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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.

  • Undergraduate Studies

    Undergraduate Studies

    Combine hands-on experience with excellent theoretical grounding.

  • Graduate Studies

    Graduate Studies

    Join our strong and diverse research community.

  • 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.


New Teaching-Track Position in Medical and Biological Physics. Click here for more details.

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




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


Tuesday, 9 April 2019

  Jules PierreJean Carbotte died April 5 at age 81 of complications of cancer. Jules was born in Long Beach California, March 26, 1938 while his parents... Read more

The sound of science: Astronomy and Music come together for special presentation of The Planets

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Using stunning images and video taken by NASA spacecraft, Laura Parker and Ralph Pudritz, both of McMaster’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, are teaming up... Read more

Happy International Women's Day!

Friday, 8 March 2019

Our Department has a number of phenomenal women who have accomplished great things. Congratulations to all and a Happy International Women's Day! Special congratulations this... Read more


Wednesday, 6 March 2019

The Department of Physics & Astronomy at McMaster University invites applications for a teaching-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor with expertise in... Read more

HPO and our Department partner to perform The Planets

Friday, 1 February 2019

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and McMaster Department of Physics and Astronomy have partnered to offer you an opportunity to experience Holst’s iconic suite, The Planets as part... Read more

Canadian Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CCUWIP) 2019

Monday, 21 January 2019

No less than 16 of our undergraduate students attended the Canadian Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CCUWIP) this past weekend, which was held this... Read more

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