The Department of Physics, University of Malaya was established in 1961 to train students who wish to study physics comprehensively and to lead research in physics in Malaysia. The department offers the Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Students who graduate with the Bachelor of Science degree from the Department of Physics have the capability to hold various positions in the government and private sectors, as well as to pursue their studies to the higher degree levels in the field of physics or other related fields.
Courses for the Bachelor of Science are conducted in the modes of lecture, tutorial, practical and project in which students participate in various research under the supervision of the academics in the department. At the Master’s degree level, students may choose to enrol for the Master’s program by course work and/or by research. The Ph.D. program is conducted only in the form of research only.
The Department of Physics has attracted many students to enroll in the Faculty of Science. In the 2010/2011 academic session, a total of 32 students have enrolled in Bachelor of Science (Physics) program. At the postgraduate level, 13 students are currently enrolled in the Master of Science (Applied Physics) program by course work, 55 students in the Master of Science program by research, and 61 students in the Doctor of Philosophy program. International students covers 31% of the total students number in postgraduate level. The Department of Physics has also successfully acquired research funding under the 6th through 10th Malaysia Plan, and the department is now equipped with modern and sophisticated facilities for teaching and research.
The Department of Physics aims to provide the best teaching in physics and to produce graduates who are authoritative in physics. At the same time, the Department of Physics, University of Malaya also emphasizes on research activities in order to continue to excel and lead in this fundamental field of nature.