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What will I learn?

CREATE A FOUNDATION IN SCIENCE WITH FLEXIBLE OPTIONS

This comprehensive programme will develop your quantitative and logical reasoning skills, and cultivate your ability to tackle novel situations and solve complex problems. Benefit from practical learning opportunities and pathways into advanced courses for outstanding students.

Futuristic skills

Learn vital analytical and problem-solving skills to navigate future challenges.

Academic guidance

Receive one-on-one academic advice to map your studies and future career path.

What You’ll Study

The comprehensive programme lays the foundation for knowledge in science with a choice of 14 Science Majors, 7 Intensive Majors, and options to add non-science courses. After two years, you will be required to choose your Major with the flexibility to change. You may also opt to take a 2nd Major or Minor or 2nd Minors in Science and non-science disciplines.

Your choice of Intensive Majors includes Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Ecology and Biodiversity, Geology, Mathematics, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and Physics.

HKU’s Young Scientists Scheme opens the door for early entry into research experiences for outstanding students. Successful applicants benefit from mentorship, research fellowships, exclusive experiential learning placements, and global exchange opportunities at respected universities like Cambridge, Stanford, and Yale.

Your degree also lays the groundwork to pursue a postgraduate degree at HKU or further afield. Alternatively, take advantage of our articulation pathway to the University of Melbourne (UoMelb) to earn a BSc degree from HKU and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from UoMelb over seven years of study.

Exciting Opportunities

Benefit from an internship placement plus a capstone project. Students taking the Minor in Science Entrepreneurship can also participate in mentoring and internship opportunities offered by alumni of the Faculty of Science, with a focus on entrepreneurship.

Professional Recognition

Five majors in the programme are accredited by professional bodies, enabling graduates to specialise locally and internationally in some cases. The Major in Chemistry is accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Majors in Biological Sciences, Ecology and Biodiversity, and Molecular Biology and Biotechnology are accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB). The Major in Geology is accredited by The Geological Society of London (GSL).

Career Prospects

Graduates have gone on to work as environmental scientists, nutritionists, clinical scientists, meteorologists, geologists, information specialists, financial analysts, teachers, and forensic scientists. Others have ventured into business and management to apply their strong numerical analytical and logical thinking skills. Past employers of HKU science graduates include respected organisations like AIA Group, Gammon Construction, Goldman Sachs, Hong Kong Observatory, Hong Kong Space Museum, Hong Kong Science Museum, and Prudential, among many others.

Majors

  • Statistics
  • Decision Analytics
  • Earth System Science
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Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$171,000.00 (17,29,894) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

24 August 2022

More details

Start date

1 September 2022

Venue

The University of Hong Kong

MG 14, Ground Floor, Main Building,

The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam,

Southern, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Island

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education/HKCEE/HKALE or equivalent. English Language Requirement: IELTS - An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module; TOEFL - A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or an overall score of 70 in the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English - Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; or Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English.

For international students

Competitive Admission Standards:

  • An International Baccalaureate Diploma with 33 points out of 45 or equivalent
  • GCE A-Level / International A-Level: Candidates should present at minimum of 2A 1B level subjects, excluding English and Chinese language or equivalent
  • SAT Reasoning Test / ACT plus Writing and SAT Subject Test / Advanced Placement Test: Candidates should have completed - Redesigned SAT: 1350; SAT Subject Tests: 600 in each of the 3 subjects; AP Exams: Level 3 in each of the 3 subjects or equivalent

You must achieve at least one of the following English Language Requirements to be considered for admission to HKU.

International Baccalaureate Diploma

GCSE / GCEO

  • Grade C in English Language at GCSE/GCEO;
  • Grade C in English First Language at IGCSE; or
  • Grade B in English as a Second Language at IGCSE

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English / Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

  • Level C1 or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English; or
  • Grade C or an overall score of 180 in Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English

SAT Reasoning Test: Sub-scores of 550 in both Critical Reading and Writing in the same attempt of the SAT Reasoning Test (prior to March 2016); or Test scores of 31 in Writing and Language and 30 in Reading in the same attempt of the Redesigned SAT Reasoning Test;

IELTS: An overall band of 6.5 in IELTS Academic Module;

A score of 93 in the TOEFL internet-based test, or an overall score of 70 in the revised TOEFL Paper-delivered Test.

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

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About The University of Hong Kong

HKU produces the ‘Most Employable University Graduates in Hong Kong’ and is 10th in producing ‘Most Employable University Graduates in the World’.

  • 1st in Hong Kong - QS World University Rankings in 2022
  • Based in one of world’s most cosmopolitan cities- Hong Kong
  • 22nd in the world - QS World University Rankings in 2022
  • 9 of its disciplines rank in top 25 globally