What will I learn?

Molecular biotechnology is a revolutionary area of scientific discipline that involves the application of gene and protein technology. This state-of-the-art technology has exerted remarkable contributions to agricultural health, environmental, bioenergy, and other bio-industrial areas. Molecular biotechnology is one of the major driving forces shaping the development of human society in the 21st century. In view of the current needs of increasing manpower and future prospects of biotechnology, the University launched the Molecular Biotechnology programme (MBTE) in 1998. We target students who are interested in genetic engineering, molecular biology, methods in biochemistry, microbial, plant, and animal biotechnology. Other in-depth knowledge from an array of elective courses covering various aspects of cell and developmental biology, animal and plant physiology, immunology and clinical biochemistry, bioinformatic, genomics and proteomics are also provided for students’ selection. In addition, we also address the business and social implications of biotechnology, such as government policy, management, intellectual property, and ethical and public concerns.

Missions

To provide theoretical and hands-on training to students on the fundamental knowledge, current development, business and social implications of molecular biotechnology
To cultivate the ability of logical and critical thinking, and scientific communications

Highlights

  • Fundamental knowledge in life sciences with emphasis on molecular biotechnology
  • Hands-on skills through specially designed laboratory courses on methods in molecular biotechnology
  • In-depth knowledge in selected areas of your choice. Topics cover various aspects of challenging fields in biology & biochemistry
  • Comprehensive understanding of the business and social implications of biotechnology, such as government policy, management, intellectual property, and ethical and public concerns

Career Prospects

Ample job opportunities in business sectors, pharmaceutical industries, commercial biotechnology companies, laboratories, agriculture, law firm, education and government sectors. Graduates can also pursue postgraduate studies (Master or Ph.D.) in overseas or local universities.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$145,000.00 (13,86,432) per year
Start date

Expected September 2021

Venue

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Shatin,

Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For applicants who have completed only the first year of IB Diploma studies with outstanding results, may be considered admission under special circumstances on individual merits case-by-case. Mature applicants should be aged 23 or above on 1 September in the year in which admission is sought, provided they are able to show either by publication or by other acceptable evidence that they have achieved sufficient competence in their chosen field of study to justify admission; or have shown exceptional ability in appropriate academic or professional fields. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.0; TOEFL (iBT): 80; SAT Reasoning Test (Old): Essay - 8; SAT (New) Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 590; ACT combined English/ Writing or English Language Arts (ELA): 23; GCSE/ IGCSE/ GCE-OL: C; GCE-AL/AS: E; IB: 4; HKDSE: Level 3; HKALE/ HKCEE: E/Level 2; Australian State or Territory High School Certificate Grade 12 English: 80%; Canadian Grade 12 English: 70%; Indian Central or State Board Exam Grade 12 English: 80%; Malaysian UEC-Senior English Language: B4; Singapore GCE A-Level H1 General Paper: C.

For international students

You are eligible to apply for admission if, by 1 September of the year in which admission is sought, you possess any of the following qualifications:

1. GCE-AL/International-AL/IB/Other high school qualifications

  • GCE-AL/International-AL: 3AL/ 2AL+2AS in one sitting (All grades must be obtained from examinations taken within a twelve-month period.)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • A recognised non-local qualification which qualifies them for admission to a university in the country/region where such qualification is originated (e.g. high school diploma plus SAT/ ACT and SAT Subject Tests/ AP Tests in USA, UEC/ STPM in Malaysia, ATAR in Australia, OSSD/ BC diploma in Canada, GSAT/AST in Taiwan, AISSCE (CBSE)/ ISC in India, SMA in Indonesia, etc.)

2. Post-secondary qualifications

  • Completed at least one year of undergraduate study at a recognised university
  • Completed at least one year of study leading to the qualification of associate degree/higher diploma or its equivalent

3. Mature Applicants

  • Mature persons aged 23 or above on 1 September in the year in which admission is sought, provided they are able to show either by publication or by other acceptable evidence that they have achieved sufficient competence in their chosen field of study to justify admission; or have shown exceptional ability in appropriate academic or professional fields.

English Language Requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.0
  • TOEFL (iBT): 80
  • Other English language requirements equivalent to HKDSE: Level 3 or HKALE/ HKCEE: E/Level 2.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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