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Astronomy, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
    Duration
University rank #51 (QS) ,
The Department of Physics & Astronomy at UBC is noted for the excellence of its research and its high academic standards and integrity. We are constantly rated as one of the top Physics & Astronomy programs in the world.

About

UBC research in astronomy and astrophysics covers most areas of current interest in this broad field, including a wide range of theoretical and observational studies in astronomy, and also experimental and theoretical studies in cosmology. 

Research at optical wavelengths includes searches and orbital determination for asteroids and comets, photometric studies of stellar populations, particularly globular clusters, studies of distant galaxies and active galactic nuclei, and time-resolved spectroscopy of variable stars and active binary star systems. 

Studies at microwave and radio frequencies include research on variable radio sources, searches for pulsars, the early stages of star formation, relativistic jets, and balloon-borne measurements of the cosmic microwave background radiation. 

A variety of theoretical work complements this research, with topics that range from planetary dynamics and the structure of neutron stars, to theoretical studies of structure formation in the early universe. Development of astronomical instrumentation is also supported.

The Ph.D. in Physics or Astronomy program requires a thesis and 12 credits of coursework, all at the 500 level. The course selection is determined in consultation with the student's supervisory committee. Students entering the Ph.D. program must have the equivalent of the required courses for the M.Sc. program, or will be required to take those courses during the program.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Galaxies Subject
  • High-energy Astrophysics
  • Planetary Astronomy
  • Stars
  • Astronomical Statistics
  • Observational Techniques
  • Cosmology
  • Directed Studies
  • Dissertation

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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General Requirements

Admission requirements:
  • Letters of recommendation 
  • Official transcripts
  • Academic history
  • Essay
  • CV

Tuition Fee

  • International

    8776 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 8776 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    4995 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4995 CAD per year and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Vancouver

  • 1590 - 2690 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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