School of Graduate Studies

School of Graduate Studies
School of Graduate Studies

Engineering Physics

engineering physics


"Nanorobots, carbon nanotube sensors, quantum computers and microfluidic cell sorters: I’m fascinated by the possible applications of new technologies like these and I also love learning how they work down to the most fundamental level. The Engineering Physics graduate program at Queen’s allows me to combine these two interests. In my study of nanoelectromechanical systems, I can continue learning about the strange and wonderful world of quantum mechanics while acquiring practical technical skills in the design of devices that may someday improve an aspect of our lives.”

Jennifer Campbell, Ph.D. Candidate

Program Contact

Loanne Meldrum
Graduate Assistant
Department of Physics, Engineering Physics & Astronomy
Stirling Hall, Queen's University
64 Bader Lane, Kingston, ON, Canada K7L 3N6

Phone: 613.533.2687


Program Overview

Queen’s University collaborative graduate programs in engineering and applied physics. Research is centered around themes that use basic science and physics to improve the quality of life and to solve current or future problems facing people both in canada and worldwide. This research spans areas of photonics, quantum information technology, medical physics, non-destructive evaluation, materials physics, electronic device physics and plasma physics.


Our students have the opportunity to work with faculty who are registered engineers and many have worked in industry and start - up companies. The programs allow student to avail the benefits of its cross disciplinary aspects. Students also have the opportunity to work with medical students and researchers in the Medical Physics Research Group at the nearby Cancer Centre of Southeastern Ontario. Students can also engage in research at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.

Degrees Offered/Method of Completion

Degrees Offered

M.A.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.A.Sc: Course work, research project, thesis & defence

Ph.D.: Course work, research project, thesis & defence, seminar series

Fields of study and Supervisors

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 (CCSEO): 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 materials, glancing angle deposition
  • John Schreiner (CCSEO): 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: Ultrafast optics, coherent imaging, laser cutting and welding
  • 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
  • Eugene Zaremba: Bose-Einstein condensation in trapped atomic gases, physics of cold atoms, quantum coherence
Funding, Academic Prerequisites & Deadline

Funding Information

Basic Funding Package (teaching assistantship, internal fellowships, bursaries and supervisor support).

Master’s Programs: 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 (masters) and $10,000 (PhD) top-up award by Queen’s.

Academic Prerequisites

M.A. Sc.: a bachelor degree in Engineering or Applied Science Both must be 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.

Test Requirements

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 he minimum score in each test as well as the minimum overall score.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline: February 15th. You may apply at any time, however applications received by Feb. 15th will have the greatest opportunities for research positions and fellowships.

Notification of Acceptance:  4 weeks after we receive your full application.

Grad Maps

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