Global Research Enrichment and Technopreneurship (GREAT)


Academic Year of Entry 2023/24
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code JS1200
Global Research Enrichment and Technopreneurship (GREAT)
Mode of Study Full time
Indicative Intake Target
Local Places : click here (for JUPAS and non-JUPAS)

Minimum No. of Credits Required 120 or 124
Normal Duration of Programme 4 years
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College of Science

The College of Science, comprising the Departments of Biostatistics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics, aspires to become a world-renowned hub for pioneering scientific research and innovation, and quality teaching and learning in multiple disciplines of science for the betterment of society. We are committed to inspiring and nurturing the next generation of creative and innovative specialists in multiple disciplines of science, who possess a broad vision, and are willing and capable of using their knowledge to serve the community.

Our Target

We aim to nurture students who are interested in pursuing a career in scientific research or starting a business that involves the use of new scientific discoveries and/or innovative technologies. In addition to knowledge in science and skills in scientific research and development, students can also learn about entrepreneurship & IP rights protection, patent application and research proposal / business plan development. Students can start their independent research as early as in Year 2. Overseas academic/research exchange, summer placement in local research laboratories or technological startup companies, and summer internship in overseas research institutes or technological startup companies are guaranteed. Students will also receive mentorship by world-renowned researchers e.g. Nobel Laureates, Academicians of National Science Academies, Fellows of Science Societies, among many others.


Admission Arrangements for JUPAS Applicants

JUPAS applicants will be considered for admission to first-year studies at the College of Science. Students will have a free choice of their preferred research discipline offered by our departments after one year of study. The GREAT streams are designed for students who have a good and solid foundation in Chemistry/ Mathematics/ Physics. The three research stream options are:

  • BSc Chemistry (stream: GREAT)
  • BSc Computing Mathematics (stream: GREAT)
  • BSc Physics (stream: GREAT)

Entrance Requirements for JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the minimum entrance requirements. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an admission interview.

Curriculum Structure



Subject Area

Course Code

Course Title

Sem A

Sem B

Gateway Education


 GE1401 &


 University English (3 CU)

 English for Science (3 CU)


 College-specified   Courses

 MA1200/MA1300 &


 Calculus and Basic Linear Algebra I/ Enhanced Calculus & Linear Algebra I (3 CU)

 Calculus and Basic Linear Algebra II/ Enhanced Calculus & Linear Algebra II (3 CU)



 Introduction to Computer Programming (3 CU)


College Requirements

 Research   Methodology


 Workshop on Research Methodology (1 CU)


College Requirements I (Choose 2 from the following 7 courses)  (6-8 CU)






 Introductory Classical Mechanics (3 CU)

 General Physics II (3 CU)






 Principles of Inorganic Chemistry (4 CU)

 Principles of Organic Chemistry (4 CU)




 Chemical Biology of DNA and RNA (3 CU)





 Applied Statistics for Sciences and Engineering (3 CU)

 Discrete Mathematics (3 CU)


 College Requirements II (Choose 2 from the following 6 courses)  (6-8 CU)






 Modern Physics (3 CU)

 Wave and Optics (3 CU)






 Principles of Analytical Chemistry (4 CU)

 Principles of Physical Chemistry (4 CU)




  Molecular Biology (4 CU)




 Coordinate Geometry (3 CU)



Start Your Career Here

The aims of this programme are to equip students with knowledge and experimental skills for their further pursuit of higher degrees by research, e.g. a PhD degree, in local/overseas universities and research institutes, and/or to establish their own technological startup business ventures. Research articles published in international refereed journals, presentations in international academic conferences and patents obtained based on results of students’ independent research will be perfect testimonials of their research capability and should facilitate their applications for higher degree research programmes. Scientific research of applied nature can also be translated into unique and innovative technical products/services for startups. Trainings on technopreneurship, patent application, business plan development and business pitching technique are useful for students to create their own innovative businesses. Lastly, GREAT students are also well suited to be Research and Development Scientists in industry.


Student Exchange/Internship

The College of Science and Departments of Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics provide student exchange and internship opportunities to GREAT students to gain international perspectives, global engagement and industry experience. GREAT students will take part in overseas academic/research exchange, summer placement in local research laboratories or technological startup companies, and summer internship in overseas research institutes or technological startup companies

Did You Know?

  • The College of Science has four academic departments and over 80 academics active in research over a broad spectrum of mathematics and science disciplines. The College and its departments are well equipped with state-of-the-art instruments for cutting-edge scientific studies.
  • Research focuses of the Department of Chemistry include advanced materials for energy, environmental and biomedical applications; analytical and bioanalytical sciences; antitumor drugs development; catalysis; cell biology; computational chemistry; ecology and conservation; environmental toxicology; genetics and molecular biology; organic and natural products synthesis; organometallic and supramolecular chemistry; proteomics and metabolomics studies; smart responsive materials and sensor development. Prof. Jean-Marie Lehn, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, is a Visiting Distinguished Professor of the Department. 
  • The Department of Mathematics focuses its research efforts in applied mathematics. Research expertise of the Department include applied analysis, computational mathematics, mathematical modelling, and probability and statistics. Prof. Philippe G. Ciarlet, Fellows/Members of the various significant academies including the American Mathematical Society, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics of the United States (SIAM), the European Academy of Sciences, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, etc., is an Emeritus Professor and Senior Fellow of the Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study (HKIAS). Prof. Stephan Smale, Fields Medalist and Wolf Prize Laureate, is now an Honorary Professor of the Department and Senior Fellow of HKIAS. 
  • The Department of Physics is well-known for its research on atomic, molecular and optical physics; low-dimensional systems; soft matters and biophysics; spectroscopy and imaging, and theoretical and computational physics. Prof. Alain Aspect, Wolf Prize Laureate, is a Visiting Distinguished Professor of the Department and Senior Fellow of HKIAS. Prof. Hesheng Chen, Member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and Helmholtz International Fellow Award Recipient, is an Honorary Professor of the Department. The Department is actively involved in neutron scattering research, via the Joint Laboratory established by CityU and the Institute of High Energy Physics of the CAS, as well as the close partnership with the China Spallation Neutron Source (CSNS) in Dongguan, China. CSNS is an accelerator-based neutron source consisting of a powerful linear proton accelerator, a rapid circling synchrotron, a target station and three neutron instruments. 
  • A new Department of Biostatistics is established in July 2021 and is the first of its kind in Hong Kong. It aspires to provide world-class environment for ground-breaking research on biostatistical methods, as well as highly regarded educational programmes for training outstanding future biostatisticians.
  • Academics of the College of Science are also active members of more than 10 State Key Laboratories and Research Centres in the City University of Hong Kong. These include the Advanced Laboratory for Environmental Research and Technology, Biotechnology and Health Centre, Centre for Nature-Inspired Engineering, Centre of Super-Diamond and Advanced Films, CityU Centre on Neutron Scattering, Futian-CityU Mangrove Research and Development Centre, CityU Research Centre on Optical Fiber Sensing and Communications, Hong Kong Branch of the National Precious Metals Material Engineering Research Center, Hong Kong Institute for Clean Energy, Liu Bie Ju Centre for Mathematical Sciences, the State Key Laboratory of Marine Pollution, and the State Key Laboratory of Terahertz and Millimeter Waves. This powerful armada of experts and research facilities are going to provide excellent support to all GREAT students to pursue their goals in scientific research and technopreneurship.