Admission to Undergraduate Studies

Entry Requirements

Click below for admissions information for applicants of various qualifications:

Application Procedures

Please refer to Office of Admissions and Financial Aid of CUHK's website.

Enrichment Stream in Theoretical Physics (JUPAS Code: JS4690)

The Enrichment Stream in Theoretical Physics is designed to train students with good foundation in secondary school physics and mathematics to have a solid grasp of fundamental concepts, analytic, numerical, computational, experimental, and research skills, and to appreciate and understand the important applications of physics in the modern world. Learning activities include lectures, small-group discussions, problem-solving sessions, laboratories, seminars, projects, and research. In addition to core courses, students can select from a pool of elective courses focusing on theoretical physics and mathematics. The Enrichment Stream in Theoretical Physics places special emphasis on project learning and building research capabilities. The Stream is particularly designed for students seeking postgraduate studies at the master's or doctoral level upon graduation.

Learning in the Enrichment Stream in Theoretical Physics is further supported by a number of special academic and extra-curricular enhancement programmes. These programmes include: mentoring; summer research in the department; research exchange to overseas and mainland universities; and internship in the Hong Kong Observatory, the Hong Kong Space Museum, as well as in various companies. The Department of Physics also offers higher degree programmes leading to MSc, MPhil and PhD degrees. Further information can be found in the physics department webpage

Science (JUPAS Code: JS4601) - Broad-based Admission Scheme under the Faculty of Science

The broad-based admission scheme places high priority on students and their interests. To better prepare students to select a major of study, a flexible first-year curriculum and a Faculty package have been designed for students with different HKDSE preparations and to allow them to:

Students under the broad-based admission scheme will go through a common set of courses - the Faculty Package - in their first year of study. There are five groups of courses in the package: life sciences (Group A), chemistry (Group B), mathematics (Group C), physics (Group D) and statistics (Group E). Students shall take at least three courses from three different groups. The first course shall be chosen from the student’s most desired major programme, the second course shall be chosen from a relevant subject and the third course shall be chosen from the remaining groups.

The required courses for Physics programme in the Faculty Package are PHYS1111 University Physics I (Group D), MATH1010 University Mathematics (Group C), and any one from Group A, B or E.

Major Declaration: BSc Programme in Physics

Admitted students can declare Physics programme as major at any of the three time points and admission is guaranteed. There is no quota limit for declaration of Physics programme.

I: EntryObtained Level 5 or above in HKDSE Physics subject or Combined Science (Component - Physics) subject
Mainland Students with JEE qualification and Entry Scholarship
II: End of Year 1Obtained C+ or above in PHYS1111 University Physics I (from the Faculty Package specified by the Physics programme)
III: End of Year 2TAKEN (NOT necessarily ALL PASSED) a set of courses specified by the Physics programme: PHYS1111 University Physics I, PHYS1122 University Physics II, PHYS1712 Physics Laboratory I, and PHYS2041 University Physics III

Aimed at training our students to have a good grasp of fundamental knowledge and general methods, the Physics programme arms students with abilities to appreciate and understand the basic laws of nature, as well as their important applications in the modern society. It also focuses on building on students' analytic, laboratory and various soft skills by offering courses in the form of lectures, laboratories, small-group discussions, problem solving sessions, colloquia, seminars and projects. Learning is further enhanced by a number of highly successful undergraduate exchange and research opportunities and internship programmes.

The core part of our physics major curriculum, which is required of all and meant to build a solid foundation for students, consists mainly of courses on classical and modern physics. Newtonian mechanics and electromagnetism, supplemented by thermodynamics and optics, constitute the classical physics while quantum mechanics and its simple application to understand the behavior and structure of matter at various levels constitute the modern physics. Besides, there are two streams of courses that students can choose to meet their various needs and aspirations, namely, the physics stream and the enrichment stream, the latter is particularly suitable for those interested in postgraduate studies. In addition, a large number of courses, e.g., astronomy, relativity, astrophysics, meteorology, computer simulation, solid state physics, laser physics, photonics, electronics, instrumentation, materials characterization, nanoscience, physics project and postgraduate level courses, etc., are available for the students to choose as electives in order to fulfill their major requirements and to satisfy their own interests.

Career Prospects of Physics Graduates

University Appointments Service's statistics in recent years indicate that around 56% of Physics graduates continue to pursue higher academic degrees. Among those graduates who are in employment, 61% work in the industry and commerce sectors, benefiting from their training in analytical perception and command of technical knowledge; 32% serve in education institutes; 4% join the Government, and the remainder enter the social and public service and other sectors. In recent years the majority of our Physics graduates and MPhil graduates who continued to pursue higher degrees abroad have been admitted into the graduate schools of distinguished universities, including University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Santa Barbara, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, University of Maryland, Northwestern University, University of Colorado, University of California at San Diego, California Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, University of Michigan, John Hopkins University, University of Cambridge, Princeton University, University of Pittsburgh, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Toronto, where they have been awarded financial supports in the form of teaching assistantships and scholarships. Many of our alumni hold senior posts in renowned academic and research institutes worldwide, while many more others occupy prominent positions in various sectors in society.

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