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Physics, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #30 (BCR) Vancouver, Canada | Kelowna, Canada
Students in the Physics program at University of British Columbia study the material world and the energy that drives it, from the smallest particles like neutrinos and Higgs bosons, to the very largest structures in the universe, and ultimately the universe itself.
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Overview

Physics, which deals with matter and energy and the interactions between the two, allows us to understand phenomena that take place around us and in the universe. Physical laws help us perceive our world. Some physicists use these principles in theoretical areas, such as the nature of time and the origin of the universe. Others apply their physics knowledge to the development of advanced materials, electronic and optical devices, and medical equipment.

The Physics program at University of British Columbia is available as a major or honours degree, with options for a combined honours in Physics and Astronomy, which is suggested if you wish to enter a career in research. Combined honours in Chemical Physics and Physics and Mathematics are also options. When combined with proper electives, the Physics specialization is suitable as pre-training for a professional degree in architecture, commerce, education, law, or medicine. 

The large number of electives will enable you to obtain significant background in another field, such as computer science, applied mathematics, physical geography, oceanography, geophysics, or geology. You may wish to select a double major, which can be obtained by satisfying the degree requirements in two subjects.

Your future

A degree in Physics can lead to a career in medical physics, education, high technology, business, science journalism, or many other fields. The specialization will help you cultivate your ability to think logically, while also emphasizing research and communication skills. A high level of numeracy and strong computational skills are also vital to the successful completion of a BSc in Physics.

More than one third of UBC BSc Physics graduates further their studies in MSc/PhD programs or medical, law, education, or journalism school.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Structure and Bonding in Chemistry
  • Differential Calculus with Applications to Physical Sciences and Engineering
  • Dynamics and Waves
  • Electricity, Light and Radiation
  • Experimental Physics Lab
  • Matrix Algebra
  • Relativity and Quanta

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with competitive scores, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)
  • IB Mathematics, excluding IB Math Studies*
  • IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
  • Grade 11/junior-level Chemistry
  • Grade 11/junior-level Physics (may be waived with grades of 5 in IB Mathematics and IB Chemistry)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9804 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39197 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1344 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5399 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs

  • Kelowna, Canada

    1296 - 1930 CAD/month
    Living Costs
  • Vancouver, Canada

    1590 - 2690 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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Funding

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