The Department of Applied Physics (AP) focuses on five research areas: (1) Energy Materials and Devices, (2) Nanomaterials, (3) Photonics, Plasmonics and Optoelectronics – Materials and Devices, (4) Smart Materials and Devices, and (5) Theoretical and Computational Physics. Through our long term drive for academic excellence, AP has achieved outstanding results, including publications in internationally renowned journals, awards by local and international institutes, patents, elected fellowships in well-recognised international academic societies, and grants from government and industrial bodies. For more information, please visit our departmental website at https://www.polyu.edu.hk/ap/.
Strengths of the Department
AP treasures our tradition of maintaining strong links with local industries and offering application-oriented curricula. Our active engagement in research and consultancy work has been recognised by both academia and industry. The research quality of our staff members and postgraduate students has also received recognition through research awards, grants, fellowships and scholarships.
The Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2014 conducted by the University Grants Committee (UGC) found that AP produced the largest amount of world-leading (4*) research work in PolyU. AP ranks 1st in the Materials Science cost centre and comes in 2nd place among all Physics Departments in Hong Kong.
Outcome-based Research Postgraduate Programmes for PhD and MPhil Studies Programme
Programme Leader: Prof. HUANG Haitao
General Entrance Requirements
To register for the degree of MPhil, a student must hold:
- A Bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours from a recognised university; OR
- Other academic qualifications which are deemed to be equivalent.
To register for the degree of PhD, a student must normally hold a postgraduate degree containing a significant research component, such as a dissertation, conferred by a recognised university.
In exceptional circumstances, applicants other than those stipulated above may be admitted directly to the PhD programme. For example, applicants with a Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honours, or the equivalent. Such applicants may be required to pass an examination.
PolyU may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis.
English Language Requirements
The requirements for those who do not have a degree for which English was the language of instruction at a recognised university are:
- An overall score of at least 6.5 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); OR
- A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or above for the Internet-based test or 550 or above for the paper-based test.
All English language test scores are considered valid for two years after the date of the test.