Physic Coursework

Master of Science by Coursework in Physics

The Master of Science in Physics is a coursework programme initiated as a part-time programme in January 2000. It also can be enrolled on a full-time basis now.


Programme Objectives

  • Advanced training in fundamental aspects of Physics
  • Opportunities for Physics teachers and other professionals to further upgrade their professional skills and qualifications


Admission Requirements

  • An honours degree in Physics from NUS or such other universities approved by NUS, or
  • A Bachelor's pass degree in Physics or related discipline, or completed three years of Physics study in a university, or other qualifications as NUS may approve.


Programme Structure

A candidate in the M.Sc. Programme in 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 five PC level 5000 modules (excluding PC5198) amounting to 20 MCs and at least 8 MCs must be from the following list of modules. Subject to approval, students are allowed to choose not more than 12 MCs from level 5000 modules offered by other Departments.
    • PC5201 Advanced Quantum Mechanics
    • PC5202 Advanced Statistical Mechanics
    • PC5203 Advanced Solid State Physics
    • PC5210 Advanced Dynamics
    • PC5214 Principles of Experimental Physics
  1. Read and pass two PC level 4000 modules amounting to 8 MCs
  2. Complete a research project PC5288 equivalent to 12 MCs
  3. Obtain a minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.00

OR

  1. Read and pass eight PC level 5000 modules (excluding PC5198) amounting to 32 MCs and at least 8 MCs must be from the following list of modules. Subject to approval, students are allowed to choose not more than 12 MCs from level 5000 modules offered by other Departments.
    • PC5201 Advanced Quantum Mechanics
    • PC5202 Advanced Statistical Mechanics
    • PC5203 Advanced Solid State Physics
    • PC5210 Advanced Dynamics
    • PC5214 Principles of Experimental Physics
  1. Read and pass two PC level 4000 modules amounting to 8 MCs
  2. 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)
EITHER

  1. Read and pass five PC level 5000 modules (excluding PC5198) amounting to 20 MCs and at least 8 MCs must be from the following list of modules. Subject to approval, students are allowed to choose not more than 12 MCs from level 5000 modules offered by other Departments.
    • PC5201 Advanced Quantum Mechanics
    • PC5202 Advanced Statistical Mechanics
    • PC5203 Advanced Solid State Physics
    • PC5210 Advanced Dynamics
    • PC5214 Principles of Experimental Physics
  1. Read and pass eight PC level 4000 modules amounting to 32 MCs
  2. Read and pass one PC level 4000 module or PC level 5000 module amounting to 4 MCs
  3. Read and pass three PC level 3000 modules amounting to 12 MCs
  4. Complete a research project PC5288 equivalent to 12 MCs
  5. Obtain a minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.00

OR

  1. Read and pass eight PC level 5000 modules (excluding PC5198) amounting to 32 MCs and at least 8 MCs must be from the following list of modules. Subject to approval, students are allowed to choose not more than 12 MCs from level 5000 modules offered by other Departments.
    • PC5201 Advanced Quantum Mechanics
    • PC5202 Advanced Statistical Mechanics
    • PC5203 Advanced Solid State Physics
    • PC5210 Advanced Dynamics
    • PC5214 Principles of Experimental Physics
  1. Read and pass eight PC level 4000 modules amounting to 32 MCs
  2. Read and pass one PC level 4000 module or PC level 5000 module amounting to 4 MCs
  3. Read and pass three PC level 3000 modules amounting to 12 MCs
  4. Obtain a minimum Cumulative Average Point (CAP) of 3.00


Period of Candidature

The programme 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.

 

 

WHAT YOU'LL STUDY

Whether you choose to pursue a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in physics in your first year on campus, you’ll be diving into physics, chemistry and calculus classes. Just as physics is a diverse discipline, we offer several ways for you to create a degree program that’s the best fit for your future research and career goals.

Bachelor of Science
The Bachelor of Science coursework will prepare you for graduate study, ultimately leading to a Ph.D., or research and development work in industrial or governmental laboratories. It also provides a good background for graduate study or industrial work in many areas as well as engineering physics and applied science. In this degree program, you’ll also choose an emphasis area in the following areas:

  • chemistry
  • computer science
  • engineering
  • environmental engineering
  • geology
  • mathematical sciences
  • physics and astronomy

Bachelor of Science — Biophysics Concentration
The biophysics concentration is great preparation for medical school or graduate work in the biological sciences because of its flexibility in coursework. Chemistry, biological sciences, genetics, physics and mathematics are all at hand for your personal curriculum.

Bachelor of Science — Interdisciplinary Emphasis
Relatively new at Clemson, this interdisciplinary option allows you to combine your physics education with related fields such as computer science or engineering. You have the choice to complete a recommended curriculum or create your own curriculum plan that will prepare you for graduate school or immediate job entry.

Bachelor of Arts
This program offers a broad-based education in physics along with courses that follow your other interests. By choosing a minor for your Bachelor of Arts degree in physics, you can have the best of both worlds.

Bachelor of Arts in Physics Dual Degree
If you choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree, this dual-major program is the best way to prepare for becoming a physical science teacher. Through partnership with the College of Education, this program gives you a solid foundation in physics while developing your professional teaching skills.

Popular Minors

  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematical Sciences

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