Abbreviation to be used in the application form Code Number of first-year places
BSC 6901 336
Programme Aims and Features

The programme provides a comprehensive training in science that

  • Develops students’ capabilities in quantitative and logical reasoning
  • Cultivate students’ ability to tackle novel situations and solve complex problems

14 Science Majors and 6 Intensive Majors available: 

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry (includes an option to follow the RSC accredited Chemistry programme)
  • Chemistry (Intensive)
  • Decision Analytics
  • Earth System Science
  • Ecology & Biodiversity (includes an option to follow the accredited Royal Society of Biology programme)
  • Ecology & Biodiversity (Intensive)
  • Environmental Science
  • Food & Nutritional Science
  • Geology (includes an option to follow the accredited Geology programme)
  • Geology (Intensive)
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics (Intensive) (NEW)
  • Molecular Biology & Biotechnology  (includes an option to follow the accredited Royal Society of Biology programme)
  • Molecular Biology & Biotechnology  (Intensive)
  • Physics
  • Physics (Intensive) (NEW)
  • Risk Management
  • Statistics

Available minors in the programme

  • Actuarial Studies
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Computational & Finance Mathematics
  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecology & Biodiversity
  • Environmental Science


  • One entry in application for a choice of 14 Science Majors and 6 Intensive Majors
  • Up to 2 years time to choose a Major
  • Flexibility in changing Majors
  • No quota for any Science Major
  • Students may take a 2nd Major or a Minor or 2nd Minors in Science and non-science disciplines
  • One-on-one academic advice

Intensive Majors

  • Allow students to specialise in a science discipline with enriched subject knowledge
  • Fulfill the accreditation requirements of various royal societies in UK
  • Six intensive major programmes are offered:
    • Chemistry (Intensive) (144 credits)
    • Ecology & Biodiversity (Intensive) (144 credits)
    • Geology (Intensive) (150 credits)
    • Mathematics (Intensive) (144 credits)
    • Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (Intensive) (144 credits)
    • Physics (Intensive) (144 credits)

Minor in Science Entrepreneurship

  • placing strong emphasis on practical experience and students are required to:
  • acquire entrepreneurship-related internship experience and
  • carry out a capstone project
  • mentoring and internship opportunities offered by our Science alumni
  • taking new courses tailor-made for this Minor and related courses currently offered by other Faculties

Articulation Pathways

  • To Taught Postgraduate programmes at HKU Science
  • An articulation pathway of attaching 6901 Bachelor of Science / 6729 Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Science/ 6224 Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Applied Artficial Intelligence to the master programmes at HKU Science for outstanding students
  • Students who are awarded the highest amount of scholarship will only need to pay 50% of tuition fee
  • There is no quota for the aforementioned articulation pathway except for the one of Master of Data Science, of which a maximum of 2 places will be offered each year
  • To Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at University of Melbourne (UoM)
  • In collaboration with University of Melbourne (UoM) in Australia, HKU Science will provide a pathway to BSc 6901 students majoring in Biological Sciences, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Ecology & Biodiversity, Food & Nutritional Science, and Biochemistry to articulate into the DVM of the UoM
  • Provides a new pathway to talented students who aspire to pursue a career in veterinary
  • Students can obtain 2 degrees from the 2 universities – the HKU BSc degree and DVM in UoM in a total of 7.5 years
  • Scholarship will be provided by HKU Faculty of Science to cover selected students’ tuition fees partially for their first year of study at UoM
Professional Recognition

Four of our Majors are accredited by professional bodies overseas:

  • • Major in Chemistry (Intensive), accredited by Royal Society of Chemistry
    • Exclusively for students who wish to specialise in chemistry
    • An intensive version of the Chemistry Major (144 credits) which has been accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) is offered alongside of the regular 96-credit Chemistry-Major programme
    • Students completed the RSC accredited chemistry programme will be awarded a certificate by the Department of Chemistry, with authorisation by RSC, to recognise their achievements
  • • Majors in Ecology & Biodiversity (Intensive) , and Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (Intensive), accredited by Royal Society of Biology
    • It is noteworthy that the Ecology & Biodiversity Major is the first programme of its type accredited by RSB in Asia
    • Graduates will receive one year of guest membership of RSB at Associate level and this will help them to:
  • stay up to date with what is happening across the life sciences
  • gain additional recognition for their skills and experience
  • develop their professional network and
  • demonstrate their support for the future of biology
  • • Major in Geology (Intensive), accredited by Geological Society of London
    • Students completing specified geology courses will receive an accredited degree which provides an accelerated route to achieve the qualification
    • Qualification recognised internationally and in Hong Kong, and chartered geologists are regarded as professionally equivalent to chartered engineers
Career Prospects

The Faculty has got essentially 100% employment rate (inclusive of further studies) in the past decade. Indeed, Scientists are needed in many sectors of the local economy, and many of our graduates are holding positions that demand scientific expertise, such as environmental scientists, nutritionists, clinical scientists, meteorologists, geologists, information specialists, financial analysts, teachers and forensic scientists. In business and management, our science graduates are often preferred by employers because of their numerical analytical skills and logical thinking, and knowledge of the latest developments in science and technology.

Our graduates secured employments in business enterprises or government bodies, including:

  • Agriculture, Fisheries and conservation Department, HKSAR
  • AIA Group Ltd.
  • Cathay Pacific Catering Services (HK) Ltd.
  • Gammon Constructions Ltd.
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Hong Kong Observatory, HKSAR
  • Hong Kong Productivity Council
  • Hong Kong Science Museum, HKSAR
  • Hong Kong Space Museum, HKSAR
  • Hong Kong Science Museum, HKSAR
  • Hong Kong Space Museum, HKSAR
  • Prudential Assurance Company
  • Ocean Park
  • Water Supplies Department, HKSAR
Young Scientist Scheme

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

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.

Contacts for Further Information
Faculty of Science