Physics & Atmospheric Science

Faculty of Science

Master of Science (MSc)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


The Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science (and its faculty members) have earned an outstanding, international reputation for its accomplishments in both pure and applied research. Students have opportunities to immerse themselves in the current and developing cutting-edge, world-class research activities, using a wide range of state-of-the-art equipment housed in our materials growth and characterization facilities, high-power computer clusters, atmospheric observational facilities, and medical imaging facilities.

Physics & Atmospheric Science encourages and fosters a multi-disciplinary and collaborative environment with other departments and Faculties within the University, including (but not limited to): Chemistry, Oceanography, Engineering, and Medicine, as well as collaborations with external-to-the-University leaders in industry. The friendly, knowledgeable faculty members and staff help promote a stimulating, inclusive, and social atmosphere in which students can enjoy learning, exploring ideas, and expanding horizons. Scholarships and other forms of financial support are available to graduate students.

Length of Program

  • MSc - typical time to complete is 2 years
  • PhD - typical time to complete is 3-4 years

Research Areas

Applied Physics, Atmospheric Science, Biophysics, Condensed Matter & Material Physics, Energy Storage and Conversion, and Medical Physics.

Admission Requirements

Candidates must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. A minimum GPA of 3.7 is recommended for graduate admission to our Departmental graduate programs. Prospective graduate students are encouraged to first submit an online pre-application form to the Department of Physics & Atmospheric Science before making a formal application. This application also connects prospective graduate students to potential supervisors.

Contact Information

Subject Code: PHYC
Address: Sir James Dunn Building
Room 218, 6310 Coburg Road,
Halifax, NS, Canada, B3H 3J5