What will I learn?

Applied Physics is a discipline that specializes in finding technological applications for the latest discoveries in physics. It lies at the frontier of technology development, where completely new types of devices are being developed and evaluated. Applied physicists were responsible for the invention of semiconductor electronics, lasers, high-capacity hard disks, light-emitting quantum dots used in next-generation display screens, and other important technologies.

Aside from learning about the laws of Nature and their applications, Applied Physics students acquire quantitative skills applicable to a broad range of endeavours. These skills include scientific computer programming, the formulation and testing of quantitative models, data analysis, and the use of state-of-the-art tools such as laser optics, microfluidic devices, and nanofabrication equipment. Physics graduates can find employment in a wide range of occupations, including research and development (R&D) in academia and industry, education, software development, and other professional positions.

Students in both programmes learn about the basic fields of physics: classical mechanics, relativity, optics, electromagnetism, thermal physics, quantum mechanics, and condensed-matter physics, as well as introductory courses in programming and mathematical methods. Physics students go on to take courses from a choice of statistical mechanics, computational physics, advanced quantum mechanics, particle physics, and more. In the Applied Physics programme, students take additional courses such as spintronics, nanotechnology, plasmonics, metamaterials, and laser physics. All students are also required to take courses from the university's selection of General Education Electives, in order to receive a well-rounded university education.

In the fourth year of study, students either undertake a Final Year Project, conducting research under the personal supervision of a faculty member, or perform an internship in a university-approved company or institution.

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
Annual fee - Subsidised tuition fee: SG $17,550; Non-Subsidised tuition fee (lab-based fee): SG $31,970; non lab-based fee: SG $32,950
Start date

Expected August 2020

Venue

College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

48 Nanyang Avenue,

HSS-05-62, HSS Building,

639818, Singapore

Entry requirements

For international students

You must have completed at least 12 years of general education or will be taking High School national examinations in the year of application in order to be considered for admission.

International Baccalaureate Diploma holders

Applicants should have passes in Physics and Mathematics at Higher Level.

Other qualifications (including international applicants)

Applicants should have a good grade in Physics and Mathematics at the senior high school level, equivalent to the Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level or International Baccalaureate.

Submission of IELTS or TOEFL or SAT (previously known as SAT Reasoning Test or SAT 1) or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) or ACT with Writing or Ameson English scores are only compulsory for applicants

  • with PRC Gao Kao qualification (i.e. applicants who will be taking Gao Kao in June 2019 and those who have already taken Gao Kao) OR
  • who do not take up English language in Junior and Senior High School or taken English language only as a 2nd language.

For IELTS, TOEFL and PTE Academic, only scores obtained in the 2 years leading up to the application deadline will be considered. The validity period for SAT and ACT is 5 years.

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