Taught Postgraduate Programme

Why Study Here

This programme has salient features:

  • Broad-spectrum R&D training in Chemistry and Molecular Sciences
  • Heavy research component, which aims to enable students to produce potentially publishable research results
  • Opportunity to participating in highly competitive research works
  • Participation in postgraduate research symposium

The programme has a diverse and robust academic staff profile. All academic staff in the CHEM Department are active researchers and are already leading research teams comprising of postgraduate research students and research staff to work on advanced research areas.


This programme aims to train and produce graduates with highly marketable research skills and experiences in a wide variety of advanced chemistry disciplines, such as catalysis, synthetic chemistry, materials & biomaterials chemistry, analytical & bio-analytical science, computational chemistry, environmental chemistry and chemical biology, to meet local, regional and global demands for R&D specialists in the industrial, commercial, and government sectors. Graduates are also eligible for pursuing higher research degrees in local and overseas universities and research institutions.

Programme Intended Learning Outcomes (PILOs)

Upon successful completion of this Programme, students should be able to:

  • Develop technical competence and skills necessary for carrying out original research in academic and industrial research environment.
  • Acquire and integrate advanced knowledge from a variety of disciplines especially chemical principles and research methodologies via discovery-based studies in order to become effective problem solvers and innovators.
  • Create new knowledge, methodology and understanding through the process of research and inquiry.

Programme Curriculum

Course List

 Course List

Student Handbooks

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  2023-2024          2022-2023         2021-2022

MSc CHEM Information Leaflet

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Application Procedures

For further details of application procedures, please click here.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements and the following programme entrance requirements:

  • a degree in a relevant science discipline such as Chemistry, Materials Science, Molecular Biology or equivalent;


  • evidence of academic and professional attainments acceptable for this purpose by the University and the Department.
Preference will be given to applicants who are currently working in areas related to testing and certification services.

Applicants whose entrance qualification is obtained from an institution where the medium of instruction is NOT English should also fulfil the following minimum English proficiency requirement:

  • a TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 59 (revised paper-delivered test) or 79 (Internet-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)@#; or
  • an overall band score of 6.5 in International English Language Testing System (IELTS)@; or
  • a CET-6 score of 450 in the new College English Test (CET-6) of Chinese mainland's College English Test; or
  • other equivalent qualifications.
@ TOEFL and IELTS scores are considered valid for two years. Applicants are required to provide their English test results obtained within the two years preceding the commencement of the University's application period.

# Applicants are required to arrange for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to send their TOEFL results directly to the University. The TOEFL institution code for CityU is 3401.

Period of Study

(part-time/combined mode)
Normal period of study 1 year 2 years
Maximum period of study 2.5 years 5 years

Tuition Fee (Combined Mode, Self-financing)
(for students admitted in 2023/24)

Academic Year Tuition Fee
2023/24 HK$5,600 per credit
The tuition fee indicated in the above schedule will apply until the end of your study in this programme.

Award Classifications for Taught Programmes

Award CGPA
Distinction 3.65 or above
Credit 3.30 – 3.64
Pass 2.85 – 3.29

Upon graduation, students will find job opportunities in various sectors:

  • Research & Development, e.g. Product Development, Formulation Scientist
  • Quality, Environment, Health & Safety, e.g. Sustainability Manager, Analytical Chemist, Auditor/Consultant, Project & Risk Management
  • Education, e.g. further study for PhD, Teachers for Schools and Institutions
  • Business & Professional Services, e.g. Intellectual Property & Knowledge Management, Equity Research (Healthcare), Sales and Marketing
  • Engineering, e.g. Organic Synthesis Engineer, Field Application Specialist, Technical Manager