Graduate Seminar Courses

Core Courses (required)

MTSC 6000H Graduate Seminar in Science Communication I (non-credit)
MTSC 6100H Graduate Seminar in Science Communication II (non-credit)
MTSC 6010H Physics and Chemistry of Materials
MTSC 6020H Advanced Topics in Materials Science or MTSC 6140H Experimental Techniques in Materials Characterization

MTSC 7000H Materials science PhD candidacy exam (non-credit; for PhD candidates only)

The ability to communicate one’s ideas effectively is an essential ingredient in any successful career. For this reason, the program places a particular emphasis on the development of communication skills, both oral and written. In addition to the Graduate Seminar courses (MTSC 6000H and 6100H), students will have other opportunities to gain experience in oral communication such as being teaching assistants for undergraduate courses and presenting their work at conferences. Furthermore, for the thesis students, the quality of the oral presentation at the thesis defence will be assessed. The quality and clarity of writing will be assessed in the evaluation of the thesis and the research report.

Elective Courses 

In consultation with your research supervisor, students will successfully complete two electives. The courses available vary from year to year based on faculty availability and student demand.  Courses may include topics in Solid State Theory, Computational Physics, Silicon Chemistry, Biomaterials as well as special topics in materials science. Students are also permitted to take one upper level undergraduate course as one of their elective courses by mutual agreement of their supervisor and the program director.          

Colloquia, Conferences and Workshops

An important part of the graduate experience is an introduction to the wider community of researchers who are participating in similar research. This will be facilitated by attendance at talks of the invited speakers in the regular UOIT and Trent Science Colloquium and seminar series. Furthermore, the students will be encouraged to attend local conferences. If the student obtains significant original results, he or she will be encouraged to present a talk or a poster at a national or international conference and the supervisor of that student will be committed to help fund the travel costs.