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Best Physics Graduate Schools in Canada

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> Concordia University
Concordia (in Montreal) has a terrible physics department. There's an exodus from physics here for good reason. I was led to this post looking for another university.
 
  • #27
Do you know how much emphasis UBC lays on GRE subject test scores in regards to admissions?

I really want to get into UBC but I took my Physics GRE on Saturday and I don't think I did so well. However, I have got very good references and I also have a publication in Condensed Matter Physics.

Have you heard of any students with low GRE scores but who are good otherwise who got into UBC?
It seems that you asked this four years ago, so I do not think that my answer will be particularly useful for you anymore, but anyway it may be useful for someone else who read this forum.
Well, I got accepted to UBC (and Toronto and Mcgill as well) with just 680 in PGRE, and 780 in the quantitative part of the general test. I am an international student student from Mexico, and had no particularly strong references, nor publications. I was top of my class though (But in my class we were only 10 people).
 
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It seems that you asked this four years ago, so I do not think that my answer will be particularly useful for you anymore, but anyway it may be useful for someone else who read this forum.
Well, I got accepted to UBC (and Toronto and Mcgill as well) with just 680 in PGRE, and 780 in the quantitative part of the general test. I am an international student student from Mexico, and had no particularly strong references, nor publications. I was top of my class though (But in my class we were only 10 people).
Is it true that Canadian universities are that much easier to get into than International schools? Does that mean they aren't as good or is it just a Canadian thing? Did you have lots of research even if not publications?
 
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What do you know about University of Alberta??
isn't it a good school? Currently I'm in Arizona State university (Physics) and I'm Planing to move to University of Alberta ( for a chemical and material Eng).
What do you know about the University of Alberta??
Thanks
 
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No one even mentioned Waterloo?
 
  • #31
> University of Waterloo
> McGill University
> Concordia University
> University of Toronto
> University of Guelph



This is a strange list, and inaccurate, as mentioned above Concordia is not really a strong school, Guelph and Waterloo are the same thing for graduate physics, they have a joint program.

Mac is really strong in condensed matter, UBC is strong in some areas as is U Alberta and Queen's (particularly SNO).
 
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Concordia has an abysmal physics program.
 
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I'm deciding between these undergraduate programs and would love to hear your opinions. I know this is for graduate school but the relevance here is that these are Canadian Universities.

University of Waterloo (Mathematical Physics):
http://www.math.uwaterloo.ca/AM_Dept/mathPhys/

UBC (Combined Honours Mathematics and Physics):
http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,434

University of Toronto (Mathematics and Physics):
http://www.artsandscience.utoronto.ca/ofr/calendar/prg_mat.htm#programs [Broken]

McGill University (Honours Mathematics and Physics):
http://www.physics.mcgill.ca/ugrads/math.html

I was also deciding on Queen's University Physics and Mathematics but was unsure if they were strong in the Sciences.
 
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Well, I had to decide between those programs as well, and I choose U of T, (you should search some posts on the topic here and some of my older posts for threads), Oh I live in Vancouver so that may be relevant.

If you have any questions ask! but isn't it a bit too late to accept offers or are you going to be a high school senior?
 
  • #35
To be honest, I imagine all of those schools would be pretty much identical education wise. U of T may have a little more recognition outside of Canada getting into graduate schools but I doubt it actually matters. A strong student at any of those schools (including Queen's) would not have doors closed because of their choice.

So, what probably matters more is where you want to live and what learning environment you want.

Check out profiles on
http://www.globecampus.ca [Broken]
can be quite helpful
 
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The Academic Ranking of World Universities ARWU 2010 has just been released. the top Canadian universities according to the rank are:

1. U of T
2. U BC
3. McGill
4. McMaster
5. U of A
6. University of Montreal
7. University of Calgary
8. University of Waterloo


In physics, the top four are:

1. U of T
2. McGill
3. McMaster
4. U BC

http://www.arwu.org/ [Broken]
 
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Thanks a lot, the information provided was very helpful, I'm actaully entering grade 11 and I'm just very curious, sorry if it sounded misleading.

Thanks, Kevin
 
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I heard that University of Alberta in the one of upcomming school and its really good of "Oil Sand researches..."
is that true??
U o T has very young condensed matter research group and stilll they developing that.
I think other universities has the same situation except McGills.
 
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The Academic Ranking of World Universities ARWU 2010 has just been released. the top Canadian universities according to the rank are:

1. U of T
2. U BC
3. McGill
4. McMaster
5. U of A
6. University of Montreal
7. University of Calgary
8. University of Waterloo

http://www.arwu.org/
:biggrin: First time I ever get to see my university make it into the top 10 of anything.
 
  • #40
For AMO physics, York University is widely regarded among the top universities in Canada. There is also a great condensed matter physics lab here.

Just thought I'd put a plug in for York.
 
  • #41
um is UBC or UT better in astrophyiscs and cosmology??
i am really worried about my career!!!!!! arrrghhhh
 
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I heard that University of Alberta in the one of upcomming school and its really good of "Oil Sand researches..."
is that true??
Yup, the Athabasca oil sands ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athabasca_oil_sands ) are in Alberta, and much industry support is given to the UofA in this area. This mainly applies to engineering.
 

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