Master’s Degree and PhD Programs

Physics (MSc, PhD)

Physics spans from zero to infinity in space, time and energy. It helps us to understand the mechanisms that make the universe work.  

Our graduate students participate in cutting-edge experiments and theoretical research and use facilities in Canada (TRIUMF), the United States (Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Laboratory, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Electron-Ion Collider in Brookhaven National Laboratory), Europe (CERN) and Japan (Super-Kamiokande). Our department is also an institutional member of both the Institute of Particle Physics and the Canadian Institute of Nuclear Physics.

Subatomic physics tackles the most fundamental scientific questions such as the beginning and evolution of the Universe; the nature of matter, energy and their interactions; the nature of space and time; and the fundamental laws governing the dynamics of the smallest building blocks of nature. Understanding nuclear processes has a deep impact on all nuclear technologies, such as nuclear power, isotopes for medical purposes, nuclear imaging and much more.

What Do Physicists Do?

Graduates with advanced degrees in physics have productive careers in academia, the energy sector, finance, analytics and others. Graduate studies in physics helps students become excellent problem solvers and analytical thinkers.

Areas of Study

The Department of Physics at the University of Regina offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in Experimental and Theoretical Subatomic Physics, with special emphasis in:

  • Experimental Particle Physics: Weak Interactions and Neutrino Physics, Meson Spectroscopy, Rare Eta Decays, Hadronic Structure with EM probes
  • Experimental Nuclear Physics: Nuclear Imaging and Neutron Imaging, Nuclear Structure and Astrophysics of Rare Isotopes
  • Theoretical Subatomic Physics: Nuclear Media under Extreme Conditions, Theoretical Quantum Field Theory, Magnetic Monopoles, Q-balls, Dark Matter
  • Astronomy: Observational Astronomy, Planetary Science, Dynamical Modelling of Exoplanets
  • Neutrino Physics: Synchrotron Radiation-based Techniques for Soft tissue Preservation, Chemical Signatures in Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Nuclear Imaging: Development and Implementation of Novel Detector Technologies, Imaging Modalities, Applications of Radiation in Diagnosis and Treatment

Physics Meet Your Faculty

Quick Facts

Program: Master of Science (MSc) in Physics Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Physics
Length: Master’s Degree: 2 years Doctorate: 3-5 years
Offered Through: University of Regina
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Why Study Physics at the University of Regina?

Our programs teach analytical and problem-solving skills; physicists create, test and use their own equipment, which in addition fosters independence and maturity. Working in international collaborations teaches you how to work successfully in a team, and improves communication and organizational skills.

Physics Frequently Asked Questions

What degree do I need to qualify for the master’s program in Physics?

You must hold a four-year Bachelor of Science honours degree in physics or engineering physics. Admission requirements include a minimum average of 75 per cent in all physics and mathematics courses, and an overall average of 70 per cent or more. Some courses have undergraduate prerequisites. Students who have not completed these prerequisites can still be admitted to the program with the understanding that they will be expected to complete these prerequisites prior to taking the corresponding Physics courses.

What are some of the courses that Physics students take?

PHYS 803 - Quantum Field Theory

Canonical quantization; free scalar, vector and spinor fields; interacting fields; perturbation theory and Feynman diagrams; quantum electrodynamics, renormalization, gauge fields.

PHYS 835 - Elementary Particles

Symmetries and quantum numbers of leptons, hadrons, and quarks; e-m weak, and strong interactions; charm and heavy quark hadrons and hadron spectroscopy; introduction to QCD; unified gauge theories; selected topics beyond the standard model.

PHYS 871 - Experimental Methods of Subatomic Physics

Basic techniques of experimental nuclear and particle physics. Interaction of particles in matter; cosmic rays and natural radiation; particle accelerators and beam optics; particle detection techniques; detector design issues; data acquisition systems.

PHYS 887AE - Computer Simulations in Particle Physics

Reading class with emphasis on practical tasks with four major components: review of C++ programming applicable in particle physics, data analysis with ROOT, detector simulations with GEANT4 and optional topics (e.g. python, event generators, fast detector simulations, code repositories, batch queueing systems, shell scripts).

Do you offer scholarships?

Yes! Once accepted, our graduate students are fully funded by a combination of funds from the supervisor and departmental teaching assistantships. Domestic students are eligible for NSERC postgraduate scholarships or university entrance scholarships (such as the STEM Entrance Scholarship for Women). Our affiliate organizations (Canadian Institute of Nuclear Physics, Jefferson Science Associates, and others) offer fellowships and travel support to conferences in a competitive process.

Faculty of Science Graduate Funding

  • Paul W. Riegert Memorial Scholarship in Graduate Studies
  • Gerhard Herzberg Fellowship
  • Saskatchewan Innovation and Excellence Graduate Scholarship

Apply for these scholarships, and more, by visiting our Graduate Awards Portal (GAP), the U of R online graduate scholarship application system.

All Graduate Funding Opportunities

Visit our Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research website to learn about all graduate funding opportunities including:

  • National Scholarships (including Tri Council funding)
  • Awards to Study Abroad
  • FGSR Funding/Special Awards
  • Funding for Indigenous Students
  • Funding for International Students
  • Other Awards and Scholarships
  • External Scholarship Opportunities
  • External Student and Faculty Awards

Concepts and Goals

University of Regina Physics graduate programs prepare you for a wide range of prominent employment opportunities. Explore the most fascinating and important questions about the nature of matter and energy and the laws governing the smallest elements of nature.


Graduates of the programs are trained in advanced physics to analyze complex problems and communicate and collaborate on solutions.


Students benefit from opportunities to engage with professors and participate in international collaboration and research projects.


You’ll be prepared for prominent physics careers in academia, energy, finance, health and medical sciences, and analytics.

What Can You Do with a Graduate Degree in Physics?

Salaries of physicists with graduate degrees are competitive for the level of education.

Graduates with advanced degrees in physics often find academic jobs (typically after a PhD), but many find jobs in the private sector. Some common opportunities include:

  • Medical physics
  • Health science
  • Energy production
  • Data science
  • Machine learning
  • Quantum computing
  • Fluid mechanics
  • Climate science
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