Physics and Astronomy

Top Reasons to study Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba

1) You’re at home in the universe

Astronomy and astrophysics examine the universe, galaxies and stars; stellar birth, evolution and death; how explosions of stars create fast-moving cosmic ray particles and pulsars; how the rotation of galaxies reveals the presence of dark matter; and cosmology and the evolution of the universe. Physics explores the universe from the grandest to most minute; from the structure of the cosmos to the structure of sub-atomic particles, and all the forces that hold them together and apart.

2) You want access to state of the art equipment

Our students have access to on-site planetarium and research laboratories with state of the art equipment including: high-resolution mass spectrometers, helium liquefier, dilution refrigerator for milikelvin temperatures, and an ultrasonics research laboratory. Students also have access to International re-search facilities such as: TRIUMF (Canada’s national sub-atomic physics lab), Compute Canada, National high-performance computing system, Jefferson National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory in the United States.

3) You want outstanding research opportunities

At the U of M, students have opportunities to work in laboratories and gain research experience as early as their second year.

4) You’re seeking joint and diverse program options

Our program options include Physics, Subatomic, Nuclear, Condensed Matter, Astronomy and Astro-physics, Medical and Biological Physics, and joint program options include Math and Physics, Chemistry and Physics, Computer Science and Physics.

5) We have world class research underway

Our faculty are leading experts in the fields of astrophysics, atomic and molecular physics, condensed matter and materials physics, mass spectrometry, mathematical physics, medical physics, and subatomic physics.

What will I learn?

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Program Options

  • 3-year general
  • 4-year Majors
  • 4-year Honours
  • 4-year Joint Honours (Mathematics, Computer Science, and Chemistry)
Sample Courses
  • PHYS 1050: Mechanics
  • PHYS1810, The Magnificent Universe
  • PHYS 2210: Understanding Electricity and Magnetism
  • PHYS 2380: Quantum Physics
  • PHYS 2390: Theoretical Physics
  • PHYS 3220: Medical Physics and Physiological Measurement
  • PHYS 3630: Electro- and Magnetodynamics and Special Relativity
  • PHYS 3670: Classical Thermodynamics
  • PHYS 4230: The Phenomenology of Galaxies
  • PHYS 4400: Medical Imaging
  • PHYS 4520: Applied Nuclear Science

What can I do with this degree?

Career Opportunities:

Your science degree opens doors to many careers in science, or you can go on to further study in a science related field, graduate program, or professional degree program, such as education, dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, rehabilitation sciences, or veterinary medicine.

This list represents multiple career possibilities, but is by no means exhaustive. Some careers may require further education.


Opportunities for Future Studies include:

The University of Manitoba offers graduate programs in Physics and Astronomy for Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Research & Development
  • Research Scientist
  • Experimental Physicist
  • Theoretical Physicist
  • Acoustics Physicist
  • Condensed Matter Physicist
  • Materials Scientist
  • Electronics Research Scientist
  • Cosmologist
  • Planetary Scientist
  • Exploration Geophysicist
  • Observational Astronomer
  • Computational Astrophysicist
  • Theoretical Astrophysicist
  • High Energy Physicist
  • Nuclear Physicist
  • Solar Physicist
  • Extragalactic Astronomer
  • Stellar Astronomer
  • University Professor
  • College Professor
  • High School Physics Teacher
  • High School Science Teacher
  • High School Mathematics Teacher
  • Elementary School Teacher
Computer Hardware & Software
  • Analyst
  • IT Consultant
  • Programmer
  • Semiconductor Physicist
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Technical Support
  • Web Developer
  • Data Scientist
Health Care
  • Biophysicist
  • Health Physicist
  • Medical Physicist
  • Optics Physicist
  • Plasma Physicist
  • Radiation Physicist
  • Imaging Physicist
  • Energy & Environment
  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Ocean Scientist
  • Remote Sensing
  • Physicist
  • Meteorologist
  • Climatologist
  • Nuclear Power Scientist
Applied Physics & Engineering
  • Forensic Physicist
  • Application Engineer
  • Associate Engineer
  • Design Engineer
  • Development Engineer
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Engineering Technician
  • Field Engineer
  • General Engineer
  • Laser Engineer
  • Manufacturing Technician