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)  for outstanding students in 6901 BSc

As a strong, research-oriented faculty, the Faculty of Science is committed to providing our students with the best science education and incubating future scientists. YSS provides outstanding students with ample early research experiences in 6901 BSc Programme.ational exchange experience in Science discipline.

Students in YSS are guaranteed with:

1. Enrolment in our flagship Summer Research Fellowship (SRF) Scheme to conduct research under the supervision of our professors in the first summer
2. A further SRF or Overseas Research Fellowship (ORF) in a foreign institution in subsequent years
3. International exchange, visiting or summer study at world class universities overseas
4. Attendance in international scientific conference on frontier research
5. Guidance from a research mentor individually from the start of the undergraduate study
6. Enrolment in our Frontiers of Science Honours Seminar to learn how our award-winning professors solve their research problems
7. Stipends for all the aforesaid research activities
8. An entrance scholarship ranging from HKD 20,000 to HKD 70,000#  

#The amount to be approved.  For JUPAS students with a total score of 35 or above in their best 5 HKDSE subjects (Category A subjects and M1/M2).
Scholarship for Non-JUPAS students are considered on a case-by-case basis.


  • JUPAS students admitted to 6901 BSc programme with a total score of 35 or above in their best 5 HKDSE subjects ( Category A subjects / M1 / M2 ) are automatically accepted to YSS. No interview is required.
  • Selected Non-JUPAS applicants will be invited to enrol in YSS. No application is necessary.

HKU-Cambridge Undergraduate Recruitment Scheme (Natural Sciences)
Cambridge-track for Selected YSS Participants in Natural Sciences Disciplines

Selected YSS students in natural sciences disciplines within 6901 BSc will have a chance to pursue studies and acquire up to 4 degrees in HKU and the University of Cambridge, UK, under our joint recruitment scheme.  You will have a chance to experience the unique culture and learning environment of Cambridge, expand your horizons, build your own global network, and equip yourself as an independent thinker with competencies at your future workplace. 

For details, please visit our YSS website at https://www.scifac.hku.hk/prospective/ug/6901-bsc/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
Science Master Class SMC 6688 15-20
Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science BSC(AC) 6729 61
Bachelor of Science BSC 6901 316