As Physics Courseworks

Master of Science by Coursework in Applied Physics

The Master of Science in Applied Physics is a coursework programme initiated as a part-time programme in July 2002.  It can be enrolled on a full-time basis now.


Programme Objectives

  • Advanced training in Applied Physics (especially in semiconductor manufacturing, photonics and biophysics).
  • Opportunities for Physics graduates and other professionals who have relevant working experience, to upgrade their professional skills and qualifications, or to switch to the hi-tech industry.


Admission Requirements

  • An Honours degree in Physics or an equivalent qualification approved by NUS, or
  • A Bachelor's pass degree in Physics or related discipline, or
  • Completed three years of Physics study in a university with a minimum Cumulated Average Point (CAP) of 3.00.


Programme Structure

A candidate in the M.Sc. Programme in Applied Physics by coursework must complete the following in order to be awarded the M.Sc. degree:

Track 1
: 40 modular-credit programme (for applicants who have an Honours degree or equivalent qualifications)
EITHER

  1. Read and pass four PC level 5000 modules (excluding PC5198) amounting to 16 MCs. Subject to approval, students are allowed to choose not more than 12 MCs from Level 5000 modules offered by other Departments.
  2. Read and pass two PC level 4000 modules amounting to 8 MCs
  3. Complete a research project PC5289 equivalent to 16 MCs
  4. Obtain a minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.00

OR

  1. Read and pass seven PC level 5000 modules (excluding PC5198) amounting to 28 MCs. Subject to approval, students are allowed to choose not more than 12 MCs from Level 5000 modules offered by other Departments.
  2. Read and pass three PC level 4000 modules amounting to 12 MCs.
  3. Obtain a minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.00


Track 2
: 80 modular-credit programme (for applicants who have a Bachelor's pass degree or completed a three-year study in Physics or related discipline)
EITHER

  1. Read and pass five PC level 5000 modules (excluding PC5198) amounting to 20 MCs. Subject to approval, students are allowed to choose not more than 12 MCs from Level 5000 modules offered by other Departments.
  2. Read and pass six PC level 4000 modules amounting to 24 MCs
  3. Read and pass one PC level 4000 module or PC level 5000 module amounting to 4 MCs
  4. Read and pass four PC level 3000 modules amounting to 16 MCs
  5. Complete a research project PC5289 equivalent to 16 MCs
  6. Obtain a minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.00

OR

  1. Read and pass six PC level 5000 modules (excluding PC5198) amounting to 24 MCs. Subject to approval, students are allowed to choose not more than 12 MCs from Level 5000 modules offered by other Departments.
  2. Read and pass eight PC level 4000 modules amounting to 32 MCs
  3. Read and pass two PC level 4000 modules or PC level 5000 modules amounting to 8 MCs
  4. Read and pass four PC level 3000 modules amounting to 16 MCs
  5. Obtain a minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.00


Period of Candidature

The programmes may be undertaken over a period of two to eight semesters for Track 1 or four to ten semesters for Track 2, and will comprise of coursework or coursework and a written report based on project work. Some classes will be conducted during the university semesters in the evening.


Programme Intake

There are two intakes per academic year: one in January and the other in August.

 

The requirements for the M.S. degree in Physics consist of the following:

  • Minimum of 30 graduate credits taken (course number 500 or higher);
  • At least 12 credits shall be at 600-level or higher;
  • At least 21 of the credits must be in physics;
  • At least half of the total credits must be for a letter grade, and the GPA must be at least 3.0;
  • Independent Study credits are allowed;
  • A maximum of 6 credits of graduate-level coursework taken at another institution can be transferred to the UMass M.S. program.  For the Accelerated M.S. program, available to UMass and other Five-College students only, 9 credits may be transferred (but cannot have been used in satisfying requirements for their undergraduate degree).

Examples of course sequences are provided below.  These are only examples, and it is up to each student, in consultation with their academic advisor, to plan an appropriate program of studies.  Please see the Course Catalog to have a better idea of course offerings.

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