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Short duration master’s in Physics

The master’s in applied physics will help you develop new ways of answering questions like these: How can we send messages through space using light without being intercepted? Design new materials to store quantum information? Measure the concentration of key molecules characteristic of defective cells? The program will equip you with an in-depth understanding of the nature of physics as practised in the workplace, in an environment filled with entrepreneurial spirit.

Apply your knowledge to challenges in the workplace

Gain experience and start building your professional network by completing a paid CO-OP work term. Many graduates have gone on to work for companies such as CIENA, Iridian, OZ Optics or even startups, along with the National Research Council and Environment and Climate Change Canada and Health Canada, while others have pursued a career in academia.

World-class faculty and cutting-edge laboratories

The Department of Physics specializes in photonics, biophysics and quantum materials. With an average of $9 million in annual research funding received over the past five years, it is renowned for its international Centre for Research in Photonics (CRPU), Canada Excellence Chair and many Canada Research Chairs. The recently completed STEM Complex and the Advanced Research Complex (ARC) house state-of-the-art labs and private sector partner labs for collaborative projects.


  • Courses (16 months)
  • Courses + CO-OP (16 months)
  • Courses + project (12 to 16 months)


  • Full-time or part-time registration
  • In-person courses
  • September start; CO-OP begins in third or fourth term
  • Courses taught in English
Student looking at physics lab instrument

Contact information

Graduate Studies Office

30 Marie-Curie, Ottawa ON
Canada, K1N 6N5
Tel.: +1 613-562-5800, ext. 3145
E-mail: [email protected]

Director of Physics Graduate Programs

Béla Joós
E-mail : [email protected]