BSc Applied Physics


Academic Year of Entry 2020/21
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code 1638A
Mode of Study Full time
Indicative Intake Target
(subject to change)
Direct Application Places (Local Students) :

7 for the Department of Physics

Advanced Standing II Places (Local Students only) : 10
Non-Local Students Places : Please click here for details.
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
+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

Programme Video

Department of Physics

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. Our faculty members have received international recognition, including fellowships from prestigious societies such as the American Physical Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Materials Research Society.


The BSc 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



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 enables students to acquire knowledge and skills from the following areas: Biomedical Physics, Materials Physics, Nuclear and Environmental Physics and Photonics. Graduates are well equipped not only for developing a diverse range of professional careers but also for pursuing postgraduate studies.

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,


you 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 for admission to first-year studies (JS1208) through JUPAS.

What You Will Be Studying

In your first year, you will study a variety of fundamental physics and gateway education (GE) courses (e.g. Chinese and English courses). Building upon your general physics foundation, you can acquire knowledge and skills form the following areas: Biomedical Physics, Nuclear and Environmental Physics, Materials Physics or Photonics.

For details of the programme’s curriculum structure, please visit the ‘Undergraduate Catalogue’ (Note: The catalogue for the 2019 cohort is for reference only. The 2020 catalogue will be published around July 2020.)


Career Prospects

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 may also develop their careers in commerical sectors and government departments such as the Hong Kong Observatory, the Environmental Protection Department, and the Hospital Authority.


The major prepares students for further studies in fundamental physics, biomedical physics, materials engineering, photonics, nuclear science and technology.

Student Exchange/Internship

The College of Science and the Department offer work placement opportunities through different internship schemes that provide students with full-time job attachments to companies in Hong Kong, the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area 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 website on Internship Services.


To broaden students’ exposures beyond the classroom and enrich their international experience, the Department, College and University offer a wide range of credit-bearing exchange programmes with around 350 partner universities over 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

  • Research Attachment Scheme is offered to undergraduate students who are interested in gaining additional insights into the fascinating world of physics and related disciplines, and equipping themselves for undertaking final year project or further studies in future.  


  • CityU’s Department of Physics excels in fundamental and applied research. After graduation, some of our top students choose to join research teams or further their studies in prestigious universities such as Columbia University and Northwestern University in the US, Oxford and Cambridge in the UK.

Did You Know?

Among the many distinguished academics at the Department of Physics:

  • We have four elected Fellows of the Amearican Physical Society (APS): Prof. Xun-Li Wang (2010), Prof. Bao Wei (2012), Prof. Paul Chu (2007) and Prof. Ruiqin Zhang (2018).


  • Professor Xun-Li Wang was elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2017; and Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2010. He was also awarded Chang Jiang Chair Professorship (教育部长江讲座教授)” by Chinese Ministry of Education in 2009; and Outstanding Oversea Young Scientist Award (国家自然科学基金B类项目) by National Natural Science Foundation of China in 2006.


  • 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.