Physics and Physical Oceanography

Why Physics and Physical Oceanography @ Memorial?

The Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography at Memorial University of Newfoundland has a well-established graduate studies program backed by a strong tradition of research. The Department has offered MSc programs since the inception of graduate studies at Memorial in 1960 and its first PhD program was created in 1969. In the present day, our students are supervised by faculty with international experience, connections, and recognition. Our research programs receive generous funding from NSERC, the CFI, and other organisations. Our labs and computer facilities are equipped to offer students world-class research opportunities.

Research opportunities in physical oceanography include coastal oceanography, numerical modeling, ocean acoustics, ocean mixing, fisheries oceanography, laboratory fluid dynamics, ocean instrumentation, and operational oceanography. Research in experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics spans four broad themes: (i) biomaterials and soft matter, (ii) magnetic and electronic materials, (iii) nanoscience and molecular physics, and (iv) photonics, spectroscopy, and microscopy. Theoretical and computational studies include numerical and analytic calculations pertaining to condensed matter (magnetic systems, superconductors, polymers, carbon nanostructures, the glass transition, nucleation and dynamics in supercooled liquids) and gravitational and black hole physics. Computational research within the Department is supported by excellent high performance computing facilities.

Description of programs

  • MSc – The MSc program involves courses and a thesis and can be completed in two years of full-time study.
  • PhD – The PhD program involves courses, a comprehensive exam, and a thesis, and can be completed in four years of full-time study.

Contact a faculty supervisor

Graduate applicants interested in research-based programs are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty supervisor at the time of application. Visit the Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography website for areas for a list of faculty members, their research interests, and contact information. You may also use the Yaffle search engine to find a supervisor you may wish to work with.

Minimum admission requirements

  • MSc – Bachelor's degree (minimum second class) in Physics or equivalent
  • PhD – Master’s degree in Physics or equivalent


Important Note: The information provided on this website is subject to change.The University Calendar is the final authority on university fees and regulations.

Program Information
Degrees Offered:

MSc (Physics, Physical Oceanography)

PhD (Atomic and Molecular Physics, Condensed Matter Physics)




MSc: 2 years

PhD: 4 years


St. John's

Application Deadline:

February 1 for Fall admission

June 1 for Winter admission

October 1 for Spring admissions


MSc: $19,000 | PhD: $20,500

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Tuition (Canadian students):

MSc: $632-$953/semester
PhD: $888/semester

Tuition (International students):

MSc: $822-$1,239/semester
PhD: $1,153/semester

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