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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology

Sept 2021 Entry

Programme code: JS3923

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation

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

Programme Intake
Fund Type
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

Aims and 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

Recognition and 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 & Subject Weightings

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

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Any Best 5 Subjects

(Click here for an explanation)

Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2020-21: 22.5 (Any Best 5 Subjects)

(Click here for an explanation)



For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 3400 8690; email:

Student Message

Student Message

I would describe my past three years of study as a fruitful and wonderful adventure. The programme of Applied Biology with Biotechnology at PolyU has equipped me with comprehensive and up-to-date knowledge. Our lecturers and tutors are always approachable. They teach us the concepts and mechanisms during class and let us apply our knowledge during the practical sessions. This helps us develop critical thinking and analytical skills. During the summer break of the third year, I was fortunate to have the experience of an overseas internship at McGill University, from which I gained insights into international science and the skills and techniques to better equip me for the future.


The programme has also enabled me to apply what I have learnt to serving the community. In the last summer break, my classmates and I had the opportunity to organise a campaign to promote the importance of a balanced and healthy diet to primary students in Tai O. The new curriculum encourages us to cooperate with others in a team-based environment, and this contributed to our all-round development.


I enjoyed the sportsmanship of being a member of the PolyU Karatedo Team, and my teammates and I trained hard together to win the overall Champion of the USFHK Competition. I also had the privilege of participating in numerous important events with the Sports Team, such as HKPU-University Fellows Association Gala-Dinner, and the team bonded closely as a result.


To conclude, PolyU’s Applied Biology with Biotechnology programme has enriched my life and I am looking forward to my final year of study.

Lee Wing Lun



Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

No information is available at present.

Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: Interview may be held after the announcement of HKDSE results, if necessary.
Mode:Individual interview (face-to-face or phone)

To evaluate the suitability of the applicants for the programme, and to test their language proficiency and communication skills.


About 15-30 minutes


Only selected applicants will be invited to the interview, if necessary.