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Welcome to the Department of Physical Sciences.


Customer focus and satisfaction through continuous scientific and technology improvement and creation of a learning environment that motivates and actively involves the learners in mastering rigorous academic and training curricula.

The program aims at providing a foundation in basic concepts, methods and techniques by offering carefully selected courses which are closely related to Science and technology which enhance capacity building in the field of science

The goal of the program is to provide advanced knowledge in physics and related specialization for technological development.

At the end of the program the learner should be able to:
Graduates will acquire scientific skills, knowledge and training
Graduates will be able to use contemporary concepts, knowledge and training as tools to accomplish professional tasks effectively
Graduates will be able to effectively build research collaborations skills
Graduates will be able to develop long length learning skills through active research and concepts collaborative learning and through continued learning in formal and informal settings
Graduates will be accustomed to unique science and technology environment of technology and global industrialization environment.
Graduates will accept ethical standards, social responsibility and environmental conservation controls.
Graduates will develop a basic foundation of scientific principles and a speciality related to science, technology and innovation.
Graduates will develop formidable strong analysis and problem solving capabilities for industrial application.

Face to face (Lectures), trips and excursions, demonstrations, discussions, Laboratory practicals, term papers, Assignments, tutorials, projects and distance learning.

The general University academic regulations shall apply

1.1    Common regulations for the Master of Science degree in the University of Embu and the School of Physical Sciences shall apply.
1.2    Holders of a Bachelor’s degree with at least Second Class Honours (Upper Division) in Physics or a related subject from the University of Embu or any other Institution recognized by the Senate.
Holders of a Bachelors degree with a Second Class Honours (Lower Division) in Physics or a related subject from the University of Embu or any other Institution recognized by the Senate, plus at least two years relevant research/work experience may be considered for admission.
Holders of a Bachelors Pass degree in Physics or a related subject from the University of Embu or any other Institution recognized by the Senate, plus at least five years relevant research/work experience may be considered for admission.
Course Structure and Duration
Candidates for the Master of Science degree in the Department shall follow courses of study as laid down in the approved specialization programmes for a period not less than four semesters but not more eight semesters. The first year (part I) of study shall be by coursework and examinations.
A course unit will be defined as comprising 45 contact hours of lectures, tutorials and practicals.
The candidate shall register for specified core courses for the chosen area of specialization together with suitable electives to total a minimum of EIGHT units for the first year (Part I) of study.
The Second year (Part II) of study for Theoretical Physics candidates shall be by coursework and examinations together with a dissertation written on a topical investigation carried out during the second semester. SPH 707 – Project, shall constitute the dissertation (equivalent to two units) that is compulsory while the candidate shall choose three other Double Units depending on areas of specialization.
The Second year (Part II) of study for Experimental Physics candidates, shall be by thesis (equivalent to eight units) based on a research proposal submitted and approved by the end of the first year (Part I). The thesis shall be examined according to University of Embu regulations.

A candidate may be exempted from some course units and credit transferred from institutions recognized by Senate, subject to the following conditions:
a.    Must have passed in similar units at Masters level;
b.    Request for exemption/credit transfer should be made in writing, on admission, addressed through the Chairman Department of Physics, and Dean, School of Physical Sciences, to the Director of Board of Postgraduate Studies, and must be accompanied by officially endorsed supporting documents including the syllabuses for the relevant courses;
C.     Payment of appropriate exemption fees;
d.    No candidate shall be exempted from or transfer more than one third of the total number of units required in the course.







SPH 601

Classical Mechanics



SPH 602

Statistical Mechanics



SPH 603

Quantum Mechanics I



SPH 604

Electrodynamics I



SPH 605

Solid State Physics I



SPH 606

Solid State Electronics



SPH 607




SPH 608

Mechanical, Thermal & Optical Properties of Solids



SPH 609

Physics of Selected Materials



SPH 610 

Solar Energy



SPH 611 

Solar Energy Materials



SPH 612

Surface Physics



SPH 613

Advanced Electronics



SPH 614

Signal Processing



SPH 615

Embedded Systems



SPH 616

Electronic Communication Systems



SPH 617

Optical and Laser Physics



SPH 618

Laser Applications



SPH 619

Photonics and Optoelectronics



SPH 620

Advanced Nuclear Physics 



SPH 621

Radiation Physics



SPH 622

Radiation Measurement and Spectroscopy



SPH 623

Radiation Protection and Dosimetry



SPH 624

Application of Radiation



SPH 625




SPH 626




SPH 627

Exploration Geophysics



SPH 628




SPH 629

Rock Magnetism



SPH 630

Advanced Aeronomy



SPH 631

Remote Sensing Physics



SPH 632

Advanced Laboratory Techniques



SPH 633

Mathematical Physics



SPH 634

Advanced Mathematical Physics



SPH 635

Computational Physics I



SPH 636

Quantum Mechanics II



SPH 637 

Electrodynamics II



SPH 638

Space Physics



SPH 639




SPH 640

Planetary Physics




Bachelor’s Degrees

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