The Physics department will no longer allow students to start their honours project unless they have completed the required 1000, 2000 and 3000 level modules. This has been the policy since 2012, please take note. Exceptions will only be considered if valid and reasonable grounds are given provided.

Prof Valerio Scarani, Deputy Head (Education)



Course Advisors

Advisory Service for Level 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Modules

Students with problems or queries are encouraged to make appointments to see the academic advisors:


Physics Modules

Name Responsibility Email Telephone
Dr Ng Shao Chin, Cindy GEM Module Advisor phynsc@nus.edu.sg 6516 2822
Dr Wang Qinghai Level 1 Advisor (PC1141/42/43/44 & PC1121/22) phywq@nus.edu.sg 6516 2533
Dr Ng Siow Yee

Level 1 Lab Coordinator

phyngsy@nus.edu.sg 6516 2625
Dr Yeo Ye Physics Engineering Course Coordinator (PC1431/32) phyyy@nus.edu.sg 6516 2821
Dr Wang Qinghai Physics Engineering Lab Coordinator (PC1431/32) phywq@nus.edu.sg 6516 2533
Assoc Prof Andrivo Rusydi

Level 2 Advisor (Lecture Courses)

phyandri@nus.edu.sg 6516 4897
Assoc Prof Wang Xuesen Level 2 Lab Coordinator phywxs@nus.edu.sg 6516 2961
Assoc Prof Van Der Maarel Johan RC Level 2 Biophysics Lab Coordinator
phyjrcvd @nus.edu.sg
6516 4396
Assoc Prof Edward Teo Level 3 Advisor (Lecture Courses) phyteoe@nus.edu.sg 6516 6351
Assoc Prof Tok Eng Soon Level 3 Lab Coordinator
phytokes@nus.edu.sg 6516 1192
Prof Christian Kurtsiefer Level 4 Advisor (Lecture Courses) phyck@nus.edu.sg 6516 1250
Assoc Prof Eda Goki Level 4 Project Coordinator (PC4199) phyeg@nus.edu.sg 6516 2970
Assoc Prof Kaszilikowski Dagomir Level 5 Advisor (Lecture Courses/ Project & Part-time MSc Programme) phykd@nus.edu.sg 6516 5622
Assoc Prof Lim Hock Siah UROPS Advisor phylimhs@nus.edu.sg 6516 2614

Minor Programmes

Name Responsibility Email Telephone
Assoc Prof Edward Teo Minor in Physics
phyteoe@nus.edu.sg 6516 6351
Prof Ji Wei Minor in Optical and Semiconductor
phyjiwei@nus.edu.sg 6516 6373
Prof Sow Chorng Haur Nanoscience Minor Programme physowch@nus.edu.sg 6516 2957
Assoc Prof Van Der Maarel Johan RC Minor in Biophysics phyjrcvd @nus.edu.sg 6516 4396
Dr Chan Taw Kuei Minor in Medical Physics phyctk@nus.edu.sg 6516 4149

Other Advisors

Name Responsibility Email Telephone
Assoc Prof Wang Zhisong Student Exchange Programme
phywangz@nus.edu.sg 6516 2606
Assoc Prof Phil Chan Polytechnic Admission
phycahp@nus.edu.sg 6516 6390



Suggested Study Plan

Year/SemOption 1 (heavy Year 1, but all the maths are in place for Year 2)Option 2 (lighter Year 1, but heavy Year 2, learning maths at the same time as the physics modules in which they are used).
1/1PC1141, PC1142, MA1101R, MA1102RPC1141, PC1142, MA1101R or MA1102R
1/2PC1143, PC1144, PC2134PC1143, PC1144, MA1102R or MA1101R
2/1PC2131, PC2132, possibly PC2193PC2131, PC2132, PC2134, possibly PC2193
2/2PC2130, PC2230, PC2193 if not in Sem 1PC2130, PC2230; PC2193 if needed (PC2134: not advisable to have it so late)

Other remarks

Waiving of pre-requisites Lecturers can waive prerequisites, but of course they are not obliged to. Please consult them early enough if your planning involves taking some module before, or concurrently with, a prerequisite. Example 1: you want to take one of the MA modules in semester 2 concurrently with PC2134. Example 2: you get a failing grade for PC1141 in year 1, and you want to take it again in year 2 concurrently with PC2132.
Year 3 There are two Level 3000 compulsory modules. PC3130 is offered in semester 1 and in the special term. PC3193 is offered in both semesters 1 and 2. Students going for SEP in semester 1 or for NOC for the whole year should either take PC3130 in the special term (end of year 2 better than end of year 3), or map it overseas. PC3193 can be taken in either semester; we discourage students going for SEP to map this module overseas.



Honours Project

Project information

These guidelines are formatted for Final Year Projects (FYPs) starting in Week 1 of Semester 1 of each Academic Year, which is the normal timeline. For students who desire to start in Week 1 of Semester 2, analog guidelines hold.

These guidelines are indicative. Detailed instructions and reminders will be sent to the students and supervisors in due time.

Click here for a brief guidance about the final year physics honors project and evaluation criteria.

Selection and registration

  • It is the responsibility of the student to agree with a supervisor for a project by the end of Week 0 of their Honors year.
  • The student may contact any Faculty member. Once agreement with a supervisor is reached, the student notifies the coordinator.
  • The student is not supposed to start working actively on the specific project before Week 1. Previously acquired expertise and results (obtained e.g. during UROPS, internships etc.) constitute a welcome preparation for the Final Year Project.


Intermediate deadlines

  • The students will be divided in groups of five or six and will have to deliver, within the group, two intermediate oral presentations in the presence of their supervisors.
  • The first presentation is scheduled around Week 8 of Semester 1. It is meant to check that the students have understood the scope of their project. This presentation does not contribute to the grade.
  • The second presentation must takes place before the recess week of Semester 2, and is typically scheduled around Week 3 of that semester. At this stage, some results should start to appear. It will be graded by the supervisors present in the audience, the mark counting for 5% of the final mark.



  • A final written thesis must be submitted at the beginning of Week 12 of Semester 2.
  • The supervisor will grade the whole project and the thesis. This mark counts for 35% of the final mark.
  • In the days following the submission, each student will have a viva with two assessors. The mark given by each assessor counts for 20% of the final mark.
  • During Week 13, the students will deliver their final oral presentation in front of a panel of faculty members. The marks obtained during this evaluation count cumulatively for 20% of the final grade.


Requirements and Filing for Honours


Honours Project Repository

For more information and queries on the honours project please contact:

Assoc Prof Eda Goki

  • Email: phyeg@nus.edu.sg
  • Office: S13-02-05
  • Tel: +65 6516 2970

Lee Soo Mien

  • Email: phyleesm@nus.edu.sg
  • Office: Level 3 Lab, S13-03-14
  • Tel:+65 6516 4926



Modules Offered

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Cumulative Average Point (CAP) Calculation

The CAP is the average grade point of all modules taken by a student, excluding modules read through Student Exchange Programmes or modules credited under Advanced Placement. It is used to track the progress of the student. The grade point for a module can be obtained from the grade which one has received using the following table:

Grade Cumulative Average Point (CAP)
A+ 5.0
A 5.0
A- 4.5
B+ 4.0
B 3.5
B- 3.0
C+ 2.5
C 2.0
D+ 1.5
D 1.0
F 0.0
IC (incomplete) NA
EXE (exempted) awarded when candidate is exempted from or given credit for the module NA
ABS (absent) NA
W (withdrawn) awarded when student drops the module within a week after the online registration NA


The Cumulative Average Point (CAP), which tracks the progress of the student, is the weighted average grade point of all the modules he/she takes. This does not include the following:

  1. Student Exchange Programme modules,
  2. Advanced Placement modules and
  3. English skills

The formula used for calculating the CAP is as follows:

CAP = Sum (module grade point x modular credits for the module) divided by Sum (modular credits)

For example, if you have taken 6 modules with the following grades:

Module ModularCredit (MC) Grade Grade Point
PC1133 4 A+ 5.0
IT1101 3 A 5.0
PC2133 4 A- 4.5
SCC1301 4 B+ 4.0
SCC2302 4 B 3.5
CZ1104 4 A 5.0


Your CAP is (5x4 + 5x3 + 4.5x4 + 4x4 + 3.5x4 + 5x4)/(4+3+4+4+4+4) = 103/23 = 4.48


* Note: The MC awarded to a module is based on its Your workload requirements, and is decided by the department that offers the module.



Medals & Prizes

Arthur Rajaratnam Prize

The Department of Physics, NUS, recently launched a prize which will recognise students for their excellence in experimental physics. The Prize is named in honour of retired Prof Arthur Rajaratnam who headed the Department from 1969 to 1982. Prof Rajaratnam made a gift of S$15,000 to help set up the Prize.

A cash incentive of S$200 will be awarded to two top performing students in Level 2000 experimental laboratory module (PC2193) and Level 3000 experimental laboratory module (PC3193) every year, starting AY2010/2011.

The award is governed by the following conditions:

  1. The award basis:
    • One prize for best performance by a student in level 2000 experimental lab module(s), i.e. PC2193.
    • One prize for best performance by a student in level 3000 experimental lab module(s), i.e. PC3193.
  2. This award is only open to Singaporean & Malaysian students majoring in Physics.
  3. In case of a tie between a Malaysian and a Singaporean student, the award will be given to the Malaysian student.
  4. As the modules are offered in both semesters, all students who have taken the modules in either semester will be considered.

The Department hopes that the Arthur Rajaratnam Prize will motivate more students to pursue physics as a career and contribute to technology-related sectors such as engineering, manufacturing, defense and life sciences.


IPS Medal

Presented in 1974 by the Singapore Institute of Physics, the medal is awarded to the best student who has passed the Examination for the degree of B.Sc.(Honours) in Physics.

  1. The award is made by the Board of Undergraduate Studies on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners.
  2. No award will be made unless there is a candidate of sufficient merit.
  3. In the event of there being more than one candidate of equal merit for the award, the Board will take into account the candidates' performance in Physics throughout their four years in the University.


Jurong Shipyard Prizes

Donated in 1973 by Jurong Shipyard Limited, the book prizes are awarded to students in the Department of Physics from the proceeds of a capital sum of $5,000. In 1994, Jurong Shipyard Limited donated an additional sum of $15,000 to augment the initial donation.

Six book prizes are available and will be awarded as follows:

  1. Two to the best students in Physics in the Science I Examination for the degree of Bachelor of Science;
  2. Two to the best students in Physics in the Science II Examination for the degree of Bachelor of Science; and
  3. Two to the best students in Physics in the Science III Examination for the degree of Bachelor of Science.

The prizes will be awarded by the Board of Undergraduate Studies on the recommendation of the relevant Board of Examiners. Each prize has a value of $100. They will be in the form of book vouchers.

This gift shall be governed by the University Statutes and Regulations, specifically, Statute 7 on Gifts to the University and the corresponding Regulation.


Lijen Industrial Development Medals

Donated in 1985 by Lijen Industrial Development Pte Ltd, the medals are awarded from the proceeds of a capital sum of $10,000. In 1998 the award was extended to deserving students from the School of Computing when it was formed.

  1. Subject to there being candidates of sufficient merit, the medals will be awarded to the honours year students with the best academic exercises/projects in each of the disciplines in the Faculty of Science and to deserving students in Bachelor of Computing (Honours) - Computer Science programme.
  2. The medals will be awarded by the Board of Undergraduate Studies on the recommendation of the Board of Examiners for the Honours Examinations in the Faculty of Science and the School of Computing.
  3. The number of medals available for award in any one year will depend on the proceeds from the capital sum. If in any year, the number of awards should be insufficient for distribution amongst the disciplines in the Faculty, the Board of Examiners will select the most deserving candidates after taking into consideration their performance in the Honours examination.
  4. This gift shall be governed by the University Statutes and Regulations, specifically, Statute 7 on Gifts to the University and the corresponding Regulation.

For more information and queries on our programmes, please contact:

Sng Wee Lee (Manager)

  • Email: physngwl@nus.edu.sg
  • Office: General Office, S12-M01
  • Tel:+65 6516 2619




NUS Sigma Pi Sigma Chapter

Left: A/Prof. Phil Chan (right) was the event director of the Venus Transit @ NUS 2012, and Prof. Roy Patrick Kerr (left) was specially invited to grace the event.
Centre: Prof Feng Yuan Ping (left) presented the Sigma Pi Sigma plaque to Mr. Chong Yau Loong, a representative of the NUS Physics Society.
Right: A group photo of some of the first Sigma Pi Sigma inductees. Mr John Soo and Miss Lim Jia Jia (middle row, second and third from the right) were the president and vice president of the Physics Society, respectively. Dr Cindy Ng (top row, first from the left) is the staff advisor of NUS Physics Society.

It was a historic occasion on November 1, 2011 when NUS Physics Department established two new chapters, one for the Society of Physics Students (SPS) under the American Institute of Physics' (AIP), and one for the Sigma Pi Sigma (ΣΠΣ) Honor Society. We are probably the first university is this part of Asia to have received the accolade and be inducted into the Sigma Pi Sigma fraternity.

The chapter advisor for SPS is Dr Cindy Ng. Dr Ng is the staff advisor of the NUS Physics Society. In every academic year, there are about 250 students studying the physics major programs; the Physics Society is a student society run by an executive committee consisting of 15 members, and most members are the physics students. The society organizes activities like the Mid-Autumn Festival celebration, staff and student games, and many other fun and food oriented activities to help promoting staff and student interactions within the Physics Department.

The NUS Sigma Pi Sigma chapter advisor is A/Prof Phil Chan. A/Prof Chan was inducted into the membership in 1992 and hence became the first Sigma Pi Sigma member at NUS.

The first NUS Sigma Pi Sigma reception ceremony was held on June 6, 2012, in conjunction with the Faculty of Science’s Venus Transit @ NUS 2012 event. The Venus Transit event generated a buzz of media and television activities. Thousands of people turned up for the 2-day event and hundreds attended the public lecture of renowned Distinguished Professor Roy Patrick Kerr from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Prof Kerr is famous for discovering the Kerr vacuum.

The Sigma Pi Sigma reception ceremony was graced by Prof Kerr. During the ceremony the Physics Department Head, Prof Feng Yuan Ping, was invited to present the Sigma Pi Sigma plaque to the Physics Society. A total of 25 inductees were received into the Sigma Pi Sigma membership at this ceremony.


Sigma Pi Sigma Membership

The chapter receives into membership undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, and a few others in closely related fields. Students elected to membership must attain high standards of general scholarship and outstanding achievement in physics.

Undergraduate candidates must meet a minimum standard used by the chapter. Graduate students and faculty members may be elected at any time. Students who are not physics majors can be elected, provided that they meet the standards and have demonstrated an interest in physics. Physicists in industry and government laboratories, as well as secondary school physics teachers, can be elected on the basis of their professional record.

For more information about the membership, you may contact our representative below:

For more information and queries on our programmes, please contact:

Dr NG Shao Chin, Cindy

  • Email: phynsc@nus.edu.sg
  • Office: S13-02-06
  • Tel:+65 6516 2822




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