Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemical Technology

Sept 2019 Entry

Programme code: 12447-SY

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation

65 (minimum) 

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.

Programme Intake
11 senior year places
Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Yes, but preference will be given to first choice applications.
Programme Leader(s)

Dr Mok Kam-wah, Daniel
BSc, PhD

  • 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

Programme Aims

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

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

Graduates are qualified for memberships of the Hong Kong Chemical Society (HKCS) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in the UK.



Career Prospects

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.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

An Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in a relevant discipline (e.g. Chemistry, Chemical Technology), or the equivalent.


Selection Criteria

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.


For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 3400 8689; email:

Student Message

The university provides a good environment for students to pursue their interests and develop their strengths. Four years ago I went to the PolyU Education Info day. I still remember the two questions I thought about on that day: what can I gain and what will I be? Life at a university is totally different from that in high school. I have to work even harder in my studies than I did when preparing for the HKDSE. Working overnight is unavoidable due to the heavy workload of assignments, tests, examinations and presentations. However, there is much more freedom at university. Time management is therefore important for balancing study and life.


I have gained a lot in these four years. I have learnt much about chemistry, and not only knowledge and lab skills, but also how to learn in a logical way. Critical thinking skills are important in many other aspects of my life. Studying has been hard but many of my friends and classmates have been very supportive. That’s why I still “survive.” studying Chemical Technology has provided me with the opportunity to work in a lab in McGill University (Canada)! That was a meaningful and unforgettable journey in my life. It was a good chance to make friends from other countries, and I tried my best to communicate in English. I became independent as I had to take care of myself when I was far away from my family.


In addition to the academic aspect, I have also gained a lot of valuable experiences at PolyU. I took part in activities organized by the YMCA. I went busking in various places and participated in PolyU’s Got Talent with friends from other faculties and departments. I have really enjoyed my university life and have no regrets. Academic results are important because they can affect my future. However, the most important thing is “what I want to be.” After my undergraduate study at PolyU, I want to make a contribution to the scientific field, and I think it is time for me to apply what I have learnt to also contribute to society as a whole.

CHAN Ka Wing

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Date: Starting from November
Mode:Group discussion/individual interview, if necessary

To evaluate the shortlisted applicants’ suitability for the programme and to assess their language proficiency and communication skills.


About 30 minutes

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