Graduate Studies

Why Physics at uOttawa?

Team up with one of Canada’s top Physics departments, supported by our award-winning faculty. Students have the opportunity to work with many Canada Research Chairs and a Canada Excellence Research Chair.

Ottawa, the “top tech centre in Canada”, is an optimal setting for finding opportunities for employment in Physics – whether the goal is to develop new devices or teach in the classroom.

Conduct leading-edge research

Our students study through the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Physics, which offers advanced courses from both uOttawa and Carlton University. Our program includes research in the:

  • International Photonics Centre with ties to Engineering researchers
  • Largest concentration of Biological Physics faculty
  • Rapidly growing field of Material Physics

Highly qualified students benefit from competitive financial support packages and teaching assistantships.

Access world-renowned laboratories

Our facilities include new state-of-the-art buildings:

  • Advanced Research Complex (ARC), housing Photonics and materials physics labs
  • STEM Complex, housing Biological physics labs and materials physics labs

Research Themes

Biological Physics

We host one of the largest concentration of faculty in experimental and theoretical biophysics in Canada; they are a highly interdisciplinary group, at the edge of science and technology.

We focus on cell biophysics, single molecule biophysics, sensing with micro-nano fluidic devices, biomolecular assemblies, polymer physics, neurophysics and soft matter.

Find a supervisor in Biological Physics

Materials Physics

This rapidly growing field in the Department focuses on the design, growth and characterization of novel nanostructured and complex materials, materials under extreme conditions, geomaterials, photovoltaics, geophysics, and novel alloys.

We also conduct research at major facilities around the world, and on site at Canada’s only Accelerator Mass Spectrometer.

Find a supervisor in Materials Physics


Leading national and international centre with strong ties to researchers in Engineering through the Centre for Research in Photonics (CRPuO). Many researchers are part of the Max-Planck uOttawa Centre for Extreme and Quantum Photonics.

Research covers a broad range of subjects, including: attosecond physics, quantum optics, non-linear optics, fiber optics, optical sensing, laser-matter interactions, electrophotonics, nanophotonics, and laser applications.

Find a supervisor in Photonics

Contact Information

Graduate Studies Office
30 Marie-Curie, Ottawa ON
Canada, K1N 6N5
Tel.: +1 613-562-5800, ext. 3145

Béla Joós
Director, Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Physics | Physics Assistant Chair, Academic (Graduate Studies) | Full Professor
E-mail :

Department of Physics

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