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What will I learn?

Aims & Learning Outcomes

The following programmes are offered under the above scheme:

(1) Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology

(2) Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemical Technology

(3) Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Food Safety and Technology

Programmes offered under this Scheme share some common subjects. There should be no fewer than 27 common credits in the first three semesters (excluding summer terms). Students are expected to have chosen a specific Major from the Scheme’s programmes by the end of semester 1 of Year 2.

After successfully completing the four-year programme, students are awarded a degree in their selected Major programme.

Characteristics of Scheme-based Admission

Students first follow a common curriculum under the Scheme to give them full flexibility in choosing a Major programme.

This Scheme-based admission serves as an undeclared track. It offers students approximately a year to identify their area(s) of interest and career aspirations, which facilitates their Major programme selection.

The decision to admit a student to a major will be made by the department based on the student’s choice, GPA, and/or interview result. Students will be asked to rank their major choices (from the most preferred one to the least) during the semester 2 (probably before final examination) of their Year One study for the department’s consideration and approval.

Recognition and Prospects

BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology

Professional Recognition

Graduates qualify for membership of the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) in the UK.

Graduates can pursue postgraduate studies at universities and research institutes worldwide.

Career Prospects

Graduates are equipped to work in the rapidly expanding biotechnology industry in Hong Kong, the region, and around the world. They can pursue careers in the industrial, commercial, education, and public sectors in technical, executive, or managerial positions. Graduates can also enrol in postgraduate programmes locally or overseas.

BSc (Hons) in Chemical Technology

Professional Recognition

Graduates qualify for membership of the Hong Kong Chemical Society (HKCS) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in the UK.

Career Prospects

Graduates are able to pursue careers in industry, business or the public sector. Our graduates work as chemists, technologists, and chemical and/or biochemical process engineers. Employment opportunities abound in various industries, such as plastics and toys, cosmetics and fragrances, drugs and pharmaceuticals, pollution control, and the manufacture of printed circuit boards. Graduates can also pursue careers in sales and marketing or as management executives in various fields.

Graduates can become chemical analysts or environmental protection officials for the government or public utility companies. Teaching chemistry in secondary schools is another possibility. Graduates who wish to pursue further studies have excellent opportunities both in Hong Kong and overseas.

BSc (Hons) in Food Safety and Technology

Professional Recognition

This programme is accredited to undergraduate degree standards by both the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST). Graduates with 3 years of work experience in the food safety/technology area can apply for certification as food scientists under the IFT. In addition, students may seek the HACCP Intermediate Certificate upon completion of the core subject Food Sanitation and Safety Management.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$145,000.00 (14,72,978) per year
Application deadline

Expected March 2023

More details

Start date

September 2022

Venue

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

GCE Advanced Level or International Advanced Level with passes in 3 AL, OR 2 AL and 2 AS, subjects. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR An overall Band Score of 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

If you have obtained HKDSE results as well as other qualifications (e.g. associate degree, higher diploma, diploma, certificate, etc.), either of which alone is sufficient to qualify you for consideration for admission to our schemes / programmes, you can apply either through JUPAS on the basis of HKDSE results or directly to PolyU on the basis of other qualifications. However, you can only choose to apply through one of these two routes for schemes / programmes offered under JUPAS in the same academic year. If you apply through JUPAS and to PolyU concurrently, your direct application to PolyU will NOT be considered.

GCE A-level / International A-level: GCE Advanced Level or International Advanced Level with passes in 3 AL, OR 2 AL and 2 AS subjects

International Baccalaureate (IB): A minimum score of 24 with at least grade 4 in 2 Higher Level subjects.

Non-local applicants are required to meet the following English language requirement:

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR

An overall Band Score of 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

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

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About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU ranks 66th in the QS World University Rankings and 91st in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings internationally.

  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from over 30 countries

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