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)
|Dr Ng Shao Chin, Cindy||GEM Module Advisoremail@example.com||6516 2822|
|Dr Wang Qinghai||Level 1 Advisor (PC1141/42/43/44 & PC1121/22)||firstname.lastname@example.org||6516 2533|
|Dr Ng Siow Yee||
Level 1 Lab Coordinator
|Dr Yeo Ye||Physics Engineering Course Coordinator (PC1431/32)||email@example.com||6516 2821|
|Dr Wang Qinghai||Physics Engineering Lab Coordinator (PC1431/32)||firstname.lastname@example.org||6516 2533|
|Assoc Prof Andrivo Rusydi||
Level 2 Advisor (Lecture Courses)
|Assoc Prof Wang Xuesen||Level 2 Lab Coordinatoremail@example.com||6516 2961|
|Assoc Prof Van Der Maarel Johan RC||Level 2 Biophysics Lab Coordinator
|Assoc Prof Edward Teo||Level 3 Advisor (Lecture Courses)||firstname.lastname@example.org||6516 6351|
|Assoc Prof Tok Eng Soon||Level 3 Lab Coordinator
|Prof Christian Kurtsiefer||Level 4 Advisor (Lecture Courses)||email@example.com||6516 1250|
|Assoc Prof Eda Goki||Level 4 Project Coordinator (PC4199)||firstname.lastname@example.org||6516 2970|
|Assoc Prof Kaszilikowski Dagomir||Level 5 Advisor (Lecture Courses/ Project & Part-time MSc Programme)||email@example.com||6516 5622|
|Assoc Prof Lim Hock Siah||UROPS Advisorfirstname.lastname@example.org||6516 2614|
|Assoc Prof Edward Teo||Minor in Physics
|Prof Ji Wei||Minor in Optical and Semiconductor
|Prof Sow Chorng Haur||Nanoscience Minor Programmeemail@example.com||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 Physicsfirstname.lastname@example.org||6516 4149|
|Assoc Prof Wang Zhisong||Student Exchange Programme
|Assoc Prof Phil Chan||Polytechnic Admission
|Year/Sem||Option 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).|
|1/1||PC1141, PC1142, MA1101R, MA1102R||PC1141, PC1142, MA1101R or MA1102R|
|1/2||PC1143, PC1144, PC2134||PC1143, PC1144, MA1102R or MA1101R|
|2/1||PC2131, PC2132, possibly PC2193||PC2131, PC2132, PC2134, possibly PC2193|
|2/2||PC2130, PC2230, PC2193 if not in Sem 1||PC2130, PC2230; PC2193 if needed (PC2134: not advisable to have it so late)|
|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.|
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
Requirements and Filing for Honours
Honours Project Repository
For more information and queries on the honours project please contact:
Assoc Prof Eda Goki
Lee Soo Mien
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)|
|EXE||(exempted)||awarded when candidate is exempted from or given credit for the module||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:
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|
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
For more information and queries on our programmes, please contact:
Sng Wee Lee (Manager)
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