Abbreviation to be used in the application form Code Number of first-year places
BSC 6901 358
Programme Aims and Features

Nurturing future scientists is the faculty's main mission. As barriers among science disciplines have blurred and major scientific advancements rely increasingly on syntheses of ideas from different disciplines, the traditional educational approach that compartmentalises science into separate disciplines is no longer appropriate. Scientists also have to reckon with the potential social implications of their work. This requires science students to have an appreciation of the role of science in complex societal issues as well as a good background of scientific knowledge.

The science curriculum at HKU is designed to achieve the following educational aims:

  • Pursuit of academic/professional excellence, critical intellectual inquiry and lifelong learning
  • Tackling novel situations and ill-defined problems
  • Critical self-reflection and greater understanding of others
  • Intercultural communication, multicultural understanding and global citizenship
  • Communication and collaboration
  • Leadership and advocacy for the improvement of the human condition

In addition to the language and common core courses requirements, the BSc degree is characterised by a science foundation programme, a great diversity of study options, capstone courses, and a diversity of learning experiences.

The Faculty Admission Policy provides students with a choice of 14 science majors within one degree programme, 6901 Bachelor of Science. Features of the Faculty Admission Policy include:

  • Flexibility to declare major by the end of the second year of study
  • No quota for each major
  • Easy to change majors
  • Additional major and minor options in science or non-science disciplines
  • Academic advisory system

Students who choose 6901 Bachelor of Science can select from a wide range of science majors:

  • Biochemistry 
  • Biological Sciences  
  • Chemistry
  • Decision Analytics
  • Earth System Science  
  • Ecology & Biodiversity  
  • Environmental Science 
  • Food & Nutritional Science
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
  • Physics
  • Risk Management 
  • Statistics
Professional Recognition

Among the 16 majors, the intensive version of the Chemistry-Major programme and the Geology Major (Accredited Pathway) provide options for students who wish to specialize in the disciplines of Chemistry and Geology respectively.

The intensive version of the BSc Chemistry-Major Curriculum (144 credits) has been accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Students who have successfully completed this RSC Accredited Chemistry Programme will be awarded a certificate by the Department of Chemistry, with authorization by RSC, to recognise their achievements. All students in the final year of this accredited programme are qualified to apply for membership to RSC. A graduate with RSC membership will have an advantage, not only when applying for jobs or further studies, but also when they are seeking professional qualifications, such as Chartered Chemist (CChem) status.

The Geology Major (Accredited Pathway) programme is accredited by the Geological Society of London, the UK body which grants the professional qualification Chartered Geologist. Students completing the Major in Geology along with a specific set of additional geology courses (the accredited pathway) will receive an accredited degree which provides an accelerated route to achieving the Chartered Geologist qualification. The professional qualification Chartered Geologist is recognised internationally and in Hong Kong, where chartered geologists are regarded as professionally equivalent to chartered engineers, for example, by the Government.

Career Prospects

Some secondary school students might hesitate to select science as their choice of degree because they think science graduates have a limited career future in Hong Kong – but that isn't true. Scientists are needed in many areas of the local economy, and many of our graduates hold positions that demand scientific expertise, for example as environmental scientists, nutritionists, clinical scientists, meteorologists, geologists, information specialists, financial analysts, teachers and forensic scientists. In business and management, our graduates are often preferred by employers because of their analytical numerical skills and logical thinking, and their knowledge of the latest developments in science and technology.

Our graduates secured employments in business enterprises or government bodies, including:

  • Agriculture, Fisheries and conservation Department, HKSAR
  • AIA Group Ltd.
  • Cathay Pacific Catering Services (HK) Ltd.
  • Gammon Constructions Ltd.
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Hong Kong Observatory, HKSAR
  • Hong Kong Productivity Council
  • Hong Kong Science Museum, HKSAR
  • Hong Kong Space Museum, HKSAR
  • Hong Kong Science Museum, HKSAR
  • Hong Kong Space Museum, HKSAR
  • Prudential Assurance Company
  • Ocean Park
  • Water Supplies Department, HKSAR
Young Scientist Scheme

Young Scientist Scheme (YSS)  -- Early research experiences for outstanding students in 6901 BSc

Students in YSS are guaranteed with:

  • Summer Research Fellowship (SRF)
  • A further SRF or Overseas Research Fellowship (ORF)
  • International exchange study
  • international scientific conference
  • Research mentor
  • Frontiers of Science Honours Seminar
  • Entrance scholarship
  • Stipends for research programmes

YSS participants are guaranteed to go on exchange in one of the following universities:

North America

  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • University of Chicago
  • Columbia University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Stanford University
  • Yale University

Europe

  • University of Cambridge
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Oxford

Learn more about Young Scientist Scheme.

Contacts for Further Information
Faculty of Science
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