Broad-based Curriculum

We give students great flexibility to create their own path. Students can expand their intellectual horizons in a diverse set of subjects while gaining specific skills and knowledge in their chosen area of specialty.

A minimum of 120 credits are required to complete a 4-year curriculum.

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4

School-based and Program-based Admissions

Students who wish to spend more time exploring their interests may apply to the School of Science, School of Engineering, or School of Business and Management via the “School-based Admissions” route before deciding their major. Students will be admitted to the respective School and choose their major program(s) at the end of the first two or three semesters.

Students who have already had a keen interest in specific program(s) may apply and be directly admitted to the program(s) of their choice via the Program-based Admissions

University Common Core

The Common Core Program offers hundreds of courses in arts, languages, health and wellbeing, humanities, quantitative reasoning, science and technology, and social analysis. The program will soon undergo an evolution, not only helping students to build a strong foundation for whole person development, but also providing them with ample opportunities to get hands-on experiences in the fields of their choosing.

Flexible Combinations

A student can formulate a program combination that best suits his/her education and personal development need.

HKUST encourages students to acquire cross-disciplinary knowledge to meet the everchanging demand of our fastmoving world.

A student may study within one School, enrol to a joint program, or even pursue a dual / triple degree through a joint university program.

The new Extended Major framework aka Major+X, gives students a chance to pursue a traditional major, while acquiring in-demand skills and knowledge in emerging fields.

The combination is virtually endless:

  • Single Major
  • Double Majors
  • Major with an Extended Major
  • Major(s) with Minor(s)
  • Dual/Triple Degree* Some dual degree programs are jointly offered by HKUST and overseas universities. Students are required to travel overseas to complete their final year(s) of study.


HKUST welcomes high calibre students from diverse cultural and academic backgrounds.

Admissions scholarships are awarded to outstanding students on competitive merit basis.

HKUST also recognizes non-academic achievements, offering a host of non-academic scholarships, Student Athletes Admission Scheme (SAAS), the brand new Beyond Academic Admissions Scholarship (BAAS), etc.

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With 49-plus majors and 24 minors covering science, engineering, business and management, the humanities and social science, and interdisciplinary areas, HKUST provides a world-class selection of undergraduate programs. Explore our programs now!

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