Graduates with a bachelor's degree in engineering or with an honours BSc degree in physics or astronomy may be considered for admission to a program leading to the PhD degree. However, such graduates must first register as candidates for the MSc degree and are required, before completing the doctoral program, to demonstrate capability in several core areas of the Physics and Astronomy Graduate Program. These areas depend on the research area of the student. If their progress is satisfactory, they may be transferred after one year into the PhD program and advance in status to candidate (PhD I) on the recommendation of their research supervisor and the Program Director.
Graduates with a master's degree in physics, astronomy, or engineering physics from a recognized university may be admitted directly as candidates (PhD I) into a program leading to the PhD degree.