Graduate Programs

Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Physics

At the graduate level, the department is part of the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Physics, one of the largest centres in Canada for graduate studies and research in physics. The Institute was formed in 1982 by the amalgamation of the graduate programs of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University.

The OCIP offers a wide range of possibilities for research in Physics. Research facilities are located on both campuses, as well as at the National Research Council and the hospitals and other Ottawa Health Research Institutes.

The Department

The Department of Physics faculty at uOttawa consists of 28 regular professors, 19 adjuncts and 12 professors associated with other departments. Research is enhanced by collaborations with other departments and faculties, local research laboratories and institutes including the National Research Council (NRC-CNRC), the Communications Research Centre (CRC) and the Ottawa Health Research Institute (OHRI-IRSO).

The Department is associated with a number of research institutes, the Center for Research in Photonics, the Max-Planck – uOttawa Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics, The Centre for Advanced Materials Research (CAMaR), the Brain and Mind Research Institute, and the Center for Neural Dynamics. These bring breath to the research activities of department members and broaden the experience of students and researchers.

Studying at uOttawa

A global technology centre and recently ranked the “top tech center in Canada” in terms of current activity and future prospects, Ottawa provides an optimal setting in which to pursue graduate studies in physics and find employment in the private sector. It has been chosen by students as the best city in the world to be a student (QS world rankings, 2017) and it is was ranked the #1 city to live in Canada by moneysense.ca (2016). As Canada’s capital, Ottawa benefits from a safe but spirited downtown core filled with an array of restaurants, galleries, museums, festivals and events. It is also home to the National Hockey League’s 2007 Eastern Conference Champions, the Ottawa Senators! In addition to its urban appeal, the city is balanced by wide open green spaces, nearby parks, forests and lakes, as well as over 170 km of hiking and biking trails. It also boasts the world’s longest skating rink which runs just alongside the university campus.

As a graduate student at the University of Ottawa, you will be among more than 40000 students at Canada’s largest bilingual university. You will have access to more than 100 clubs and associations, a modern concert hall and theatre, as well as Eastern Ontario’s largest sports complex where enrollment is free for many of the recreational sports and activities, including fitness, hockey, swimming and martial arts.

Programs Offered

Programs leading to the degrees of M.Sc. and Ph.D. in most areas of modern physics are available.

Applying for Graduate School

Instruction on how to apply to our graduate programs can found here. You are strongly encouraged to contact one of our professors to inquire about potential graduate projects. While you may apply without having secured a supervisor, offers of admission will only be confirmed once a professor accepts to supervise you.  It is best to start this process as early as possible, even before you apply.

Stipend and Financial Support

Graduate students receive financial support through a combination of research and teaching assistantships.  Student may also receive additional funding via various fellowships and awards.

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