Physics and Astronomy offers programs of study leading to general, major, honors, and joint honors degrees at the Bachelor of Science level as well as graduate programs for Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The academic faculty presently consists of 22 Professors, 2 Distinguished Professors, 4 Professors Emeriti, 9 Senior Scholars, and 21 Adjunct Professors. They pursue original research in astronomy and astrophysics, atomic and molecular physics, condensed matter and materials physics, mass spectrometry, mathematical physics, medical physics, and subatomic physics. Many of the academic faculty have established significant research facilities in microscopes, several high-resolution mass spectrometers, a helium liquefier, a dilution refrigerator for millikelvin temperatures, an ultrasonics research laboratory, and extensive computer facilities. Research is also conducted at major international facilities such as TRIUMF (Vancouver), Argonne (Chicago) and Los Alamos National Laboratories (USA), and Jefferson Lab (USA), while others make use of data from major observatories such as the Hubble space telescope and NASA's Chandra X-ray imaging satellite. Medical physics research is conducted at CancerCare Manitoba and at the NRC Institute for Biodiagnostics. A High Performance Computing Facility at the University of Manitoba is utilized for theoretical simulation studies of phase transitions in condensed matter systems.

Research Opportunities

Check out the Research section of the Department of Physics & Astronomy web site to explore the exciting research prospects! The brief description of the research programs are followed up by a link to the individual researcher's web pages that explains the research program in greater detail. Don't hesitate to contact the professors for more information!

Each successful applicant must be sponsored by a faculty member who agrees to supervise the student's graduate research and provides baseline financial support from research grant funds.

Research Programs

Astronomy & Astrophysics Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Bio- & Soft Condensed Matter Physics Condensed Matter Physics
Subatomic & Particle Physics Medical Physics
Theoretical Physics