Abbreviation to be used in the application form Code Number of first-year places
SMC 6688 15-20
Programme Aims and Features

The Programme

The double degree elite programme
• caters specifically to the needs of science-inclined students and incubates the next generation of scientists
• allows students to learn from the best minds and be inspired by Science Masters (renowned scientists), enhancing their scholastic potential in science
• equips students to translate scientific knowledge into practical applications with far- and wide-reaching impacts

Features

• Fast-track for completing 2 degrees at an accelerated pace: a BSc plus a MRes
• Learning from Grand Masters through special tutorials and Masters as academic advisers
• Catering the needs of elite students:

  1. disciplinary-based intensive study for research-aspired students
  2. ample opportunities available in our flagship Young Scientist Scheme (YSS) including Summer Research Fellowship, Overseas Research Fellowship, Exchange Study and be included in the Cambridge-track for Natural Sciences disciplines

• Research-oriented: Research postgraduate courses and research projects to enhance the students’ frontier scientific knowledge and research skills

*Students are usually expected to spend the Summer Semester in Year 4 or the first semester in Year 5 to complete the research project of MRes.

7 Intensive Majors available

- Biological Sciences (Intensive)
- Chemistry (Intensive)
- Ecology & Biodiversity (Intensive)
- Geology (Intensive)
- Mathematics (Intensive)
- Molecular Biology & Biotechnology  (Intensive)
- Physics (Intensive)

Professional Recognition

Five 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
  • 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 Biological Sciences (Intensive), Ecology & Biodiversity (Intensive) , and Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (Intensive), accredited by Royal Society of Biology (RSB)

  • 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 essentially 100% employment rate (inclusive of further studies) in the past decade
• The Programme builds a consortium of young researchers for cross fertilisation of innovative ideas and facilitates possible multidisciplinary projects
• 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

Remarks:
This is a new programme to be offered from September 2021 and there may still be fine tuning to the programme. Prospective students will be informed of any updates of the programme in due course.

Contacts for Further Information
Faculty of Science
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