About the Faculty 

The Faculty of Science was formally established in 1939, though basic science subjects were taught from as early as 1912 when the University first admitted students. Since then, the Faculty has developed into one of the largest in the University, comprising six departments/ school: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Statistics & Actuarial Science.

The Faculty offers 3 first-degree programmes with a total enrolment of more than 2,300 students. We seek to provide comprehensive education in the sciences to meet the needs of society, and to promote science literacy through its quality teaching, research and interaction with the community. We are committed to educating the younger generation and equipping them with an analytical and innovative mind for the challenges of the rapidly changing world.

The Faculty turned 80 years old in 2019. Building on our achievements in those eight decades, we are ambitious to scale new heights in the years ahead. We strive to be pre-eminent in Hong Kong, leading in Asia and highly competitive globally, consistent with the University's aim to be Asia's Global University.

Frontier Research by First-Class Scholars

The Faculty of Science employs around 150 professoriate staff members, who have all obtained PhD degrees from prestigious universities around the world.  We have one of the world’s premier science faculties. Around 15.4% of our faculties are ”Top 1%” highly cited researchers (as defined by Clarivate Analytics' Essential Science Indicators 2019), we have 4 members of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the same number of members of Science Academies overseas, and many other internationally-recognised distinctions. Over 45 patents were issued for inventions from this faculty in the last two years.

Building an International Environment

Over 30% of our students are from overseas, with people coming to us from 40 countries, similarly over 60% of our academic staff are from outside Hong Kong. We have built extensive networks with overseas collaborators. All of these contribute to HKU’s high standing in the world – there are about 22,000 universities in the world, HKU ranks 22nd in QS World University Rankings in 2021. As a Faculty we consistently rank in the top 50 in the world and top ten in Asia.

Engaging Students in Global Experience

In line with the University’s strategic initiatives of nurturing global citizens, the Faculty has enhanced the offering of a variety of overseas experiential learning activities for undergraduate students to broaden their horizons, with the target of achieving 100% undergraduate overseas and mainland learning experiences by 2022. Our overseas learning activities require students to tackle real-life issues and problems and drawing on theoretical knowledge that they have learnt in their disciplines. Forms of such experiences include exchange study, undergraduate research, summer school, field trip and disciplinary internship, etc.

Young Scientist Scheme (YSS)  -- Early research experiences for outstanding students in 6901 BSc

Faculty of Science is committed to providing our students with the best science education and be a nursery for future scientists. A Young Scientist Scheme (YSS) for Bachelor of Science was launched last year, it aims to provide outstanding students who is interested in Science to have some early research experiences and other international exchange experience in Science discipline.

Students in YSS are guaranteed with:

  • Summer Research Fellowship (SRF)
  • A further SRF or Overseas Research Fellowship (ORF)
  • International exchange study
  • international scientific conference
  • Research mentor
  • Frontiers of Science Honours Seminar
  • Entrance scholarship
  • Stipends for research programmes

YSS participants are guaranteed to go on exchange in one of the following universities:

North America

  • University of California at Berkeley
  • University of California at Los Angeles
  • University of Chicago
  • Columbia University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Stanford University
  • Yale University


  • University of Cambridge
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Oxford
  • Learn more about Young Scientist Scheme.


  • Automatic for JUPAS students with best 5 HKDSE (Category A subjects and M1/M2) score 31 or above
  • Selected Non-JUPAS students
  • Other students not accepted to YSS can still compete for the SRF, ORF and/or international exchange during their study

For programme details, please visit: http://www.scifac.hku.hk/yss

Degrees Offered
Title Abbreviation to be used in the application form Code Number of first-year places
Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science (Double Degree) BED&BSC 6119 16
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences BASc 6212 24
Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Applied Artificial Intelligence BASc(AppliedAI) 6224 15
Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science BSC(AC) 6729 61
Bachelor of Science BSC 6901 336