The Department of Physics

The Department of Physics at the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has been officially launched on July 1, 2017. The Department builds on the excellent tradition of the physics faculty in the former Department of Physics and Materials Science. In the 2014 Research Assessment Exercise conducted by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, CityU’s physics ranked 2nd amongst all eight universities in Hong Kong. Our faculty members have received international recognition, including fellowships from prestigious societies such as the American Physical Society and the Materials Research Society.

A rigorous curriculum is a hallmark of the Department of Physics. The goal of our teaching is to equip students with knowledge and critical thinking skills that will enable them to tackle difficult physics problems throughout their career. The curriculum teaches not only foundational courses in physics, but also technology driven courses such as computer modeling and advanced instrumentation. Our curriculum is well regarded internationally. This has allowed our students to enroll in joint degree programs with many top universities in the world, such as Columbia University in the USA, to obtain degrees from both universities.

Faculty members at the Department of Physics are committed to excellence in research. At present, the department’s research focuses on the following thematic areas:

  • Computational physics and theory
  • Spectroscopy and imaging
  • Low-dimensional systems
  • Soft matter and biophysics
  • Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics

The Department of Physics aspires to become a leading physics department in the Asia-Pacific region. A worldwide search is currently underway to recruit faculties to join the new department.

For more information about the department, please visit our website,

Professor Xun-Li Wang
July 1, 2017.

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