The Physics Department began in 1986 with a one-hundred sixty credits bachelor degree program in physics. In addition to program courses, the allocated credits included courses on English, basic math and computing skills. Over the years the English language and basic skills were separately taught in the foundation program. The physics program now consists of 122 credits. The full version of the Physics Degree Plan for the 2016-2020 period can be found here.
The MSc in Physics program is intended for providing students with the opportunity of pursuing advanced studies in experimental and theoretical physics at an internationally recognized level. Applicants should have a BSc or BEng from Sultan Qaboos University or any recognized university with cumulative GPA of not less than 2.50 out of 4.00 (or its equivalent). Work experience is a must for candidates with cumulative GPA less than 2.75 in the bachelors degree. Applicants with BEd degrees with a major in Physics and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 may be provisionally admitted on the condition that they undergo a two-semester qualifying program to bring them up to the required level. The duration of the M.Sc. program is two years. The means of instruction is English and the language proficiency requirement is level (6) IELTS, (550) paper-based TOEFL, (213) computer-based TOEFL, or (79) internet-based TOEFL. The candidate should complete the course work requirements as specified in the M.Sc. (Physics) degree plan with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 out of 4.00. Registration for the thesis is done in the third semester provided that the candidate has completed at least 12 credits (or 50 % of the course work). For his/her thesis, the candidate conducts the necessary literature search, undertakes the research work, analyzes the results, writes a report and communicates the results at an oral defines.
The PhD program in Physics provides students with an opportunity to obtain the highest possible expertise in various fields in Physics through advanced graduate courses and research. The department has an excellent cluster of highly trained faculty and has an adequate number of state-of-the art experimental setups and computational facilities. After running successful undergraduate and Master’s programs for several years, the PhD program in the Department started with the first intake in the year 2009. Various specializations available for students to pursue their studies are: Soft Matter and Solid State Physics, High Energy Physics and Cosmology, Liquid Crystals, Materials Physics, Magnetism and Nanoscience. Students who intend to pursue PhD in any of the above fields must have earned at least a Master’s degree in Physics with a GPA of 3.00 or above on a four point scale from a recognized university.