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Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Biotechnology, Food Safety and Chemical Technology

Entrance Year Sept 2023

Programme Code JS3010

Mode of Study Full-time

Normal Duration 4 years (including 1.5 years with common curriculum)

Programme Intake 77

Fund Type Government-Funded

Credits Required for Graduation

Minimum of 122 credits. The number of credits required is dependent on individual HKDSE attainment.

Programme Leaders

Scheme Leader

Prof. Zhao Yanxiang

BSc, PhD


  • Students will gain one of the following awards upon successful completion of the programme:
     > BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology
     > BSc (Hons) in Chemical Technology
     > BSc (Hons) in Food Safety and Technology
  • Students are subject to further selection criteria for the admission to a major, i.e. their own preference, GPA and interview performance, during Semester 1 of Year Two.
  • The option of a Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is available to students taking the BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology. Admission to the Secondary Major is competitive and subject to a different credit requirement for graduation. Please see Secondary Major Details for further information.


Entry Scholarship

  • In recognition of high academic attainment, the Department will grant entry scholarships to eligible students with outstanding HKDSE scores admitted to the Scheme via JUPAS. The award criteria for the scholarship are listed in the information sheet. The criteria are subject to change and awardees will be announced on the same website in due course.


Aims and Characteristics

Scheme-based Admission

The following programmes are offered under the above scheme:

  1. BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology
  2. BSc (Hons) in Chemical Technology
  3. BSc (Hons) in Food Safety and Technology


  • This Scheme-based admission serves as an undeclared track offering flexible major selection. The 1.5-year common curriculum gives students an opportunity to identify their area(s) of interest and career aspirations. The subjects in this common curriculum provide science foundation for the three major programmes which prepare students for the proceeding years of study.
  • The decision to admit a student to a Major will be made by the department in consideration of the student’s preference, GPA, and/or interview result. Students will be asked to rank their Major choices (in order of preference) during Semester 1 of Year Two for the department’s consideration and approval.
  • BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology
    Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes
    The programme aims to produce competent professionals in biotechnology to meet the needs of 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 global bioscience/biotechnology industry. They also have the opportunity to pursue further study in postgraduate programmes locally or overseas.
    Programme Characteristics
    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. 
  • BSc (Hons) in Chemical Technology
    Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes
    As the most established applied chemistry programme in Hong Kong, our BSc (Hons) in Chemical Technology offers a broad and rigorous education in contemporary chemistry and training in laboratory practices. The programme emphasises the application of chemistry in technological innovation. Through this programme, students develop competence in problem-solving and communication, essential abilities for graduates to pursue careers in business and technical services in chemical and related industries.
    Programme Characteristics
    Focusing on the technological application of chemistry, this programme comprises Core and Elective Subjects in chemical principles, applied/industrial chemistry and chemical process technology.
    This is one of the most popular applied science programmes in Hong Kong, and it is specifically designed to enhance graduates’ career prospects in the governmental, business and industrial sectors.
    Elective Subjects include:
    • Consumer Behaviour
    • Economic Analysis for Process Technology
    • Environmental Science
    • Food Processing Technology
    • Management & Organisation
    • Medicinal Chemistry
    • Natural Products Chemistry
    • Principles of Quality Assurance
      These subjects broaden and enrich students’ knowledge and skills base, enhancing their career prospects in the commercial and industrial sectors. Our students gain further work experience through industrial visits, Work-Integrated Education schemes and summer placements in local and overseas companies.
  • BSc (Hons) in Food Safety and Technology
    Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes
    This programme aims to provide a unique and profession-oriented education for aspiring food technologists and food safety officers to meet the needs of the community.
    The objective is to develop all-round graduates whose intellectual abilities, professional knowledge and skills meet the international standards for Bachelor’s degrees in the field of food technology. The programme emphasises language and communication, social responsibility, analytical and critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, teamwork and a global outlook. Graduates achieve the ultimate goal of contributing to the well-being of Hong Kong society at large, particularly to its economy, and to the assurance of food safety for the community.
    Programme Characteristics
    This programme meets the international undergraduate degree standards of both the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST). It is an applied and practical programme. Balancing the development of core competency and breadth, the programme emphasises the professional, intellectual and all-round abilities of students. This is achieved through a specially designed curriculum, modern learning/teaching methodologies, multiple assessment tools, workplace learning experience, a caring and supportive learning environment and extra-curricular activities. Students benefit from experienced academic staff and modern equipment and instruments.
    Upon successful completion of the programme, students are ready to embark on careers in the food industry or enter into postgraduate programmes. Graduates utilise the skills and knowledge that they have gained from the programme for personal career development as well as for the benefit of the community.


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