The Master of Science in Physics

The Master’s Program is designed to give students a deeper appreciation of physics while giving them a comprehensive exposure to research methodology that will allow them to become independent researchers. Research is being carried out in the following areas:

  • Astrophysics (Stellar and Binary Evolution, Exoplanets, Multi-Messenger Astrophysics)
  • Gravitation & Cosmology (Modified Gravity, Gravitational and Cosmological Theory, Black Holes)
  • Theoretical Physics (Quantum Field theory, Solitons/Instantons, Gravity, Particle Physics)

MSc Entrance Requirements

The program is open to graduates of any university of recognized standing who have obtained at least a Bachelor’s degree with honours with a Class II standing (GPA of 3/4 or its equivalent). An applicant who has followed a combined program (e.g., majors in math and physics), must have obtained at least a Class II standing in their physics courses. Applicants who do not satisfy these requirements may, with the permission of the University, be admitted to a qualifying year to bring their standing up to that of an honours degree. Alternatively, the department may require students to do additional courses to those that are considered mandatory to meet the minimum requirements. Even if MSc applicants meet the minimum requirements, the department is not obligated to accept applicants based on the availability of supervisors, financial considerations, ability to offer the necessary courses, or the ranking of more qualified candidates.

MSc Program Requirements



The MSc degree requires the successful defense of a thesis (Physics 600; 15 credits), participation in the seminar series (Physics 580 & 581; 18 credits), and the completion of a minimum of 12 credits (4 courses) from lecture courses offered at the 500-level. Additional courses may be required of the student depending on his/her background. Course selection is determined in consultation with the thesis supervisor and departmental chair. Students must register in the thesis course (Physics 600) for each year that they are enrolled in the program. The minimum number of credits required to complete the MSc degree is 45. The following is a list of courses that can be offered:

  • Quantum Mechanics I (PHY561)
  • Quantum Mechanics II (PHY562)
  • Condensed Matter Physics (PHY564)
  • Electromagnetic Theory (PHY565)
  • Theoretical Topics (PHY566)
  • Statistical Mechanics (PHY567)
  • Advanced Quantum Theory (PHY571)
  • Particle Physics (PHY572)
  • Advanced General Relativity (PHY573)
  • Relativistic Astrophysics (PHY574)
  • Numerical Methods and Simulations (PHY575)
  • Stellar Astrophysics I (PHY576)
  • Many-Body Quantum Theory in Condensed Matter Systems (PHY577)
  • Selected Topics in Astronomy and Astrophysics (PHY578)
  • Selected Theoretical Topics (PHY579)
  • Graduate Seminar I (PHY580)
  • Graduate Seminar II (PHY581)
  • Stellar Astrophysics II (PHY586)
  • Thesis Research Dissertation (PHY600)

Minimum Total: 45 course credits: PHY600 (15 credits); PHY580 & 581 (18 credits); 4 lecture courses (12 credits) = 45 course credits. A detailed listing of course content can be found here.


Full-time students are eligible for financial support in the form of research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and/or a full tuition scholarship. These are awarded on a competitive basis in conjunction with advice from the chair of physics. In addition, graduate students may be supported by international exchange scholarships and research grants awarded to individual supervisors. The department strives to ensure that the minimum support paid to graduate students will be approximately $10000 per year. Amounts smaller than this are possible and are decided on a case by case basis. If students hold NSERC PGS A awards or other major scholarships, the total remuneration could be in excess of $20000.

Cost of Living as a Graduate Student:

The cost of living for students enrolled full-time in Bishop’s is quite modest by Canadian standards. For example, the cost of housing is less than $5000 per year (and can be as low as $2500 for shared accommodation). The cost of tuition for Quebec residents is about $55 per credit (an average of $1670 per year). Students from outside Quebec and International Students must pay more (See the Fees section of the Academic Calendar). Student fees (less than $1000 per year) must also be paid. The basic cost of food, clothing, and transportation are moderate (about $6000 per year).

Financial support in the form of governmental loans and bursaries is also available.

MSc Application Process

Potential students can initiate a pre-admissions process by completing this form and following the instructions at the bottom of the form. The formal part of the application process (a fee is required) can be initiated once the applicant has been contacted by the Chair of the physics department. The formal online registration process is available here. Please note that there is no formal deadline for applications, but to receive the fullest consideration for registration in September, we encourage students to apply before May 1st.

Recent Master Theses

Daniel Dijamco, A Study of Black Hole Thermodynamics.

Yann Audin, Modification of Landau levels with a parallel linear electric field.

Adriana M. Cardini, An analysis of spherical solutions of the field equations of Einstein and of Brans-Dicke gravity.

Abdelbassit Senhadji, A new channel for the formation and evolution of sub- dwarf stars.

Alexandre Simoneau, Hyperspectral modelling of the night sky brightness in urban and rural environments.

Marianne Lapierre-Léonard, Cosmological applications of the Hawking- Hayward quasi-local mass.

Wen-Jan Chung, Composite polytropes as dark matter halos.

Andres F. Zambrano Moreno, Inhomogeneous dynamical spacetimes in General Relativity and Brans-Dicke gravity.

Hugues Beauchesne, Black-hole free energy during charged collapse.

Benjamin Constantineau, Numerical study of thermodynamics during classical gravitational collapse in 3 + 1 and 4 + 1 dimensions.

Marianne Lapierre-Léonard, Cosmological Applications of the Hawking-Hayward Quasi-Local Mass.

Andres F. Zambrano Moreno, Inhomogeneous dynamical spacetimes in General Relativity and Brans-Dicke gravity.

Nicolas Lanahan-Tremblay, The Initial Value Formulation of Metric and Palatini f(R) Gravities Via First Order Hyperbolicity Analysis of Equivalent Scalar-Tensor Theories.