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What will I learn?

Biochemistry is a branch of science that studies the nature of the chemical compounds and processes in living organisms. What makes biochemistry unique is its emphasis on an integrative and multidisciplinary approach in its quest to unravel the mystery of life. Over the years, it has become the very language basic to the understanding of the phenomena in biological and medical sciences. In addition to its close ties to clinical medicine, with the advent of biotechnology and genomic technology, biochemistry has also found applications in agriculture and industry from the creation of transgenic organisms to the production of new pharmaceutic and diagnostic sensors.

The School of Life Sciences is committed to provide the highest quality of teaching of Biochemistry at both under- and post-graduate levels which enables our students to possess, by the time they graduate, critical thinking, proactive and responsible attitude, efficient communication skills, a mastery of the skills of the latest high technology, and a solid background in the basic concepts of biochemistry with specialized training in a specific field or area of research.

The Programme goals and visions are

  • To enhance and update students' knowledge in Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences.
  • To give students a comprehensive training in the state-of-the-art techniques and methodologies used in Biochemistry and Biomedical Technology.
  • To provide students the skills on research, analytical and innovative thinking, in addition to the integration of theory and application.
  • To cultivate the ability of critical thinking, a proactive and responsible attitude and efficient communication skills for high competitiveness in further study and career development.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$120,000.00 (12,19,017) per year
Start date

Expected September 2022


The Chinese University of Hong Kong


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

In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, applicants should:

  • have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Science, Medical Sciences or Engineering disciplines from a recognized university; or
  • have completed a programme of study in a tertiary educational institution equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree and obtained relevant professional working experience.

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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