Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Engineering Physics

Sept 2020 Entry

Programme code: 11439-SY

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation

65 or above

Programme Intake
6 senior year places
Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Yes, but preference will be given to first choice applications.
Programme Leader(s)

Dr Y.H. Tsang
BSc, PhD

  • The exact study duration and number of credits to be transferred will depend on the entry qualifications of individual AD/HD admittees.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims and Learning Outcomes

Engineering Physics is a unique programme that focuses on the application of physics to engineering. This combination of physics with engineering enables our graduates to perform flexibly and effectively in various careers.

Students gain the ability to analyse and solve practical engineering problems, which prepares them for complex workplace situations and technological advancements.



Programme Characteristics

Engineering Physics is the only programme in Hong Kong that amalgamates applied physics and engineering. We produce versatile graduates who can comfortably cope with Hong Kong's fast-paced and multifaceted economy as it evolves into a high-tech and high value-added productivity centre.

Students benefit from training in both physics and engineering and from familiarity with sophisticated equipment, including electron microscopes, lasers, surface coating equipments and LED characterisation instruments.

Student exchange programmes with academic institutions in the Chinese mainland and overseas are available. In addition, students will perform Work-Integrated Education (WIE) in the form of short-term placements, many of which are outside PolyU.


Senior year students have to complete a minimum of 30 credits of General University Requirement (GUR) subjects and a minimum of 95 credits of Discipline Specific Requirement (DSR) subjects to fulfil the graduation requirement. They can apply for credit transfer (up to a maximum of 60 credits) based on their previous studies in AD/HD programmes and their academic performance.

The features of the programme are as follows:

  • The key studies are basic and applied physics, strengthened by engineering subjects and computational physics. Supporting subjects include those in languages, computing, mathematics and management. Optoelectronics is the key area of the Engineering component.
  • The Physics Core Subjects cover basic physics and applied physics, which are relevant to high-technology industries.
  • Students can choose Elective Subjects such as the following:
    • Advanced Photonics Laboratory
    • Applied Acoustics
    • Computational Physics
    • Display Technology
    • Electromagnetic Fields
    • Laser Principles & Applications
    • Optical Design 
    • Radiation Physics
    • Science & Technology of Photovoltaics
    • Semiconductor Materials and Devices
    • Solid State Lighting
  • Students undertake a final year project to integrate the knowledge, aptitude and skills they have acquired.

Information on the subjects offered can be found at

Recognition and Prospects

Career Prospects

This programme produces graduates who are invariably well received by local and overseas employers. Our graduates work in a variety of areas, from research at universities to manufacturing, telecommunication and business, e.g. in consulting and analysis firms. Many of our graduates go into the booming industry in testing and certification. In addition, our graduates are in demand in the LED industry, medical engineering, the aviation industry, software development and the financial sector.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

An Associate Degree in Applied Science or Engineering, or a Higher Diploma in Applied Physics, Applied Optics, Optical Technology or Engineering in relevant areas.


Selection Criteria

Applicants will be shortlisted for interviews to evaluate their suitability, interest and ability in relation to the programme, and to determine their communication and all-round skills.


For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (email:

Student Message

This programme is very effective in learning and developing our careers. It also gives us various chances to experience the workplace environment, such as internships. After studying in the Department of Applied Physics, I believe that students are responsible people.

TANG Kong Yee

This programme gave me new perspectives on the world, from the microcosmic quantum world to the macroscopic level, Einstein’s theory of special relativity. Teachers patiently and precisely explained how things work with much scientific support and many examples from personal experience.

The knowledge I gained from here was interesting and progressive, which continuously triggered my curiosity in scientific exploration and new technologies. 

Learning physics is a process of understanding the fundamentals behind the complex world. I am sure that everyone who joins this programme will be enriched and equipped with analytical minds as well as scientific research skills. I also learned to think out of the box. Every problem has its own solution. While solving problems, I may discover something new and beyond my imagination.

YUEN Elon Chi Chin

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Date: February to August
Mode:Individual interview in the presence of at least two interviewers

To evaluate applicants' suitability, interest and ability in relation to the programme, and to determine their communication and all-round skills.

Medium:Cantonese and English

About 10-15 minutes


Only shortlisted applicants will be invited to interviews.