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Course schedule for Fall 2017 can be found here -> (File:GradTimetableTerm1. Fall 2017.pdf).

At McMaster, each course is worth 3 units. This does not really matter for graduate students, just be aware that half courses are worth 1.5 units and will only last 6 weeks.

  • Note: Courses starting with '6' are crosslisted with 4th year undergraduate courses. These courses will generally be three 50 minute lectures per week, and will not run during that corresponding semester's reading week, while grad courses still run during reading weeks. At most one 600-level course can be used to meet the course requirements for the MSc degree. PhD students cannot use 600-level courses to satisfy their degree requirements.


Term 1

6S03 Intro. Molecular Biophysics (Dr. Fradin)

6B03 Electromagnetic Theory (Dr. Lee)

6G03 Computational Physics (Dr. Sorensen)

Physics 729 Condensed Matter Physics I (Dr. Gaulin)

Physics 739 Advanced Quantum Mechanics I (Dr. Kallin)

Physics 776 (second half of term) Star Formation (Dr. Pudritz)

Term 2

6E03 Nuclear & Particle Physics (Dr. Burgess)

6F03 Quantum Mechanics II (Dr. Kallin)

6K03 Solid State Physics (Dr. Imai)

Physics 730 Condensed Matter Physics II (Dr. Imai )

Physics 740 Advanced Quantum Mechanics II (Dr. O'Dell)

Physics 750 Statistical Mechanics (Dr. Shi)

Physics 755 Properties of Polymers (Dr. Dalnoki-Veresss)

Physics 756 Special Topics in Biophysics (Dr. Fradin)

Physics 775 Theoretical Cosmology (Dr. Couchman)


All of the courses listed above are courses offered by the physics department. Graduate students can also take courses outside of the physics department (as long as the core course requirements are met, see below). These courses must first be approved by your supervisor, and in some cases the grad chair. Generally, graduate courses offered by Medical Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Chemistry are easily approved (depending on your research discipline of course). Course offerings from some of these key programs are listed below.

Students can also take courses at the Perimeter Institute, or at other universities, without paying additional tuition. Discuss this option with the grad chair to get the appropriate paperwork.

Some relevant courses may also be emailed to you in the weeks leading up to September or January, so keep an eye out for suggested possibly relevant courses.


PhD and MSc Requirements

PhD: Six total courses including at least two core courses. Four of the six courses were taken during the MSc years. The two PhD courses must be at the 700-level. If a student comes to McMaster after doing an MSc elsewhere, they are required to only take two courses. The core course material can be covered during the MSc; if you think you have taken an equivalent to our core courses, bring a course outline to the Associate Chair. If approved, you will still have to take 2 courses but they can be at a more advanced level.


MSc: Four total courses, of which at most one can be taken at the 600-level. Core courses are encouraged but not required for the MSc.


Core Courses

Physics 739 Advanced Quantum Mechanics I

Physics 740 Advanced Quantum Mechanics II

Physics 746 Classical Electrodynamics

Physics 750 Statistical Mechanics


Since some courses are taught on an approximate 2 or 3 year rotation, it is useful to know the last time something was taught. Here's a list of the courses taught in the past few years.

2016/17

Physics 729 Condensed Matter Physics I

Physics 730 Condensed Matter Physics II

Physics 735 Superconductivity

Physics 739 Advanced Quantum Mechanics I

Physics 746 Classical Electrodynamics

Physics 750 Statistical Mechanics

Physics 753 Advanced Statistical Mechanics

Physics 761 Introductory Astrophysics I

Physics 762 Introductory Astrophysics II

Physics 765 Planetary Astronomy

Physics 766 Statistics in Astronomy

Physics 785 Interstellar Medium

2015/16

Physics 729 Condensed Matter 1

Physics 730 Condensed Matter 2

Physics 739 Quantum 1

Physics 740 Quantum 2

Physics 746 Electrodynamics

Physics 750 Stat Mech

Physics 755 Properties of Polymers

Physics 761 Intro Astro 1

Physics 762 Intro Astro 2

Physics 768 Observational Cosmology

Physics 785 Interstellar Medium

Physics 788 Special Topics in Astronomy (computational astrophysics)

2014/15

Physics 729 Condensed Matter 1

Physics 730 Condensed Matter 2

Physics 739 Quantum 1

Physics 740 Quantum 2

Physics 747 Electrodynamics

Physics 750 Stat Mech

Physics 753 Advanced Stat Mech

Physics 756 Special Topics in Biophysics

Physics 776 Theoretical Cosmology

Physics 778 Star Formation

Physics 781 Galactic Dynamics

2013/14

Physics 719 Compressible Fluid Dynamics

Physics 729 Condensed Matter 1

Physics 730 Condensed Matter 2

Physics 735 Superconductivity

Physics 739 Quantum 1

Physics 740 Quantum 2

Physics 746 Electrodynamics

Physics 748 Topics in Theoretical Physics

Physics 750 Stat Mech

Physics 755 Properties of Polymers

Physics 761 Intro Astro 1

Physics 762 Intro Astro 2

Physics 766 Statistics in Astronomy

Physics 782 Galactic Astronomy


2012/13

Physics 729 Condensed Matter 1

Physics 730 Condensed Matter 2

Physics 735 Superconductivity

Physics 739 Quantum 1

Physics 740 Quantum 2

Physics 746 Electrodynamics

Physics 750 Stat Mech

Physics 753 Advanced Stat Mech

Physics 756 Special Topics in Biophysics

Physics 761 Intro Astro 1

Physics 762 Intro Astro 2

Physics 768 Observational Cosmology

Physics 775 Planetary Astronomy

Physics 785 Interstellar Medium