Physics

Physics is one of the most fundamental of all sciences, and is the basis of our scientific knowledge of the physical world. It seeks to explain the behaviour of matter, time and space in the universe and covers phenomena ranging from subnuclear interactions to cosmological events like the Big Bang. The traditional B.Sc. degree in Physics is centred on understanding scientific fundamentals and it is through this basic approach that advances in scientific knowledge and technological innovations are made.

Programme Structure and Curriculum Rationale

B.Sc. and B.Sc. (Hons.) in Physics are rigorous courses covering the core topics in physics. The broadness of the scope and the training in critical thinking and in analysis will enable graduates to choose from a wide variety of careers. B.Sc. (Hons.) students can choose to specialise in one of the following areas: (i) Astrophysics, and (ii) Physics in Technology. These programmes will prepare graduates with in-depth knowledge in each area of specialisation.

Career Prospects

The Physics Department, which has research strengths in many frontier areas including nanoscience, quantum information technology, optical and magnetic materials, and biophysics, provides a stimulating learning environment for all students who wish to major in physics.  Physics graduates will be able to embark on career paths in R&D in the physical sciences, engineering industries and microelectronics industries, as well as education and training, government scientific services sectors and IT. The unique problem solving skills our graduates acquire have enabled them to work and succeed in commerce, banking and finance.

Graduation Requirements

To be awarded a B.Sc. or B.Sc. (Hons.) with a primary major in Physics, candidates must satisfy the following:

Module Level

Major Requirements

Cumulative Major MCs

Level-1000

(24 MCs)

Pass

PC1141       Physics I

PC1142       Physics II

PC1143       Physics III

PC1144       Physics IV

MA1505     Mathematics I

MA1506     Mathematics II

24

Level-2000

(20 MCs)

Pass

PC2130       Quantum Mechanics I

PC2131       Electricity and Magnetism I

PC2132       Classical Mechanics

PC2193       Experimental Physics I

PC2230       Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

44

Level-3000

(19-20 MCs)

Pass

PC3130       Quantum Mechanics II

PC3193       Experimental Physics II

And any three modules from the following electives:
-    PC3231       Electricity and Magnetism II
-    PC3232       Nuclear and Particle Physics
-    PC3233       Atomic and Molecular Physics I
-    PC3235       Solid State Physics I
-    PC3236       Computational Methods in Physics
-    PC3238       Fluid Dynamics
-    PC3241       Solid State Devices
-    PC3242       Physics of Semiconductor Processing
-    PC3243       Photonics
-    PC3246       Nuclear Astrophysics
-    PC3247       Modern Optics
-    PC3251       Nanophysics
-    PC3267       Biophysics II
-    PC3274       Mathematical Methods in Physics II
-    PC3239       Special Problems in Undergraduate Physics II
-    PC3288       UROPS in Physics I^
-    PC3289       Advanced UROPS in Physics II^
-    MLE3101    Materials Characterisation
-    MLE3105    Dielectric and Magnetic Materials (3 MCs)

63-64

 

Level-4000

(30-32 MCs)

Pass

PC4199       Honours Project in Physics

PC4130       Quantum Mechanics III

And any four modules from the following electives:
-    PC4232       Cosmology
-    PC4240       Solid State Physics II
-    PC4241       Statistical Mechanics
-    PC4242       Electrodynamics
-    PC4243       Atomic and Molecular Physics II
-    PC4245       Particle Physics
-    PC4246       Quantum Optics
-    PC4248       Relativity
-    PC4253       Thin Film Technology
-    PC4259       Surface Physics
-    PC4262       Remote Sensing
-    PC4264       Advanced Solid State Devices
-    PC4265       Techniques for Computerised Experiments
-    PC4267       Biophysics III
-    PC4268       Biophysical Instrumentation and Biomolecular Electronics
-    PC4274       Mathematical Methods in Physics III
-    EE4401       Optoelectronics
-    EE4413       Low-dimensional Electronic Devices
-    MLE4201    Advanced Materials Characterisation#
-    MLE4204    Synthesis and Growth of Nanostructures#
-    MLE4205    Theory and Modelling of Materials Properties#
-     an approved module offered by other Departments

95 – 96

 

†  Students with a strong mathematics background, in particular those intending to double-major in mathematics, may take MA1102R/MA1101R in lieu of MA1505/MA1506.
^  At most 4 MCs of UROPS module may be used to fulfil the Physics major requirements.
#  These elective modules are only offered to students reading a double degree in Materials Science & Engineering and in Physics.

Note: 
Level-4000 PC prefixed modules may be taken to replace up to 8 MCs of the Level-3000 PC elective modules above. In such an event, these Level-4000 modules cannot be counted towards the Level 4000 major requirements.

B.Sc. (Hons.) students majoring in Physics have the option to qualify for a specialisation in

  1. Astrophysics, or
  2. Physics In Technology.

To be awarded a specialisation in Astrophysics, candidates must read and pass the following modules, as part of the major requirements for B.Sc. (Hons.) with a primary major in Physics.

Module Level

Specialisation Requirements

Cumulative Major MCs

Level-3000

Pass

PC3246       Nuclear Astrophysics

4

Level-4000

Pass

PC4232       Cosmology

PC4248       Relativity

PC4199       Honours Project in Physics**

24

To be awarded a specialisation in Physics in Technology, candidates must read and pass the following modules as part of the major requirements for B.Sc. (Hons.) with a primary major in Physics.

Module Level

Specialisation Requirements

Cumulative Major MCs

Level-3000

and

Level-4000

Pass any 24 MCs from the following:

PC3235       Solid State Physics I

PC3241       Solid State Devices

PC3242       Physics of Semiconductor Processing

PC3243       Photonics

PC4246       Quantum Optics

PC4253       Thin Film Technology

PC4199       Honours Project in Physics**

24

​** Honours Project has to be in the area of specialisation.

Summary of Requirements

B.Sc.

B.Sc. (Hons.)

University Requirements

20 MCs

20 MCs

Faculty Requirements

8 MCs*

8 MCs*

Major Requirements

63 – 64 MCs

95 – 96 MCs

Unrestricted Elective Modules

28 – 29 MCs

36 - 37 MCs

Total

120 MCs

160 MCs

*  Faculty requirements of 12 MCs and 16 MCs [required for the B.Sc. and B.Sc. (Hons.) programmes respectively] are partially fulfilled through the reading of MA1505 and MA1506 within the major.

Students undertaking the B.Sc. and B.Sc. (Hons.) programmes are required to fulfil the remaining 8 MCs of Faculty requirements from any two (2) of the following subject groups: Computing Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Life Sciences and Multidisciplinary & Interdisciplinary Sciences; but not from the following subject groups: Physical Sciences and Mathematical & Statistical Sciences.