BSc Applied Physics

Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code 1638
Mode of Study Full time
Normal Duration of Programme 3 years (for advanced standing I); 2 years (for advanced standing II)
Tuition Fee Click here for more information
Programme/Major Leader
Prof CHAN Kwok-sum
General Enquiries
+852 3442 7814

Our Target

We aim to equip students of the Applied Physics major with knowledge of fundamental physics, biomedical physics, nuclear radiation, materials physics and optoelectronics. Our graduates are well prepared for employment in industrial, commercial, government and education sectors and find jobs in hospitals, nuclear facilities, engineering companies, the government and schools.

The major also prepares students for further studies. Many graduates pursue postgraduate studies in nuclear science and technology, biomedical physics, materials engineering and optoelectronics.

Start Your Career Here

Graduates enjoy challenging careers as environmental consultants, materials engineers, biomedical engineers, medical physicists, nuclear technologists and manufacturers of photonic and electronic equipment and components. Graduates are also eligible for careers in government departments such as the Hong Kong Observatory, Environmental Protection Department, Hospital Authority and Trade and Industry Department. Many graduates work for technical instrument and materials companies.

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and have studied a science-related discipline at a high school or post-secondary institution,


have an Associate Degree or Higher Diploma in a relevant discipline such as Applied Science, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or other technical qualifications.

For senior-year (Advanced Standing II) admission, applicants are normally expected to have completed an Associate Degree/Higher Diploma with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of ≥3.0 or an equivalent overall mark, or a credit award in Applied Science, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline.

HKDSE students will apply through JUPAS. They may select this major after one year of study in the Department of Physics (JS1208, first-year studies). For details, please click here.


For details of the programme's curriculum structure, please visit the 'Undergraduate Catalogue' (Note: The catalogue for the 2016 cohort is for reference only. The 2017 catalogue will be published around July 2017.)

What You Will Be Studying

In the first year of study you will study courses in the first-year curriculum. After studying some fundamental physics in the first two years, you can choose to concentrate your studies in Nuclear and Environmental Physics, Materials Technology, Biomedical Physics or Photonics.

Biomedical Physics courses may include:
  • Medical Physics
  • Nuclear Radiation and Measurements
  • Radiation Biophysics
  • Radiological Physics and Dosimetry
Nuclear and Environmental Physics courses may include:
  • Environmental Radiation
  • Environmental Radiation Measurements
  • Nuclear Radiation and Detection
  • Nuclear Radiation and Measurements
  • Radiation Biophysics
  • Radiation Safety
Materials Technology courses may include:
  • Design and Manufacturing Project
  • Electroceramics
  • Materials Characterisation Techniques
  • Materials Testing Techniques
  • Microelectronic Materials and Processing
  • Semiconductor Physics and Devices
  • Thin Film Technology and Nanocrystalline Coatings
Photonics courses may include:
  • Advanced Optics Laboratory
  • Laser Optics
  • Optoelectronic Devices and Systems
  • Physical Optics
  • Thin Film Technology and Nanocrystalline Coatings

Professional Recognition

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.

Industrial Training and International Exchange

The College of Science and Engineering and the Department offer work placement opportunities through various internship schemes that provide students with full-time job attachments in firms not only in Hong Kong but also in 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 the Asia-Pacific region.

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

Bonus Features

CityU’s Department of Physics excels in fundamental and applied research.

Most of our top students choose to remain at the Department to pursue MPhil or PhD studies.

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.