Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemical Technology

Sept 2023 Entry

Programme code: 12447-SY

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years

Credits Required for Graduation

65 (minimum) 

For students entering the 4-year BSc(Hons) in Chemical Technology programme through senior year places, the exact number of credits required for graduation will depend on the number of transferred credits they receive.

Scheme/Programme Intake
20 senior year places
Fund Type
Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Dr Mok Kam-wah, Daniel
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 qualifications of individual AD/HD admittees.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

As the most established applied chemistry programme in Hong Kong, our BSc(Hons) in Chemical Technology programme offers a broad and rigorous education in contemporary chemistry and training in laboratory practices. The programme emphasises the application of chemistry in technological innovation. Through the programme, students develop competence in problem solving and communication. These abilities are essential for graduates to pursue professional careers in business and technical services in chemistry and related industries.




Focusing on the technological applications of chemistry, this programme comprises Core and Elective Subjects in chemical principles, applied/industrial chemistry and chemical process technology.

This is one of the most popular applied science programmes in Hong Kong, and it is specifically designed to enhance graduates' career prospects in the government, business and industrial sectors.

The Elective Subjects include:

  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Economic Analysis for Process Technology
  • Environmental Science
  • Food Processing Technology
  • Management & Organisation
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Natural Products Chemistry
  • Principles of Quality Assurance

These subjects broaden and enrich students' knowledge and skills, which should enhance their career prospects in the commercial and industrial sectors. Our students gain further work experience through industrial visits, Work-Integrated Education and summer placements in local and overseas companies.



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 credits transferred, students must achieve the remaining study credits to fulfilling the General University Requirements (GUR) and Discipline Specific Requirements (DSR) for graduation. The DSRs comprise Core Subjects in chemistry plus Electives such as Advanced Analytical Techniques, Pollution Control & Environmental Analysis, Food Chemistry and Industrial Electrochemistry.


In addition to the GUR and DSR credit requirements, 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 employment outside PolyU.

Students are expected to have completed Foundation Subjects in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Chinese Language and English Language. Depending on their individual academic backgrounds, they may be required to take selected Foundation Subjects in addition to the 65 credits required for graduation.

General University Requirement (9 credits)

  • Cluster-Area Requirements (6 credits)
    (also fulfilling the English and Chinese Language Reading and Writing Requirements)
  • Service-Learning (3 credits)
  • Essential Components of General Education E-modules on (Non-credit-bearing):
  1.  Academic Integrity
  2.  Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics
  3.  Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  4.  National Education
  • Language and Communication Requirements [Students not meeting the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree LCR (based on their previous studies in Associate Degree/Higher Diploma programmes and their academic performance) will be required to take degree LCR subjects on top of their normal curriculum requirement.]


Discipline-Specific Core Subjects (Minimum of 35 credits)

  • Advanced Physical Chemistry
  • Advanced Physical Chemistry Laboratory
  • Analytical Chemistry I
  • Analytical Chemistry II
  • Analytical Chemistry II Laboratory
  • Basic Statistics
  • Calculus and Linear Algebra
  • Chemistry Laboratory I
  • Chemistry Laboratory II
  • Chinese Communication for Science Professionals
  • English for Scientific Communication
  • General Biology
  • General Chemistry I
  • General Chemistry II
  • General Laboratory Techniques and Safety
  • Inorganic Chemistry I
  • Inorganic Chemistry II
  • Inorganic Chemistry II Laboratory
  • Intermediate Physical Chemistry
  • Introductory Cell Biology and Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Chemical and Bioprocess Technology
  • Introductory Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Organic Chemistry II Laboratory
  • Physics I
  • Project/Research Project


Discipline-Specific Elective Subjects

(Students must complete at least 18 credits of Discipline-Specific Elective Subjects from the List 1 and at least 3 credits from List 2)


List 1

  • Advanced Analytical Techniques
  • Chemical & Bioprocess Technology
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Economic Analysis for Process Technology
  • Environmental Science
  • Food Chemistry
  • Food Processing Technology
  • Industrial Electrochemistry
  • Management & Organisation
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Natural Products Chemistry
  • Organometallic Chemistry & Catalysis
  • Pollution Control & Environmental Analysis
  • Polymer Chemistry and Nanotechnology
  • Principles of Quality Assurance


List 2

  • Advanced Analytical Techniques Laboratory
  • Chemical & Bioprocess Technology Laboratory
  • Industrial Electrochemistry Laboratory
  • Organometallic Chemistry & Catalysis Laboratory
  • Pollution Control & Environmental Analysis Laboratory
  • Polymer Laboratory

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

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 can 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 industries such as plastics and toys, cosmetics and fragrances, drugs and pharmaceuticals, pollution control and the manufacturing of printed circuit boards. Graduates can also pursue careers in sales and marketing, or as management executives in various fields.

Graduates are qualified as chemical analysts or environmental protection officers for the government or public utilities. Teaching chemistry in secondary schools is another possibility. Graduates who wish to pursue further studies have excellent opportunities both in Hong Kong and overseas.

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

An Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in a relevant discipline (e.g. Chemistry, Chemical Technology), or equivalent.


Selection Criteria

Applications are considered based on academic merit. Strong emphasis is placed on academic performance in the core subject areas (including Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology) as well as on English proficiency. The number of transferable credits is also a key criterion for selection. Applicants are expected to have completed their AD/HD studies with around 50 transferable credits with respect to the 4-year curriculum. Applicants with excellent academic credentials but an inadequate number of transferable credits may be considered for non-JUPAS Year 1 admission to the programme.



For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel.: 3400 8689; email:

Student Message

Student Message

Chemical Technology aims to develop students' problem-solving and critical thinking skills to facilitate their career development. The laboratory sections provide hands-on experience for a smooth transition from university to work. The programme has a summer research trainee component for students who are interested in conducting research. This experience was invaluable, showing me both my strengths and my weaknesses as a researcher. This programme covers both theoretical and practical aspects and thereby prepares students for their postgraduate studies.

The overseas exchange programme allowed me to explore cultural differences and gave me the chance to develop innovative ideas. It taught me more about different cultures and myself, which helped me to build my own values and appreciation of other cultures.

CHOW Yip Chi

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

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

To evaluate the shortlisted applicants’ suitability for the programme and assess their language proficiency and communication skills.


About 30 minutes

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