Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Physics

Offered by: Physics     Degree: Doctor of Philosophy

Program Requirements


A thesis for the doctoral degree must constitute original scholarship and must be a distinct contribution to knowledge. It must show familiarity with previous work in the field and must demonstrate ability to plan and carry out research, organize results, and defend the approach and conclusions in a scholarly manner. The research presented must meet current standards of the discipline; as well, the thesis must clearly demonstrate how the research advances knowledge in the field. Finally, the thesis must be written in compliance with norms for academic and scholarly expression and for publication in the public domain.

Required Courses

Candidates must successfully complete two 3-credit graduate courses at the 600 level or above; one of these courses should be in the candidate's area of specialization. If the candidate completed two or more courses at the 600 level as part of the McGill Physics M.Sc. program, then one of these courses may be used as a substitute for one of the required courses. In all cases, candidates must also pass the Ph.D. preliminary examination (PHYS 700).

  • PHYS 700 Preliminary Ph.D. Examination

    Offered by: Physics (Faculty of Science)

    Administered by: Graduate Studies


    Physics : An examination that must be passed by all doctoral candidates in order to continue in the doctoral program.

    Terms: Fall 2023, Winter 2024

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Faculty of Science—2023-2024 (last updated Sep. 12, 2023) (disclaimer)
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