
- Kayll Lake: General relativity, computer algebra
- Larry Widrow: Dark matter, galaxy models, extragalactic magnetic fields
Experimental Particle Astrophysics
- Mark Boulay: low-energy neutrinos, neutrinoless double-decay and the search for dark matter
- Mark Chen: neutrino physics, geoneutrinos, dark matter and cosmic rays
- Philippe Di Stefano: cryogenic detectors for dark matter and other applications
- Art McDonald: neutrino physics, solar neutrinos
- Tony Noble: aspects of astroparticle physics
- Wolfgang Rau: direct search for dark matter using cryogenic detectors
Cross Disciplinary Aspects
Our students have the opportunity to work with medical students and researchers in the Medical Physics Research Group at the nearby Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario. Our students also have opportunities to engage in research at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.
Basic Funding Package (teaching assistantship, internal fellowships, bursaries and supervisor support):
- Master’s: minimum $24,250 per year
- Ph.D.: minimum $25,450 per year
We encourage you to apply for additional funding through external scholarships (NSERC, OGS, etc.). Entering graduate students who win federal government tri-council awards are automatically provided a $5,000 top-up award by Queen’s.
- M.Sc.: an honours bachelor degree in Science, Engineering or Applied Science awarded by a recognized university, with a minimum second-class standing
- Ph.D.: Master's degree in Science or Applied Science. Students registered in our Master's program who show exceptional promise and have a first-class standing may be admitted to the doctoral program without completing the requirements for the Master's degree.
For international students, if required, a TOEFL total score of at least 580 (paper-based) or TOEFL iBT minimum scores of: writing (24/30); speaking (22/30); reading (22/30); listening (20/30), for a total of 88/120. Applicants must have the minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.
- Melanie Hall - jokes that if you don't want to talk to someone on the plane next to you, say your're an astrophysicist...
- Wolfgang Rau (faculty) - in the search for dark matter...
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