Physics has been taught at Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) since it was established in 1864. The Department of Physics was instituted in 1907 with Prof DJ Fleming as its first Head. A long line of distinguished professors and prominent scientists have served in this Department, including Nobel Laureate Dr Arthur Compton, Prof JM Benade and Dr Piara Singh Gill. Dr Compton conducted most of his research on cosmic rays while he was a faculty member at FCC, which led to his receiving the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1927. Prof JM Benade was one of the longest-serving professors in the Department, eventually retiring as its Head in 1970. He was an active researcher and the Asian representative in Dr Compton’s international research team. Dr Compton’s student Dr Piara Singh Gill was a faculty member at FCC from 1940 to 1947 and was much active in research. He was associated with the University of Chicago and the Georgia Institute of Technology. All these scientists and professors have made significant contributions to the field of Physics.

Today, the well-qualified and experienced faculty is involved in various research programs. The last few years have been busy and productive for the Department. At the undergraduate level, the department is offering a 4-year degree in Physics. The Department has also launched MPhil and PhD Physics programs, to train graduate students as young scientists to sync with international standards in research and development sector of Pakistan.

MPHIL PHYSICS

The MPhil Physics is a two year program consisting of two semesters of coursework followed by two semesters of research. Coursework includes core courses and electives. Research is conducted in Experimental Material Science, Nanophysics and Nanotechnology and Theoretical Physics. The program consists of four regular semesters of 40 credit hours in total. 24 credit hours of coursework must be completed in the first two semesters while the 3rd and 4th semesters will be dedicated to research. Limited teaching assistantships are available.

Admission Criteria

A 4-year BS (Hons) degree from an HEC recognized University in either Physics or Mathematics with a minimum of 2.5 CGPA and 130 credit hours

OR

A Conventional MSc in Physics or Mathematics with a minimum of 60% marks

NOTE: Acceptance is based upon the 1) departmental test, 2) interview and 3) an overall evaluation of the candidate, including: academic achievement, statement of purpose and English language proficiency.
Provisional admission can be sought by students awaiting final results. Their admission will only be confirmed once they have submitted their complete official Transcript within the due dates.

Dr Monas Shahzad

Chairperson & Associate Professor

PhD, MS (University of Central Florida, USA) MSc (GCU, Lahore)

Dr Sufian Aslam

Professor

PhD Molecular Gas Dynamics (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia) MS Atomic Physics (St Kliment Ohridski University, Sofia, Bulgaria)

Dr Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy

Zohra and ZZ Ahmed Foundation Distinguished Professor for Mathematics and Physics

PhD Nuclear Physics, MS Solid State Physics (MIT, USA)

Dr Fareeha Hameed

Associate Professor

PhD (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
MSc (PU, Lahore)
Ext: 477
Room # 045, Armacost Science Building

Dr Sadia Zaheer

Associate Professor

PhD (Gc University, Lahore)
MPhil (Gc University, Lahore)
Ext: 482
Room # 024, Armacost Science Building

Dr Khalid Javed

Assistant Professor

PhD (University of chinese Academy of sciences, Beijing, China)
MPhil (University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore)
Ext: 586
Room # 021, Armacost Science Building

Dr Hamid Latif

Associate Professor

PhD (University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore)
M.Phil (Govt. College University, Lahore)
Ext: 584
Room # 035, Armacost Science Building

Dr Saqlain Abbas Shah

Assistant Professor

POSTDOC (University of Washington, USA)
PhD (GC University Lahore)
Ext: 479
Room # 032, Armacost Science Building

Dr Laila Zafar Kahlon

Assistant Professor

PhD (GC University, Lahore)
MPhil (GC University, Lahore)
Ext: 596
Room # 025, Armacost Science Building

Syeda Ammara Shabbir

Assistant Professor

PhD Candidate (University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore)
MPhil (University of Punjab, Lahore)
Ext: 590
Room # 132, Armacost Science Building

  • Main focus on research in both Theoretical and Experimental Fields
  • All Instructors have PhD Degrees and some have Post-doctoral foreign experience as well
  • We conduct international Physics convention every year
  • We have collaboration with different institutions at National and International Level. We have signed an agreement with The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy, where every year two faculty members or two PhD candidates visit to attend conferences and workshops which are entirely funded by ICTP
  • We take our Students to participate in different Conferences

Research Collaborations

  • COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore
  • Government College University (GCU), Lahore
  • The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy
  • National Centre for Physics (NCP), Islamabad
  • National Institute of Lasers and Optronics (NILOP), Islamabad
  • University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
  • University of Maryland, USA

Fee Structure 

MPhil Physics

Fall 2018Spring 2019 
Tuition FeeAdmissionSecurityTotalTuition FeeTotalTotal Fee Year Excluding tax
117,50015,00010,000142,500117,500117,500260,000

Funding Options

  • Merit Scholarship (75% tuition fee waiver) available
  • Limited Teaching Assistantships (50% tuition fee waiver) available
  • PEEF Scholarships available for eligible students

Dr Sadia Zaheer

Associate Professor

PhD (Gc University, Lahore)
MPhil (Gc University, Lahore)
Ext: 482
Room # 024, Armacost Science Building

PHD PHYSICS

PhD Physics is a three year degree program that can be extended further as per policy. The program consists of 2 semesters of coursework of 18 credit hours followed by a minimum of 4 semesters of research of 12 credit hours. In the first year, students have to complete 18 credit hours coursework, which is followed by a comprehensive examination. The student is expected to carry out original research work under the supervision of a faculty member (who is an HEC approved supervisor) from the Department. The Department of Physics is equipped with many state-of-the-art research facilities.

At FCCU, admission to the PhD program is made in the research areas which are supported through research projects, and in which faculty research groups are currently engaged. Current PhD students are enrolled and working in both theoretical as well as experimental disciplines.

 

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum CGPA 3.0 (out of 4.0) in the Semester System or First Division in the Annual System in MPhil / MS / Equivalent in Physics or Mathematics
  • Passing a subject test conducted by the National Testing Service (NTS) or ETS (USA) in the area of specialization chosen at the PhD level
  • In the case of GAT subject test, a minimum of 60% marks are required
  • In the case of GRE subject test, a minimum of 60% score is required
  • Passing an interview conducted by the PhD admission committee
  • The candidate will submit a research statement along with the admission application

NOTE: Acceptance is based upon the 1) GAT / GRE Score, 2) interview and 3) an overall evaluation of the candidate, including: academic achievement, research statement and English language proficiency.
Provisional admission can be sought by students awaiting final results. Their admission will only be confirmed once they have submitted their complete official Transcript and GAT / GRE Score within the due dates.

Dr Monas Shahzad

Chairperson & Associate Professor

PhD, MS (University of Central Florida, USA) MSc (GCU, Lahore)

Dr Sufian Aslam

Professor

PhD Molecular Gas Dynamics (Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia) MS Atomic Physics (St Kliment Ohridski University, Sofia, Bulgaria)

Dr Pervez Amirali Hoodbhoy

Zohra and ZZ Ahmed Foundation Distinguished Professor for Mathematics and Physics

PhD Nuclear Physics, MS Solid State Physics (MIT, USA)

Dr Fareeha Hameed

Associate Professor

PhD (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)
MSc (PU, Lahore)
Ext: 477
Room # 045, Armacost Science Building

Dr Sadia Zaheer

Associate Professor

PhD (Gc University, Lahore)
MPhil (Gc University, Lahore)
Ext: 482
Room # 024, Armacost Science Building

Dr Khalid Javed

Assistant Professor

PhD (University of chinese Academy of sciences, Beijing, China)
MPhil (University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore)
Ext: 586
Room # 021, Armacost Science Building

Dr Hamid Latif

Associate Professor

PhD (University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore)
M.Phil (Govt. College University, Lahore)
Ext: 584
Room # 035, Armacost Science Building

Dr Saqlain Abbas Shah

Assistant Professor

POSTDOC (University of Washington, USA)
PhD (GC University Lahore)
Ext: 479
Room # 032, Armacost Science Building

Dr Laila Zafar Kahlon

Assistant Professor

PhD (GC University, Lahore)
MPhil (GC University, Lahore)
Ext: 596
Room # 025, Armacost Science Building

Syeda Ammara Shabbir

Assistant Professor

PhD Candidate (University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore)
MPhil (University of Punjab, Lahore)
Ext: 590
Room # 132, Armacost Science Building

  • Main focus on research in both Theoretical and Experimental Fields
  • All Instructors have PhD Degrees and some have Post-doctoral foreign experience as well
  • We conduct international Physics convention every year
  • We have collaboration with different institutions at National and International Level. We have signed an agreement with The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy, where every year two faculty members or two PhD candidates visit to attend conferences and workshops which are entirely funded by ICTP
  • We take our Students to participate in different Conferences

Research Collaborations

  • COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore
  • Government College University (GCU), Lahore
  • The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy
  • National Centre for Physics (NCP), Islamabad
  • National Institute of Lasers and Optronics (NILOP), Islamabad
  • University of Engineering and Technology (UET), Lahore
  • University of Maryland, USA

Fee Structure

PhD Physics

Fall 2018Spring 2019 
Tuition FeeAdmissionSecurityTotalTuition FeeTotalTotal Fee Year Excluding tax
117,50015,00010,000142,500117,500117,500260,000

Dr Sadia Zaheer

Associate Professor

PhD (Gc University, Lahore)
MPhil (Gc University, Lahore)
Ext: 482
Room # 024, Armacost Science Building