The Physics Department advances basic science and educates students the basic science which allows them to innovate and solve problems in the contemporary world. We achieve this mission by conducting basic, interdisciplinary, cutting-edge research, and educating students with the skills and nurturing them with the environment conducive to such an education. We conduct world-class research in applied physics and in interdisciplinary science with two focused areas: (1) Advanced Materials, and (2) Biophysics & Complex Systems. Our faculty members publish research findings in top journals including e.g., Science, Nature Physics, Nature Chemistry, Advanced Materials, PNAS, and Phys Rev Lett. The Department is extremely effective in translating research findings into patents, inventions and the establishment of start-up companies. Three multi-departmental and interdisciplinary institutes and research centres are being led by Physics colleagues. These include: Institute of Advanced Materials (IAM), Institute for Computational and Theoretical Studies (ICTS), and Research Centre of Excellence for Organic Electronics.
In teaching, the Department offers a 4-year BSc (Hons) programme in Physics and Green Energy, with 2 concentrations: Applied Physics and Energy Management and Technology Concentrations. In the taught Master programme, we offer a 1-year MSc programme in Green Technology (Energy). There are close interactions between teachers and students throughout classroom, labs, and independent projects. Both BSc and MSc programmes offer foundational and practical training for tackling the global energy concerns. Graduates can secure jobs in the energy, environmental, education, and government sectors. Our research programme is vibrant and trains highly competitive graduates who succeed in science, technology and broad disciplines requiring quantitative and analytical skills.
The department started as Department of Mathematics and Physics in 1956 and was privately funded. In 1970, the two disciplines became independent and Department of Physics was formally established. The university, then as Hong Kong Baptist College, was fully funded by the Hong Kong government in 1983. Research in the department becomes more active when in 1990s the Hong Kong government began to increase research funding in tertiary institute. This coincides with the renaming of the university as Hong Kong Baptist University in 1994.
Size and scale
The Department has about 15 faculty members and around 100 students.
The Department currently offers BSc (Hons) in Physics and Green Energy, BSc (Hons) in Green Energy Science, a one Year taught MSc programme in Green Technology (Energy) and Research-based MPhil and PhD programmes. Details of all degree programmes can be found below:
- BSc (Hons) in Physics and Green Energy
- MSc in Green Technology (Energy)
- Research-based MPhil and PhD programmes
In the long-cherished tradition of the University and the modest size of the Department, the student-staff relationship is exceptionally close. We have regular visits from alumni. In 2009 the Physics Alumni Association was formed to foster closer tie with our alumni and also enable the Department to have a formal basis to keep in contact with our alumni.