Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology

Sept 2020 Entry

Programme code: 12451-SY

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation

60 (minimum)
The exact number of credits that a student needs to complete will depend on the number of transferred credits granted to that student.

Programme Intake
14 senior year places
Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Yes, but preference will be given to first choice applications.
Programme Leader(s)

Prof. Zhao Yanxiang
BSc, PhD

  • The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only and subject to review.
  • The exact study duration and number of credits to be transferred will depend on the entry qualification of individual AD/HD admittees.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

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.




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.


Students entering the 4-year programme through senior year places are considered for credit transfers based on their academic performance in AD/HD programmes.

Depending on the number of transferred credits, the students should complete the remaining study credits toward fulfilling the General University Requirement (GUR) and Discipline Specific Requirement (DSR) for graduation.


In addition to the requirement for the GUR and DSR study credits, all students must undertake 120 training hours of Work-Integrated Education (WIE). WIE provides a work-based learning experience that helps students to develop generic skills valuable to their professional careers. WIE training hours include internships or part-time employments outside PolyU.


Students are expected to have completed Foundation Subjects in mathematics, chemistry, biology, Chinese language and English language. Depending on individual academic backgrounds, they may be required to take selected Foundation Subjects in addition to the normal credit requirement for graduation. A full subject list for this programme is available here.

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.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

An Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in a relevant discipline (e.g. Biology, Biotechnology), or the equivalent discipline.


Selection Criteria

  • Applications are considered based on academic performance. Strong emphasis is placed on academic performance in the core subjects as well as on English proficiency.

  • The number of transferable credits is also a key criterion for selection. Applicants are expected to have completed around 60 transferable credits in relevant subjects in their AD or HD studies. Applicants with excellent academic results but an inadequate number of transferable credits may be considered for entry into the junior years of the programme.


For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 3400 8690; email:

Student Message

No information is available at present.

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Date: Between January and August
Mode:Group discussion/individual interview, if necessary

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


About 60 minutes

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