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Master of Science in Chemistry

Hong Kong



What will I learn?

The Master of Science in Chemistry programme aims to train and produce graduates with highly marketable research skills and experiences in a wide variety of advanced chemistry disciplines, such as catalysis; synthetic chemistry; materials & biomaterials chemistry; analytical & bio-analytical science; computational chemistry; environmental chemistry and chemical biology, to meet local, regional and global demands for R&D specialists in the industrial, commercial, and government sectors. Graduates are also eligible for pursuing higher research degrees in local and overseas universities and research institutes.

Course Description

Students may obtain the MSc degree by completing (34 credit units):

  • 7 core courses including Dissertation
  • 6 Core courses (18 credits units) provide trainings for the essential graduate-level chemistry, communication and research skills:

The course learning outcomes of "Academic and Industrial Research, Development and Innovation" focus on research project design and management, which cover various topics including ethics in scientific research; research and uncertainty; hypothesis development; experiments design; data analysis; evaluation of research work; project management and communication skills.

  • The courses "Advanced Chemical Instrumentation", "Frontiers in Chemical Biology" and "Selected Topics in Chemistry & Molecular Sciences" are designed for enhancing students' understanding on graduate-level chemistry and its applications in different areas including research and development, analytical chemistry, biological, medical and materials applications.
  • The courses "Advanced Seminar Series" and "Postgraduate Symposium" enable students to develop skills in communication and presentation of scientific results in a professional manner as well as evaluate and apply research methodologies in their chosen specialized areas.

Dissertation (16 credit units) is offered to provide opportunities for students to strengthen and apply their knowledge for tackling research challenges in chosen areas such as catalysis, synthetic chemistry, materials & biomaterials chemistry, analytical & bio-analytical science, computational chemistry, environmental chemistry, chemical biology, etc.

Which department am I in?

College of Science

Study options

Full Time (Normal Study Period: 1 year, Maximum Study Period: 2.5 years)

Tuition fees
HK$160,140.00 (US$ 20,402) per year
HK $4,710 per credit
Application deadline

Expected March 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2023


City University of Hong Kong

Tat Chee Avenue,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree of one of the universities in Hong Kong or of an overseas institution recognized for this purpose by the University; or hold such other qualifications as deemed acceptable by the University as equivalent. English Language Requirements: a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test); or an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or band 6 in the Chinese mainland's College English Test; or other equivalent qualifications

For international students

Applicants must satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements and the following programme entrance requirements:

  • a degree in a relevant science discipline such as Chemistry, Materials Science, Molecular Biology or equivalent; OR
  • evidence of academic and professional attainments acceptable for this purpose by the University and the Department.


Preference will be given to applicants who are currently working in areas related to testing and certification services.

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is NOT English should also fulfil the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); or
  • an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or
  • a CET-6 score of 450 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of Chinese Mainland College English Test or a pass in the old CET-6 test of Chinese Mainland College English Test; or
  • other equivalent qualifications.

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


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