College of Science

BSc Chemistry

Academic Year of Entry
Admission Code

1202 (JS1202)

Indicative Intake Target

Local Places:

46 (For First-Year and Advanced Standing I Entries)*

Non-Local Places  
(For Overall Direct Applications):

Around 300

Normal Duration of Programme
4 years
Programme Website
Programme/Major Leader
Prof. LO Kam Wing Kenneth


General Enquiries
Contact Type
Contact Value


Contact Type

* for JUPAS and non-JUPAS admissions

What can CHEMISTS do?
BSc Chemistry 理學士(化學)
Programme Brochure
Why BSc Chemistry?

The BSc Chemistry program offers a comprehensive integration of theory and practice. With a focus on the practical application of knowledge, this program provides students with a deep understanding of important scientific issues, current technologies, and future challenges, all within the context of local, regional, and global needs.        

The majority of courses within the program include a lab component that effectively complements the lectures and tutorials, offering students the opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience. This practical experience is essential for students as they prepare for future employment or further study within the field of chemistry.

Entrance Requirements
JUPAS Applicants

JUPAS Entrance Requirements

JS1202 Chemistry
HKDSE SubjectMinimum Level Required
English LanguageLevel 3
Chinese LanguageLevel 3
MathematicsLevel 3
Citizenship and Social DevelopmentAttained
Elective 1Level 3 in Chemistry
Elective 2Level 3
HKDSE SubjectMinimum Level Required
English LanguageLevel 3
Chinese LanguageLevel 3
MathematicsLevel 2
Citizenship and Social DevelopmentAttained
Elective 1Level 3 in Chemistry
Elective 2Level 3 in one elective subject from: 
- Biology 
- Business, Accounting and Financial Studies 
- Design and Applied Technology
- Information and Communication Technology
- Physics

- Besides Category A elective subjects, Mathematics extended modules (M1/M2) and “other languages” (at grade E or above) can also be used to meet the elective requirement. If students take both M1 and M2, they are counted as one subject only.  
- Applied Learning subjects are not counted as elective subjects.  
- For details of the alternative Chinese Language qualifications acceptable by the University for Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) students, please click here.

Direct/Non-JUPAS Applicants

Direct/ Non-JUPAS Applicants Entrance Requirements

To be considered for admission, you must satisfy the General Entrance Requirements and have studied a subject related to Chemistry at a high school or post-secondary institution.

Curriculum Structure

For details of the programme’s curriculum structure, please visit the "Undergraduate Catalogue".

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.

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 includes a wide range of electives on current and emerging areas in chemical science. Students can specialize in one of the streams to attain the 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.
Did You Know?

This major provides basic and professional training in the areas of chemistry. Graduates can seek career opportunities in the industrial, governmental and educational sectors.

The major has close relationships with the government and industrial sectors, with the goal of nurturing the next generation of chemistry professionals.