Sept 2024 Entry


4 years (including 1 year with common curriculum)


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

63 (JUPAS and non-JUPAS)
Programme 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
  • Students are subject to further selection criteria for the admission to a major, i.e. their own preference, GPA and interview performance, during Semester 2 of Year One.

  • 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.

Application Deadline
Non-JUPAS Year 1
International / Other Qualification
About Programme
Specific Notes
How to Apply
Aims & 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


  • This Scheme-based admission serves as an undeclared track offering flexible major selection. The 1-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 two 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 2 of Year One 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.​

Recognition & Prospects
  • BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology
    Professional Recognition
    Graduates qualify for membership of the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) in the UK.

    Graduates can pursue postgraduate studies at universities and research institutes worldwide.

    Career Prospects
    Graduates are equipped to work in the rapidly expanding global biotechnology industry. They can pursue careers in the industrial, commercial, education and public sectors in technical, executive or managerial positions. Graduates can also enrol in postgraduate programmes locally or overseas.

  • BSc (Hons) in Chemical Technology
    Professional Recognition
    Graduates qualify for membership of the Hong Kong Chemical Society (HKCS) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in the UK.

    Career Prospects
    Graduates are able to pursue careers in industry, business or the public sector. Our graduates work as chemists, technologists and chemical and/or biochemical process engineers. Employment opportunities abound in various industries, such as plastics and toys, cosmetics and fragrances, drugs and pharmaceuticals, pollution control and the manufacture of printed circuit boards. Further career prospects for graduates can be found in sales and marketing or as management executives in various fields.

    Graduates may work as chemical analysts or environmental protection officials for the government or public utility companies. A career in education to inspire future generations is another possibility. Graduates who wish to pursue further studies have excellent opportunities both in Hong Kong and overseas.


The two BSc Major programmes offered under this Scheme share some common subjects. Students are required to follow 11 General University Requirements (GUR) and common Discipline Specific Requirements (DSR) Core subjects in the first two semesters as a minimum. These are

  • Basic Statistics 
  • English Language and Communication Requirement (LCR) subject I
  • English Language and Communication Requirement (LCR) subject II
  • General Biology *
  • General Chemistry I *
  • General Laboratory Techniques and Safety
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics
  • Introduction to Calculus
  • Introduction to Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Physics for Chemical and Biological Sciences
  • Tomorrow's Leaders

* Students may be required to take additional foundation subjects depending on their HKDSE results.


In addition to the above subjects, first year students may take some GUR / DSR subjects to prepare for their selected Major programmes.


Students are expected to have chosen a specific Major from the Scheme’s programmes in Semester 2 of Year One. Students follow the curriculum of their selected Major programme from Year Two onwards. After successfully completing the four-year programme, students are awarded a degree in their selected Major programme.

Secondary Major Details

The option of Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship is available to students of the BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology.


Selection Criteria

Studying on a Secondary Major is not mandatory. Only students with a cumulative GPA of 2.70 or above may be considered for Secondary Major enrolment. Each Secondary Major may stipulate additional selection criteria for admission. Students must apply to and obtain approval from the programme-offering Department no later than the commencement of the second year of study to be admitted to the Secondary Major.


Credit Requirement

The students of the BSc (Hons) Applied Biology with Biotechnology (ABB) with a Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IE) are required to complete 141 credits for graduation.


* Six credits from the core subjects of the Major [i.e. Commercialisation of Biotechnology Products (ABCT3104) and Recent Developments in Medical Biotechnology (ABCT4104)] can be double counted as the discipline-specific elective for the Secondary Major.


Professional Accreditation

The BSc (Hons) Applied Biology with Biotechnology with a Secondary Major in Innovation and Entrepreneurship has been awarded interim accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology. Degree accreditation by the Royal Society of Biology acknowledges academic excellence in the biosciences, and highlights degrees that educate the research and development leaders and innovators of the future.

Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.


Please click here for the subject weightings for 2024/25.

Preferred Subjects with the Highest Weighting

There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred subject(s) with the highest weighting for admission score calculation include(s):

English Language
Combined Science: Biology + Chemistry
Combined Science: Biology + Physics
Combined Science: Physics + Chemistry
Relevant Applied Learning Subjects

Relevant Applied Learning subject(s) that can be considered for meeting the University entrance requirement and admission score calculation is/are:

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise
Any Best 5 Subjects
Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

This programme has been restructured and retitled starting from 2024/25. The average HKDSE score is listed for reference:


BSc (Hons) Scheme in Biotechnology, Food Safety and Chemical Technology

2023/24 Average Score: Any Best 5 Subjects (with Subject Weighting) = 191.4


For further programme information, please contact us via email:

Student Message

The BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology (ABB) is an exciting and practical programme – it fuelled my passion for science! Offering students early hands-on laboratory experience and the chance to participate in a research project, the ABB is definitely a programme that integrates theory and practice. The lecturers and tutors are always happy to provide academic guidance, and students also benefit from a strong alumni network to learn about future career opportunities and paths.

TO Hiu Ching, Graduate of BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology

The BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology programme equipped me with extensive knowledge of biological science and a wide range of technical skills, which are the cornerstones of my future career and potential further study. In addition to the Core Subjects, which helped me grasp the fundamental concepts of applied biology, the Elective Subjects allowed me to explore the topics that I was most interested in. I thoroughly enjoyed every lab session, as the practical experience complemented my theoretical knowledge perfectly. Through hands-on lab work, I was able to train my problem-solving and critical thinking skills when explaining experimental results that deviated from expectations. In short, I benefited immensely from the programme and feel well-prepared for my future professional development.

TSUI Tsz Ki, Graduate of BSc (Hons) in Applied Biology with Biotechnology

PolyU is a place for students to discover their interests and develop their strengths. Four years ago, when I went to the PolyU Education Info event, I had two burning questions: what can I gain? And what will I be?


I have gained a lot in the course of my studies. I have learned so much about chemistry – not only theoretical knowledge and practical lab skills, but also how to approach challenges in a logical way. Developing critical thinking skills has been important in other aspects of my life, too. During my work experience at McGill University, Canada, I made friends from other countries and I tried my best to communicate in English. I became independent.


Life at university is totally different from life at high school. You have to study hard, sometimes late into the night, due to the workload of assignments, tests, examinations, and presentations. However, there is also much more freedom at university, so it is important to foster time management skills to balance your academic and social lives. In this way, you can fully enjoy all the valuable experiences that the university has to offer.

Chan Ka Wing, Graduate of BSc (Hons) in Chemical Technology

The Chemical Technology programme includes a lot of practical lab work. This experience has helped me acquire the technical skills and preparation for my future path. Within the scope of the many hands-on opportunities provided by PolyU, I studied at the Georgia Institute of Technology (USA) and worked as an intern at Tokyo City University (Japan). These experiences helped me become more independent and will certainly make me a desirable candidate for future job prospects.


Chemistry was my favourite subject at school. As a Chemistry Major, I learned that Chemistry underlies many technological innovations that have improved the well-being of humankind. It is my aspiration to be a professional chemist and deliver innovative technologies for synthesising pharmaceuticals that will be affordable to underprivileged families in a sustainable manner.


However, for now, I have chosen to pursue a higher degree. To gain more solid research experience in organic synthesis, I have joined Prof. Wing-yiu Yu’s research team as a Student Assistant. Working closely with the research students, I developed a research platform into compounds that have extensive medicinal uses. The guidance and inspiration I have received from Prof. Yu and the team have further enlightened me to the power of Chemistry.

Au Chi Ming, Graduate of BSc (Hons) in Chemical Technology
Interview Arrangement

To assess the suitability of candidates for the Scheme

Date of Interview
After the announcement of HKDSE results, if necessary

About 30 minutes 

Individual or group interview

Only selected applicants will be invited for interview, if necessary.

LocalNon-JUPAS Year 1
Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

To assess the suitability of candidates for the Scheme

Date of Interview
Between December and August, if necessary

About 30 minutes

Individual or group interview
  • Only selected applicants will be invited for interview, if necessary.
Non-LocalInternational / Other Qualification
Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

To assess the suitability of candidates for the scheme

Date of Interview
Between November and July

About 30 minutes

Individual or group interview, if necessary
  • Only selected applicants will be invited to the interview, if necessary.
  • Phone / online interviews will be arranged for selected overseas applicants.