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Students admitted in AY10/11 or earlier will follow the PAPXXX course codes. Students admitted in AY11/12 or later will follow the new PHXXXX course codes.
Course Code and Title  AU  Information 

PH1104  Mechanics  3 AU  This course introduces fundamental concepts of mechanics.
Prerequisite: Physics and Mathematics at A or H2 level, or equivalents 
PH1105  Optics, Vibrations and Waves  3 AU  This course studies the behaviour and properties of optical and particle waves.
Prerequisite: Physics and Mathematics at A or H2 level, or equivalentsNot available to: Students who have taken/are taking PH1103, PAP113, EE1002 
PH1106  Electricity and Magnetism  3 AU  This course introduces basic notions of Electric, Magnetic fields and circuits.
Prerequisite: Physics and Mathematics at A or H2 level, or equivalents 
PH1107  Relativity and Quantum Physics  3 AU  This course introduces fundamental concepts of special relativity, quantum physics and some basic applications.
Prerequisite: Physics and Mathematics at A or H2 level, or equivalents 
PH1198  Physics Laboratory Ia  2 AU  This course will train students in basic experimental physics that include topics in mechanics, basic optics and thermal physics. The laboratory sessions are designed to provide an active learning experience where key concepts can be better appreciated. Students will also learn about data acquisition, error analysis, error distribution and fitting procedures. Prerequisite: Physics at A or H2 level or equivalent 
PH1199  Physics Laboratory Ib  2 AU  This course will train students in basic experimental physics that include topics in electricity & magnetism, circuits, optics and wave phenomena. The laboratory sessions are designed to provide an active learning experience where key concepts can be better appreciated. Students will also learn about data acquisition, error analysis, error distribution and fitting procedures. Prerequisite: Physics at A or H2 level or equivalent 
PH2101  Quantum Mechanics I 
4 AU (for students took in AY13/14 or earlier) 3 AU (for students taking in AY14/15 or later) 
This course introduces the basic idea of quantization in the physical world.
Prerequisite: (MH1801 and PH1107) OR (MH1801 and CY1307) OR (MH1802 & MH1803 & PH1107) OR (CY1307, CY1601 & CY1602) 
PH2102  Electromagnetism  4 AU  This course introduces key concepts in electromagnetism.
Prerequisite: (MH1801 & MH2800 & PH1106) OR (MH1802 & MH1803 & MH2802 & PH1106) OR (CY1601 & CY1602 & CY1308) 
PH2103  Thermal Physics  4 AU  This course introduces the laws and key concepts of thermodynamics.
Prerequisite: (MH2800 & PH1104) OR (MH1803 & MH2802 & PH1104) OR (CY1601 & CY1602 & CY1308) 
PH2104  Analytical Mechanics  4 AU  This course introduces fundamental concepts of analytical mechanics.
Prerequisite: (MH2800 & PH1104) OR (MH1803 & MH2802 & PH1104) OR (CY1601 & CY1602 & CY1308) 
PH2198  Physics Laboratory IIa  2 AU  This course will train students in experimental physics covering a wide variety of topics: Quantum physics, physical optics and lasers, and electronics. Prerequisite: PH1198 
PH2199  Physics Laboratory IIb  2 AU  This course will train students in experimental physics covering a wide variety of topics: Electromagnetism, thermal physics, solid state and materials physics. Prerequisite: PH1199 
PH2301  Physical Optics  3 AU  This course aims to establish the basic principles of physical optics which form the foundation for many modern sciences and technologies.
Prerequisite: PH1103 or PH1105 
PH2601  Introduction to Lasers  3 AU  This course serves as an introduction to lasers and their working principles. 
PH3101  Quantum Mechanics II  4 AU  This course introduces the framework and basic tenets of quantum mechanics.
Prerequisite: PH2101, MH2801 
PH3102  Condensed Matter Physics I 
4 AU  This course introduces the structure of solids and the quantization of atomic and electronic motion in a periodic solid..
Prerequisite: PH1105, PH2101, PH2103 
PH3199  Physics Laboratory IIIa  2 AU  This course provides advanced training in experimental physics covering a wide variety of topics: Quantum physics, electrodynamics, atomic physics and spectroscopy, solid state physics, fluid mechanics, semiconductor physics, photonics, biophysics and thin film growth. Prerequisite: PH2198, PH2199 
PH3201  Statistical Mechanics  4 AU  This course introduces the postulates and key ideas in statistical mechanics, with applications to classical and quantal gases.
Prerequisite: PH3101 
PH3399  Physics Laboratory IIIb  2 AU  This course provides advanced training in experimental physics covering a wide variety of topics: Quantum physics, electrodynamics, atomic physics and spectroscopy, solid state physics, fluid mechanics, semiconductor physics, photonics, biophysics and thin film growth. Prerequisite: PH2198, PH2199 
PH3401  Atomic Physics  4 AU  This course discusses the origins of atomic spectra and shows the application of quantum mechanics in describing the interaction between electron and nuclei in atoms.
Prerequisite: PH3101 
PH3403  Cosmology 
3 AU  This is a first course in cosmology which covers various fundamental aspects of standard cosmology and background tools to understand some active research topics in this area. The topics to be covered include inflation theory, structure formation, big bang nucleosynthesis, application of Boltzmann equation to understand various matter production, cosmic microwave background and primordial gravitational waves. We will also discuss some aspects of geometry of the universe including the RobertsonWalker metrics and Friedmann equations. The course will conclude via touching on currently open problems in cosmology such as dark matter, dark energy and primordial gravitational waves. Prerequisite: PH1107, PH2101, PH2103 
PH3404  Physics of Classical and Quantum Information 
3 AU  The 21st Century has seen a string of profound discoveries that interface physics, information theory and computer science. This course will introduce undergraduate students these exciting ideas. On completion of the course, students will appreciate how information theory has led to new understanding in physics, and how the discovery of new physics – such as quantum mechanics  has led to complete new ways of processing and transferring information. Topics include:
Prerequisite: PH2101, MH1402 
PH3405  Superconductivity, Superfluidity and BoseEinstein Condensates 
3 AU  This course covers three types of macroscopic quantum phenomena: superconductivity, superfluidity and atomic BoseEinstein condensates (BEC). We start with superfluid helium4 and introduce macroscopic wave function, momentum distribution, flow quantization, rotating superflulid and vortices, quasiparticle excitations (phonons and rotons), and the twofluid model by Tisza and Landau.
Prerequisite: PH2101 
PH3502  Chaotic Dynamical Systems  4 AU  This course introduces the ideas of determinism and randomness in the physical world.
Prerequisite: PH2104 
PH3501  Fluid Mechanics  4 AU  This course introduces the laws governing fluid motion.
Prerequisite: PH2104 
PH3601  Fabrication of Micro and Nanoelectronic Devices 
4 AU 
This course discusses the basic principles underlying the fabrication of micro and nanoelectronic devices and material processing techniques.
Prerequisite: PH2102 
PH3602  Photonics  4 AU  This course introduces key concepts in optical, optoelectronics and optical communication technologies.
Prerequisite: PH2101, PH2301 
PH3603  Biophysics  3 AU  This course serves as an introduction to "How physics approaches living matter". It aims to provide a framework for understanding biophysics and physical models of biological systems. You will build foundational knowledge in key topics of molecular biophysics and structural biology. Through this course, you will be introduced to the working principles of common biophysical methods used to investigate the structure and dynamics of biomolecules as well as novel methods for manipulation and analysis in biophysics. The course consists of the following topics:
Prerequisite: PH2103 
PH4401  Quantum Mechanics III  4 AU  This course discusses quantum interactions between matter and electromagnetic fields.
Prerequisite: PH3101 
PH4402  Condensed Matter Physics II  4 AU  This course introduces advanced concepts in solid state physics with particular attention to theoretical approaches.
Prerequisite: PH3201 and PH3102 
PH4403  Surfaces and Interfaces 
4 AU  This course discusses the key concepts in surface and interface science with special focus on electronic structure.
Prerequisite: PH3102 
PH4404  Nanoscale Physics  3 AU  This course introduces the physical and transport properties in nanoscale systems.
Prerequisite: PH3101, PH3102 
PH4408  Nuclear Physics 
3AU  This course provides a basic understanding of the structure of nuclei and their properties.
Prerequisite: PH3101 
PH4410  Econophysics 
3AU  This course introduces statistical physicsinspired approaches to economics and finance.
Prerequisite: PH3201 or MH2500 
PH4409  Quantum Electronics 
4 AU  This course aims to provide students with a solid foundation of photonics and optical technology.

PH4411  Introduction to Experimental Particle Physics 
3 AU  This course is a survey of particle physics for advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students.

PH4414  Introduction to Spintronics 
3 AU  This course will introduce magnetics and spintronics technologies which are useful in hard disk drives and the emerging magnetic random access. The course consists of three parts of almost equal lengths.

PH4418  Physics in the Industry 
4 AU  Topics include

PH4501  Statistical Mechanics II  4 AU  This course introduces the theoretical framework of statistical mechanics and applications to novel physical systems.
Prerequisite: PH3101 and PH3201 
PH4502  Atmospheric Physics  4 AU  This course introduces the atmosphere as a fluid system and discusses the physics that underlie weather and climate.
Prerequisite: PH2103 and PH3501 
PH4505  Computational Physics  4 AU 

PH4506  Electrodynamics  4 AU  This course introduces electrodynamics at a more advanced level.
Prerequisite: PH2102 
PH4507  Topics in Physics  3 AU  This course introduces students to topics in Physics which are at the frontier of theoretical physics. Students will be informed of the topic selected before the start of the semester.
Prerequisite: Division Approval 
PH4508  Introduction to General Relativity  3 AU  Beginning with a review of special relativity, the course covers the equivalence principle, effects of gravitation on clocks and the GPS, gravitational redshift, curved spacetime, geodesic equation and simple solutions, Schwarzschild geometry of a spherical star, equation of orbits around spherical star, experimental tests of general relativity, and the course ends with an introduction to black holes. It adopts a physics first approach and introduces the higher mathematics when needed. Prerequisite: MH2801 & PH2102 & PH2104 
PH4509  Quantum Field Theory with applications in Condensed Matter Physics  4 AU  This is a first course in quantum field theory (QFT) where we provide an exposition of basic concepts, mathematical techniques and a sketch of various applications in particle theory and manybody problems in condensed matter physics. The foundational topics which will be introduced include pathintegral formalism in quantum mechanics and QFT, canonical quantization, Green’s functions and Feynman diagrams in perturbation theory. We will touch on the application of these concepts to aspects of quantum electrodynamics as well as selected modern topics in condensed matter physics for which QFT is a useful framework, such as the fractional quantum hall effect, meanfield theory of superfluids, renormalization group and LandauGinzburg theory of critical phenomena. Prerequisite: PH3101 
PH4601  Physics of Semiconductor and Spintronics Devices  4 AU  This course aims to introduce solid state devices that signify modern technologies and microelectronics industries. These technologies are generally drawn from the physics of semiconductor and magnetism.
Prerequisite: PH3102 
PH4603  Soft Condensed Matter Physics  3 AU  This course provides an introduction to softcondensed.
Prerequisite: PH2103 
PH4604  Topics in Applied Physics  3 AU  This course introduces students to topics in Physics which are at the frontier of applied physics. Students will be informed of the topic selected before the start of the semester.
Prerequisite: Division Approval 
PH4605  Medical Physics for Radiotherapy  4 AU  This course will introduce the fundamental and clinical aspects of radiation physics, dosimetry concepts and techniques, dose calculation methods and treatment planning, radiobiology and radiation safety for Radiotherapy. Prerequisite: PH3101 
PH4606  Fundamentals and Applications of Acoustics 
3 AU  The course introduces the fundamentals physical principles of acoustics and focuses on hearing and ultrasonic sound propagation in fluids; plane wave and sonar equations, sound speed dependencies and propagation modelling will be discussed. Different types of acoustic systems and the role of acoustic systems in underwater environments will be considered. As ultrasound is widely used in medical applications this course will focus on medical ultrasonic applications for diagnosis and for treatments purpose. This course is portioned into fundamental acoustics, wave equations, sound propagation and sound modelling. The specific arrangement is:

PH4607/ CM4017  Biomedical Imaging and Sensing 
3 AU  This course will give an overview of the cutting edge medical imaging and biosensing techniques currently being developed, by giving special emphasis on the physics fundamentals for various system designs. This course will be divided into two parts. First part will cover the concepts behind photonics based biosensors and its real applications. In the second part, state of the art medical imaging techniques will be covered by introducing its basics followed by instrumentation and its real applications for disease diagnosis and drug discovery. Finally a comparative analysis of these techniques will be discussed. Prerequisite: PH2301 (for PHY) OR CM3041 (for CHEM) 
PH4608  Plasmonics and Metamaterials 
3 AU  The course would mainly consist of the following topics: 
PH4405  Final Year Project(only for students admitted in 2015 and before)  10 AU  The student will undertake a project over two semesters, supervised by a faculty member. He/she will be required to produce a thesis report and prepare for seminar presentations. Assessment will be through a thesis report, viva and seminar presentation. Prerequisite: 12 AUs of PH3XXXX courses Not available to: Students (admitted in AY06/07 and later) who have taken/are taking PAP493 OR PH4407 OR PH4413 
PH4406  Industrial Internship I (only for students admitted in 2014 and before)  4 AU  10 weeks of industrial placement in an approved company or institution Prerequisite: PH1104, PH1105, PH1106, PH1107, PH1198, PH1199, PH2101, PH2102, PH2103, PH2104,
PH2198, PH2199 or by permission 
PH4407 Industrial Internship II (only for students admitted in 2014 and before)  10 AU  22 weeks of industrial placement in an approved company or institution Not available to: Students who have taken/are taking PAP492/ PH4406 OR PH4412 OR PH4413 and 
PH4412 Professional Attachment (only for students admitted in 2015)  4 AU  10 weeks of industrial placement in an approved company or institution Mutually exclusive: PAP492, PAP493, PH4406, PH4407, PH4413, PH4416, PH4417 
PH4413  Professional Internship (only for students admitted in 2015)  10 AU  22 weeks of industrial placement in an approved company or institution Mutually exclusive: PAP492, PAP493, PH4405, PH4406, PH4407, PH4412, PH4415, PH4416, PH4417 
PH4415  Final Year Project (only for students admitted in 2016 and after)  11 AU  The student will undertake a project over two semesters, supervised by a faculty member. He/she will be required to produce a thesis report and prepare for seminar presentations. Assessment will be through a thesis report, viva and seminar presentation. Mutually exclusive: PAP491, PH4405, PH4407, PH4413, PH4417 
PH4416 Professional Attachment (only for students admitted in 2016 and after))  5 AU  10 weeks of industrial placement in an approved company or institution Mutually exclusive: PAP492, PAP493, PH4406, PH4407, PH4412, PH4413, PH4417 
PH4417  Professional Internship (only for students admitted in 2016 and after)  11 AU  22 weeks of industrial placement in an approved company or institution Mutually exclusive: PAP492, PAP493, PH4405, PH4406, PH4407, PH4412, PH4413, PH4415, PH4416 
course Information  AU  Information 

PH1011  Physics  3 AU  1. VECTORS Prerequisite: Physics at A or H2 level, or equivalents Not available to: Students who have taken/are taking CY1305, CY1306, FE1001, FE1011, IM1091, MS1001, PH1012, PH1104, PH1106, PH114S, PH116S 
PH1012  Physics A  4 AU  1. VECTORS Prerequisite: For students w/o A level Physics (applicable to F/T students) Not available to: Students who have taken/are taking CY1305, CY1306, FE1001, FE1011, FE1012, IM1090, PH1011, PH1101, PH1104, PH1106, PH114S, PH116S, AERO(20042011), CEE(20042011), ENE(20042011) 
PH1801  Foundations of Physics I  3 AU  Fundamentals of physics covering (a) mechanics, (b) wave motion, and (c) thermodynamics, with examples of practical applications to biomedical sciences, engineering sciences and other fields. Students learn about the principles of the physical world from which scientific and engineering applications are built upon. At a general level, students learn how to read scientific material effectively, identify fundamental concepts, reason through scientific questions, and solve quantitative problems. Prerequisite: Mathematics at A or H2 level, or equivalents Not available to: Students who have taken/are taking PAP111 OR PH1101 OR PH1104 Note: For CBC students, the requirement of PH1801 may be replaced with PH1101 or PH1104.Note: This is a Pass/Fail Course 
PH1802  Foundations of Physics II  3 AU  Fundamentals of physics covering (a) electricity and magnetism, (b) optics, and (c) modern physics, with examples of practical applications to biomedical sciences, engineering sciences and other fields. Students learn about the principles of the physical world from which scientific and engineering applications are built upon. At a general level, students learn how to read scientific material effectively, identify fundamental concepts, reason through scientific questions, and solve quantitative problems. Prerequisite: PH1801 Not available to: Students who have taken/are taking PAP112 OR PH1102 OR PH1106 Note: This is a Pass/Fail Course 
Course Code and Title  AU  Information 

PH8101  Environmental Physics  3 AU  This course provides a broad appreciation of the physical factors that govern the environment.
Prerequisite: Physics at O level 
PH8102  Physics of Sports  3 AU  This course introduces the physical principles that govern human locomotion and sporting incidents.
Prerequisite: Physics at O level 
Course Code and Title  AU  Information 

PH2901  Electronics for the Experimentalist  3 AU  This course introduces basic concepts and applications of electronic elements and circuits which are useful in an experimental research environment. Elements in analog and digital electronics will be discussed. Tools for circuit design and board layout will be introduced. Additionally an overview of typical circuits for scientific instrumentation for data acquisition and signal processing will be given. The lab sessions are an integral part in this course and focused on handson experiments with the goal to realize prototypes of given circuits. During the project work an electronic circuit has to be designed and realized able to manage a given task.
Prerequisite: PH1102 
PH2999  Undergraduate Research Experience in Physics I  3 AU  This course introduces research work in physics that is suitable for 2nd year undergraduate students. The content will be determined by project supervisors. Remark: Subject to approval from the Head of Division Note: This is a Pass/Fail Course 
PH3901  Thin Film Technology  3 AU  This course focuses on the principles of thinfilm deposition techniques as well as the underlying physical principles governing the thin film growth. This course will be supplemented with examples and applications that reflect the frontiers of modern science and technology, e.g. fabrication of semiconductor films/devices, growth of nanostructure films and materials.
Prerequisite: PH2302 
PH3999  Undergraduate Research Experience in Physics II  3 AU  This course introduces research work in physics that is suitable for 3rd year undergraduate students. The content will be determined by project supervisors. Remark: Subject to approval from the Head of Division 
PS9888  Making and Tinkering  4 AU  We envision creating an environment to allow students to apply their scientific knowledge to identify and solve openended real life problems together with their friends from different disciplines. We want to provide our students with the opportunities to freely explore, take risks and even if they fail, the failure will be a fruitful and enriching. In the process, they will create and build something pertaining to solving the problem identified. The endproduct of investigation will be a (novel) object designed and created by the students. They are also required to do presentations about their project. Note: This is a Pass/Fail course and offers during the Special Terms. 
Course Code and Title  AU  Information 

MH1401  Algorithms and Computing I  2 AU  See respective MAS website for more information (for students admitted in AY1213 or later) 
MH1402  Algorithms and Computing II  2 AU  See respective MAS website for more information (for students admitted in AY1213 or later) 
MH1800  Calculus for the Sciences I  3 AU  See respective MAS website for more information (for students admitted in AY1617 or earlier) 
MH1801  Calculus for the Sciences II  3 AU  See respective MAS website for more information (for students admitted in AY1617 or earlier) 
MH2800  Linear Algebra and Multivariable Calculus  4 AU  See respective MAS website for more information (for students admitted in AY1617 or earlier) 
MH1802  Calculus for the Sciences  4 AU  See respective MAS website for more information (for students admitted in AY1718 or later) 
MH1803  Calculus for Physics  4 AU  See respective MAS website for more information (for students admitted in AY1718 or later) 
MH2802  Linear Algebra for Scientists  3 AU  See respective MAS website for more information (for students admitted in AY1718 or later) 
MH2801  Complex Methods for the Sciences  3 AU  See respective MAS website for more information 
For GER Core Requirements, please refer to SPMS website for more information.