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Higher Diploma in Applied Physics

Sept 2021 Entry

Programme code: JS3014

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credit Required for Graduation


Programme Intake
Fund Type
Programme Leader(s)

Dr C.H. Lam
BSc, PhD

No information is available at present.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims and Learning Outcomes

Students gain comprehensive foundational 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 industries/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 departments of commercial or trading companies that deal with high-technology equipment and materials.

The programme provides a route of articulation to degree programmes.


Programme Characteristics

This programme is unique in Hong Kong and has a long history, having been launched in 1978. Many of our graduates have already attained senior positions in the industrial and commercial sectors.

The broad-based design of the programme enhances graduates' competitiveness and adaptability 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.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Career Prospects

Our graduates work in a variety of areas, from education to manufacturing, and serve in industrial sectors and government organisations. They take up a wide range 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 at university.



  • Students study subjects in three major areas: 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

Entrance Requirements & Subject Weightings

Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.

There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred subject(s) with the highest weighting for admission score calculation include(s):

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics (Extended part - Calculus and Statistics)
  • Mathematics (Extended part - Algebra and Calculus)
  • Physics
  • Combined Science: Biology + Physics
  • Combined Science: Physics + Chemistry

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Chinese & English Languages + Any Best 3 Subjects

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Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2020-21: 14.1 (Chinese & English Languages + Any Best 3 Subjects)

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For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (email:

Student Message

Student Message

Of all government-funded higher diploma programmes available in Hong Kong, the Higher Diploma in Applied Physics offered by PolyU is the most attractive. I was impressed by its diverse and challenging curriculum. In addition to the interesting applied physics courses, I learned advanced mathematics, such as linear algebra, calculus and statistics, which helped me build a strong foundation of knowledge. My scope of knowledge was further widened through programming-related and materials science related courses. In the laboratory sessions, I gained hands-on experimental skills and learned how to compile comprehensive laboratory reports. With ample support from the patient and competent lecturers, I had a fruitful learning experience. The lecturers were very responsive and gave prompt feedback to students after each assessment, which helped us to achieve the learning outcomes. I strongly believe that my rewarding campus life is attributed to the superb learning environment provided by PolyU and the Department. On top of that, most graduates can gain admission to Bachelor degree programmes. For all of these reasons, I strongly recommend that you choose this programme and enjoy your campus life here!

LAU Kwun Tak

Studying in the Higher Diploma in Applied Physics is a memorable experience for me.  When I was admitted PolyU two years ago, I was quite worried about my academic performance and adaptation to university study.  Fortunately, I met a group of kind and caring professors in the Department who are willing to help me with any problems.  Through this programme, I gained valuable learning experience and had a deeper understanding of various physics-related topics such as mechanics and waves.  I was also able to acquire laboratory skills as well as knowledge in mathematics and computer programming.  During the laboratory sessions, I was provided with hand-on training in using different instruments and apparatuses.  All these knowledge and experiences are conducive to my further study and future career.


LUI Man Ho Leo

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

No information is available at present.

Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: After the announcement of HKDSE results
Mode:Group interview

To evaluate applicants' interest in the programme.

Medium:Cantonese and English

About 20-30 minutes


Only Band A applicants will be invited for interview.