M.Sc in Physics - Tribhuvan University

How does the universe work? What are atoms made of? While the first question is about the biggest of things, the second asks about the unimaginably small. Yet both questions fall under the scope of physics.

Physics majors seek to understand the laws that govern the universe. From gigantic stars trillions of miles away to the subatomic particles within our own bodies, physics takes on matter and energy in all its forms.Physics is the scientific study of matter and energy. Topics covered include classical and modern theories, electricity and magnetism, and relativity.

Master level physics syllabus has been upgraded and updated as per four years B.Sc. physics. The new courses have been designed keeping in view with recent developments in Physics. Availability of additional specialties in new areas and upgraded quality of course will meet the requirement of prospective students. Various elective courses are incorporated in the syllabus and some of the old courses are thoroughly revised.


The courses are designed with the following objectives:

  • To give students up to date knowledge of recent trends in physics.
  • To impart skills to the students in the areas of
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Admission criteria

Admission Criteria:
An applicant seeking admission to M.Sc. physics must appear in an entrance examination conducted by the Central Department of Physics. The applicant who fails to appear in the entrance examination or to obtain a minimum qualifying score will not be given admission.

Salient features


The evaluation mode is 40% internal and 60% final examinations.

  1. Internal Examination: The in-semester (internal) examination shall have a total weight of 40% in each course. Students have to obtain 50% to pass the internal exam. The breakdown of in-semester exam will be as follows: Class Attendance: 5%, Home Work + VIVA Examination: 10%, Mid-Term Test: 10% (60 minute exam / scheduled in the calendar) and Final-Term Test: 15% (90 minutes exam / scheduled in the calendar). Evaluation will be based on GPA system. Concerned faculties will provide grades to the students. In case a student remains absent in the internal examination due to serious illness will given one-time opportunity to appear in the exam if he/she is able to produce authorize medical certificate.
  2. Final Examination: Institute of Science and Technology, Tribhuvan University will conduct final examinations. The students will have to pass each course at each level separately. The final examination in each course will be a written examination carrying 60 full mark (this will be reduced to 30 later) and of 3 hours duration. In case percentage of marks obtained by the students in the internal exam exceeds the
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Eligibility for Admission:
The candidates who have passed B.Sc. degree with major in Physics from Tribhuvan University or equivalent degree with the same major from Tribhuvan University or a university recognized by Tribhuvan University shall be considered eligible to apply for admission to M.Sc. Physics degree course.

Job prospectus

Physics aims to an understanding of the world both by observations and study of the ways in which objects behave, offer challenging, exciting and productive career opportunities, and cover many specialized fields. It offers opportunities for varieties of work activities like lab supervisor, researcher, technician, professor, manager. Physics opens door to employment opportunities throughout the world in government laboratory, industry, universities, and private organizations.

Thus, knowledge of physics is essential to get better career options, to setup satellite communication, to investigate black holes, to take scan of human body, to construct a computer, to detect flaws in structure, to make new materials, to study pollution of air, land and water, to reduce noise in vehicles, to harness energy of all kinds, to solve crimes. Similarly, diversification of physics application contributes to advances in medical diagnosis and treatment, solution of energy and environmental problems.

So, physics can reserve the potentials to solve many of the impending crises facing our society, such as global warming, overpopulation, waning energy and other natural resources, and can help save the planet. These are the crises that require scientific insight and innovati

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Curricular structure


Master of Science (M.Sc) in Physics Semester system Curriculum.pdf

Course Structure

There will be four regular semesters in two years. The semester duration will be 15-18 weeks (15 weeks for course work and 1-3 weeks for evaluation). A student should complete 60 credit hour (hereafter CH) courses in order to earn Master’s degree in physics from Tribhuvan University.

A credit hour (CH hereafter) means teaching a theory course work for 60 minutes each week throughout the semester. For the laboratory work, 3 CH is for a semester. There will be three hours laboratory class everyday throughout the semester for 3 CH. This includes laboratory assignments and evaluation. The course load will be 12-18 credit hours per semester.

This course offers compulsory theoretical courses, laboratory work, computation work, elective and optional thesis/dissertation work in physics. There will be altogether twenty courses.

In the first two semesters, all ten courses are compulsory and in the third and fourth semesters, there will be five compulsory cour

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