MSc Applied Physics

Year of Entry


Application Deadline

Local & Non-local : 31 Mar 2021

Mode of Study


Mode of Funding


Indicative Intake Target


Minimum No. of Credits Required


Class Schedule

Daytime: Saturday
Evening: Weekdays 19:00 - 22:00

Normal Study Period

1 year (Full-time mode)
2 years (Part-time/Combined mode)

Maximum Study Period

2.5 year (Full-time mode)
5 years (Part-time/Combined mode)

Mode of Processing

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Review of applications will start before the deadline and continue until all places are filled. Early applications are therefore strongly encouraged.
Programme Leader
Prof YU Kin Man
BSc, PhD (UC, Berkeley, USA)
+852 3442 7813
Deputy Programme Leader
Dr DAI Liang
PhD (NUS, Singapore); BSc (USTC, China)
+852 3442 6025
Deputy Programme Leader
PhD (Purdue University, USA); BSc (Hunan University, China)
+852 3442 7808
General Enquiries
+852 3442 7831
Programme Aims and Objectives

This programme provides post-graduate level training in applied physics with highly marketable professional skills in the sub-fields of Bio-medical Physics*Energy Materials Physics and General Advanced Physics. In addition to an advanced physics education, the graduates will gain knowledge of physical principles and how these principles can be applied to practical problems in specific related professions. The training and knowledge provided are suitable for employment as medical technical specialists as well as engineers/researchers in electronic and renewable energy industries in Hong Kong, China and other Asian countries. Graduates of this programme will have the flexibility to seek employment in the industry as well as pursuing Ph.D. studies in a broad range of related fields (e.g. Physics, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering).

Upon successful completion of this Programme, students should:

  • Acquire an extensive and in-depth physical knowledge of and analytical skills in the various applied physics and engineering fields.
  • Develop the ability to apply the knowledge of applied and engineering physics to generate creative and ethical solutions in the working environment.
  • Be able to communicate effectively with applied and engineering physics related professionals. 
  • Be able to apply textbook theories to applied and engineering physics problems.
  • Be able to design and conduct experiments, as well as to critically analyze and interpret data.
  • Be able to identify, formulate, solve engineering or scientific problems and generate new ideas in the relevant subfields of applied and engineering physics.
  • Develop necessary skills to present research findings in a logical manner to the scientific community.
  • Recognize the need for, and an ability to engage in life-long learning.

* the Bio-medical Physics electives in this programme will not be offered in 2021/2022.

Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, candidates must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements for postgraduate students of City University of Hong Kong and have:

  • an undergraduate degree in a relevant science or engineering discipline; OR
  • evidence of academic and/or professional attainments acceptable for this purpose by the University and the Department.

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is not English should also fulfill the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (internet-based test)@#; or
  • Overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS)@; or
  • Score 450 in the new College English Test (CET6) of Chinese mainland or a pass in the old CET-6 test; or
  • Other equivalent qualifications.

@TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years. Applicants are required to provide their English test results obtained within the two years preceding the commencement of the University’s application period.

#Applicants are required to arrange for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send their TOEFL results directly to the University. The TOEFL institution code for CityU is 3401.

Course Description

To complete the programme, students have to acquire a total of 30 credit units (CUs), of which 18 CUs must be acquired from core courses in graduate level applied physics and the remaining 12 CUs can be acquired from a list of elective courses which are structured for advanced applied physics in the specialized areas of General Advanced Physics, Energy Materials Physics and Biomedical Physics.

Core courses:

  • Modern Characterization Techniques for Materials Physics (3 CUs)
  • Advanced Instrumentation and Measurement Methods for Experimental Physics (3 CUs)
  • Advanced Computational Methods (3 CUs)
  • Mathematical Methods for Scientists and Engineers (3 CUs)
  • Physics at Nanoscale (3 CUs)
  • Modern Topics in Engineering and Applied Physics (3 CUs)

Elective courses:

  • Modern Scattering Methods in Materials Science (3 CUs)
  • Advanced Quantum Mechanics (3 CUs)
  • Statistical Mechanics (3 CUs)
  • Fundamentals of Laser Optics (3 CUs)
  • Advanced Electrodynamics (3 CUs)
  • Advanced Solid State Physics (3 CUs)
  • Advanced Imaging Physics (3 CUs)
  • Advanced Radiotherapy Physics (3 CUs)
  • Advanced Nuclear Medicine Physics (3 CUs)
  • Energy Materials: Physics and Applications (3 CUs)
  • Advanced Wave Functional Materials for Energy Applications (3 CUs)
  • Environmental Physics (3 CUs)
  • Advanced Research in Applied Physics (9 CUs)
Did You Know?
  • The "Advanced Research in Applied Physics" elective course enables motivated students to acquire necessary skills for carrying out cutting edge research in condensed matters physics, quantum information as well as applied physics in the specialized field of biomedical physics or energy materials physics.  This course aims to provide students with valuable research experience and opportunities to publish research papers.
† Combined mode: Local students taking programmes in combined mode can attend full-time (12-18 credit units per semester) or part-time (no more than 11 credit units per semester) study in different semesters without seeking approval from the University. For non-local students, they will be admitted to these programmes for either full-time or part-time studies. Non-local students must maintain the required credit load for their full-time or part-time studies and any changes will require approval from the University.