The basic mission of the faculty of Physics is to train academic and practical talents possessed with profound knowledge of modern physics like the laws and principles of physics in depth through theory and experimentation.

The Faculty of Physics, which developed with the founding of Kim Il Sung University, was renamed the Faculty of Physical Mathematics in September 1947 and was divided into the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics in September 1960.

The Faculty of Physics has three departments (geophysics department, astronomy department, general physics department) and five institutes (condensed phase physics institute, photo electronics institute, theoretical physics institute, applied physics institute, and acoustics institute), and one independent research laboratory (physical education laboratory).

Courses of study include photo electronics, condensed phase physics, applied physics, and modern physics.

Typical subjects include "general physics", "mathematical physics", "modern physics", "statistical physics", "solid physics", "quantum theory of multiparticle systems", "laser physics", "acoustics", "astronomy", "magnetic physics", "crystalline physics", "physical optics", "quantum field theory", "elementary particle theory", "digital signal processing", "ultra-high-pressure physics".

The Faculty of Physics has more than 170 teachers and researchers including one academician, two candidate academicians, and 50 doctors.

Among them, the number of academic owners of professors and associate professors is about 70.

The number of undergraduates is approximately 1 000.

Curriculum For exchange students

The faculty of foreign student courses currently has undergraduate courses (4 years) and continuous courses (6 years).

At the end of the undergraduate course, the bachelor of physics is awarded to the excellent students, and at the end of continuous course, the master of physics is awarded according to the value of the paper presented.

The undergraduate course is designed with the aim of consolidating their basic knowledge, improving their practical ability and preparing them for higher-level education.

The curriculum is divided into compulsory and optional subject.

Compulsory subjects consist of social science subjects, rudimentary subjects, and pre-major subjects.

The rudimentary subjects include English and mathematics like interpretive mathematics, algebraic geometry, linear algebra, and probability.

These subjects aim at consolidating their knowledge of general physics and theoretical physics, improving their logic way of thinking in attending higher levels of education, and developing their skills of referring to foreign literature and communicating with foreigners.

Pre-major subjects are composed of subjects of basic significance for those who major in physics, while their time span is set with reference to the actual conditions of our country and fact file from world's first-class universities.

114 units should be obtained in total for compulsory subjects.

Optional subjects are composed of general and major subjects: the former aims at consolidating basics for major subject and scientific research, and training multidisciplinary talents.

General subjects comprises Mathematics and natural science(2~3 units), Computer programming(6 units), Physical culture(2 units) and Literary art(2 units), which result in 12~13 units in total.

Major subjects are divided into two: optional major and general major.

Standard unit for optional major is 13, whereas 4 for general major.

Students should bring all data they have collected studying optional major to present graduation paper but there's no time set for writing.

The postgraduate course as a continuous education aims at training academic talents with high level of major field knowledge, able to do scientific research and submit papers.

The postgraduate course provides optional subjects instead of compulsory subjects and graduate students do scientific research.

One general major and two optional major subjects in the ninth semester, while three optional major subjects in the tenth semester should be selected to obtain 15 units.

All subjects consist of 18 lessons and 36 exercises, with 9 lessons per week.

The period of eleventh and twelfth semesters are 18 weeks, during which they are allowed to acquaint with actual conditions to do research for papers. Master's degree is granted to the writer after mature deliberate considerations.

Bachelor Programme (4 Years)

Compulsory Subjects (114 Credits)

Social Subjects

Name of SubjectsCreditsSemestersSessions per WeekExam TypeMisc.
Korean History73,441
Socialist Constitution and Legal Regulations2322
Juche Philosophy55,621

General Basic Subjects

Name of SubjectsCreditsSemestersSessions per WeekExam TypeMisc.
Mathematical Analysis111~341
Algebra and Geometry2122
Linear Algebra2222

Basic Major Subjects

Name of SubjectsCreditsSemestersSessions per WeekExam TypeMisc.
General Physics171~361
Modern Physics5441
Classical Mechanics5561
Quantum Mechanics5651
Statistical Physics5651
Mathematical Methods in Physics5441
Solid State Physics4751
General Physics Experiments71~342
Modern Physics Experiments2762
Physical Electronics2442
Fundamentals of Information Techniques1122

Elective Subjects (29 Credits)

Mathematics and Natural Science Subjects (General Basic Elective)

Name of SubjectsCreditsSemestersSessions per WeekExam TypeMisc.
Complex Functions262Pass/Fail
Differential Equations262Pass/Fail
Group Theory262Pass/Fail
Lie Algebra262Pass/Fail
Experimental Design262Pass/Fail
Integral Equations and Variation Method262Pass/Fail

Applied Programming Subjects (General Basic Elective)

Name of SubjectsCreditsSemestersSessions per WeekExam TypeMisc.
Modern Web Language2432
Fundamentals of Information Processing using Matlab2432
Scientific Document Preparation in LaTeX2532
Introduction to Application of Computer Networks2532
Introduction to Linux Operating System2732
Mathematica and Scientific Calculation2732

Physical Education Subjects (General Basic Elective)

Name of SubjectsCreditsSemestersSessions per WeekExam TypeMisc.

Literature and Art Subjects (General Basic Elective)

Name of SubjectsCreditsSemestersSessions per WeekExam TypeMisc.
Popular Dance112Pass/Fail
Vocal Music132Pass/Fail
Instrumental Music132Pass/Fail

Major Section Elective Subjects

Name of SubjectsCreditsSemestersSessions per WeekExam TypeMisc.
Fundamentals of Theoretical Physics105~821
Practices in Theoretical Physics35~822
Introduction to Optics105~821
Design of Optical Experiments and Instruments35~822
Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics105~821
Experiments in Solid State Physics and Materials Design35~822
Calculational Physics105~821
Experiments and Practices in Calculational Physics35~822
Thermal Physics105~821
Experiments and Practices in Thermal Physics35~822
Solar Energy Physics105~821
Experiments and Practices in Solar Energy Physics35~822
Solid State Electronics105~821
Experiments and Practices in Physical Electronics35~822
Medical Physics105~821
Experiments and Practices in Medical Physics35~822
Experiments and Practices in Astrophysics35~822
Experiments and Practices in Geophysics35~822
Experiments and Practices in Acoustics35~822

General Major Elective Subjects

Name of SubjectsCreditsSemestersSessions per WeekExam TypeMisc.
Optical System Design using ZeMax26~832
Lighttool and Calculation of Ligh Intensity26~832
Ansys and Laser Treatment Simulations26~832
3D Laser Printing Techniques26~832
Computer Measurement Control System26~832
Introduction to Photometry26~832
Computer-aided Spectrometry26~832
Quantum Communication26~832
Master Equation Method26~832
Quantum Algorithms26~832
Optomaterials Design26~832
Fabrication Techniques for Resinoid Bond Diamond Grinding Wheel26~832
Fabrication Techniques for Metallic Bond Diamond Grinding Wheel26~832
Diamond Synthesizing Techniques26~832
Fabrication Techniques for Ferroelectric PZTs26~832
Fabrication Techniques for Ferrite Materials26~832
Fabrication Techniques for Rare Earths Magnets26~832
Fabrication Techniques for Rigid Nano Composite Covering Materials26~832
Simulations for Material Properties26~832
Nanomaterial Fabrications using High Energy Ball Mill26~832
Viscosity Measurement for Viscous Liquid26~832
Fabrication Techniques for Polymer Nano Fiber Materials26~832
Material Simulations with Molecular Dynamics26~832
Supersonic Wave Generator26~832
Electroacoustic Instruments26~832
Labview for Acoustic Signal Processing26~832
ANSYS and MATLAB for Acoustics26~832
Acoustic Instruments Design using Solid26~832
Acoustic Simulation Software Odeon26~832
Digital Processing of Seismographic Signals26~832
Application of Magnetotelluric Method26~832
Principles and Applications of Sensor Techniques26~832
Application of GIS26~832
Measurement Techniques for Biopotential26~832
Signal Processing for Biomedical Engineering26~832
Electronic Circuit Simulation26~832
Thermal Pump26~832
Thermal Engine26~832
Vacuum Techniques26~832
Heat Exchanger26~832
Solar Radiation Energy26~832
Design methods for Solar Thermal System26~832
Solar Cell Measurement26~832
Solar Cell Materials26~832
Radiowave Measurement26~832
Lie Algebra26~832
General Theory of Relativity26~832
CCD Astronomy26~832
Measurement Techniques for Satellite Orbit26~832
Computer-aided Measurement Techniques26~832
MEMS Techniques26~832

Master Programme (2 Years)

100% Elective Subjects (30 Credits)

Basic Major Elective Subjects

Name of SubjectsCreditsSemestersSessions per WeekExam TypeMisc.
Quantum Field Theory51021
Introduction to Optics51021
Introduction to Condensed Matter Physics51021
Calculational Physics51021
Thermal Physics51021
Medical Physics51021
Solid State Electronics51021

Major Section Elective Subjects

Name of SubjectsCreditsSemestersSessions per WeekExam TypeMisc.
Theory of Quantum Liquids51021
Standard Model51021
Path Integral Methods in Statistics51021
Green Function Methods51021
Theory of Phonons51021
Microtheory of Superconductors51021
Quantum Electrodynamics of Media51021
Nonstandard Model51021
Superstring Theory51021
Introduction to Lie Group and Lie Algebra51021
Design Methods of Optical Instruments51021
Fibre Optics51021
Physical Optics51021
Infrared Measurement Techniques51021
Information Optics51021
Applied Optics51021
Fundamentals of Nonlinear Optics51021
Quantum Information Physics51021
Physics of Femtoseconds51021
Gas Laser51021
Quantum Optics51021
Advanced Applied Thermodynamics51021
Calculational Hydromechanics51021
Calculational Electrothermal Physics51021
Artificial Environtology51021
Application of Computers in Magnetism Research51021
Physics of Magnetic Materials51021
Superhigh Pressure Techniques51021
Superhigh Pressure Physics51021
Superhard Materials51021
Theory of Solids51021
Hard Coating Techniques51021
Ferromagnetic Resonance51021
Crystal Physics51021
Thin Film Physics51021
Magnetooptics materials and devices51021
Ferrites and Their Application51021
Physical Properties of Composite Materials51021
Dynamics of Sintering51021
Physics of Ferroelectric Materials51021
Crystal Growth51021
Nanomaterials and Mechanical Alloying51021
Rare Earths Permanent Magnets51021
Nanomaterials Design51021
Transport Theory of Nanostructure51021
Carbon Nanomaterials51021
Electrostatic Spinning and Nanofibre51021
Nanomaterials and Nanotechniques51021
Superconducting Materials51021
Superconductor Electronics51021
Superconductor Physics51021
High-temperature Supercondictivity51021
Solar Physics51021
Solar System Structure51021
Gravitational Field Theory51021
Kinematics of Artificial Satellites51021
Applied Geophysics51021
Digital Measurement Techniques for Earthquakes51021
Underground Visualization Techniques51021
Inverse Problems in Geophysics51021
Seismic Waves in Viscoelastic Media51021
Vulcano Seismology51021
Aseismic Engineering51021
Underwater Acoustics51021
Nonlinear Acoustics51021
Acoustics of Solids51021
Acoustic Signal Processing51021
Noise Cybernetics51021
Acoustics for Urban Environment51021
Acoustics of Porous Media51021
Medical Measurement Instruments51021
Calculational Biophysics51021
Physics of Polymers51021
Ansys and Technical Calculations51021
Applications of Computer Networks51021
Developing Information System51021
Monte-Carlo Methods in Physics51021
Power Generation using Solar Energy51021
High-temperature Techniques for Solar Energy51021
Solar Radiation Spectrum51021
Thermodynamics for Solar Cells51021
Hardware Descriptor Language51021
ARM Processors51021
Semiconductor Optoelectronics51021
Sensor Fusion Techniques51021
MEMS Design51021