Physics

Study mode:On campus Study type:Full-time Languages: English
Local:$ 5.39 k / Year(s) Foreign:$ 5.39 k / Year(s) Deadline: Jan 31, 2025
56 place StudyQA ranking:2172 Duration:2 years

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The Department of Physics is a vibrant team consisting of 238 undergraduate students, 128 postgraduate students, 26 regular faculty staff, 1 research assistant professor, 5 lecturers, and 18 technical/supporting staff. Every year, the department hosts a large number of visiting scholars, from postdoctoral fellows to Nobel laureates, who may stay a day and give a seminar, stay a term and teach a course, or stay several months and conduct research. The department has a strong commitment to curiosity-driven research but also recognizes its responsibility in helping industry conduct market-driven research and development. More importantly, the department has established a reputation in taking teaching and supervising students very conscientiously.

If you join the department as a new postgraduate student, you are expected to become an active member of the team. From the diverse research topics covered by the team, there must be one which matches your interest and career goals. Similarly, from our comprehensive postgraduate curriculum, there must be courses which will satisfy your needs in building up your background knowledge. In addition, you will learn from and argue with our staff and visitors on scientific matters. You will receive training in basic laboratory safety and teaching skills. You will present your research results in conferences overseas. You may even conduct some of your research work overseas...... All in all, you will find that the department is a great facilitator in helping a postgraduate student to become an independent researcher.

  • Frontiers in Materials Science
  • Transmission Electron Microscopy
  • Surface Science
  • Photonics: Materials and Devices 
  • Instrumentation I
  • Techniques in Materials Characterization 
  • Quantum Mechanics II
  • Classical Electrodynamics
  • Solid State Theory
  • Introduction to Soft Matter Physics 
  • Instrumentation II 
  • Topics in Theoretical Physics (Advanced Statistical Mechanics) 
  • Topics in Theoretical Physics (Introduction to Many-body Theory) 
  • Topics in Theoretical Physics (Introduction to Particle Physics)
  • Topics in Theoretical Physics (Advanced Computational Physics)
  • Topics in Theoretical Physics (Quantum Optics)
  • Topics in the Frontiers of Physics
  • Methods in Theoretical Physics III
  • Physics of Quantum Information and Quantum Computation 
  • Modern Atomic Physics 
  • Introduction to Biophysics
  • Topics in Experimental Physics (Thin Film Physics and Technology) 
  • Semiconductor Physics and Devices
  • Guided Study 
  • Project III

Requirements

  • Applicants for the MPhil stream should hold, or expect to hold by the time of admission, a Bachelor's degree in Physics or related disciplines, normally with Second Class Honours or overall average result of B or above.
  • Interview will be arranged for shortlisted applicants by individual professors in due course.
  • All applicants MUST have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (or computer-based score of 213 or internet-based score of 79) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5
  • Official transcript of academic records of all tertiary level studies, must be sealed in envelope by the original university (it is not necessary to insert the "Transcript Submission Covering Sheet" to the envelope), to be sent by postal mail;
  • Recommendation form from two referees (if not completed online), to be sent directly by the referees by postal mail or by email to pgadm@phy.cuhk.edu.hk;
  • Copy of certificate of academic qualifications (e.g., degree certificate and graduation certificate, if any);
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Research statement/proposal (if applying to MPhil-PhD programme), indicating clearly the particular study field the applicant is interested in;
  • Copy of HKID/PRC ID card or other identity document as given in the Application Form;
  • Copy of certificate of professional qualifications, prizes and awards (optional); and
  • Bank draft/cheque (in HKD) or bank-in slip for the application fee (if the applicant did not pay by VISA/Master Card), to be sent by postal mail.

Scholarships

  • Full-time students may receive teaching assistantships or postgraduate studentships.
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