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Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Biotechnology, Food Safety and Chemical Technology

Sept 2022 Entry

Programme code: JS3010

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

Normal Duration

4 years (including 1.5 years with common curriculum)

Credit Required for Graduation

Minimum of 122 credits. The number of credits required is dependent on individual HKDSE attainment.

Scheme/Programme Intake 76
Fund Type Government-Funded

Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Prof. Yu Wing-yiu, Michael
BSc, PhD


  • Students will be awarded one of the following awards upon successful completion of the graduation requirements of the programme concerned:
    • BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology
    • BSc (Hons) in Chemical Technology
    • BSc (Hons) in Food Safety and Technology
  • Students are subject to further assessment criteria i.e. students’ own choice, GPA and interview performance in selection of awards at the end of their Year One study.
  • The option of Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is available to the students of BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology. Admission to the Secondary Major is on competitive basis and subject to a different credit requirement for graduation. Please see "Secondary Major Details" section.
  • To recognise the outstanding academic performance of HKDSE students, the Department will grant entry scholarships to eligible HKDSE students admitted to the Scheme via JUPAS. The award criteria for the scholarship are listed in the information sheet; they are subject to change and will be announced on the same website in due course.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims & Learning Outcomes

The following programmes are offered under the above scheme:

(1) Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology
(2) Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemical Technology
(3) Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Food Safety and Technology


Programmes offered under this Scheme share some common subjects. There should be no fewer than 28 common credits in the first three semesters (excluding summer terms). Students are expected to have chosen a specific Major from the Scheme’s programmes by the end of semester 1 of Year 2.


After successfully completing the four-year programme, students are awarded a degree in their selected Major programme. 


Characteristics of Scheme-based Admission

  • Students first follow a common curriculum under the Scheme to give them full flexibility in choosing a Major programme.
  • This Scheme-based admission serves as an undeclared track. It offers students approximately a year to identify their area(s) of interest and career aspirations, which facilitates their Major programme selection.
  • The decision to admit a student to a major will be made by the department based on the student’s choice, GPA, and/or interview result. Students will be asked to rank their major choices (from the most preferred one to the least) during the semester 2 (probably before final examination) of their Year One study for the department’s consideration and approval.

Recognition & Prospects

  • BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology
    Professional Recognition
    Graduates qualify for membership of the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) in the UK.

    Graduates can pursue postgraduate studies at universities and research institutes worldwide.

    Career Prospects
    Graduates are equipped to work in the rapidly expanding biotechnology industry in Hong Kong, the region, and around the world. They can pursue careers in the industrial, commercial, education, and public sectors in technical, executive, or managerial positions. Graduates can also enrol in postgraduate programmes locally or overseas.
  • BSc (Hons) in Chemical Technology
    Professional Recognition
    Graduates qualify for membership 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 various 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 can become chemical analysts or environmental protection officials for the government or public utility companies. Teaching chemistry in secondary schools is another possibility. Graduates who wish to pursue further studies have excellent opportunities both in Hong Kong and overseas.
  • BSc (Hons) in Food Safety and Technology
    Professional Recognition
    This programme is accredited to undergraduate degree standards by both the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST). Graduates with 3 years of work experience in the food safety/technology area can apply for certification as food scientists under the IFT. In addition, students may seek the HACCP Intermediate Certificate upon completion of the core subject Food Sanitation and Safety Management.

    Career Prospects
    Graduates of this programme can work for local food manufacturers and traders, food testing laboratories, government departments (including the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, the Government Laboratory, and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department), catering companies, chain restaurants, supermarkets, hotels, and education/research institutions. Graduates who wish to further explore food science may choose to pursue postgraduate studies at local or overseas universities.


Of the DSR core subjects (28 credits) common to the three BSc Major programmes, students are required to take the following:

  • Basic Statistics *
  • Biochemistry
  • Chinese Communication for Science Professionals
  • English for Scientific Communication
  • Freshman Orientation for ABCT Students
  • General Biology *
  • General Chemistry I *
  • General Laboratory Techniques and Safety
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Physics for Chemical and Biological Sciences
  • Quantitative Skills for Chemical and Life Sciences


* Student may be required to take additional foundation subjects depending on their HKDSE results.


In addition to the above subjects, first year students may take some subjects under the General University Requirements or the Discipline-Specific Requirements to prepare for their selected Major programmes.


Students follow the curriculum of their selected Major programme from semester 2 of Year 2 onwards.

Secondary Major Details

The option of Secondary Major in Innovation and Entreprenurship is available to the students of BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology.


Selection Criteria

Studying on a Secondary Major is not mandatory.  Only students with a Cumulative GPA of 2.70 or above may be considered for Secondary Major enrolment.  Each Secondary Major may stipulate additional selection criteria for admission.  Students must apply to and obtain approval from the programme offering Department, no later than the commencement of the second year of study, to be admitted to the Secondary Major.


Credit Requirement

The students of BSc (Hons) Applied Biology with Biotechnology (ABB) with a Secondary Major of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE) is required to complete 141 credits for graduation:


* Six credits of the core subjects of the Major [i.e. Commercialization of Biotechnology Products (ABCT3104) and Recent Developments in Medical Biotechnology (ABCT4104)] can be double counted as the discipline-specific elective for the Secondary Major.


Professional Accreditation

The department is currently working with the professional body on the accreditation of this programme with secondary major.  Any update on the accreditation will be posted on this page.

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
  • Chemistry
  • Combined Science: Biology + Chemistry
  • Combined Science: Biology + Physics
  • Combined Science: Physics + Chemistry

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
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Health Care Practice
  • Health and Beauty Keeping in TCM
  • Fundamental Health Care
  • Exercise Science and Health Fitness
  • Events Planning and Operation
  • Foundation in Chinese Medicine
  • Food and Beverage Operations

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Any Best 5 Subjects

Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2021/22: 21.4 (Any Best 5 Subjects)



For further programme information, please contact us via email: abct.admission@polyu.edu.hk.