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School of Science

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Overview
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The School of Science is committed to pursuing cutting-edge research, making groundbreaking discoveries, and establishing new research paradigms. Our quality and well-balanced education heavily emphasizes grit, curiosity, and creativity. We are dedicated to equipping our students with the knowledge and confidence they need to become inspirational leaders capable of making a difference in society.

School-Based Admissions

The School of Science offers two general School-based program choices – Science (Group A) program and Science (Group B) program. The Science (Group A) program is tailor-made for students interested in the fields of physical sciences. The Science (Group B) Program is more suitable for students who are interested in the fields of chemistry and life science. The students will declare their corresponding majors upon completing their first year of studies.

The School-based programs at the School of Science provide an invaluable opportunity for students to have a deeper understanding of various aspects of science and their personal interests before deciding on their majors. The goal is to offer a more diverse, interdisciplinary, and inquiry-driven undergraduate education to students interested in science. Students can enjoy high flexibility in major and minor choices following their aspirations.

The School has particularly placed enormous efforts and resources into designing its laboratory and signature courses to nurture students’ competency in experimental methods and logical analysis, which are the two indispensable pillars of scientific method.

In addition to rigorous academic training, we give equal emphasis on students’ personal development. A wide range of co-curricular activities and training are provided to enrich students’ university experience further. These include but are not limited to student exchange, undergraduate research, internship, community services and engagement programs designed only for the School of Science students.

Program Structure

In the first year of their studies, students will study the Science Foundation courses as well as some of the language, elective and/or general education courses. Upon completion of the first year, the Science (Group A) and the Science (Group B) students will declare their corresponding majors offered by the School of Science, as well as the Joint School Programs and the programs offered by Interdisciplinary Programs Office.

Most science major programs offer different study tracks and options, while providing an opportunity for double majors and minors. The study tracks and options provide opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of the major discipline, which will be helpful for graduate degrees in the future. The additional major and minor allows students to leverage the synergy between the academic disciplines. Students can take various combinations of majors, not only within the school but also across schools.

The program's flexibility caters to students with diverse academic and career aspirations and, meanwhile, ensures the students have a solid foundation and adequate exposure to a range of science disciplines.

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QS World University Rankings 2022
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28
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in Materials Sciences
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No.1 in Hong Kong
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30
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in Chemistry
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No.1 in Hong Kong
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37
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in Mathematics
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No.1 in Hong Kong
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50
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in Physics and Astronomy
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No.1 in Hong Kong
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35
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in Environmental Sciences
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No. 2 in Hong Kong
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54
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in Natural Sciences
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No.1 in Hong Kong
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50
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in Statistics & Operational Research
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No.2 in Hong Kong
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Career Prospects
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Our programs not only nurture students to become scientists who can create cutting-edge knowledge for the betterment of mankind, but also train the students to engage in activities demanding scientific thinking, analysis and task execution, so that they can excel in their future professions including research and development, education, manufacturing, logistics, and business and finance.

Apart from employment in wide range of sectors, each year about 25-30% of the science graduates pursue further studies in both local and overseas universities. These overseas universities include: 

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Columbia University
  • ETH Zurich
  • Imperial College London
  • King’s College London
  • National University of Singapore
  • New York University
  • Technical University of Munich
  • The University of Queensland
  • The University of Sydney
  • Université PSL
  • University College London
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of California, San Diego
  • University of Chicago
  • Yale University
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Admissions and Programs
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The School of Science offers two general School-based program choices – Science (Group A) program and Science (Group B) program. The Science (Group A) program is tailor-made for students interested in the fields of physical sciences. The Science (Group B) Program is more suitable for students who are interested in the fields of chemistry and life science.

Both Science (Group A) and Science (Group B) students can opt for the corresponding science major programs, Joint School programs, Environmental Management and Technology program or Individualized Interdisciplinary Major program, upon completion of the first year of study. Science (Group B) students can also opt for Dual Degree Program in Technology & Management. In addition, students can apply for transfer to International Research Enrichment (IRE) program. Therefore, students who are interested in the IRE program should also put Science (Group A) or Science (Group B) among the program choices.

In addition to Science (Group A) and Science (Group B) programs, starting from the 2021/22 academic year, the School of Science offers a program choice –  Science (Group A) with an Extended Major in Artificial Intelligence (SSCI-A (AI)). This program is designed for science students who want to learn solid knowledge in Science disciplines PLUS innovative applications of AI in their major areas. Upon completion of the first year of studies, the students can declare major in Mathematics / Physics / Ocean Science and Technology with an Extended Major in Artificial Intelligence.

Major Programs for Science (Group A) Students Major Programs for Science (Group B) Students Major Programs for Science (Group A) with an Extended Major in Artificial Intelligence Interdisciplinary Programs
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