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Department of Physics and Astronomy

Science B 605
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
Tel: (403) 220-5385

Gerri Evans

Graduate Application Enquiries
Tel: (403) 220-3618

Tracy Korsgaard

Graduate Program Coordinator
Tel: (403) 220-3617

Overview & Specializations


All graduate students must declare a specialization. In PHAS, the following specializations are offered:

  • Physics  (includes quantum optics, isotope science, complexity science, general relativity, environmental physics)
  • Astrophysics
  • MR Imaging
  • Space Physics
  • Radiation Oncology Physics1,2

These specializations usually but not necessarily follow the research group that you join. The physics specialization includes all other areas of research (quantum optics, isotope science, complexity science, general relativity, and environmental physics).

Degree Streams

  • The PhD program is only offered as a thesis-based program.


All graduate students are expected to perform independent research (under the guidance of a departmental faculty member) as a core part of their degree requirements. To find out more about the research going on in the department, please visit the Research page. See the Directory of People for a list of faculty with links to their homepages.

Fees & Funding

Funding for graduate students generally comes from a combination of teaching assistantships, research assistantships (funding from your supervisor), and scholarships.  Also find out information about tuition and fees.


The Department of Physics and Astronomy has graduate oversight committees to ensure that students are satisfied with their programs and making progross with their work. 

Graduate Course Calendar

Graduate Course Calendar available on the Graduate Studies website.

Academic Advice

If you have any further questions about the graduate programs, the application process or program requirements, please contact the graduate program coordinator. 

Ms. Tracy Korsgaard
Graduate Program Coordinator
Phone: (403) 220-3617
Office: SB 605A

Dr. Ann-Lise Norman
Associate Head, Graduate
Phone: (403) 220-5405
Office: SB 133

More info

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1he radiation oncology physics specialization is only offered as Thesis-based MSc or PhD programs. It cannot be taken as course-based MSc program.
2This is a CAMPEP-accredited program in Medical Phyiscs. Students interested in radiation oncology and cancer therapy studies should apply for this specialization, while stduents interested in the MR Imaging side of medical physics generally complete a physics specialization for their degree.