Physics student

Physics is the cornerstone of Science and, as such, provides the basis for a successful career in a technology-oriented world. At McGill, we provide our undergraduate students with comprehensive training in physics, concepts and techniques.

Here, students acquire tools and ideas that are useful in many fields of science and technology. There is real research experience: in the final year students work within our research groups, and carry out their own project for credit. Students with training in physics have many career options. More than half of them continue their studies as graduate students. Many diversify into such fields as computer science, engineering, medicine, biology, management and administration.

Program options

There are two popular undergraduate programs. The Honours (including Joint Honours in Physics and Mathematics) program is highly specialized and demanding, while the Major Physics program is less intense and allows room for the addition of a Minor or Major concentration. Several Joint Major programs and a Liberal program are also available.

The department has research activities in a wide range of disciplines, including astrophysics, condensed matter, high energy, nuclear and non-linear physics both theoretical and experimental. The M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs are offered in all these disciplines.

Department highlights

  • Small class size fosters personal interaction between students and professors.
  • Graduate and undergraduate students are supported through state-of-the-art facilities, which include the Centre for the Physics of Materials, the Interuniversity Centre for Subatomic Physics, Centre for High Energy Physics, McGill Institute for Advanced Materials and the Nanotools facility.
  • The McGill Society of Physics Students (MSPS). Visit their website.

More information

Webpages for the undergraduate curriculum in Physics

Calendar entry for Physics - see online calendar