BSc Applied Biology

Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code 1511
Mode of Study Full time
Normal Duration of Programme 2 years
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Programme/Major Leader
Dr Richard KONG Yuen-chong
PhD (Monash)
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Our Target

We aim to provide students with a firm foundation in the biological sciences and specialisation in: molecular life sciences, environmental biology, applied microbiology and biotechnology. Our students develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes required to achieve personal development and find suitable employment in the industrial, commercial, government and educational sectors.

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and have studied Biology and a science-related subject such as Chemistry, Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Pure Mathematics or Statistics at a high school or post-secondary institution.

For senior-year (Advanced Standing II) admission, applicants are normally expected to have completed an Associate Degree/Higher Diploma with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of ≥3.0 or an equivalent overall mark, or a credit award.



For details about the curriculum structure of the programme, please visit the ‘Undergraduate Catalogue(Note: The 2016 catalogue is for reference only. The 2017 catalogue will be published around July 2017.)

What You Will Be Studying

Biology is the study of life, and this major offers courses in many areas of the life sciences that are aimed at expanding our understanding of the natural world. The subject areas offered in the major command applications in diverse fields such as molecular and cellular biology, physiology, ecology, biodiversity, biotechnology and systems and regenerative biology. The curriculum is rigorous and provides a background in problem-solving, critical thinking, research, organisation, time management and communication skills. Students are encouraged to participate in various faculty-mentored research projects, and benefit from a variety of interdisciplinary streams and industrial and co-op programmes that provide a wide range of professional and personal development options. This major is designed for students interested in careers in areas such as education, basic and applied research and the environmental and biomedical sciences. 

Start Your Career Here

Graduates enjoy a wide range of career opportunities in various government departments (such as the Environmental Protection Department, the Government Laboratory and the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department), consultancy companies, laboratories and the commercial, industrial or educational sectors, in addition to the option of pursuing postgraduate studies.

Industrial Training and International Exchange

The College of Science and Engineering and the Department offer work placement opportunities through internship schemes that provide students with full-time job attachments to firms not only in Hong Kong, but also in the Pearl River Delta region and overseas. Through such placements, students will:

  • gain solid experience in a real-life work environment;
  • develop problem-solving abilities and interpersonal skills;
  • learn the right attitudes towards work and professionalism; and
  • broaden their experience and enhance their employability.

For details, please visit the College's Co-operative Education Centre website.

Furthermore, to help students broaden their educational horizons, gain language experience and enhance their awareness of different cultures, the Department, College and University offer around 200 credit-bearing exchange programmes with various partner institutions around the world including universities in Australia, Canada, Europe, the US and the Asia-Pacific region.

For details, please visit the University’s outbound exchange programme website and the Department of Chemistry's outbound exchange programme website.

The Department also organises out-of-classroom learning activities to broaden students’ learning interests. These include:

  • Industrial Attachment and Overseas Internship schemes, which help students to acquire work experience in various local, regional and international companies and organisations; and
  • Student Exchange programmes, which provide students with opportunities to experience foreign cultures and enhance their intercultural and interpersonal skills while studying abroad.


Professional Recognition

Graduates of this major are eligible for Asociate Mmbership of the Australian Society for Microbiology and Graduate Membership of the Royal Society of Biology, UK.

Bonus Features

Our courses are practical and based on examples from the local region. Many courses are augmented with laboratory sessions, field trips and field camps.

We aim to facilitate your active learning, rather than forcing you to memorise information. We use a range of strategies to help you learn, including:

  • Web-based software to enhance your discussion of course materials;
  • the Personal Response System, an electronic device used in the classroom to gauge your understanding during lessons;
  • problem-based learning schemes that stimulate you to apply subject knowledge to solve daily life problems related to biology; and
  • open book examinations in some courses to encourage you to read widely and enhance your comprehension skills.