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    The Department of Physics & Astronomy is committed to McMaster’s tradition of strong, innovative undergraduate and graduate teaching programs that link to strong, innovative research programs. Our integration of teaching and learning creates a whole that is greater than the parts.

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    Undergraduate Studies

    Combine hands-on experience with excellent theoretical grounding.

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    Graduate Studies

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  • Facilities

    Facilities

    Use cutting-edge facilities in our hands-on undergraduate experience.

  • William J. McCallion Planetarium

    William J. McCallion Planetarium

    Visit the Universe at our on-campus 35-seat Planetarium.

  • Research Opportunities

    Research Opportunities

    Explore new and ground-breaking areas of investigation.

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs

Embark on one of the many exciting paths that Physics & Astronomy has to offer, with this comprehensive list of all our undergraduate programs.

Research

Research

Research

Explore the many research areas that our department has to offer from astrophysics to quantum optics and much more...

Chair's Message

Chair's Message

Chair's Message

Our department is committed to the McMaster tradition of strong, innovative undergraduate and graduate teaching programs...

Physics Help

Physics Help

Physics Help

Need some extra help in your first-year physics courses? Our department offers numerous resources to help our students succeed.

Latest News

Life After Mac: Real stories of alumni finding their way — Ben

Monday, 26 September 2022

Real stories of alumni finding their way: "I enrolled in the Integrated Science program at McMaster, but soon realized that physics was my academic calling... Read more

Dr. Fiona McNeill and her research group are TikTok famous!

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

Dr. Fiona McNeill and her research group have been researching the lead content in 18th century white lead makeup and have been creating TikToks as... Read more

First in-person 'Meet the Profs' in 3 years!

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

We were thrilled to host our first in-person 'Meet the Profs' event in-person since 2019. It was fantastic to meet, mingle and share some yummy... Read more

Physics and Astronomy Tenure-Track Faculty Position Job Opening

Friday, 16 September 2022

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Quantum Matter Theory The Department of Physics & Astronomy at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track... Read more

Undergrad student completes co-op term in Germany

Friday, 9 September 2022

This summer, Julia Azzi (Honours Medical & Biological Physics co-op) completed an internship at Hochschule Hof in Hof, Germany through the DAAD (German Academic Exchange... Read more

Future of Canada Project (FCP) Announcement

Monday, 8 August 2022

On 26th July, the Future of Canada Project announced it will fund nine new interdisciplinary research projects at McMaster, which includes Dr. Robert Cockcroft et al's... Read more

Supporting the next generation of Indigenous research scholars

Thursday, 14 July 2022

Bonita Bohnet, our summer student worked with Dr. Robert Cockcroft on Indigenous Astronomy Projects. Here's the link to Daily News.  Read more

Graeme Luke awarded Faculty of Science Research Chair

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

July 12, 2022 Congrats to Professor Graeme Luke on being appointed the Faculty of Science Research Chair in Quantum Condensed Matter Physics. Research Chairs are appointed... Read more

David Venus Retirement Party

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

June 28, 2022 Professor and former department chair David Venus retired in July 2021, but we couldn’t celebrate until almost a year later because of COVID... Read more

Sara Etehadolhagh granted a posthumous degree

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

   June 16, 2022 At convocation this year, our student Sara Etehadolhagh, who was tragically killed in a car crash in 2021, was awarded her Honours BSc... Read more

Tina Stewart Retirement Party

Wednesday, 13 July 2022

April 22, 2022 After 2 decades with the Department of Physics & Astronomy, Tina Stewart retired from her position as an administrator assistant on June 1... Read more

Holy Cross School Grade 8 Thank you card

Monday, 27 June 2022

Holy Cross School kindergarten students wrote a thank you card to Dr. Robert Cockcroft about their Planetarium tour on June 22, 2022.    Read more

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