BSc Chemistry


Academic Year of Entry 2023/24
Mode of Funding Government funded
Admission Code JS1202
BSc Chemistry
Mode of Study Full time
Indicative Intake Target
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Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry (CHEM) fosters an interdisciplinary approach in teaching and research. CHEM is committed to training science graduates to meet the demand for technical, educational and industrial professionals in Hong Kong. The study programmes offered by the Department are designed to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that students need to achieve fulfilling personal development and a successful career.


CHEM currently offers BSc in Chemistry.

This major integrates theory and practice. By focusing on the application of knowledge, it helps students to understand important scientific issues, current technologies and future challenges in light of local, regional and global needs. Most of the courses have a lab component that complements the lectures and tutorials and enables students to acquire hands-on experience in preparation for their future employment or further study.

Our Target

The Chemistry major aims to provide students with a firm foundation in chemistry that will equip them with 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 JUPAS Applicants

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the minimum entrance requirements.

Curriculum Structure

For details of the programme’s curriculum structure, please visit the ‘Undergraduate Catalogue(Note: The catalogue for the 2022 cohort is for reference only. The 2023 catalogue will be published around July 2023.)

What You Will Be Studying

This major offers core courses covering foundational topics in analytical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, organic chemistry and physical chemistry. It also include a wide range of electives on current and emerging areas in chemical science. Students can specialize in one of the streams to attain necessary knowledge and skills, which can be applied in the real-life:
- Comprehensive Chemistry (accredited by the Royal Society of Chemistry)
- Cosmetic Chemistry
- Forensic Chemistry
- Global Research Enrichment and Technopreneurship (GREAT)

In addition, talented students can complete two degrees with an accelerated pace by selecting:
- Undergraduate plus Taught Postgraduate Degree Programme; or
- Joint Bachelor’s Degree Programme with the University of Manchester.


Start Your Career Here

Graduates can expect to make a significant contribution 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 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 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 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.
  • Student Exchange programmes, which provide students with opportunities to experience foreign cultures and enhance their intercultural and interpersonal skills while studying abroad.
  • Summer Research Scholarship Scheme, which pair students with staff research groups to promote a research culture among undergraduate students.

Professional Recognition

Chemistry graduates are eligible for:

Bonus Features

Our courses are practical and based on examples from the local region. Many courses are augmented with laboratory sessions and out-of-classroom learning activities.

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 chemistry; and
  • open book examinations in some courses to encourage you to read widely and enhance your comprehension skills.