Enquiry for Major/Minor/Programme Requirements

Minor Title Minor in Physics
Offered to students admitted to Year 1 in 2023-2024

The Minor in Physics is intended to provide interested students with a fundamental outlook on the subject. Students would acquire a taste of the subject through a large selection of elective courses which provides them to pursue a wide range of topics from the very small scale of nanomaterials to the large scale of astrophysics.

Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this programme, students should be able to:
PLO 1 :

identify and describe physical systems with fundamental knowledge in physics (by means of coursework and tutorial classes in the curriculum)

PLO 2 :

analyze some physics problems qualitatively and quantitatively (by means of coursework, tutorial classes and laboratory works in the curriculum)

PLO 3 :

communicate and collaborate with people effectively in scientific issues (by means of group projects, tutorial sessions and presentation opportunities in the curriculum)

Impermissible Combination:

Major in Physics
Major in Physics (Intensive)

Required courses (42 credits)
1. Introductory level courses (24 credits)
Disciplinary Core Courses (6 credits)
PHYS1250 Fundamental physics (6)
Disciplinary Electives (18 credits)
At least 18 credits selected from the following courses:
PHYS1150 Problem solving in physics (6)
PHYS2055 Introductory relativity (6)
PHYS2150 Methods in physics I (6)
PHYS2155 Methods in physics II (6)
PHYS2160 Introductory computational physics (6)
PHYS2250 Introductory mechanics (6)
PHYS2255 Introductory electricity and magnetism (6)
PHYS2261 Introductory heat and thermodynamics (6)
PHYS2265 Introductory quantum physics (6)
2. Advanced level courses (18 credits)
Disciplinary Electives (18 credits)
At least 18 credits selected from the following courses:
List A
PHYS3150 Theoretical physics (6)
PHYS3151 Machine learning in physics (6)
PHYS3350 Classical mechanics (6)
PHYS3351 Quantum mechanics (6)
PHYS3450 Electromagnetism (6)
PHYS3550 Statistical mechanics & thermodynamics (6)
PHYS3650 Observational astronomy (6)
PHYS3653 Astrophysics (6)
PHYS3660 Astronomy laboratory (6)
PHYS3750 Foundations of laser and spectroscopy (6)
PHYS3760 Physics laboratory (6)
PHYS3850 Physical Optics (6)
PHYS3851 Atomic and nuclear physics (6)
PHYS4150 Computational physics (6)
PHYS4151 Data analysis and modeling in physics (6)
PHYS4351 Advanced quantum mechanics (6)
PHYS4450 Advanced electromagnetism (6)
PHYS4550 Advanced statistical mechanics (6)
PHYS4551 Solid state physics (6)
PHYS4650 Stellar physics (6)
PHYS4652 Planetary science (6)
PHYS4653 Selected topics in astrophysics and cosmology (6)
PHYS4654 General relativity (6)
PHYS4655 Interstellar medium (6)
PHYS4656 Advanced astrophysics (6)
PHYS4850 Particle physics (6)
PHYS7350 Graduate classical mechanics (6)
PHYS7351 Graduate quantum mechanics (6)
PHYS7450 Graduate electromagnetic field theory (6)
PHYS7550 Graduate statistical mechanics (6)
PHYS7750 Nanophysics (6)

1. Double counting of credits is not permissible for major-minor or double-minors combinations. For a course appears as a core course ("disciplinary core") in the major-minor or double-minors, students have to make up the credits by taking replacement course in the minor. For details, please refer to "Students taking double Majors, Major-Minor or double Minors with overlapping course requirements" in the BSc syllabuses.

2. Students must have level 3 or above in HKDSE Physics or equivalent to take this minor.  Students who do not fulfill this requirement are advised to take PHYS1240 Physics by inquiry.


Important! Ultimate responsibility rests with students to ensure that the required pre-requisites and co-requisite of selected courses are fulfilled. Students must take and pass all required courses in the selected primary science major in order to satisfy the degree graduation requirements.

Back  /  Home