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MSc PROGRAM:

The MSc program is open to students with a Bachelor's Degree in Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry or related areas of Engineering, or should be an intern or senior student in one of these branches, or have an equivalent preparation. To qualify for a fellowship, a minimum undergraduate GPA of 8/10 is required.

There are two ways to be accepted in the program: a) The candidate should present and satisfactorily pass a level examination in classical mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics and mathematical methods. b) The candidate must take and pass with a minimum GPA of 8.0/10 propaedeutic courses offered by the Department. The last method allows the adaptation to the academic life in our Department, and student's academic skills can be evaluated in more detail. Undergraduate preparation assumed: Electromagnetism at level of Foundations of Electromagnetic Theory, Reitz, Milford and Christy, Addison-Wesley. Thermodynamics at the level of F. Reif, Fundamentals of Statistical and Thermal Physics, McGraw-Hill; H. B. Callen, Thermodynamics, Wiley & Sons. Mathematical Methods at the level of G. Arfken, Mathematical Methods for Physicist (Third edition), Academic Press, 1985. Classical Mechanics at the level of Ch. Kittel, Mechanics, Berkeley Physics Course, Vol. 1; Classical Dynamics of Particles and Systems, Marion.

PhD PROGRAM: Degrees granted

The Physics Department at Cinvestav offers two programs for PhD degree: Traditional and Direct PhD programs. The traditional PhD program is open to students with an MSc degree in physics or with an equivalent preparation. The candidates are required to take and pass a general qualifying examination (pre-doctoral) on Classical Electrodynamics, Classical Mechanics, Equilibrium Statistical Mechanics and Quantum Mechanics. The foreign students who have presented the GRE in physics may not be required for qualifying examination depending on their score. The candidates are required to present three letters of recommendation and, it is responsibility of the applicant to select and contact a faculty member who would be willing to serve as the student's advisor.

The Traditional PhD program must be completed within four years. The PhD students are required to be full time students. They should take three elective advanced graduate courses and must participate in at least three teaching assistantships, engage in a research work, which involves the presentation of a plan of a research project and doctoral thesis that must be developed during four years. During the developing of the thesis research, the students are required to present a set of seminars related to the advancements in their investigations. Once the students have completed their thesis, they are required to publish at least one article in an international journal in the field, they are asked to present and defend the thesis in front of a suitable committee.

The Direct PhD program consists of ten semesters. The PhD students are required to be full time students. From the 1st to the 3rd, semesters the students are required to take nine advanced graduate courses in classical mechanics, mathematical methods, classical electrodynamics, quantum mechanics, statistical mechanics and advanced physics lab. During the 3rd semester the candidates are required to take predoctoral exams, this examination may be repeated only once. In the remaining part of the program, the students must take three additional elective advanced graduate courses and must participate in at least three teaching assistantships. By the fourth semester, the students must be engaged in their research work, which involves the presentation of a plan for a research project and doctoral thesis. During the developing of the thesis research, the students are required to present a set of seminars related to the advance in their investigations. Once the students have completed their thesis, they are required to publish at least one article in an international journal in the field, they are asked to present and defend the thesis in front of a suitable committee. Thesis is obligatory, it must contain original research. The goal is to form independent researchers and encourage the resercher skills in areas of interest for the students.

PhD. Program preparation assumed: Classical Mechanics, Herbert Goldstein Addison-Wesley. Mathematical Methods for Physicists, George Arfken, Academic Press, New York, 1970. Classical Electrodynamics, John David Jackson, John Wiley & Sons, New York. Quantum Mechanics Vol. I C. Cohen-Tannoudji, B. Diu, F. Laloe, Wiley-Interscience, 2006. Quantum Mechanics, A. Messiah, Dover Publications 1999. Modern Quantum Mechanics, J. J. Sakurai, Addison Wesley, 1993. Address admissions inquiries to:

Coordinación de Admisión. Departamento de Física.
Av. IPN 2508, Col. Zacatenco Mexico DF 07360. Mexico.
Phone number: (525)57473838
E-mail address: admision(at)fis.cinvestav.mx
 

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