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Programme Aims and Features
Biomedical sciences cover a wide-range of scientific and allied disciplines, including molecular and cell biology, genetics and genomic science, bioinformatics, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, biological and medicinal chemistry, immunology, microbiology, and public and environmental health.
The study of biomedical sciences focuses on the relationships between humans, health and disease, translating biomedical applications of basic sciences to the clinical practices of health services and healthcare industry.
The Faculty offers an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences with the aim to offer strategic training in the fundamentals of state-of-the-art sciences and to nurture graduates with a broad but core knowledge of key biomedical disciplines. Three minors will be offered, namely, 'Biotechnology and Clinical Research', 'Genetics and Genomics' and 'Kinesiology' under the programme.
In 2013, the Faculty concluded an agreement with The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, The University of Edinburgh to launch a one-year attachment programme which enables BBiomedSc students to take the Year 1 courses of the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (BVM&S) degree of The University of Edinburgh on an elective mode, and to articulate into the BVM&S degree of The University of Edinburgh upon completion of BBiomedSc at HKU. Graduates will be conferred two degrees awarded by the two universities respectively with a total duration of seven years of studies.
In 2016 and 2017 respectively, the Faculty concluded an agreement with The Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney (USYD) to launch two further study abroad programmes which enable HKU BBiomedSc students to articulate into USYD’s Master of Physiotherapy (MPhty) and Master of Diagnostic Radiography (MDR). Graduates will be conferred the bachelor’s and the master’s degrees awarded by the two universities respectively with a total duration of five and a half years of studies.
Agreement was also concluded in 2017 with the School of Public Health, The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) for HKU BBiomedSc students to articulate into UC Berkeley's Master of Public Health (MPH) programme. A bachelor's and a master's degree by HKU and UC Berkeley will be awarded with a total duration of five years and three months of studies.
A highly selected group of BBiomedSc students may be allowed to take the Year 1 courses of the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree programme of HKU on an elective mode during Year 3, and to articulate into the MBBS programme upon completion of the BBiomedSc degree. Graduates will be conferred two degrees awarded by HKU with a total duration of eight years of studies.
Graduates are well-trained to develop careers in areas of
- research in university, government and industrial laboratories;
- research and development for the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, medical-device and laboratory-instrumentation industries;
- management and business development in the above-mentioned industries;
- clinical-trials management;
- fitness and health, rehabilitation and sport management;
- health promotion, hospital administration and healthcare planning;
- media and communications.