The Department supports both PhD and MPhil studies in the following areas (but not limited to):

 

  • Theoretical and Computational Physics
  • Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Neutron and Synchrotron Scattering
  • Soft Matter and Biophysics
  • Medical Physics

To know more about our research areas, please visit our Research Themes page.

For research interests of individual academic faculty, please visit our Faculty page.
 

Why CityU Physics

All academic faculty of the Department have earned doctoral degrees from the world leading academic institutions and have many acquired international status and reputation. Most academic faculty have substantial working experience in North America, Europe, Australia and China before joining the Department, therefore bringing with them invaluable knowledge and skills to be transferred to the students of the next generations.

In response to the rapid advancement of scientific knowledge and technologies, we maintain a high standard and dynamical research team encompassing both applied and basic research activities. The Department excels in research over a wide range of topics, maintaining sustained collaborations with scientific communities in China, USA, Japan, Australia and Europe.

Mode and Period of Study

The research degrees of PhD consist of both coursework and independent research studies culminating in the submission of a thesis. Students are required to fulfil the following coursework requirements within their study period (applicable to the 2019/20 intake and thereafter):

  • 14 credit units (including at least 9 credit units of core courses and at least 2 credit units of research methodology and ethics course at postgraduate level), and
  • 1 credit unit compulsory course: Teaching Students: First Steps (SG8001), and
  • Training on Research Integrity (CITI Programme) 

Research studies can be undertaken in full-time or part-time mode. The University has stipulated the following study periods for research degree programmes, and students are required to complete their studies, including the submission of their theses, within the said periods:
 

The study period for PhD studies for the 2019/20 intake and thereafter will be:

PhD candidate type Full-time Part-time
With a bachelor's or master's degree 4 years 8 years

 

PhD students are required to take and pass a qualifying examination within 10-24 months (full-time) or 20-48 months (part-time) after commencement of PhD studies. The qualifying examination aims to test students’ knowledge of major subject area of their research disciplines and assess their readiness to conduct research in their specific research discipline.

Dr WANG Shubo, Research Degree Coordinator
Research Degree Coordinator
Dr WANG Shubo

“In response to the rapid advancement of scientific knowledge and technologies, we maintain a high standard and dynamical research team encompassing both applied and basic research activities.”

 Dr Shubo Wang, Research Degree Coordinator
Prof WANG Shubo
Research Degree Coordinator
How to apply? 

Entrance Requirements

Candidates for the PhD degree should:

  • hold a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours (or equivalent qualification) in Physics or related fields from a recognised university; or
  • hold a Master’s degree (or equivalent qualification) in Physics or related fields from a recognised university; or
  • hold a higher research degree (or equivalent qualification) in Physics or related fields from a recognised university; or
  • be a current MPhil student in Physics or related fields in the University who is seeking transfer to a PhD programme.

Equivalent qualifications mentioned above include relevant professional qualifications and other scholarly achievements recognised by the University.
 

English Proficiency Requirements

Applicants from an institution where the language of teaching is not English should satisfy the minimum English proficiency requirements specified by both the University and College.

In general, applicants should obtain:

  • a minimum total score of 79 (internet-based) in TOEFL; or
  • a minimum overall band score of 6.5 in IELTS; or
  • a minimum score of 490 in the Chinese mainland’s College English Test Band 6 (CET6).

TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years from the test date and must be valid at the time of submission of application.

To learn more about the entrance requirements and English proficiency requirements, please visit please visit the website of Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies.


Application Procedures

Students interested in any of the related field should contact and discuss with their potential supervisors. The applicant is advised to obtain the consent of one of the academic staff members to be his/her supervisor before submitting the application.

For further details of application procedures, please visit the website of Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies.


Hong Kong PhD Fellowship

Applicants who could demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance, research ability/potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities are encouraged to apply for admission through “Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme”.

Click here for further details about this Scheme.
 

Financial Support

Postgraduate Studentship
(applicable to government-funded students only)

Postgraduate Studentship is granted on the basis of academic merit. Full-time research degree students who have obtained at least a bachelor’s degree with upper second class honours (or equivalent) or a good master’s degree before admission are eligible to apply for the Studentship. (Exemption from the above may be considered if the student has a good publication record.)

Eligible new full-time students will be considered for the award of the Studentship as part of their application for admission to a research degree programme. Separate applications are not required.

The Studentship is normally renewed on a yearly basis. Continuation and renewal of the award are subject to satisfactory study progress, achievement in coursework results and performance in any academic-related duties assigned. 

The Studentship rate for 2020/21 is HK$17,510 per month (~US$2,245). The maximum award period is up to 4 years for full-time PhD students (irrespective of their entry qualifications). Studentships are subject to revision in September each year, and any revision to the rate will apply to both current and new students. The Studentship award period should not exceed students’ stipulated study period.

Studentship recipients are normally required to undertake up to 10 hours per week on average of teaching and/or research support duties, as assigned by the Department. They shall not engage in any paid employment without the prior approval of the University.
 

Research Tuition Scholarship 
(applicable to government-funded students only)

Students with outstanding academic performance may also apply for the Research Tuition Scholarship, which is in the form of an exemption of the tuition fees. The Scholarship can be held concurrently with the Research Studentship.
 

Conference Grants
(applicable to government-funded students only)

To help widen students’ academic exposure, CityU offers Conference Grants to support students to attend local and overseas conferences. The maximum grant value is HK$10,000 (~US$1,282).
 

Research Activities Fund 
(applicable to government-funded students only)

Research students can apply for Research Activities Fund to support to undertake research related activities outside Hong Kong that are beneficial and related to their research studies. The monthly allowance is HK$5,000. Normally, the maximum cumulative amount of funding provision during the entire period of study is HK$30,000 (~US$3,846).
 

Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarships
(Applicable to government-funded students only)

CityU offers Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarships to encourage outstanding international students to undertake MPhil or PhD studies at the University with a view to promoting academic exchange and enhancing the international mix of the University’s student population.

The Scholarship covers students’ tuition fees and on-campus hostel accommodation expenses in their first year of their research studies (equivalent to approximately HK$81,096 (~US$10,396)). If granted a Scholarship, the above-mentioned expenses will be off-set by the award.
 

Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme

Applicants who could demonstrate outstanding qualities of academic performance, research ability/potential, communication and interpersonal skills, and leadership abilities are encouraged to apply for admission through “Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme”. The Fellowship provides a monthly stipend of HK$26,600 (~US$3,410) and conference and research related travel allowance of HK$13,300 (~US$1,705) per year for the awardees for a maximum period of three years. For Fellowship awardees who are admitted to our 4-year PhD programme, CityU will provide a monthly studentship at the same level as the Fellowship awarded by the RGC for their fourth year of study.

In addition, for nominees selected by RGC for the Hong Kong PhD Fellowship, besides the monthly stipend offered by Scheme, each awardee of the Fellowship of CityU will also receive the “Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies Entrance Scholarships” (around HK$81,096/~US$10,396). Click here for more details about the Fellowship Scheme.
 

Tuition Waiver for Local Research Postgraduate (RPg) Students

The University Grants Committee (UGC) has introduced a ‘Tuition Waiver Scheme’ (‘The Scheme’) for all local students enrolled in full-time UGC-funded Research Postgraduate (RPg) programmes in local institutions, to cover their tuition fees with effect from the academic year 2018-19 (i.e. from July 1, 2018).

This Scheme provides non-means-tested funding to all current and new local students from all disciplines of study enrolled in full-time UGC-funded RPg programmes. Eligible students do not need to apply for the Scheme.

For more information of Tuition Waiver Scheme for Local Research Postgraduate Students, please refer to UGC's website.


Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Holders of a relevant bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university may apply for MPhil studies. MPhil students are required to complete their studies, including the submission of their theses, within 2 years (full-time) or 4 years (part-time).


Master of Philosophy (MPhil)

Besides PhD, the Department also supports MPhil studies. To know more about our research areas, please visit our Research Themes page. For research interests of individual academic faculty, please visit our Faculty page

How to apply?

Entrance Requirements

Candidates for the MPhil degree should hold a relevant bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours (or equivalent qualification) from a recognised university.

Applicants from an institution where the language of teaching is not English should satisfy the minimum English proficiency requirements specified by both the University and College.

Candidates holding a good bachelor’s degree may be considered for either MPhil or direct entry to PhD studies.

Application Procedures

Students interested in any of the related field should contact and discuss with their potential supervisors. The applicant is advised to obtain the consent of one of the academic staff members to be his/her supervisor before submitting the application.

For further details of application procedures, please visit the website of Chow Yei Ching School of Graduate Studies.


Visiting Research Students

Students enrolling in a postgraduate programme in a recognised university may apply for admission as visiting research students to pursue part of their research studies in the University. Those who do not fall within this category may also apply, and their applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Visiting Research Students