BSc Environmental Science and Management

Year of Entry 2017
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code 1676
Mode of Study Full time
Normal Duration of Programme 2 years
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Programme/Major Leader
Dr CHEUNG Siu-gin
PhD (HK)
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Our Target

We aim to train environmental managers who possess solid scientific background and a sound knowledge of social, economic and legal issues. This training develops students’ awareness of the social responsibility of environmental scientists with particular emphasis on the protection of the living environment.

Entrance Requirements for Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and have studied Biology and Chemistry at a high school or relevant subjects at a 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

Environmental science and management is a modern and exciting multidisciplinary field that includes subject areas as diverse as chemistry, biology, ecology, biochemistry, toxicology, earth sciences, law, sociology, economics and management. Our practical courses will expose you to many of these aspects and lead you to an integrated, well-rounded degree.
When you begin the major, you will concentrate on learning the fundamentals that underpin environmental science, especially those related to biology, chemistry and atmospheric science.
In subsequent years, you will take required courses on how our planet’s biogeochemistry “fits together” and environmental issues related to law, justice, ethics and economics. Through electives, you can explore other domains such as water quality and waste management, ecosystems management and the atmospheric environment.
To foster independent thinking, there are courses that enable you to undertake an independent scientific project under the supervision of an academic staff member. During this process, in addition to gaining a deeper understanding of the research topic, you will acquire essential problem-solving, critical thinking, organisation and time management skills that will be essential in building your career.

Start Your Career Here

Graduates can expect to make a significant contribution to environmental conservation and protection in Hong Kong, in both the government and private sectors. You may seek employment in various government departments (such as the Environmental Protection Department, Government Laboratory or the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department), consultancy companies, laboratories and the commercial, industrial or educational sectors. Alternatively, you may choose to pursue 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, the Department, College and University offer opportunities for students to broaden their educational horizons, gain language experience and enhance their awareness of different cultures through 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 (via studying abroad) and enhance their intercultural and interpersonal skills.


Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible for Graduate Membership of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management.

Bonus Features

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

Did You Know?

Each year the Department sponsors a number of students’ to participate in exchange studies outside Hong Kong.
“This experience was like an exploration in the sense that you don’t know what will happen, and everything that did happen has coloured my university education. This is what I valued most.” Mr Leung Ka-kin, a Year 3 student who spent one semester studying at the University of British Columbia in Canada.