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BSc (Honours)

BSc (Hons) in Physics / Applied Physics

The curriculum on this page applies to Physics (PPHY) and Applied Physics (APHY) majors admitted in Academic Year 2017/2018 and later. Click here for information about how to register for courses.

For students admitted in previous years, see the following pages:

For the BSc (Hons) in Physics with Second Major in Mathematical Sciences (PHMA) curriculum, click here.

Curriculum Overview (Students Admitted in AY17/18 and later)

Course Type AU Remarks
Common Core 45 AU For both Physics (PPHY) and Applied Physics (APHY).
Other Common Core Courses 18 AU Courses offered outside the division; required for both PPHY and APHY.
4 AU (PPHY)
or
5 AU (APHY)
Prescribed Electives for PPHY
or
Prescribed Electives for APHY
25 AU (PPHY)
or
24 AU (APHY)
  • At least 10 AU must be of Level 4, excluding PH4415 (Final Year Project) and PH4417 (Professional Internship).
  • Students must read either PH4415 or PH4417.
  • A grade of A- or better in PH4415 (Final Year Project) is required to be eligible for Honours (Highest Distinction).
Subtotal
92 AU
General Education Requirement (GER) Core 12 AU
GER Prescribed Electives 15 AU
Electives must be taken from the following categories:
  • Science, Technology and Society (3 AU)
  • Business and Management (3 AU)
  • Liberal Arts (3 AU)
  • Any of the above (6 AU)
Unrestricted Electives 14 AU Can take UEs offered by any School.
Total 133 AU

Common Core Courses

Year Semester 1 AU Semester 2 AU
1 PH1104 - Mechanics 3 AU PH1106 - Electricity and Magnetism 3 AU
PH1105 - Optics, Vibrations and Waves 3 AU PH1107 - Relativity and Quantum Physics 3 AU
PH1198 - Physics Lab Ia 2 AU PH1199 - Physics Lab Ib 2 AU
HW0001 - English Proficiency
(For students who have not passed or been exempted from the Qualifying English Test (QET). Such students may take HW0128 after HW0001.)
0 AU
2 PH2103 - Thermal Physics 4 AU PH2101 - Quantum Mechanics I 3 AU
PH2104 - Analytical Mechanics 4 AU PH2102 - Electromagnetism 4 AU
PH2198 - Physics Lab IIa 2 AU PH2199 - Physics Lab IIb 2 AU
3 PH3101 - Quantum Mechanics II 4 AU PH3199 - Physics Lab IIIa 2 AU
PH3102 - Condensed Matter Physics I 4 AU
PH3199 - Physics Lab IIIa 2 AU

Other Common Core Courses

Year Semester 1 AU Semester 2 AU
1 MH1401 - Algorithms and Computing I 2 AU MH1402 - Algorithms and Computing II
2 AU
MH1802 - Calculus for the Sciences 4 AU MH1803 - Calculus for Physics 4 AU
2 MH2801 - Complex Methods for the Sciences 3 AU MH2802 - Linear Algebra for Scientists 3 AU

General Education Requirement Core Courses

Year Course Code & Title AU
1 ML0001 - Absolute Basics for Career 1 AU
HW0128- Scientific Communication I 2 AU
GC0001 - Introduction to Sustainability
1 AU
2 PS8001 - Defence Science 3 AU
HY0001 - Ethics & Moral Reasoning 1 AU
3 HW0228 - Scientific Communication II 2 AU
ML0002 - Career Power Up 1 AU
ET0001 - Enterprise & Innovation 1 AU

Major Core Course for Physics (PPHY)

Year Semester 1 AU Semester 2 AU
3 PH3201 - Statistical Mechanics 4 AU

Prescribed Electives for Physics (PPHY)

Year Semester 1 AU Semester 2 AU
3 PH3403 - Cosmology 3 AU PH3401 - Atomic Physics 4 AU
PH3404 - Physics of Classical and Quantum Information 3 AU
PH3405 - Superconductivity, Superfluidity and Bose-Einstein Condensates 3 AU
PH3501 - Fluid Mechanics 4 AU PH3502 - Chaotic Dynamical System 4 AU
4 PH4402 - Condensed Matter Physics II 4 AU PH4401 - Quantum Mechanics III 4 AU
PH4403 - Surfaces and Interfaces 4 AU PH4404 - Nanoscale Physics 3 AU
PH4408 - Nuclear Physics 3 AU PH4409 - Quantum Electronics 4 AU
PH4411 - Introduction to Experimental Particle Physics 3 AU PH4410 - Econophysics 3 AU
PH4414 - Introduction to Spintronics 3 AU
PH4415 - Final Year Project 11 AU PH4415 - Final Year Project 11 AU
PH4417 - Professional Internship 11 AU PH4417 - Professional Internship 11 AU
PH4501 - Statistical Mechanics II 4 AU PH4502 - Atmospheric Physics 4 AU
PH4507 - Topics in Physics 3 AU PH4505 - Computational Physics 4 AU
PH4506 - Electrodynamics 4 AU
PH4507 - Topics in Physics 3 AU
PH4508 - Introduction to General Relativity 3 AU
PH4509 - Quantum Field Theory with applications in Condensed Matter Physics 4 AU
PAP710 - Concepts in Statistical Mechanics 4 AU PAP716 - Classical Electrodynamics 4 AU
PAP711 - Graduate Solid State Physics 4 AU PAP721 - Nonlinear Dynamics 4 AU
PAP715 - Material Physics 3 AU PAP722 - Particle Physics 4 AU
PAP731 - Optical Spectroscopic Techniques 4 AU PAP738 - Advanced Topics in Physics 4 AU
PAP739 - Advanced Topics in Applied Physics 4 AU

Major Core Courses for Applied Physics (APHY)

Year Semester 1 AU Semester 2 AU
2 PH2301 - Physical Optics 3 AU
PH3399 - Physics Lab IIIb 2 AU

Prescribed Electives for Applied Physics (APHY)

Year Semester 1 AU Semester 2 AU
2 PH2601- Introduction to Lasers 3 AU
3 PH3403 – Cosmology 3 AU PH3401 - Atomic Physics 4 AU
PH3404 - Physics of Classical and Quantum Information 3 AU
PH3405 - Superconductivity, Superfluidity and Bose-Einstein Condensates 3 AU
PH3601 - Fabrication of Micro- and Nanoelectronic Devices
4 AU
PH3603 - Biophysics 3 AU
PH3602 - Photonics 4 AU
4 PH4402 - Condensed Matter Physics II 4 AU PH4401 - Quantum Mechanics III 4 AU
PH4403 - Surfaces and Interfaces 4 AU PH4404 - Nanoscale Physics 3 AU
PH4408 - Nuclear Physics 3 AU PH4409 - Quantum Electronics 4 AU
PH4411 - Introduction to Experimental Particle Physics 3 AU PH4410 - Econophysics 3 AU
PH4414 - Introduction to Spintronics 3 AU
PH4415 - Final Year Project 11 AU PH4415 - Final Year Project 11 AU
PH4417 -Professional Internship 11 AU PH4417 - Professional Internship 11 AU
PH4604 - Topics in Applied Physics 3 AU PH4601 - Physics of Semiconductor and Spintronics Devices 4 AU
PH4607/ CM4017 - Biomedical Imaging and Sensing 3 AU PH4603 - Soft Condensed Matter Physics 3 AU
PH4608 - Plasmonics and Metamaterials 3 AU PH4604 - Topics in Applied Physics 3 AU
PH4605 - Medical Physics for Radiotherapy 4 AU
PH4606 - Fundamentals and Applications of Acoustics 3 AU
PAP710 - Concepts in Statistical Mechanics 4 AU PAP716 - Classical Electrodynamics 4 AU
PAP711 - Graduate Solid State Physics 4 AU PAP721 - Nonlinear Dynamics 4 AU
PAP715 - Material Physics 3 AU PAP722 - Particle Physics 4 AU
PAP731 - Optical Spectroscopic Techniques 4 AU PAP738 - Advanced Topics in Physics 4 AU
PAP739 - Advanced Topics in Applied Physics 4 AU

Unrestricted Electives

Students may read any Unrestricted Elective (UE) offered by any School in NTU.
Physics-specific UEs are listed below:

Semester 1 AU Semester 2 AU
PH2901 - Electronics for the Experimentalist 3 AU PH3901 - Thin Film Technology 3 AU
PH2999 - Undergraduate Research Experience in Physics I 3 AU PH2999 - Undergraduate Research Experience in Physics I 3 AU
PH3999 - Undergraduate Research Experience in Physics II 3 AU PH3999 - Undergraduate Research Experience in Physics II 3 AU
Special Terms 1 & 2 AU
PH2999 - Undergraduate Research Experience in Physics I 3 AU
PH3999 - Undergraduate Research Experience in Physics II 3 AU