Sept 2024 Entry


2 years


63 (minimum)

  • The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only.

  • Students who do not meet the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree Language and Communication Requirements (LCR), based on their previous studies and academic performance in AD/HD programmes, will be required to take additional credits (6 in English and 3 in Chinese) on top of the programme's normal credit requirements.

Application Deadline
Non-JUPAS Local Senior Year Admissions
About Programme
Specific Notes
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

This programme offers broad-based and balanced training in analytical and chemical sciences and the management skills needed for quality assurance, auditing and accreditation. It aims to produce well-trained and competent professionals for chemical analysis, as well as accreditation officers in the local testing and certification industry, including commercial and Government laboratories. Graduates are also highly capable of serving as professionals in the quality assurance or quality control units of manufacturing organisations, and as professional assessors for accreditation and certification bodies. Through studying in this articulation programme, students acquire up-to-date knowledge of and skills in chemical sciences and allied disciplines, as well as the essential management skills pertaining to the testing and certification industry.

Recognition & Prospects

Graduates are qualified for membership of the Hong Kong Chemical Society (HKCS) and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in the UK.


This articulation programme aims to train graduates who are skilled in testing and certification. Benefiting from the programme's emphasis on the latest analytical science, our graduates can enter the testing and certification industry as chemical analysts/customer support service officers. With training in management skills for accreditation and certification, graduates can also serve as professional assessors for accreditation services. It is also expected that some graduates from this programme will join the in-house laboratories of large manufacturers and exporters in Hong Kong and mainland China.


This is the only 2-year applied and professionally oriented BSc programme specialising in chemical testing and certification in Hong Kong.

The curriculum provides broad-based training in practical chemical testing and aims to develop students' core competencies in chemical analysis and the associated skills in laboratory accreditation and product/services certification. Students take 9 credits of General University Requirement (GUR) subjects for their all-round development. The curriculum also provides Discipline-Specific Requirement (DSR) Electives to cater to students’ diverse interests and career orientations.

All students must further undertake 120 hours of Work-­Integrated Education (WIE), which provides a work­-based learning experience that helps students to develop generic skills valuable to their professional careers. WIE training hours include internships and part-­time employment outside PolyU.

General University Requirement (9 credits)

  • Cluster-Area Requirements (6 credits)
    (also fulfilling the English and Chinese Language Reading and Writing Requirements)
  • Service-Learning (3 credits)
  • Essential Components of General Education E-modules on (Non-credit-bearing):
  1.  Academic Integrity
  2.  Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics
  3.  Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  4.  National Education
  • Language and Communication Requirements [Students not meeting the equivalent standard of the Undergraduate Degree LCR (based on their previous studies in Associate Degree/Higher Diploma programmes and their academic performance) will be required to take degree LCR subjects on top of their normal curriculum requirement.]


Discipline-Specific Core Subjects (51 credits)

  • Advanced Analytical Techniques
  • Advanced Analytical Techniques Laboratory
  • Analytical Spectroscopy
  • Capstone Project
  • Chemical Principles for Testing and Analysis
  • Chinese Communication for Science Professionals
  • Chromatographic Analysis
  • Chromatographic Analysis Laboratory
  • English for Scientific Communication
  • Environmental, Medicinal, Food and Other Commodities Testing
  • Experimental Techniques in Chemistry
  • Inspection and Certification
  • Introductory Cell Biology and Biochemistry
  • Materials Science and Analysis
  • Metrology and Calibration
  • Microbiological Techniques
  • Microbiology and Toxicology
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Quality Management and Laboratory Accreditation
  • Test Method and Measurement Uncertainty


Discipline-Specific Elective Subjects (3 credits)

  • Food Chemistry
  • Medicinal Chemistry
  • Natural Product Chemistry
  • Polymer Chemistry and Nanotechnology
Credit Required for Graduation

63 (minimum)

Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Dr LAM Kim-hung
BSc, MBA, MPhil, PhD

Entrance Requirements

An Associate Degree or a Higher Diploma in a relevant discipline (e.g. Science, Chemistry, Chemical Technology), or the equivalent.

Selection Criteria

Applications are considered based on academic merit. Strong emphasis is placed on academic performance in the core subject areas (including Chemistry and Biology, preferably with Mathematics and Physics), as well as on English proficiency.


For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel.: 3400 8689; email:


Student Message

Learning is a laborious yet fruitful experience, especially at university, where the learning processes are mostly self-paced under the invaluable guidance of professors, in the pursuit of mastering critical thinking and problem-solving skills. I have become quite a quick and effective learner through my learning experience at university.

I am grateful to have benefited greatly from studying Analytical Sciences in Testing and Certification. I am now able to understand many scientific principles, including those in chemistry, material sciences and microbiology, and apply them in various testing activities. Apart from theoretical knowledge, practical experience in laboratory and essential management skills for quality assurance, auditing and accreditation are covered by the two-year programme. These skills are crucial to a future career in the industry.

I have been fortunate enough to gain invaluable opportunities for international exposure during my time at PolyU. I participated in the International Summer School, during which I met students from the UK, the US, Kazakhstan and many other countries. I also had the opportunity to work in a research laboratory at Tokyo City University in Japan, reinforcing my knowledge and broadening my horizons. My two years of study at PolyU have been challenging, and after graduation, I would like to pursue further studies here to allow me to contribute more to society.

CHONG Tin Shing




Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate


Interview Arrangement

To evaluate the shortlisted applicants' suitability for the programme and assess their language proficiency and communication skills.

Date of Interview
Between November and August

About 30 minutes

Group discussion/individual interview, if necessary