Sept 2023 EntryProgramme code: 12451-SY
The exact number of credits that a student needs to complete will depend on the number of transferred credits granted to that student.
Dr Chartia Cheung
BSc, MPhil, PhD
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.
The ABB Programme is the first international degree programme accredited by the Royal Society of Biology (RSB), a recognized professional body that promotes and supports the advancement of skills and education in the biosciences. Focusing on the application of biotechnology, the programme is comprised of core subjects that include Human Physiology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biochemical Techniques, Molecular Biology, DNA Technology, Bioinformatics, Immunotechnology & Recent Developments in Medical Biotechnology, and Elective subjects, in which students can more deeply explore special topics such as Microbial Biotechnology, Metabolism and Diseases & Case Study in Biotechnology Companies. This programme integrates theory and practice, culminating in an individual in-depth scientific investigation in the final year. Students develop both local and global perspectives and have the opportunity to experience practice 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.
General University Requirement (9 credits)
Discipline-Specific Core Subjects (Minimum of 21 credits)
Discipline-Specific Elective Subjects
(Students must complete at least 30 credits of Elective Subjects, including 24 credits of Discipline-Specific Elective (DSE) Subjects and 6 credits of Free Elective Subjects.)
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.
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.
An Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in a relevant discipline (e.g. Biology, Biotechnology), or the equivalent discipline.
Applications are considered based on academic performance. Strong emphasis is placed on academic performance in the core subjects of AD/HD studies 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 non-JUPAS Year 1 admission to the programme.
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