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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)

Credit Required for Graduation

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

Scheme/Programme Intake
Fund Type
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.


Entry Scholarship

  • 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 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.

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.



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

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 & 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
  • 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
  • Child Development and Care
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Events Planning and Operation
  • Exercise Science and Health Fitness
  • Food and Beverage Operations
  • 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

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Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2021/22: 21.4 (Any Best 5 Subjects)


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For further programme information, please contact us via email:

Student Message

Student Message

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


The programme has also enabled me to apply what I have learned to serve the community. During 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. This contributes to our all-round development.


I enjoyed the sportsmanship of being a member of the PolyU Karatedo team. 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 team, such as the HKPU University Fellows Association Gala Dinner, during which my team bonded closely.


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

Lee Wing Lun, Graduate of BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology

PolyU is a good place for students to discover their interests and develop their strengths. Four years ago, I went to the PolyU Education Info event. I still remember the two questions I focused on that day. What can I gain? What will I be? Life at university is totally different from life at high school. I have to study even harder than I did when I prepared for the HKDSE. Working overnight is often unavoidable due to the heavy workload of assignments, tests, examinations, and presentations. However, there is also much more freedom at university, so time management is important to balance study and life.


I have gained a lot in the last four years. I have learned much about chemistry – not only knowledge and lab skills, but also how to approach things in a logical way. Critical thinking skills are important in many other aspects of my life. Studying has been hard, but I am lucky to have supportive friends and classmates, who have helped me “survive”. Studying Chemical Technology gave me the opportunity to work in a lab at McGill University, Canada! That was one of the most meaningful and unforgettable experiences of my life so far. I made friends from other countries and I tried my best to communicate in English. I became independent, as I had to take care of myself and was far away from my family.


I have enjoyed many valuable experiences at PolyU – not only academically. I have taken part in activities organised by the YMCA, busked in various places, and participated in “PolyU’s Got Talent” with friends from other faculties and departments. I really enjoy my university life and have no regrets. My academic results are important, because they will affect my future, but the most important thing is becoming what I want to be. After my undergraduate studies at PolyU, I want to contribute to the scientific community. I think it is time for me to apply what I have learned to contribute to society.

Chan Ka Wing, Graduate of BSc (Hons) in Chemical Technology

PolyU encourages its students to broaden their horizons through numerous opportunities to take part in mainland and overseas programmes. During the summer of Year 2, I joined one such trip organised by “Heartfire”, one of PolyU’s student groups, to teach at a secondary school in Hainan, China. Through this voluntary work experience scheme, I gained some insightful perspectives on life as a teacher. During Year 3, I was granted scholarships to study at prestigious universities overseas, including the National University of Singapore and the University of California, Berkeley. These study experiences equipped me with a new attitude towards studying and increased my cultural awareness. 


Through studying at PolyU, I have become a better person, ready to dedicate myself to serving society. 

Ngan Man Ching Chace, Graduate of BSc (Hons) in Food Safety and Technology

Chemistry is my favourite subject since my secondary school days. As a Chemistry major, I have been inspired by the professors and teachers at the Department and learned that Chemistry underlies many technological innovations, which improved the well-being of mankind. It is my aspiration to be a professional chemist, to deliver innovative technologies for synthesizing pharmaceuticals that will be affordable to under-privileged families in a sustainable manner.


With the many opportunities provided by the PolyU, I studied at Georgia Institute of Technology (USA) and worked as an intern in Tokyo City University (Japan). These experiences have helped me to become more independent and surely will make me more competitive in my future workplace.


The Chemical Technology programme offered by the PolyU includes many lab works. This definitely has helped me to get familiar with the technical skills and be more prepared for my career!


As I want to pursue a higher degree, in order to gain more solid research experience in organic synthesis, I have joined Prof. Wing-Yiu YU’s research lab as a Student Assistant. Working closely with the research students, I completed the development of the research platform for catalytic cross coupling reactions for synthesis of organofluorine compounds, which have extensive medicinal uses. The guidance and inspiration from Prof. Yu has enlightened me to appreciate the power of Chemistry.


Besides the studies, I was also a member of the taekwondo sports team and the external vice president of the Taekwondo Association. I took part in organising the annual prize presentation for the members and the competition provided by The University Sports Federation of Hong Kong, China Limited (USFHK). These experiences have enriched my university-life and I am confident and glad to be a graduate of the PolyU.

Au Chi Ming, Graduate of BSc (Hons) in Chemical Technology

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

No information is available at present.

Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: After the announcement of HKDSE results, if necessary
Mode:Individual or group interview

To assess the suitability of candidates for the Scheme


About 30 minutes 


Only selected applicants will be invited for interview, if necessary.