BSc Applied Physics


Year of Entry 2018
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code 1208
BSc Applied Physics
Mode of Study Full time
Indicative Intake Target
Direct Application Places (Local Students) :

7 for the Department of Physics

Non-Local Students Places : Please click here for details.
Normal Duration of Programme 4 years
Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Direct/Non-JUPAS Application Deadline
4 Jan 2018 (Local & Non-local)
Programme/Major Leader
Prof CHAN Kwok-sum
BSc PhD (HKU)
+852 3442 7814
Deputy Programme/Major Leader
Dr LAU Condon
MSc PhD Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
+852 3442 7882
General Enquiries
+852 3442 7831
Remark: For JUPAS applicants, the programme code is JS1208.



Department of Physics

The Department of Physics at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) was officially launched on 1 July 2017. Building on the excellent tradition of the physics faculty in the former Department of Physics and Materials Science, the Department of Physics aspires to become a leading physics department in the Asia-Pacific Region. In the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise conducted by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, CityU’s physics department ranked second amongst all eight universities in Hong Kong. Our faculty members have received international recognition, including fellowships from prestigious societies such as the American Physical Society and the Materials Research Society.

The Department currently offers the following major:

  • BSc Applied Physics

The Applied Physics major is not an ordinary Physics major. In Applied Physics, students are taught biomedical physics, nuclear radiation, materials physics and optoelectronics, paving their way to a diverse range of careers in medical and health care, education, engineering, commercial and industrial sectors, nuclear radiation facilities or postgraduate studies. Students may take part in the department-based research attachment scheme, which provides them with early exposure to discovery and innovation. Students of the Applied Physics major who meet certain requirements can apply for admission to the Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program between City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University in the USA. To learn more about the Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program, please visit http://gs.columbia.edu/cityu-hk/.

應用物理學學士學位課程,有別於一般的物理課程,它涵蓋的專業知識能廣泛應用在醫學物理、環境輻射、材料物理學、光電子學等工作範疇,為學生開拓多元化的就業前境。畢業生可應聘到醫院、環境顧問公司、科技公司等不同機構工作,亦可選擇繼續升學深造。本學系設有研究實習計劃,讓學生及早接觸科學探索,啟發創新思維。同時,修讀本課程並符合指定條件的學生,均可申請報讀香港城市大學-美國哥倫比亞大學雙聯學士學位課程,如欲瞭解更多有關雙聯學士學位課程之詳情,請瀏覽:http://gs.columbia.edu/cityu-hk/


Our Target

We equip our students with knowledge and critical thinking skills that will enable them to tackle difficult problems throughout their careers. The curriculum teaches not only foundational courses in physics, but also technology-driven courses such as computer modelling and advanced instrumentation. The Applied Physics major allows students to specialise in the disciplines of Biomedical Physics, Materials Technology, Nuclear and Environmental Physics and Photonics. Our graduates are well prepared for employment not only in commercial, government, education, medical and healthcare and industrial sectors, but also in engineering companies and nuclear facilities. The major prepares students for further studies in biomedical physics, materials engineering, photonics, nuclear science and technology.


Admission Arrangements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

Applicants to this programme (admission code: 1208) will be considered for admission to first-year studies in the Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics programme.

Applicants seeking advanced standing entry can submit an application for the following programme:

  • BSc Applied Physics (admission code: 1638A)

Click here for the qualifications eligible for advanced standing entry.


Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements. Applicants are also expected to have a science or engineering background.


First-Year Curriculum

2017-2018

Gateway Education

GE English/EAP (6 credit units) *

  • GE English (1): GE 1401 University English (3 credit units)
  • GE English (2): Discipline-specific English (3 credit units)

*Students scoring below Level 4 in HKDSE English Language or Grade D in HKALE AS-level Use of English or students who do not possess an equivalent qualification are required to complete two 3-credit unit courses, prior to taking the GE English courses. Students who demonstrate that they have achieved a grade B or above in their overall course results for ELA0200A will achieve 3 credits and also be considered to have satisfied the pre-requisite for entry to the GE English courses without needing to take ELA0200B.

College Specified GE Courses (9 credit units)

  • MA1200/MA1300 (3 credit units)
    Calculus and Basic Linear Algebra I/
    Enhanced Calculus and Linear Algebra I
  • MA1201/MA1301 (3 credit units)
    Calculus and Basic Linear Algebra II/
    Enhanced Calculus and Linear Algebra II
  • CS1102/CS1302 (3 credit units)
    Introduction to Computer Studies/
    Introduction to Computer Programming

Any GE Courses (3 credit units)

  • GE1501 Chinese Civilization – History and Philosophy and/or GE courses from the distributional areas

College Required Courses

College Required Science Courses (6 credit units)

Choose two from the following science courses:

  • AP1201     General Physics I (3 credit units)
  • BCH1100  Chemistry (3 credit units)
  • BCH1200  Discovery in Biology (3 credit units)

Department
Required Courses

Department Required Courses (6 credit units)

  • AP1202     General Physics II (3 credit units)
  • AP1203     General Physics III (3 credit units)

For more details, please click here.


Start Your Career Here

Applied Physics graduates enjoy a diverse range of challenging careers from medical physicists, environmental consultants, materials scientists, biomedical engineers and nuclear technologists, to professionals in photonic equipment and components, electronic components, semiconductors and computer peripherals. Graduates are also eligible to develop their careers in government departments such as the Hong Kong Observatory, the Environmental Protection Department, the Hospital Authority and the Trade and Industry Department.


Industrial Training and International Exchange

The College of Science and Engineering and the Department offer work placement opportunities through different internship schemes that provide students with full-time job attachments in firms in Hong Kong, the Pearl River Delta region and overseas. Through such placements, students will:

  • gain solid experience in a real-world work environment;
  • develop problem-solving abilities and interpersonal skills;
  • learn the right attitudes towards work and professionalism; and
  • broaden their experience and enhance their employability.

For details, please visit the College’s Co-operative Education website.

To help students to broaden their educational horizons, gain language experience and enhance their awareness of different cultures, the Department, College and University offer over 110 credit-bearing exchange programmes with various partner universities around the world, including Australia, Canada, Europe, the US and others in the Asia-Pacific region.

For details, please visit the University’s outbound exchange programme website.


Professional Recognition

Applied Physics graduates working in a field related to mechanical engineering are qualified for Grade 1 Affiliate Membership of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. With further professional development, a route exists for Affiliate Members to gain chartered engineer status.


Bonus Features

Students of the Applied Physics major who meet certain requirements can apply for admission to the Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program between City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University in the USA. To learn more about the Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program, please visit http://gs.columbia.edu/cityu-hk/.

CityU’s Department of Physics excels in fundamental and applied research. After graduation, some of our top students choose to join research teams in prestigious universities such as Oxford, Stanford and Cambridge to further their studies.

Applied Physics is high tech, and high tech is the future. This major prepares students for the future.


Did You Know?

Among the many distinguished academics at the Department of Physics:

  • Professor Paul K Chu was elected IEEE Fellow in December 2002, Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2007 and Fellow of the Materials Research Society in 2013. He is an Advisory/Visiting Professor at more than 10 universities and research institutes in the Chinese mainland including Peking University, Fudan University, Shanghai Jiaotong University, Southwestern Institute of Physics and Chinese Academy of Science.

In the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise conducted by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, CityU’s physics department ranked second amongst all eight universities in Hong Kong.