The Physics Department offers two research graduate programs: MPhil in Physics
and PhD in Physics
The program of MPhil in Physics aims at providing students with broad training that emphasizes the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The program of PhD in Physics aims at providing research-oriented education for students interested in pursuing their long-term careers in basic and/or applied physics. It prepares students for worldwide competition and broad horizons in their career choices.
Our team of faculty offers strong support for the research PGs. Under their supervision, the research PGs have valuable research output, and many have published scientific papers in leading physics journals. Employment surveys also show that graduates of our programs are able to find jobs relevant to their training.
Our postgraduate programs are backed up by a strong team of faculty members, who specialize in a variety of research interests. The research programs at the Physics Department are focused on condensed matter physics by design. There are 18 experimentalists and 9 theorists. We have three broad categories of faculty members in accordance with their research interests: Theory and simulations, sample fabrication, and experiments and characterizations. We cover the following areas: surface physics, nonlinear optics, semiconductors, magnetic materials, soft condensed matter (including electrorheological fluids), photonics and phononics, and strongly correlated electron systems. For further details please refer to the Research
section of this web site.
Equipment in the research laboratories are very useful and important tools to assist the postgraduate students in completing their programs. A survey of the department's experimental equipment is given in the Research Facilities
section of this web site.
Postgraduate awards in the form of studentships are available for qualified full-time research postgraduate students (i.e., those in the MPhil or PhD programs) to provide them with financial assistance during the course of their study. Awards are based on academic merit and the suitability of the applicant for the proposed program of study, as is the selection of applicants for admission to postgraduate studies. Recipients of studentships are required to engage in ancillary teaching and research duties in the Department. The nature of these assignments may change from time to time according to need.
Admission requirements and how to apply
Applicants for postgraduate programs in physics are expected to hold a BSc degree in physics or related science or engineering disciplines. Selection for admission will be based on academic records and available results of standardized tests in physics, proficiency in the English language, letters of reference and a personal interview at the discretion of the Department.
Please refer to the following web sites of the University's Postgraduate Outreach and Admissions Team (PGOA) of the Office of Postgraduate Studies (PGSO) for details of the admission requirements and application procedures:
Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS)
The Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme (HKPFS) was established by the Hong Kong Research Grants Council (RGC) to attract the best and brightest students from around the world to pursue doctoral studies in Hong Kong. For more information, please visit the following website for details.