School of Physics - Universiti Sains Malaysia

Master Of Science Degree Programme in Solid State Physics


This programme exposes candidates to up-to-date theoretical and experimental aspects of Solid State Physics. The students will explore the journey of knowledge and practical experience from sand to optical communication system. Candidates will also be trained to equip them with the capability of addressing physicist related problems as engineers in the semiconductor and solid state lighting industry.

Programme Educational Objectives (PEOs)


Programme Learning Outcome (PLOs)

Upon completion of this programme, the students will be able to:


Course Structure

The programme consists of 40 units of the following four core courses, three elective courses, two practical courses and one compulsory research project.

Semester I

  • Solid State Physics I (core - 4 units)
  • X-Ray Structure Analysis (elective - 4 units)
  • Measurement and Experimental Techniques I (core - 4 units)
  • Physics of Optical Communication (elective - 4 units)

Semester II

  • Solid State Physics II (core - 4 units)
  • Semiconductor Physics (core - 4 units)
  • Measurement and Experimental Techniques II (core - 4 units)
  • Semiconductor Devices (elective - 4 units)
  • Research Project (compulsory - 8 units)

Admission Requirements

Applicants should possess the following

  • BSc (Hons) in Physics minimum CGPA of 2.75/4 or equivalent.
  • BSc in Physics or equivalent with several years of experience in a relevant field.

Language Requirement

  • Not Applicable


  • Full-time: Min 2 semesters / Max 4 semesters

Programme Briefing Video

The Dean, School of Physics,
Universiti Sains Malaysia,
11800 USM,
Penang, Malaysia

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