The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program seeks to train postgraduate students to carry out original research, and to cultivate independent and innovative thinking. A candidate for a PhD degree is expected to demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the chosen discipline and to synthesize and create new knowledge, making an original and substantial contribution to the discipline.
The programs are offered by the Department of Physics with the following research foci and state-of-the-art facilities providing students with necessary interdisciplinary knowledge to contribute to the long-term nanoscale research and development.
The Department concentrates its resources on condensed matter physics with potential relevance to the technological industry. Faculty and postgraduate research focus on optical, condensed matter and statistical physics, and include the physics of lasers, solid state, mesoscopic systems, devices, nanomaterials, thin films, surfaces, interfaces, liquid crystals, polymers and composites.
An area of interdisciplinary collaboration that has emerged over the years is that of nanomaterials and nanotechnology and the Department is closely linked with HKUST’s front-running William Mong Institute of Nano Science and Technology. The followings are main research areas that the Department is presently focusing on:
- Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) Physics
- First Principles Studies of Material Properties
- Information Physics
- Nano Materials
- Physics of Semiconductors
- Soft Condensed Matter Physics
- Strongly Correlated Electron Systems
- Surface Physics
- Particle Theory and Cosmology
- Ultrafast Photonics and Nonlinear Optics
- Wave Phenomena and Wave Functional Materials
To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.1. General Admission Requirements of the University
- Applicants seeking admission to a master’s degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification;
- Applicants seeking admission to a doctoral degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree with a proven record of outstanding performance from a recognized institution; or presented evidence of satisfactory work at the postgraduate level on a full-time basis for at least one year, or on a part-time basis for at least two years.
2. English Language Admission Requirements
Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:
- TOEFL-iBT: 80*
- TOEFL-pBT: 550
- TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)
- IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5
* refers to the total score in one single attempt
Applicants are not required to present TOEFL or IELTS score if
- their first language is English, or
- they obtained the bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.