- Major: Applied Physics
- Degree / Award Title: Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics
- Offering Academic Unit: Department of Physics
- Mode of Study: Full-time
Aims of Major
This major is to provide Bachelor-level education to students with diverse backgrounds, to prepare them to pursue a career in areas such as environmental physics, optics, materials technology, and biomedical physics in the industrial, commercial, governmental or educational sectors.
On completion of the major, graduates will be able to integrate knowledge learned in the major to support in at least an original discovery or creative design relevant to applied physics.
Intended Learning Outcomes of Major (MILOs)
Upon successful completion of the applied physics major, students should be able to:
- Apply knowledge of mathematics, physics, and engineering appropriate to the degree in Physics (with the focus on one or more of the areas in applied physics: environmental physics, optics, materials technology, and biomedical physics). This includes: (a) to design a component, a process or a system to meet desired needs within realistic constraints. (b) to identify, formulate, and solve physics and engineering problems.
- Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze, interpret and present results.
- Use the techniques, skills, and modern Physics and engineering tools including computer/IT tools necessary for practices appropriate to the degree in Physics along with an understanding of their processes and limitations.
- Appreciate the impact of Physics and engineering applications in a global and societal context, especially the importance of health, safety and environmental considerations to both workers and the general public.
- Appreciate professional and ethical responsibility.
- Appreciate basic laws and principles of physics and to use this knowledge to explain everyday life examples and phenomena, to explain science to people not in the science and engineering discipline, and to educate the public in physics.
- Work in a multidisciplinary team.
- Communicate effectively.
- Recognize the need for, and to engage in life-long learning, including the ability to stay abreast of contemporary issues.
- Create an original discovery or design that are motivated by the major of study.
- For students with recognised Advanced Level Examinations or equivalent qualifications.
- For Associate Degree/Higher Diploma graduates admitted as senior-year intake students.
^ For students who plan to pursue the Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program between the City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University.
BSc Applied Physics
- Year of Entry: 2020
- Mode of Funding: Government-funded
- Admission Code: 1208 BSc Applied Physics
- Mode of Study: Full-time
- Indicative Intake Target (subject to change):
- JUPAS and non-JUPAS government-funded places: 36
- Direct Application Places (Local Students): 7 for the Department of Physics
- Non-Local Students: Direct Application route for international and mainland Non-Gaokao students: around 250. NUEE route [全国普通高等学校统一招生计划（统招）] for mainland Gaokao students: around 225
- Normal Duration of Programme: 4 years
- Direct/Non-JUPAS Application Deadline: 2 January 2020 (Local & Non-local)
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. In the last 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, 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 the City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University in the USA.
We equip our students with the 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.
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)
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.
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 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.
Industrial Training and International Exchange
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.
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.
- Students of the Applied Physics major who meet certain requirements can apply for admission to the Joint Bachelor’s Degree Program between the City University of Hong Kong and Columbia University in the USA.
- 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:
- 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" by Chinese Ministry of Education in 2009; and Outstanding Oversea Young Scientist Award 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.
- 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.
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