Earth, Space, and Physical Science (PhD)

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Length of program

48 months

Mode of delivery

In person

Program consists of:

  • Thesis
  • Coursework
  • Comprehensive examination




Summer, Fall and Spring

Program description

Students in this program are normally supervised by Faculty members in the following contributing departments/areas: Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geography, and Physics and Astronomy.

Research in this program focuses on the physical sciences, with an emphasis on understanding and predicting the behaviour of complex systems. Areas of research include remote sensing, polymers, surface chemistry and physics, soft condensed matter, superconductors, neutral radical conductors, synthetic methods, earth systems science, and climate change and modeling. In their programs, researchers use a wide range of spectroscopic techniques and physical techniques, in combination with novel theoretical and computational approaches, to study a diverse range of complex systems. Graduates of this program are distinguished by their versatility, and by their integrated and comprehensive knowledge of mathematical and physical research tools.

Finding a supervisor

Students are required to secure a potential supervisor prior to submitting an application for this program.

Behnam Seyed Mahmoud
Christopher Hopkinson
Craig Coburn
Derek Peddle
Hester Jiskoot
James Byrne
Paul Hazendonk
Laura Chasmer
Locke Spencer
David Naylor
Paul Hayes
Peter Dibble
Philip Bonnaventure
Rene Barendregt
Wei Xu

Additional supervisors may be available. Visit Search Supervisors webpage or contact the School of Graduate Studies.