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Programme Information

Programme aims, objectives and Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

The BSc (Hons) in Physics and Green Energy aims at preparing students for a career in Physics and/or in the energy sector that involves applications of scientific principles and technology.  In addition to the university-wide whole person education, the specific objectives are to equip students with:

  1. A solid and broad foundation in physics to build up their careers or to pursue further studies;
  2. Experimental, theoretical, and computational skills to meet the needs and challenges of contemporary society;
  3. Analytical thinking and problem-solving skills.


The Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs).
Upon completion of this study programme, students will be able to:

  1. Apply fundamental principles in physics including mechanics, electromagnetism, thermodynamics and quantum physics;
  2. Use skills and knowledge acquired from experimental, theoretical, and computational courses;
  3. Build future careers or pursue further studies by specializing in Applied Physics or Energy Management and Technology;
  4. Analyse and solve real-world physics and energy problems;
  5. Identify the key questions, plan the investigation, and present the scientific results through independent projects and team work.

Programme Structure

Curriculum structure with the alignment of courses of PILOs
The curriculum structure of the BSc programme is driven by the Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs), which is aligned with the Graduate Attributes of the University. Unit system is employed for the flexibility of selection of courses according to student’s interest and schedule.  The normative period of study is four years.

The major core and major elective courses are carefully designed into various study levels, which are indicated by the first digit of the course code.  The lowest level courses have the course code ‘PHYS1XXX’ and the highest level courses have the course code ‘PHYS4XXX’.  The students are supposed to progress their studies following the study levels.

 Component Unit Requirement
 General Education Courses 31 
 Major Courses Common First-Year Science 13-16#


 Major Core 27
 Major Elective 24-27#
 Free Elective Courses 30 
 Total 128* 

#The 1-unit Integrated Science Laboratory course is compulsory for all year 1 students. But students are allowed to take only four out of the five 3-units common Year-1 science courses offered by the five science departments.  If students choose this option, they will be required to take 3 additional units of major elective courses after they have been admitted to a major programme in Year 2.  

*Of the 128 units, at least 36 units must be at Level 3 or 4.

Major Requirements:

Students are required to take a total of 67 units of major courses, which are divided into three categories, namely, Common First-Year Core (13-16 units), Major Core (27 units) and Major Elective (24-27 units).

 Common First-Year Core Courses 13-16 units
 Introduction to Biology 3 units
 Introduction to Chemistry 3 units
 Essence of Computing 3 units
 Introduction to Mathematics and Statistics 3 units
 Introduction to Green Energy 3 units
 Integrated Science Laboratory 1 unit
 Major Core Courses 27 units
 Mathematical Methods for Physical Sciences I 3 units
 Heat and Motion 3 units
 Electricity and Magnetism 3 units
 Experimental Labs I & II 2 units
 Atomic and Nuclear Physics 4 units
 Structure and Properties of Matter 3 units
 Green Energy Lab with Computers and Personal Mobile Devices 3 units
 Scientific Computing and Modeling 3 units
 Final Year Project I 3 units
 Major Elective Courses 24-27 units
 Guided Study in Physics and Energy Science I 3 units
 Mathematical Methods for Physical Sciences II 3 units
 Electronics 3 units
 Renewable Energy Sources and Technologies I 3 units
 Renewable Energy Sources and Technologies II 3 units
 Physics & Technology of Energy Conversion 3 units
 Intermediate Electromagnetism 3 units
 Guided Study in Physics and Energy Science II 3 units
 Thermal and Statistical Physics 3 units
 Mechanics 3 units
 Non-fossil Fuels 3 units
 Advanced Green Energy Lab (Metrology) 3 units
 Advances in Displays and Lighting 3 units
 Introduction to Intellectual Property 2 units
 Renewable Energy Materials and Devices 3 units
 Semiconductor Physics and Devices 3 units
 Surface Analysis and Characterization 3 units
 Topics in Energy Science I, II and III 3 units
 Electromagnetic Waves and Optics 3 units
 Quantum Mechanics 3 units
 Final Year Project II 3 units
 Advanced Functional Materials 3 units
 Advanced Experimental Lab 3 units
 Energy Management I 3 units
 Energy Management II 3 units
 Topics in Physics I, II and III  3 units
 Solid State Physics 3 units
 Interdisciplinary Topics in Science: Organic Electronics 3 units
 Introduction to Environmental Sciences 3 units
 Environmental Chemistry and Pollution Control 3 units
 Energy Problems and the Environment 3 units
 Sustainable Energy and Technological Innovation in China 3 units
 Energy Policy and Analysis 3 units

Double-counting with GE Capstone
The 3-unit GE capstone GCAP3035 (Interdisciplinary Independent Study (PHYS)) or GCAP3036 (Innovate for World Solutions) can be double-counted towards the major elective course requirement, and the outstanding 3 units can be made up by taking any 3 units of free elective.

Energy Management and Technology Concentration

This concentration provides foundation training in energy science and technology, including green energy generation, energy storage, energy audit and management. Such training helps our students to prepare for taking professional examinations^. Besides in-class learning and projects, students also have internship opportunities which will help them to prepare for careers in energy audit and consulting, energy/utility companies, green building and energy conservation as green energy professionals.

Applied Physics Concentration

This concentration provides analytical and practical knowledge and skills for students interested in pursuing a future career in technology development and application, innovation as well as research in advanced topics. Graduates will find employment in high-tech companies and industries, or continue post-graduate study in world-renowned universities.


Minor Programme in Physics and Green Energy

Students seeking to pursue the study of the Physics and Green Energy (PGE) Minor Programme would need to complete 15 units of the courses listed below. They are required to take 6 units of the core courses and 9 units of the elective courses. One of the elective courses taken must be at Level-3 or above. 

 PGE Minor Core Courses 6 unitsLevel
 Heat and Motion 3 units2
 Renewable Energy Sources and Technologies I 3 units2
 PGE Minor Elective Courses* 9 unitsLevel
 Introduction to Green Energy # 3 units1
 Introduction to Physics # 3 units1
 Mathematical Methods for Physical Sciences I 3 units2
 Mathematical Methods for Physical Sciences II 3 units2
 Electricity and Magnetism 3 units2
 Experimental Lab I  1 unit2
 Experimental Lab II 1 unit2
 Atomic and Nuclear Physics 4 units3
 Structure and Properties of Matter 3 units3
 Green Energy Lab with Computers and Personal Mobile Devices 3 units3
 Scientific Computing and Modeling 3 units3
 Guided Study in Physics and Energy Science I 3 units2
 Guided Study in Physics and Energy Science II 3 units3
 Electronics 3 units2
 Renewable Energy Sources and Technologies II 3 units2
 Physics & Technology of Energy Conversion 3 units3
 Intermediate Electromagnetism 3 units3
 Thermal and Statistical Physics 3 units3
 Mechanics 3 units2
 Non-fossil Fuels 3 units3
 Advanced Green Energy Lab (Metrology) 3 units4
 Advances in Displays and Lighting 3 units4
 Introduction to Intellectual Property 2 units4
 Renewable Energy Materials and Devices 3 units4
 Semiconductor Physics and Devices 3 units4
 Surface Analysis and Characterization 3 units4
 Topics in Energy Science I 3 units4
 Topics in Energy Science II 3 units4
 Topics in Energy Science III 3 units4
 Electromagnetic Waves and Optics 3 units4
 Quantum Mechanics 3 units4
 Advanced Functional Materials 3 units4
 Advanced Experimental Lab 3 units4
 Energy Management I 3 units4
 Energy Management II 3 units4
 Topics in Physics I 3 units4
 Topics in Physics II 3 units4
 Topics in Physics III 3 units4
 Solid State Physics 3 units4
 Interdisciplinary Topics in Science: Organic Electronics 3 units4

*Double-counting with GE Capstone

The GE capstone GCAP3035 (Interdisciplinary Independent Study (PHYS)) or GCAP3036 (Innovate for World Solutions) can be double-counted towards the PGE minor elective course requirement. So students who have completed GCAP3035 or GCAP3036 are required to take only 6 units of the PGE minor elective courses.

# Students of Faculty of Science are not allowed to use Introduction to Green Energy or Introduction to Physics to fulfill the PGE minor requirement.

Pathways for Graduates

Graduates are employed by internationally renowned companies and prestigious local organizations and government bodies such as Hutchison Telecom, Hong Kong Science Museum, Hong Kong Observatory and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited (HSBC).

Graduate students can also pursuit further study in world-renowned institutions, such as University of Oxford, Brown University, Duke University, the University of Michigan, University of California, State University of New York and NC State University.

Internship opportunities: CLP, EMSD, The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Towngas, Shun Hing Group, ATAL Engineering Group, Japan Solar Energy Development (HK) Limited and SECOM.

Mat-A-Cell Ltd

Spin-off company, Mat-A-Cell Ltd. founded by Dr. Zhifeng Huang (Physics) and Prof Ken Yung (Biology), was granted by TSSSU (Technology Start-up Support Scheme for University, 2018-19) with HK$910K. Mat-A-Cell Ltd. will be devoted to commercializing the nanostructure-based medical devices (iSECnMs) for the differentiation of stem cells into functional cells without side effect of carcinogenicity, which are of urgent clinic demand for cell therapy to treat diverse incurable diseases. 





Name of AcademicsCompany nameYear of Establishment
Prof K W Cheah (Director & CEO)Cathay Photonics Limited2014
Prof Jeffrey Cheung (Director)Booguu Company Limited2016
Dr Huang Zhi Feng (Director)Mat-A-Cell Limited2017
Prof Zhu Fu Rong (Director)Crimson Vision Technology Limited2019


School Life

Undergraduate students attend World Energy Engineering Congress:

The World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) is an international energy industry conference and exposition hosted annually by the Association of Energy Engineers. It is the largest energy conference and technology expo held in the U.S. specifically for business, industrial and institutional energy users. 

Over the past few years, UG students majoring in Physics/Green Energy Science have been actively attending WEEC. They were exposed to cutting-edge energy problems and state-of-the-art energy solutions.

2019  2018  2017  2016  2015  2014

Undergraduate students attend World Energy Engineering Congress

Undergraduate students attend World Energy Engineering Congress

All Sharing
Lo Yan, Crystal

I was a team leader in the Low–carbon Ambassadors Programme 2018-19 under the HKBU Sustainability department.

BSc 2020

Lo Yan, Crystal

Yeung Lap Ming

I also joined the internship program of Shun Hing Engineering Contracting Co Ltd.

BSc 2018

Yeung Lap Ming

Li Zeqian

Physics is where technology breakthroughs and social evolutions originated.

BSc 2018

Li Zeqian

Wong Hoi Yan

Physics department encourages me to gain overseas experiences, but also helps me lay a basic foundation of energy management and science study.

BSc 2017

Wong Hoi Yan

Cheng Ka Ying, Zara


Bsc 2017

Cheng Ka Ying, Zara

Li Weihan

As the lyrics of Under the Lion Rock (獅子山下) goes, I hope that, along the journey of science, 「我哋大家用艱辛努力寫下那不朽香江名句」.

Bsc 2011

Li Weihan