The Department supports both PhD and MPhil studies in the following areas (but not limited to):
- Theoretical and Computational Physics
- Spectroscopy and Imaging
- Low-dimensional Systems
- Soft Matter and Biophysics
- Atomic, Molecular, and Optical 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.
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.