Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Applied Physics)

PhD in Applied Physics in the Physical and Geological Sciences Group, Faculty of Science (FOS), is a programme that fosters pure and applied advanced research in various areas of physics. PhD in Applied Physics includes conducting original projects with an international research impact, which incorporate modern techniques and methods, in a broad range of pure and applied research topics. Candidates are expected to work diligently and they should be able to perform integrated research under the supervision of Applied Physics staff members. They should be able to carry out analytical and experimental research and to collect and interpret the relevant data in a timely manner. The PhD candidates must also participate actively in research team meetings, as well as in symposia and conferences. The programme is designed for qualified individuals, who wish to acquire advanced knowledge, as well as analytical and research skills in a discipline of Applied Physics related to Industry or Academia. Moreover, our staff members have established research collaboration with other institutes from Europe and America and the involvement of students in such is highly encouraged.

Programme Details

Aims and Scope
The PhD Programme in Applied Physics aims to make scientists with high level specialised training, in order to cover the increased needs of Industry, Research Institutions and Academia in related aspects. The scope of the Programme is to educate students to become independent researchers, as well as to train them to develop advanced scientific skills and analytical capabilities. The candidates are also expected to become capable of designing scientific projects, to develop independent critical thinking and ability for proper scientific interpretations.

Students conduct an approved, original research project, with the supervision of one or more staff members. Upon completion of their research, they submit a thesis, which normally does not exceed 100,000 words.


  • Compulsory modules SR-5101. These are modules that all postgraduate students must read and pass to satisfy their graduation requirement.
  • Assessment includes examination of the thesis by internal and external examiners. As stipulated in the relevant UBD regulations the examiners may subject a candidate to an oral examination or any other test they think necessary to assess the acceptability of the thesis. Periodic assessment of the progress of the candidate is carried out as stipulated in the relevant UBD regulations.

Areas of Research/Specialisation

  • Materials Science
  • Computational Physics
  • Energy Conversion and Storage
  • Energy Modelling; Energy Efficiency.

For more information

Contact:   Deputy Dean of Graduate and Research in FOS (nb.ude.dbu@sgninnej.semaj :liame- sgninneJ treboR semaJ .rD)

Complete programme details can also be found here .

Faculty Member and Contact Details

Research Interests

Dr. Jimmy Lim Chee Ming

Energy Efficiency in Built Environments
Energy Modelling
Functional Materials

Dr. Voo Nyuk Yoong

Fibre laser designs
Dye-sensitized solar cells
Solid oxide fuel cells

Dr. Mohammad Khairul Zarifi bin Haji Masri

Organic semiconductors for optoelectronic applications
Organic solar cells, exciton diffusion and photophysics
Fluorescence sensing
Shape memory alloys

Dr. Rosnah Abdullah

Biomass Energy Technology (including biofuels, industrial biomass products, energy, environmental biotechnology, hot-compressed water technology)

Dr. James Robert Jennings


Solar Fuels

Dr. Yvonne Soon Ying Woan

Polymer solar cells
Photophysical study
Transient absorption study
Photostability of organic materials

Dk. Hjh Siti Norazimah Pg Hj Duraman

Carbonaceous nanomaterials for energy applications
Nickel-based rechargeable batteries
Environmental physics