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

Sept 2022 Entry

Programme code: JS3010

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years (including 1.5 years with common curriculum)

Credits Required for Graduation

Minimum 122 credits. The number of credits taken is dependent upon individual attainment.

Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Scheme Leader
Prof. Yu Wing-yiu, Michael

BSc, PhD

  • This programme does not consider second choice applications.
  • 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.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and 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.



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
  • Physics for Chemical and Biological Sciences
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • 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 Detail

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.


Subject to approval


Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and 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.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for international applicants.


Other Information

  • Applicants attaining good results in science subjects (Biology and/or Chemistry) are preferred.



For further programme information, please contact us via email:

Student Message

Student Message

One thing that I truly love about PolyU is how they care and nurture your vision. Studying at PolyU has broadened my perspective of life. In the Food Safety and Technology programme (FST), I am exposed to many different aspects in the food-world. I gained knowledge and training related to food production and processing, food hazards, food laws, and many more. The diverse subjects allowed me to discover which specific area that I am interested in to pursue for my career. As an International Student, I am also grateful with the chance to receive the PolyU Entry Scholarship for Non-Local Student and the Belt and Road Scholarship to support my academic studies. Beyond formal classes, PolyU also give me chance to explore other opportunities. One of them was the exchange trip to the University of Southern California for service-learning in my year 3, where I went with other PolyU students to serve the homeless community in Los Angeles USA. This exchange trip was handled by Service Learning and Leadership Office and costs were fully covered by Lee Hysan Foundation.

There are many learning opportunities available at PolyU that we can take according to our own interests and passion. I had an abundant life at PolyU and went through a full range of experience during my studying. The key is to be responsible for your study and give yourself room to try what you want to do, and PolyU will always support you.

WIRASUTTA Geyyaratana, graduate of BSc (Hons) Food Safety and Technology

PolyU’s programme of BSc (Hons) Applied Biology with Biotechnology has provided me in-depth biotechnology knowledge. Since the programme comprises a lot of hands-on lab practical sessions, I get the chance to train my critical thinking skills and lab skills by applying the knowledge that I had learned from lectures. Besides, I got the opportunity to join a summer exchange at the University of Stuttgart in Germany, where I visited different car factories and learn about the automobile industry in Germany.

While studying at PolyU, I held the position of Financial Secretary in a Chinese Cultural Club and organized a Chinese traditional costume try-on workshop. Besides, I had also made new friends from different backgrounds by joining a service-learning program collaborated with Peking University & Xi’an Jiaotong University and a summit known as the Global Youth Leaders Summit, where our teammates comprised of students from Zhejiang University, Sichuan University and UCLA.  At this summit, my teammates and I needed to prepare a proposal on sustainable communities and ultimately, we got a group silver award. All these had trained my problem-solving skills and interpersonal skills.

Currently, I am having an internship as a Sales and Marketing Assistant in a biotechnology company that focuses on cancer genetic testing. By joining this internship, I get to learn and have a basic idea of how a company works and how biotechnology products are linked to the market.

In a nutshell, I believe that all these experiences will help me a lot with my future career.

Chan Hui Xin, Year Three student of BSc (Hons) Applied Biology with Biotechnology

At PolyU, I have learnt to be professional, critical, open-minded, humble, and kind.
The Department of Applied Biology and Chemical Technology has provided me with many opportunities to widen my horizons. One of them was my participation of a summer exchange research programme at Durham University, where I had the chance to experience life as a researcher. 
To master yourself in chemistry, you have to equip yourself well in theoretical knowledge as well as lab skills. Apart from the core chemistry courses, this programme included many chemistry-related elective courses. There are a variety of lab courses that complement the core and elective courses, and they provide you with ample opportunities to hone your lab skills! 
Throughout my undergraduate studies, I am grateful to have great Mentors, Professors, and Lecturers that had supported me and guided me throughout the bumpy yet exciting journey. Their help to me is indeed invaluable. The Professors and Lecturers I have met here are willing to teach, listen, and they have propelled me move forward too. 
I am really grateful to be part of this family as it plays a vital role in shaping who I am today!


Teo Qin Han, graduate of BSc (Hons) Chemical Technology

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: Between November and July
Mode:Individual or group interview, if necessary

To assess the suitability of candidates for the scheme


About 30 minutes

  • Only selected applicants will be invited to the interview, if necessary.
  • Phone / online interviews will be arranged for selected overseas applicants.