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Karen Sze Cheung LAU
BSc Physics 2017, now PhD student at Stanford University


Aditya Varna IYER
Year 4 Physics Student



Pok Man TAM
Year 4 Physics Student


We offer BSc in Physics with options in (1) Physics and Mathematics, (2) Honors Physics, and (3) Applied Physics, as well as the "International Research Enrichment Track (IRE-Track)".
(Click here for the full Program Catalog)

What can you learn?

Particle Physics and Cosmology?

•    Black Holes and the Early Universe!
•    Stellar Astrophysics!
•    Particle Physics and the Universe!
•    Big Bang Cosmology and Inflation!




Modern Experimental Physics courses?


•    Modern Physics! 
•    Quantum Mechanics! 
•    Lasers and Optics!
•    Solid State Physics!
•    Biophysics!


Do you like theoretical physics? 


•    Computational Physics! 
•    Math in Physics! 
•    Thermodynamics!
•    Statistical Physics!
•    Electricity and Magnetism!


Can I get real hands-on experience in a well-equipped student laboratory?

•    Modern Physics Laboratory! 
•    Experimental Physics – Electronics! 
•    Experimental Physics – Optics!
•    Advanced Physics Laboratory!



Can I participate in research and work in a real research lab?

•    Directed Studies in Physics!
•    Capstone Research! 
•    Join UROP!
•    Join IRE Program!

•    Or simply work in the lab of a professor of your choice whenever your schedule allows.


Will I be prepared for further postgraduate studies after my bachelor degree?

Yes! Our graduates go to prestigious Universities including:

•    University of California, Berkeley, Santa Barbara, San Diego
•    Harvard University
•    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
•    Yale University
•    University of Toronto
•    Stanford University
•    Princeton University
•    California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
•    Columbia University
•    Brown University
•    Carnegie Mellon University


How to Apply?

For application procedure and qualification requirements for the following type of applicants:
  • JUPAS applicants (JUPAS code JS5100 and JS5101)
  • Local non-JUPAS applicants
  • Local sub-degree holders
  • Mainland, Taiwan and Macau applicants
  • International applicants

Admission to the School of Science can be through JUPAS with HKDSE Results, Local Direct Entry, most Common International Qualifications such as SAT or IB, or through the Mainland China Joint Entrance Examination (JEE). Detailed information about the admission requirements and process can be found on the websites of the School of Science and the University Recruitment and Admissions Office (URAO).

A limited number of places are also available for local sub-degree holders (i.e., Associate Degree or Higher Diploma) to directly admitted into Physics as senior year student. Read more.
We also offer Minor Programs in Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology, and Biological Physics for HKUST students with majors in other disciplines.


School-Based Admission

Students in any of the above mentioned Physics Major programs will be admitted to the School of Science in the first year. Upon completion of the first year of study, students will then declare their Majors. Students interested in Physics may choose the School of Science program either via "Science" (SSCI) route at the time of application or the "International Research Enrichment Track" (IRE-Track). The IRE is an elite undergraduate program targeted at students who wish to pursue a research career with strong emphasis on research and projects.
For JUPAS applicants, please look up Science (JUPAS code JS5100) and International Research Enrichment (JUPAS code JS5101) for details.
Information for other applicants can be found here: