Master of Science - Physics and Physical Oceanography

2 years
9,666 CAD
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
St. John's / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

Memorial University of Newfoundland's Department of Physics and Physical Oceanography has a well-established graduate studies programme that is supported by a strong research tradition. Since the beginning of graduate studies at Memorial in 1960, the Department has offered MSc degrees, and its first PhD programme was established in 1969. Our students are now overseen by teachers with international expertise, connections, and recognition. NSERC, the CFI, and other organisations generously sponsor our research projects. Our laboratories and computer facilities are set up to provide students with world-class research possibilities.

Theoretical, computational, experimental, and observational investigations of planetary fluid dynamics, glacial ice sheet dynamics, acoustic observation methods, instrument development, and global climate modelling are among the research prospects in physical oceanography. Condensed matter physics research is divided into three broad categories: hard condensed matter, which involves solids with high melting points, ultra-low temperatures, and quantum mechanical effects; soft condensed matter, which involves liquids, colloids and polymers, proteins, lipids, viruses, and cells; and applied physics, which involves sensors and photonics.

Other physics research areas include particle physics and black hole physics.

The MSc degree is available in Physics or Physical Oceanography. The curriculum consists of four courses and a thesis that can be finished in two years of full-time study.

Program structure

  • Condensed Matter Physics I
  • Condensed Matter Physics II
  • Superconductivity
  • Path Integral Techniques in Condensed Matter Physics
  • Special Topics in Condensed Matter Physics
  • Biophysics
  • Special Topics in Interdisciplinary Areas
  • Nonlinear Dynamics
  • Ocean Dynamics I
  • Ocean Dynamics II
  • Physical Oceanography
  • Physical Fluid Dynamics
  • Field Oceanography
  • Polar Oceanography
  • Ocean Measurements and Data Analysis
  • Ocean Acoustics
  • Numerical Modelling
  • Climate Dynamics
  • Turbulence
  • Coastal Oceanography
  • Stratified Fluids
  • Stability Theory
  • Models in Ocean Ecology
  • Special Topics in Physical Oceanography
  • Laboratory Experiments in Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
  • Statistical Mechanics
  • Theory of Phase Transitions
  • Stochastic Processes, Time-Dependent and Non-equilibrium Statistical Mechanics
  • Soft Matter Physics
  • Electrodynamics
  • Light Scattering Spectroscopy
  • Special Topics in Atomic and Molecular Physics
  • Group Theory
  • Special Topics in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics
  • Quantum Mechanics I
  • Quantum Mechanics II
  • Quantum Information and Computing
  • Techniques in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics
  • Special Topics in Experimental and Applied Physics


  • Tuition — 9,666 CAD

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD

Requirements for applicants

  • Bachelor's degree (minimum second class) in Physics or equivalent.
  • For the M.Sc. program in Physical Oceanography, preference will be given to applicants with a B.Sc. Honours degree who have taken senior undergraduate courses in fluids, oceanography, and mathematical physics.

Applicants who did not complete a baccalaureate or post-graduate degree at a recognized university where English is the primary language of instruction must normally complete either the:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and achieve a paper-based score of 580 (or higher), computer-based score of 237 (or higher), or internet-based score of 92-93 (or higher); or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and achieve a score of 7 (or higher).
  • Please note that other equivalent tests acceptable to Memorial University’s School of Graduate Studies will also be considered.

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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