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What will I learn?

Chemical Pathology focuses on the study of molecular, biochemical and immunological changes that occur as part of a disease process. The Department of Chemical Pathology has academic interests in several fields of study as listed below.

The Department is well funded and supported by the most competitive level of research funding in Hong Kong, namely the UGC Areas of Excellence programme and the RGC Theme-based Research Scheme. The Department is well equipped with state-of-the-art research Equipment, including next-generation sequencers, digital polymerase chain reaction platforms, flow cytometers, as well as bioinformatics and stem cell research facilities. The Department has a world-leading programme in plasma DNA-based molecular diagnostics, especially for non-invasive prenatal testing and cancer detection.

The programme is research-oriented and will involve a series of investigations with original study design, experimentation and data interpretation. Part of the programme involves the delivery of seminar presentations. Each student has an opportunity to participate in one international conference during the course of study. Students will be required to submit a written research thesis and pass an oral examination for graduation.

Fields of Specialization

• Plasma Nucleic Acids and Molecular Medicine

• Diagnostic Applications of Next-generation DNA Sequencing

• Allergic Diseases

• Inborn Errors of Metabolism

• Bioinformatics

• Stem Cell and Regeneration

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Medicine

Study options

Full Time (Normative period: 2 years, Maximum period: 4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$42,100.00 (4,25,898) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022

Venue

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Shatin,

Sha Tin, Hong Kong, New Territories

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have a graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honours not lower than Second Class; or graduated from an honours programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B"; or completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honours degree. English Language Requirements: TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based); IELTS (Academic): 6.5; GMAT (Verbal): Band 21.

For international students

Applicants must satisfy one of the following:

  • graduated from a recognized university and obtained a Bachelor's degree, normally with honors not lower than Second Class; or
  • graduated from an honors programme of a recognized university with a Bachelor's degree, normally achieving an average grade of not lower than "B" ; or
  • completed a course of study in a tertiary educational institution and obtained professional or similar qualifications equivalent to an honors degree.

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, applicants should preferably have a Bachelor’s degree in a field related to life sciences or the degree of MBChB or equivalent. Holders of a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Statistics or related fields may also be considered.

To fulfill the University’s minimum English language requirements for admission to postgraduate programmes, applicants should have:

obtained a degree from a university in Hong Kong or taken a degree programme of which the medium of instruction was English; or

achieved scores in the following English Language tests2 as indicated:

  • TOEFL: 550 (Paper-based)/79 (Internet-based);
  • IELTS (Academic): 6.5;
  • GMAT (Verbal): Band 21; or

obtained a pass grade in other English language requirements equivalent to HKDSE or

obtained a recognized professional qualification, provided that the examination was conducted in English.

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

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