Master of Science by Coursework in Physics : Degree Requirements

Master of Science in Physics is a coursework programme initiated as a part-time programme in January 2000. It also can be enrolled on a full-time basis now.

The objectives of the programme are as follows:

  • Advanced training in fundamental aspects of physics
  • Opportunities for physics teachers and other professionals to further upgrade their professional skills and qualifications


A candidate in the M.Sc. Programme in Physics by coursework must complete the following in order to be awarded the M.Sc. degree:


Track 1 (40MC programme)

Track 1: 40-modular-credit programme(for applicants who have an Honours degree or equivalent qualifications)

  EITHER
  i. Complete coursework amounting to at least 28 MCs from physics modules at level 4000 or higher,
  ii. Obtain at least 20, of the 28 MCs in (i), at level-5000 physics modules excluding PC5198 (at least 8 MCs must be Group Amodules). The candidate is also allowed to choose up to 8, of the 28 MCs in (i), from level-4000 physics modules which the candidate should not have passed before, and
  iii. Complete a PC5288 project and a written report, equivalent to 12 MCs, in an area specified by the Department.
  OR
  i. Complete coursework amounting to at least 40MCs from physics modules at level-4000 or higher; and
  ii. Obtain at least 20, of the 40 MCs in (i), from level-5000 physics modules excluding PC5198 (at least 8 MCs must be Group A modules). The candidate is also allowed to choose up to 8, of the 40 MCs in (i),from level-4000 physics modules which the candidate should not have passed before.


Track 2 (80MC programme)

Track 280-modular-credit programme(for applicants who have a Bachelor's pass degree or completed three-years study in physics)

  EITHER
  i. Complete coursework amounting to at least 68 MCs from physics modules at level-3000 or higher,
  ii. Obtain at least 20, of the 68 MCs in (i), at level-5000 excluding PC5198 (at least 8 MCs must be Group A modules), obtain at least 32, of the 68 MCs in (i), from level-4000 physics modules. The candidate is also allowed to choose up to 12, of 68 MCs in (i), from level-3000 physics modules which the candidate should not have passed before, and
  iii. Complete a PC5288 project and a written report, equivalent to 12 MCs, in an area specified by the Department.
  OR
  i. Complete coursework amounting to at least 80MCs from physics modules at level-3000 or higher; and
  ii. Obtain at least 32, of the 80 MCs in (i), from level-5000 physics modules excluding PC5198 (at least 8 MCs must be Group A modules) and obtain at least 32, of the 80 MCs in (i) fromt level-4000 physics modules. The candidate is also allowed to choose up to 12, of the 80 MCs in (i) from level-3000 which the candidate should not have passed before. 


In both tracks above, subject to the approval of the Head of Physics Department, a candidate may be allowed to choose no more than 12 MCs from level-5000 modules offered by other Departments.


Important: Candidates are strongly encouraged to check registrar office for any possible official updates.


List of Group A modules

  • PC5201 Advanced Quantum Mechanics
  • PC5202 Advanced Statistical Mechanics
  • PC5203 Advanced Solid State Physics
  • PC5210 Advanced Dynamics
  • PC5214 Principles of Experimental Physics



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