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Postgraduate Admissions

Postgraduate Admissions


The Department of Physics is a vibrant team consisting of 234 undergraduate students, 198 postgraduate students, 27 regular faculty staff, 1 research assistant professor, 6 lecturers, and 21 technical/supporting staff. Every year, the department hosts a large number of visiting scholars, from postdoctoral fellows to Nobel laureates, who may stay a day and give a seminar, stay a term and teach a course, or stay several months and conduct research. The department has a strong commitment to curiosity-driven research but also recognizes its responsibility in helping industry conduct market-driven research and development. More importantly, the department has established a reputation in taking teaching and supervising students very conscientiously.

If you join the department as a new postgraduate student, you are expected to become an active member of the team. From the diverse research topics covered by the team, there must be one which matches your interest and career goals. Similarly, from our comprehensive postgraduate curriculum, there must be courses which will satisfy your needs in building up your background knowledge. In addition, you will learn from and argue with our staff and visitors on scientific matters. You will receive training in basic laboratory safety and teaching skills. You will present your research results in conferences overseas. You may even conduct some of your research work overseas…… All in all, you will find that the department is a great facilitator in helping a postgraduate student to become an independent researcher.

Taught Postgraduate Programme:

Admissions Requirements:

Applicants are required to fulfil the programme-specific admissions requirements and English language proficiency requirements. Please refer to the programmes pages for programme-specific admissions requirements.

English Language Proficiency Requirements:

Applicants should have either

  1. obtained a degree from a university in Hong Kong or taken a degree programme of which the medium of instruction was English, OR
  2. achieved scores in one of the following English Language tests as indicated:
    – TOEFL: Overall 550 (Paper-based) / Overall 79 (Internet-based) / Overall 79 (iBT Home Edition)
    – IELTS Academic / IELTS Online: Overall 6.5
    – GMAT (Verbal): Band 21 / GMAT Focus Edition (Verbal): Band 78, OR
  3. obtained a pass grade in English in one of the following examinations:
    – Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (AS Level)
    – Hong Kong High Level Examination
    – CUHK Matriculation Examination
    – General Certificate of Education Examination (GCE) Advanced Level (A-Level)/Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS-Level), OR
  4. achieved Level 4 or above in the English Language subject of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination, OR
  5. obtained a recognized professional qualification, provided that the examination was conducted in English.