Perimeter Scholars International is a one-year Masters level course in Theoretical Physics designed to bring highly qualified, highly motivated graduate students to the cutting edge of theoretical physics in an intense, interactive learning environment. Taught by some of the world's top physicists, students at PSI are fully integrated into the unique international culture and dynamic atmosphere of a leading research institute, the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, while earning Masters degrees from the University of Waterloo.
Students come to PSI for a variety of reasons. Some are attracted by the possibility of continuing on to a PhD with a Perimeter faculty member. Many students apply who have decided that they want to do theoretical physics but do not yet know enough to commit to a specific sub-area, such as string theory, particle physics or condensed matter. Studying a broad range of theoretical physics subjects with a diverse group of highly motivated students is a great way to discover what is right for you.
In the Spring of 2012, up to 40 students from countries around the world will be admitted into next years PSI program. Admission is highly competitive, and students who are admitted will be fully supported. Classes start in mid-August, and, within 12 months, successful graduates of PSI will receive both a Masters Degree in Physics from the University of Waterloo and a Perimeter Scholars International Certificate from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. PSI admitted its first class in the summer of 2009.
The course work is divided into four phases and is followed by a short research project, the Essay:
The program also includes language courses at various levels, training in scientific writing and presentation workshops.
Although all course grades are either Credit or No Credit, PSI's approach to evaluation involves continuous assessment throughout the year conducted by PSI's resident Fellows and faculty. The goal is to encourage all students to achieve their potential and to avoid grade-chasing competition.
Details on the PSI curriculum can be found here.