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O que eu aprenderei?

The PhD program in the Department of Physics provides the opportunity to pursue advanced studies that culminates in original research in Physics. Students will do both coursework and a research-based thesis. A PhD in Physics provides students with expertise necessary to develop their own independent research program for careers in academia, government or industry.

Program Requirements


PhD students must demonstrate the ability to perform and disseminate independent research that makes a significant, publishable contribution to knowledge in the discipline.
PhD students must demonstrate the following disciplinary knowledge:

mastery of the core subjects in physics, which include classical mechanics, electromagnetism, quantum mechanics, and statistical mechanics;
mastery of more specialized topics related to one's research topic; and
breadth of knowledge in physics at an advanced level.

Course Requirements

The minimum course requirements for the Physics PhD program are determined on an individual basis. Upon admission, the graduate program committee will review a student's previous coursework and set minimum requirements according to the guidelines provided below. In exceptional circumstances, the graduate program committee may allow the student to proceed without additional course work over and above that for a master's degree. With the approval of the graduate program committee, the supervisory committee may also require additional coursework beyond those specified at admission to the PhD program.


For a student entering the PhD program after completing an MSc in Physics at SFU, the minimum course requirement is 9 additional graduate units, which will include any of the following core courses that were not completed previously:


PHYS 801 - Student Seminar (1)
PHYS 802 - Introduction to Graduate Studies: Research and Teaching in Physics (2)


PHYS 810 - Advanced Quantum Mechanics (3)
PHYS 821 - Advanced Electromagnetism I (3)
PHYS 841 - Statistical Mechanics (3)

Graduate units beyond the 15 units required for the MSc may be transferred to the PhD, subject to the approval of the graduate program committee. For example, a student who has completed 18 graduate units during the MSc program at SFU will typically be required to complete 6 units in the PhD program.

For a student entering the PhD program directly from another institution, the graduate program committee will award credit for equivalent coursework upon admission. No equivalent credit will be given for the two core professional skills courses, and an award of equivalent credit for any of the three core physics content courses may require further approval after the student has begun the program. The minimum PhD course requirements will then be set as for a student entering with an MSc in Physics from SFU. For example, a student who has completed six one-semester graduate courses in physics would typically be awarded 18 units of equivalent graduate course credit, so that the minimum PhD requirement would be 6 additional graduate units, including any core courses that were not completed previously.

De qual departamento farei parte?

Faculty of Science

Opções de estudo


CAN $1,946.94 per term
Data de início

Esperado Setembro 2022


Simon Fraser University

Burnaby campus,

8888 University Drive,


British Columbia (BC),

V5A 1S6, Canada

Requisitos de admissão

Para estudantes do(s)/da Estados Unidos

Other English Language Requirements accepted: A minimum TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based).

Para estudantes internacionais

The minimum University requirements for admission to a doctoral program are as follows.

i) a master's degree, or the equivalent, in physics, or the equivalent is required.

ii) a bachelor's degree, with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5/4.33, or a grade point average of at least 3.67/4.33(A-) based on the last 60 credits of undergraduate courses. All graduate work is also considered. Individual graduate programs may set a higher admission grade point average.

Applicants normally will be required to achieve a minimum score of 7.0 on the International English Language Test System (IELTS - the academic NOT the general test) with a minimum of 6.5 in each section. The Test of English as a Foreign Language(TOEFL) may be used as an equivalent test provided a score of 93 or better is achieved with a minimum of 20 in each section (TOEFL-internet based exam), or TOEFL 580 and the Test of Written English(TWE) 5.0 (paper-based).

Os requisitos para o IELTS podem variar de acordo com o curso que você escolher.


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