Higher Diploma in Applied Physics

Sept 2020 Entry

Programme code: JS3014

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation


Programme Intake
51 (JUPAS and non-JUPAS)
Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Yes, but preference will be given to first choice applications.
Programme Leader(s)

Dr C.H. Lam
BSc, PhD

No information is available at present.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

Students gain comprehensive foundation knowledge and skills in applied physics, instrumentation and materials technology.

The broad-based design of the programme enables graduates to seek promising careers in the following sectors:

  • Industries that use advanced technology based on scientific instrumentation;
  • Industries that require the specification, selection and processing of metals, ceramics, plastics and advanced materials; and
  • The sales and service areas of commercial or trading companies that deal with high-technology equipment and materials.

The programme provides a route of articulation to degree programmes.




This programme is unique in Hong Kong and has a long history since 1978.  Many of our graduates have already reached senior positions in the industrial and commercial sectors.

The broad-based design of the programme enhances the competitiveness and adaptability of our graduates in the dynamic economic and technological environment of Hong Kong.

Graduates can also pursue further studies in many different fields at local and overseas universities.


  • Students study subjects in three major areas, which include applied physics, materials science/technology and scientific instrumentation.
  • Year One subjects include Core Subjects, in addition to Mathematics, English, Chinese and broadening subjects.
  • Year Two focuses on more advanced Core Subjects and includes an Innovation Project. 
  • Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.polyu.edu.hk/ap.

Recognition and Prospects

Career Prospects

Our graduates work in a variety of areas from education to manufacturing and service in industrial sectors and government organisations. They take up a wide variety of positions, such as engineers in testing laboratories, electronic engineers, materials engineers, sales engineers, quality assurance engineers, reliability engineers, customer service engineers, product engineers, project engineers, instructors, computer engineers, programmers, IT officers, technical officers and technicians. Their choices of career are diverse and flexible, and some of them pursue further studies in universities.

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for non-JUPAS applicants.


For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (email: apdept@polyu.edu.hk).

Student Message

Studying at the Department of Applied Physics was an unforgettable experience. When I was a first-year student at PolyU, my mind was blown by the instruments in the laboratories. Some of these instruments were discussed in secondary school lessons but I never used them until studying at PolyU. Laboratory sessions made me wonder about experiments related to research projects. Aside from the laboratories, I was grateful for the job opportunities provided by the Department. I worked at the physics helpdesk for a few months, which helped me adapt to a new job.

LEE Lap Yin

The Higher Diploma in Applied Physics helped me to acquire significant knowledge and develop many important skills, including fundamental knowledge of physics, mathematics and programming, along with laboratory skills. These were useful for pursuing a degree offer.


When I first entered PolyU, I was not familiar with the new environment. I was nervous and it affected my academic performance. Fortunately, the professors were encouraging and enthusiastic. When I encountered difficulties, they were willing to offer help and clarification. They encouraged me to strive for a better outcome.

SO Ho Lok

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Date: July
Mode:Group interview

To evaluate the interest of applicants in the programme.

Medium:Cantonese and English

About 20-30 minutes


All qualified applicants will be invited to interviews.