Master of Science in Materials Physics

Program Description

The objective of this 17-month-long course-based program is to provide intensive, “hands-on” graduate training in advanced experimental, theoretical, and computational techniques of modern materials science. The goal is to prepare highly knowledgeable and skilled graduates, who will be well-trained as materials scientists to fill jobs in industry, government agencies, research institutes and universities worldwide. The program is being offered by the Department of Physics and its focus is on the applications of condensed-matter Physics to the development and characterization of novel materials, from semiconductors to thin films to superconductors to liposomes.

Through the mentorship of our faculty, you will learn to work both independently and in collaboration with others. You will learn to identify important and critical problems and to use appropriate methods and techniques to address them. An essential part of your training will be to communicate your results to a scientific audience as well as to the non-technical management staff, and to evaluate the business and societal impact of your work without prejudice. These goals will be achieved through presentations at graduate research seminars and through the production of detailed technical laboratory and term reports conforming to the rigorous standards of scientific and technical publications in the fields of Materials Science and Technology.

International students will receive thorough training in the use of technical English and in the style of technical and scientific interactions in the workplace. It is an essential element of the program that many of the graduate classes be shared with the Canadian graduate students, to avoid segregating international students into common-language-based groups and to ensure that the working language remains English.

MSMP is a 17-month-long course-based Master’s International Student Program (ISP) consisting of one month of language training starting at the beginning of August, followed by four academic terms of four months.


All students will participate in an orientation session to familiarize them with the program structure, expectations of graduate students, library and safety training and academic integrity policy.

Academic Program

The academic program will begin in September and will require all students to complete 10 half-credit courses (4 theoretical courses, 3 laboratory courses, 1 computational course, and 2 research seminar courses). The distribution will be 3 courses in the Fall Term (September-December), 4 courses in the Winter Term (January-April), and 3 courses in the Spring/Summer Term (May-August).

Theoretical courses:
Experimental/laboratory courses:
  • PHYS 5P79  (Advanced Experimental Methods in Condensed Matter Physics I)
  • PHYS 5P80  (Advanced Experimental Methods in Condensed Matter Physics II)
  • PHYS 5P81  (Sample Preparation and Characterization Techniques for Materials Science)
Computational courses:
  • PHYS 5P10  (Computational Methods for Materials Science)
Research seminar courses:


Application deadline

Application for entry into the program may be made at any anytime and will be considered when received until the program is full. It is recommended that International Applicants apply at least five months prior to the start of the program.

How to apply

  1. Check that you satisfy  the University requirements
  2. Check that you satisfy the MSMP program requirements:
    • a four-year Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, from an accredited University, in Physics or a closely related discipline, with an average of not less than B average over the last two years of full-time undegraduate study;
    • a sufficient knowledge of English as  specified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies .
    • Briefly, the following English preparation is expected of the students applying into the MSMP program:
      • IELTS Score:  6.0;  PREPARATION:  14-week term of ESL studies ( IELP Level 5), May to August;  ENTRY POINT:  Grad studies upon completion, in September
      • IELTS Score: 5.5;  PREPARATION: Two 14-week terms of ESL studies ( IELP Levels 4&5), January to August;  ENTRY POINT:  Grad studies upon completion, in September

Follow the above links to find out more about each of the preparatory programs.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is recommended for international students but not required.

  1. Submit your application  via the online system of the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). Please note that you will be prompted at the completion of your online application to pay a non-refundable application processing fee (currently, Can$105), payable by credit card or internet banking. Further details may be found on the  Faculty of Graduate Studies website .
  2. You will be contacted by email (within one week) when we have received your paid application, informing you of the required application materials. This email will also provide you with your Brock Campus ID (it will look like  xx15yy  – 2 letters, 2 numbers, 2 letters) and instructions on how to log in to the  Brock portal  to monitor the status of your application and documents.

Pre-masters option

Applicants holding an undergraduate degree without sufficient background in Physics, may be required to complete additional qualifying undergraduate courses prior to an admission into the MSMP program.

Pre-admissions evaluation

Students are encouraged to  contact us  for a pre-admission evaluation. Be sure to attach electronic copies of all relevant transcripts and a brief statement of interest. We will arrange for a personal interview, via a suitable teleconference facility if necessary.

Brock’s Office of International Recruitment  can help you with your application. Their contacts are:

MSMP – 2019-20 Tuition Fees

The information on this page is subject to revision without notice

Total Tuition Fees – $30, 870

Ancillary Fees *  (Student Fees,  Health and Dental Plan  and an eight-month  Bus Pass ) – see below

UHIP Health Coverage * $624

Physics Graduate Student Preparation **  (GSPP)$975

*  up-to-date information can be found at the  Student Financial Services  website
**  For students with IELP score of at least 6.5; for lower scores, additional  IELP fees  may apply

Payment Schedule

In addition to these program costs, students should budget  $ 10,000 to  $ 15,000 per year for living expenses, depending on lifestyle.

  • April 30 – $2,000
  • July 31 – one-half of the total tuition (less the deposit paid) + GSPP fee
  • December 31 – one-quarter of the total tuition
  • April 30 – one-quarter of the total tuition

Ancillary fees, as set by the University, are due mid-September of each year.

In 2018, they include:

  • University Health Services fee:  $ 27.90 FW +  $ 6.30 SP/SU
  • Mental Health and Wellness fee: $20
  • Athletics: $15.16 per term
  • Recreation Facilities Fee: $4.62 per term
  • Zone Fitness Center: $23.12 per term
  • GSA Health and Dental (required in addition to UHIP): $475 per calendar year
  • GSA Transit Pass: $259.35 (only covers FW, not available in SP/SU)
  • GSA Fee: $12.70 per term
  • Canadian Federation of Students Membership Fee: $8.37 per term
  • GSA Services Fee: $45.15 per calendar year

All of the amounts presented above are subject to revision and are presented here for guidance purposes only. The definitive information about the current level of fees is available from the  Student Financial Services  website.

MSMP – Careers

MSc in Materials Physics is a new program (first intake took place in September, 2016), but some of the expected career fields for the MSMP graduates to explore include:

  • Nanotechnology
  • Biotechnology
  • Energy Sector
  • Electronics Industry
  • Metallurgy
  • Medical technology
  • Coatings Industry
  • Biomaterials

In the meantime, take a look at what some of the Brock Physics graduates replied when we asked them about their “life after Brock”.

Profiles of Brock Physics Graduates