Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemical Technology
Sept 2019 EntryProgramme code: 12447-SY
Duration and Credit Requirement
For students entering the 4-year BSc(Hons) in Chemical Technology programme through senior year places, the exact number of credits for graduation will depend on the number of transferred credits granted to them.
Dr Mok Kam-wah, Daniel
- As the 2019/20 Academic Year is the start of the 2019-2022 triennium for which UGC-funded programmes are still subject to the Legislative Council's approval, the number of student intake places shown in this web page is indicative only and subject to change or confirmation at a later date.
- The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only and subject to review.
- The exact study duration and number of credits to be transferred will depend on the entry qualifications of individual AD/HD admittees.
Aims and Characteristics
Being the most established applied chemistry programme in Hong Kong, our BSc(Hons) in Chemical Technology programme offers a broad and rigorous education in contemporary chemistry and training in laboratory practices. The programme emphasises the application of chemistry in technological innovation. Through the programme, students develop competence in problem solving and communication. These abilities are essential for graduates to pursue professional careers in business and technical services in chemical and related industries.
Focusing on the technological application of chemistry, this programme comprises Core and Elective Subjects in chemical principles, applied/industrial chemistry and chemical process technology.
This is one of the most popular applied science programmes in Hong Kong, and it is specifically designed to enhance graduates' career prospects in the government, business and industrial sectors.
Elective Subjects include Medicinal Chemistry, Natural Products Chemistry, Food Processing Technology, Environmental Technology, Economic Analysis for Process Technology, Principles of Quality Assurance, Management & Organisation and Consumer Behaviour. These subjects broaden and enrich students' knowledge and skills, which should enhance their career prospects in the commercial and industrial sectors. Our students would gain further work experience through industrial visits, Work-Integrated Education and summer placements in local and overseas companies.
Students entering the 4-year programme through senior year places are considered for credit transfers based on their acaedmic performance in AD/HD programmes. Depending on the number of transferred credits, the students should complete the remaining study credits toward fulfilling the GUR (General University Requirement) and DSR (Discipline Specific Requirement) for graduation. The DSRs comprise Core Subjects in chemistry plus Electives such as Advanced Chemical Analysis, Environmental and Pollution Control, Food Processing and Industrial Chemistry and Catalysis.
In addition to the requirement for the GUR and DSR study credits, all students must undertake 120 training hours of Work-Integrated Education (WIE). WIE provides a work-based learning experience that helps students to develop generic skills valuable to their professional careers. WIE training hours include internships or part-time employments outside PolyU.
Students are expected to have completed Foundation Subjects in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, Chinese language and English language. Depending on individual academic backgrounds, they may be required to take selected Foundation Subjects in addition to the 65 credits requirement for graduation. A full subject list for this programme is available at www.polyu.edu.hk/abct.
Recognition and Prospects
Graduates are qualified for memberships of the Hong Kong Chemical Society (HKCS) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in the UK.
Graduates are able to pursue careers in industry, business or the public sector. Our graduates work as chemists, technologists, and chemical and/or biochemical process engineers. Employment opportunities abound in industries, such as plastics and toys, cosmetics and fragrances, drugs and pharmaceuticals, pollution control and the manufacture of printed circuit boards. Graduates can also pursue careers in sales and marketing, or as management executives in various fields.
Graduates are qualified as chemical analysts or environmental protection officers for the government or public utilities. Teaching chemistry in secondary schools is another possibility. Graduates who wish to pursue further studies have excellent opportunities both in Hong Kong and overseas.
An Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in a relevant discipline (e.g. Chemistry, Chemical Technology), or the equivalent.
Applications are considered based on academic merit. Strong emphasis is placed on academic performance in the core subject areas (including mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology) as well as on English proficiency. The number of transferable credits is also a key criterion for selection. Applicants are expected to have completed around 50 transferable credits in relevant subjects in their AD/HD studies. Applicants with excellent academic credentials but inadequate number of transferable credits may be considered for entry into the junior years of the programme.
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