Department of Natural Sciences at the School of Science based in Dhulikhel is one of the four Departments under the School offering both basic and applied programs in the field of Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. The focus has been on both technical and professional level courses with proven quality through a consistent track record of graduate job placement as well as admission into post graduate studies abroad. The Department had introduced graduate level programs in Physics with M.Phil. in 1997 and Ph. D. in 2006, and Applied Physics (Undergraduate Program) in 2009.
Now the Department has good numbers of students who have completed undergraduate level programs in Physics and seeking higher level education in the country, Department of Natural Sciences introduced M.Sc. program in Physics effective from September 2018. All theory classes shall be held in KUSOM building, Balkumari, Lalitpur from 3-7 pm. Practical classes shall be conducted in Dhulikhel Campus.This program is designed to give students an up to date knowledge of recent trends in Physics. The curriculum has been so designed as to impart skills to the students in the domains of theoretical, experimental and applied physics. The main objective of the program is to produce human resource with skill in teaching and potential in research. The department maintains close association with the other departments under school of science &engineering providing excellent opportunities for interdisciplinary study and research.
Low student to teacher ratio provides close interaction between students and faculty that facilitates responsiveness to the needs of each students. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate skills appropriate to graduate level physics, including conceptual problem-solving ability, proficiency in theoretical or experimental project design, and expertise in employing computer software. They will also have enough opportunity to develop their technical communication skill through writing and oral presentations as an integral part of the curriculum. This program also aims to gain regional and international recognitions by providing high quality of physics education and research publications at technical reports, conference proceedings and peer reviewed journals.
With four Ph.D. holders among the faculty, the Department of Natural Sciences (Physics) is especially strong in the area of plasma physics and material science. Faculty members are directly or indirectly involved in different national and international grant-funded research. Research grant which were awarded are:
- University Grants Commission (UGC) of Nepal for the Study of Refractive Index of Liquids (2004).
- Third World Academy of Science (TWAS) for a project work on Fabrication and characterization of Al3+/Er3+ ion doped thin films as anode materials for white light emitting diodes (2007 and Renewed in 2010).
- International Foundation for Science (IFS) for a project work on Development of dielectric barrier discharge unit for the purification of water (2008 and Renewed in
- UNESCO Grant to conduct the Eleventh UNESCO workshop on Active Learning in Optics and Photonics, July 11-16, 2009, Kathmandu University, Dhulikhel, Kavre.
- UNESCO Grant to conduct the sixteenth follow up workshop (2011).
- Support from CERN to conduct regional workshop on High Energy Physics (2017).
- Support from CERN to establish High Performance Computer is in progress.
To be admitted, prospective students of Master of Science in Physics program must:
- Have 16 years of schooling with undergraduate level major in Physics.
- Hold a certified Bachelor’s degree in Physics or relevant from a recognized university with minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.
- Pass the screening process which will be conducted by the Department.
- Have an English proficiency of intermediate level or higher, and
- Provide CV and cover letter requesting the entry to the Master of Science in Physics program.
Admission is based on the academic promise of applicants as indicated by their academic records, recommendations, score on screening process and personal interview. The M.Sc. programs have an annual admission policy with students admitted in the fall semester (September). Application forms are available at the Office of the Head of the Department, Department of Natural Sciences, School of Science, Dhulikhel, Kavre, or online at the Kathmandu University website.
The MSc graduates are prepared to start their career in various specialties of applied physics such as biophysics, plasma physics, medical physics, material science, areas such as optical or nuclear engineering, computer science, meteorology, photonics and nano materials. Additionally, entering into this program will also open the door to research positions in industrial or in the Governmental sectors, and for teaching positions at higher levels.
The course of the MSc in Physics program is designed to provide both theoretical and practical knowledge in various disciplines related to Physics. Students are required to complete a total of 16 courses of 51 credits along with 9 credit of dissertation in the final semester making a total of 60 credits altogether.
The curriculum of MSc in Physics program is offered in four semesters are as follows: