Deputy Major Leader: Dr Condon Lau
Applied physics adapts and utilizes physics principles for a multitude of scientific and technological applications. Its scope of study therefore overlaps with other scientific and engineering disciplines (e.g., materials science, environmental science, biomedical science and engineering, electronics, mechanical and manufacturing engineering). In fact, much of modern technology and its advances owe its existence to applied physics.
Graduates with a degree in applied physics possess a unique qualification. They not only have a fundamental understanding of physics principles but also are trained in applying these principles to various fields with particular emphasis on problem-solving research and development. Thus, graduates generally need less time to integrate themselves into future jobs, and adapt well to technological changes.
Elective courses in the BSc in Applied Physics are concentrated in four streams: (1)Nuclear Environmental Physics, (2)Photonics, (3)Materials Physics, and (4)Biomedical Physics. Nuclear Environmental Physics Stream equips students with knowledge in Nuclear Physics, Energy and Environment. Photonics Stream prepares students with the basic knowledge of optics, photonic materials, optical spectroscopy, lasers and opto-electronics. Materials Physics Stream equips students with knowledge in materials testing and characterization, microelectronic materials, thin film technology and nanocrystalline coatings. Biomedical Physics Stream prepares students with knowledge in medical physics, radiation biophysics and dosimetry. Students are free to choose any combination of courses in the above four streams.
Students are trained to develop the ability to use the most effective instrumentation and evaluation techniques for scientific and industrial applications, as well as to examine critically the data collection methodology and the resulting data. Students will also receive relevant industrial training and workshop practice, particularly with regard to engineering design.
Final-year students are required to work independently on a project in a selected area. These projects are designed to help students integrate their knowledge to solve challenging problems. Projects may be carried out in conjunction with industries or government agencies, thus facilitating their job seeking upon graduation.
Traditionally, in Hong Kong, most physics graduates have either become teachers, pursued further study or taken up careers in various government departments and agencies. Graduates in applied physics have the distinct advantage that they can also pursue careers in industry and business sectors. Examples are:
- Electronic components manufacturing (e.g., printed circuit boards, liquid crystal displays)
- Environmental consultancy
- Instrumentation (e.g., scientific instruments and applications)
- Optics-related industries
- Semiconductor manufacturing (e.g., integrated-circuits process technology)
- Biomedical equipment and products manufacturing
- Testing laboratories
Government departments and agencies
- Environmental Protection Department
- Hong Kong Observatory
- Hospital Authority
- Department of Health
o For students admitted to the major in 2017/18