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What will I learn?

MPhil Stream

  • Coursework: 12 units
  • Thesis Research: 6 units each term

In the final year of study, the student must submit a thesis to the Division and pass an oral examination defending his/her thesis.

PhD Stream
Students must pass the candidacy examination within 24 months from first entry.

  • Coursework: 12 units
  • Guided Study: 1 unit each term
  • Thesis Research: 6 units each term during pre-candidacy period and 12 units each term during post-candidacy period

For students entering with a research master’s degree, the normative study period is 36 months.

In the final year of study, students must submit a thesis to the Division and pass an oral examination defending his/her thesis.

Fields of Specialization

  • Experimental: Astrophysics, neutrino oscillation and particle physics; quantum sensing, ultracold atoms and molecules; plasmonics and metamaterials, ceramic-metal composites, thin film growth and magnetic oxides, undercooled metal liquids, nanostructured metal composites, energy storage materials turbulence; bacterial motion, colloids, glass formation, liquid-solid impact; experimental condensed matter physics.
  • Theoretical / Computational: Particle physics, cosmology, gravitational waves, pulsations of compact stellar objects; condensed matter physics, electronic and optical properties of semiconductor nanostructures, interacting electron-phonon systems, strongly correlated systems, topological matters; quantum matters, quantum optics, quantum physics and quantum information; complex system, turbulence, quantitative finance; computational physics, computational many-body physics, computational biophysics, computational materials physics.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (For students with a research master’s degree: Normative period - 36 months, Maximum period - 72 months; students without a research master’s: Normative period - 48 months, Maximum period - 84 months.)

Tuition fees
HK$42,100.00 (4,27,672) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Shatin,

Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree. English Language Requirements: TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based); IELTS (Academic): 6.5; GMAT (Verbal): Band 21.

For international students

MPhil Stream:

Applicants for the MPhil stream should hold, or expect to hold by the time of admission, a Bachelor's degree in Physics or related disciplines, normally with Second Class Honours or overall average result of B or above.

PhD Stream:

Applicants for the PhD stream should hold, or expect to hold by the time of admission, a Master's degree in Physics or related disciplines, or a Bachelor's degree in Physics or related disciplines, normally with Second Class Honours or overall average result of B or above.

To fulfill the University’s minimum English language requirements for admission to postgraduate programmes, applicants should have:

obtained a degree from a university in Hong Kong or taken a degree programme of which the medium of instruction was English; or

achieved scores in the following English Language tests2 as indicated:

  • TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based);
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5;
  • GMAT (Verbal): Band 21; or

obtained a pass grade in other English language requirements equivalent to HKDSE or

obtained a recognized professional qualification, provided that the examination was conducted in English.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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