Postgraduate Course List (17-18)

- Please refer to the Graduate School guidelines for General Coursework Requirement -
* Courses that are not offered in 2017 - 2018

Courses offered by our Department: 

PHYS8950 Postgraduate Seminar (COMPULSORY)

PHYS8001 Selected Topics in Computational Modelling and Data Analysis in Physics

Students are required to contact the Department office for taking this course.

PHYS8002 Advanced Topics in Theoretical Physics

Students are required to contact the Department office for taking this course.

PHYS8201 Basic Research Methods in Physical Science *

For students enrolled before September 2013
PHYS8201 is NOT regarded as an elective physics-course. In other words, it would NOT be counted to fulfill the departmental coursework requirement.
For students enrolled in or after September 2013
PHYS8201 can be taken in lieu of the compulsory module of the Graduate School Research Methods courses w. e. f. the academic year 2013-14. However, it is NOT regarded as an elective physics-course. In other words, it would NOT be counted to fulfill the departmental coursework requirement.

PHYS8351 Graduate Quantum Mechanics

PHYS8450 Graduate Electromagnetic Field Theory


PHYS8550 Graduate Statistical Mechanics *


PHYS8551 Solid State Physics *


PHYS8552 Physics of Quantum Liquids *

PHYS8654 General Relativity


PHYS8701 Physics Experimental Techniques

PHYS8750 Nanophysics

Courses offered by other Universities:

PHYS6101 From Classical to Quantum Field Theory (HKUST)

The course introduces to the audience modern understandings of classical and quantum field theories, and how they are applied to solve a series of problems. The basic topics are: field equation and functional methods, non-perturbation solutions to classical field theory, noether theorem and conservation laws, canonical quantization and Path integral quantization of classical field theory, perturbation theory, superfluidity and supervonductivity, instantons, examples of application in contemporary physics.

PHYS6111 Statistical Mechanics II (HKUST)

Advanced topics and techniques in modern statistical mechanics, including Monte Carlo methods, chaos, percolation, critical phenomena, scaling theory, renormalization group, growing interfaces, Kosterlitz-Thouless transition.

PHYS6201 Physics of Quantum Information and Quantum Computation (CUHK)

This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts and applications of quantum information and quantum computation. Topics covered include: key concepts of quantum mechanics, single qubit tansformations, quantum circuits, quantum algorithms, quantum communication, and quantum information theory.

PHYS6202 Topics in Theoretical Physics (Quantum Optics) (CUHK)

Concept of photons, properties and applications of nonclassical light, photo-detection of optical coherence, photon-atom interaction models, quantum theory of damping, laser theory, atom coherence effects, and an introduction to quantum communication.

PHYS6203 Semiconductor Physics and Devices (CUHK)

This is an introductory course at the postgraduate level in semiconductor physics and devices. Based on quantum theory, it describes the electronic band structures, band gaps, and phonon dispersion relations for the technologically important semiconductors such as Si, Ge, GaAs, etc.  The electric transport properties and the optical properties of these bulk materials will then be treated. The principles of a number of common devices will also be introduced. Finally, the modern heterostructures at low dimensions, including quantum wells, quantum wires, and quantum dots, together with their applications will be discussed. From this course, the students will appreciate how the fundamental courses of Quantum Mechanics and Solid State Physics are applied to the technologically important semiconductor materials, which leads to today’s information revolution.

PHYS6204 Introduction to Soft Matter Physics (CUHK)

The aim of this course is to provide students the basic concepts and research methods in soft matter physics. Topics covered include: structural, thermodynamic and dynamical properties of macromolecules, gels, colloids, amphiphilic molecules, membranes and liquid crystals. Principles for some of the major experimental techniques used in soft matter research will also be discussed. Students who take this course are expected to have a good knowledge of thermodynamics and statistical mechanics.

PHYS6205 Quantum Mechanics II (CUHK)

This course will discuss various theoretical topics of non-relativistic quantum mechanics at the graduate level. The quantum mechanics of many-body systems will also be introduced. Topics covered include: operator methods in quantum mechanics, addition of angular memento, variational method, stationary perturbation theory, time-dependent perturbation theory, scattering theory, and introduction to the quantum theoryof many-body systems.