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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology

Sept 2021 Entry

Programme code: JS3923

Faculty of Applied Science and Textiles
Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology
Mode of Study Full-time

Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation

At least 120 credits (depending on the student's academic attainment)

Programme Intake 26
Fund Type Government-Funded

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Chartia Cheung
BSc, MPhil, PhD


  • The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only and subject to review.
  • To recognise the outstanding academic performance of HKDSE students, the Department will grant entry scholarship to eligible HKDSE students admitted to the programmes via JUPAS. The award criteria of the scholarship are listed in the information sheet, which is subject to change and will be announced on the same website in due course.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

The programme aims to produce competent professionals in biotechnology to meet the needs of biotechnology-related sectors in Hong Kong, China and the world.


In this programme, students gain a thorough understanding of the principles, concepts and applications of biotechnology.  Through learning the principles of modern biotechnology, students develop analytical, creative and problem-solving abilities. Graduates from the programme are well prepared for careers in the rapidly expanding bioscience/biotechnology industries in Hong Kong, the region and around the world. They can also pursue further studies in postgraduate programmes locally or overseas.


Programme Characteristics

This programme integrates theory and practice, and culminates in an individual in-depth scientific investigation in the final year.


Students develop both local and global perspectives and have the opportunity to practise in relevant industries, research centres and commercial organisations.

Recognition & Prospects

Professional Recognition

Graduates are qualified for membership of the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) in the UK.


Graduates are recognised by universities and research institutes worldwide for postgraduate studies.


Career Prospects

Graduates from this programme are qualified to work in the rapidly expanding biotechnology industries in Hong Kong, the region and around the world. They pursue careers in the industrial, commercial, education and public sectors in technical, executive or managerial positions. Graduates can also pursue further studies in postgraduate programmes locally or overseas.


As in all undergraduate programmes at PolyU, students complete 30 credits of General University Requirements in which their language competency, personal development and broad global perspective will be developed.

Students complete the Discipline Specific Requirements in mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology to build a sound foundation for their studies.

Upon completion of the foundation subjects, students are required to complete core biological, biochemical and biotechnological subjects before proceeding to select their Elective Subjects in biotechnology.

In the final stage, students complete a Final Year Project in which they tackle a scientific problem or research topic, utilising the discipline specific knowledge, concepts and generic skills developed through the different stages of this programme.

To cater for the multidisciplinary nature of the current developing trend in biotechnology, students have room in this programme to select Free Elective Subjects in other areas of interest, such as in information technology, business, marketing, engineering, etc.

Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.

There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred subject(s) with the highest weighting for admission score calculation include(s):

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Combined Science: Biology + Chemistry
  • Combined Science: Biology + Physics

Relevant Applied Learning subject(s) that can be considered for meeting the University entrance requirement and admission score calculation is/are:

  • Child Care and Development
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Sports Coaching and Management
  • Child Development and Care
  • Health Care Practice
  • Health and Beauty Keeping in TCM
  • Fundamental Health Care
  • Exercise Science and Health Fitness
  • Foundation in Chinese Medicine

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Any Best 5 Subjects

Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2020-21: 22.5 (Any Best 5 Subjects)


For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 3400 8690; email: candy.cy.leung@polyu.edu.hk).