M.S. PROGRAM IN
The Graduate Program in Physics is designed to prepare
the students for professional careers and further research in physics.
Candidates are expected to pursue a course of study and research that will
give them a greater comprehension of basic theoretical and experimental
physics. Students of this program will be either theoretically or
experimentally oriented, depending on the type of research they choose for
encompasses the following major branches of physics:
Molecular, and Optical Physics
superconductivity Laboratory houses a 9-Tesla vibrating sample magnetometer
(VSM). Transport measurements and AC-susceptibilities set-up. Magnetic
properties of superconductors, nanoparticles, alloys and glasses are routinely
studied in this lab.
Science laboratory houses a SCALAB 250XiX ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS).
Two X-ray diffraction instruments Shimadzu XRD6000 and Bruker AXS D2 PHASER 2nd
Gen desktop A26 - X1 - A2d0B2A0. There is also an Atomic Force Microscopy
(AFM-2) diInnova, Veeco-Innova. The
laboratory also possesses a homemade magnetron dc-sputtering system that is
used to synthesize thin ﬁlms.
Thin Films LAB:
laboratory is located in building 28 in KFUPM campus, and it houses Leybold
L-560 box coater Physical Vapor Deposition, Oerlikon (Leybold) Univex 350
Sputtering system DC/RF Sputtering, and Jasco V-570 UV-VIS-NIR
Facility: This consists
mainly of a 350 KV, high current accelerator.
The main area
of research at the 350 KV ion accelerator are fast neutron activation studies
and nuclear reaction studies suing polarized and non-polarized beams of
neutrons, protons and deuterons.
Laboratory (LRL): The laser
research laboratory houses a variety of molecular and atomic activities
supported by advanced equipment that include several dye lasers pumped by
excimer/yag/Argon ion lasers suitable for frequency-resolved (500kHz) or
time-resolved studies (femtosecs).
In addition to
the research facilities mentioned, the department also has a well-equipped workshop,
and an electronic shop.
list of research equipment in the physics department research Labs can be found
Master of Science program in Physics is available to students who meet the
requirements for admission to the University with a B.S. degree in Physics or
equivalent from an
institution of acceptable standing. The Department might ask the applicant to
submit his score in GRE subject test in Physics.
Degree Plan for
the M.S. Program in Physics
- The M.S.
program in physics requires the successful completion of 8 courses or 24 credit
hours of course work, a seminar, and a research thesis of minimum 6 credit
- The course work consists of five core courses and three
elective courses. All candidates must take five core courses (PHYS501, PHYS505,
PHYS507, PHYS530, and PHYS571).
- The remaining three courses or nine credit hours are electives,
which are usually 500 level physics courses. Students are allowed to take a
maximum of 6 credit hours of 400-level physics courses as electives with the
approval of the graduate advisor. Furthermore, a maximum of two (graduate
level) electives can be chosen from outside the department with the approval of
the graduate advisor.
- Student must select his thesis supervisor within
his/her second semester of enrollment in the M.S. program.
- MS Student must submit his degree plan to the deanship
of graduate studies by the end of his/her second semester.
- Students will take the courses approved in their degree
plan, any course taken outside of their degree plan will not be counted towards
A Generic Degree Plan for the M.S. Program in Physics
can be as in the table below:
Methods of Theoretical Physics