The Department of Physics currently offers only post-graduate programs in Physics, including the Master's degree and the PhD degree. A four-years BS-MS program and a three-years MS by research program are currently in the planning stage.

About the Department

Teaching and Research Programs

MSc in Physics

The Department runs a two-years Masters programme in Physics that started in August, 2019. It offers advanced theoretical as well as experimental training in Physics to students interested to pursue a career in science and technology. Along with the core courses in Physics, the programme includes a set of elective courses designed specifically in accordance with the current world-wide trends of research in different streams in Physics. It also provides opportunity to the students to take up, as a part of the course, short-term as well as extended projects on contemporary topics in different areas of the subject so that they can have a flavour of cutting edge research.

Eligibility criteria and other information

Admission to the M.Sc course in Physics will be offered to those who have qualified in the Joint Admission Test for Masters (JAM). The candidates qualifying in JAM will have to satisfy the eligibility requirement for admission into the M.Sc in Physics programme at IIT Palakkad. All candidates admitted through JAM should have a Bachelor's degree with Physics as a subject for at least 2 years / 4 semesters, and Mathematics for at least 1 year / 2 semesters. In the qualifying degree, the aggregate marks or CGPA/CPI without rounding off (taking into account all subjects including languages and subsidiaries, all years combined) should be at least 55%, or 5.5 out of 10 for General/OBC(NCL)/EWS category candidates, and 50%, or 5 out of 10 for SC/ST/PwD category candidates. Every year, the number of seats allotted to the M.Sc programme in Physics will be decided by the Senate of the Institute.

PhD in Physics

The members of the Department of Physics at IIT Palakkad are engaged in cutting edge research in different domains of Physics, both theoretical as well as experimental. The Ph.D programme offered by the Department of Physics started in July 2017, and currently includes 20 Research Scholars pursuing research in several contemporary topics. More details about the areas in which research is pursued at the Department can be found on the Research page.

Eligibility criteria and other information

PhD entrance examinations and interviews are usually conducted twice a year, in July and December. Candidates having a Master's degree in Engineering/Technology/Sciences with good academic record and valid GATE score or UGC/CSIR-JRF/NBHM/INSPIRE/JEST or other similar National Level Fellowships or equivalent qualifications in the relevant area can apply. Candidates who have qualified for the award of four year Bachelor's or integrated Master’s degree in Engineering/Technology/Sciences from a Centrally Funded Technical Institute (CFTI), or 2 year M. Sc. from CFTIs (entry through JAM only) with an exceptionally good academic record in an appropriate discipline can also apply, provided he/she has a minimum CGPA of 8/10 (7.5 for OBC- NCL and 7.0 for SC/ST/PwD on a 10.0 point scale). Selection of candidates occur based on their performance on a PhD entrance examination, followed by an interview.

Master's and Research-Level Courses

The courses offered by the Department of Physics are meticulously designed. A complete list of these courses is as follows.

Core theory courses

PH5001: Classical Mechanics
PH5003: Electromagnetic Theory
PH5005: Applicable Mathematics
PH5007: Quantum Mechanics I
PH5002: Atomic and Molecular Physics
PH5004: Electronics and Instrumentation
PH5006: Statistical Mechanics
PH5008: Quantum Mechanics II
PH5009: Condensed Matter Physics
PH5013: Nuclear and Particle Physics

Laboratory-based courses

PH5102: Thermal Physics and Atomic Spectroscopy Lab
PH5103: Mechanics and Electromagnetic Theory Lab
PH5105: Advanced Physics Lab


PH5110: Project I
PH5120: Project II

Elective courses offered by Department

PH5606: Quantum Information and Computation
PH5610: Quantum Information and Many-Body Systems
PH5611: Soft Matter Physics
PH5618: Introduction to Computational Physics
PH5619: Theory and applications of Stochastic Processes
PH5621: Quantum Optics
PH6001: Experimental Techniques in Physics
PH6002: General Relativity
PH6003: Magnetism in Materials
PH6004: Exploring Quantum Spin Models using Python

Elective courses from NPTEL

PH5612: Group Theory Methods in Physics
PH5613: Introduction To Atmospheric And Space Sciences
PH5614: Introduction to LASER
PH5615: Physics of Biological Systems
PH5616: Quantum Transport
PH5617: The Joy of Computing using Python
PH5620M: Introduction to Quantum Field Theory

BTech Courses

The Department of Physics at IIT Palakkad also offers entry-level theory and experimental courses for the B. Tech students as part of their core course curriculum. The Department also offers elective courses for the third- and fourth-year B.Tech students.The list of these courses can be found here.

Core courses

Physics (Theory)
Physics (Lab)

Elective courses

PH3601: Quantum Mechanics for Engineers
PH3602: Basics of Quantum Information, Communication, and Computation
PH4601: Magnetic Materials and its Applications
PH4602: Introduction to Special Relativity