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Admission through JUPAS with HKDSE Results
1. Are there any specific requirements for admission to the School of Science?

School-specific subject requirements are as shown below:
 

Program English Chinese Math Liberal
Studies
Elective
1
Elective
2
Specific
Requirements
M1 / M2 can be accepted in place of an elective
IRE (JS5101) / Science (Group A) (JS5102) / Science (Group B) (JS5103) 3 3 2 2 3 3 One of: M1/ M2
Biology / Chemistry / Physics /
Combined Science / Integrated Science
BIBU
(JS5811)
4 3 3 2 3 3 One of: Biology / Chemistry
MAEC
(JS5813)
4 3 3 2 3 3 One of: M1 / M2 / Economics / Biology / Chemistry / Physics / Combined Science / Integrated Science
 
2. What are the differences between Science (Group A or B) programs and IRE program?

IRE is a pioneer study track tailor-made for students with particular interest in pursuing a research career in Science or broadening their exposure to research during their undergraduate studies. It offers students an early opportunity to nurture their research abilities in addition to discipline-specific knowledge in regular Science programs.

   
3. How will extra elective(s) be considered?

Extra electives will be used as additional supporting information, such as a tiebreaker.

   
4. (A) Will students taking more science subjects have advantage over those with fewer subjects?

No, only one science subject is required. Students taking fewer science subjects are not disadvantaged.

(B) Will it be advantageous to take more HKDSE elective subjects than required?

It is necessary to first meet the 332233 minimum entrance requirements. In admission score calculation, since the School will consider 5 subjects for IRE, Science (Group A) and Science (Group B) Programs, and 6 subjects for Biotechnology and Business and Mathematics and Economics Programs, additional subject(s) will be considered as a tie‐breaker or a bonus in admission score calculation.

   
5. Is there any guaranteed choice of major upon admission?

Students in the IRE program have free choice among six science major programs. Students in the Science programs who have 1 science subject at Level 5** are guaranteed entry to the corresponding science program.

   
6. What is the major consideration for selecting and admitting students?

Students' academic performance is the most important factor for consideration. Students who demonstrate exceptional abilities and performance in other areas will also be considered favorably, e.g. students who are the Hong Kong Team members of International Physics/Mathematics Olympiad competitions.

For JUPAS students, we will consider an applicant’s overall profile and will take the following factors into account:
 
Subject performance;
Other Experiences and Achievements (OEA);
Additional electives;
Interview performance (if any);
Student Learning Profile (SLP);
Student's 500‐word personal statement;
School Reference Report (academic performance, personal and general abilities)
   
7. For JUPAS students, how important are the OEA (Other Experiences & Achievements), SRR (School Reference Report), SPN (School Principal Nomination) and SLP (Student Learning Profile)? How will they be evaluated and used for selection?

OEA, SRR, SPN and SLP will be taken into account and will constitute a certain percentage of weighting in the assessment. Achievements under the OEA such as awards obtained in international competitions may be useful. Students having these awards may be considered for granting conditional offers. The University will consider OEA information, mainly for Band A students.

   
8. What would be considered a good personal statement (500 words, part of the JUPAS application)?

In general, we try to learn more about the applicant as a person e.g. on personality, aspirations, and motivation/suitability for the program applied. A good essay should tell a story and have a clear focus, reveal passion and expose personality, show creativity and independent thinking so that after reading, the reader would form a unique impression about the applicant.

   
9. How will the School of Science consider the nominations under the SPN (School Principal's Nomination) scheme?

Band A applicants who are nominated under the SPN scheme will be considered seriously. They may be given bonus points or conditional offers if they meet HKUST and the School of Science's minimum entrance requirements.

   
10. What happens if students are getting the same HKDSE score? What will be used to evaluate them?

We will look at the students' HKDSE results together with other information including their band choice, interview performance, OEA, SRR, SLP to constitute a full picture of the students for assessment.

   
11. I am taking HKDSE and other (such as IB, SAT, GCEAL) examinations, which admission route should I follow – JUPAS or non-JUPAS?

Students with full HKDSE and another full qualifications (such as IB, SAT, GCEAL) can apply via either the JUPAS or non-JUPAS route but not both.

   
12. I am a JUPAS-HKDSE applicant but I am also holding other partial qualifications (such as SAT, GCEAL), will these additional qualifications allow me to get bonus for admission?

Other qualifications obtained by JUPAS applicants will not add any bonus points to the applicant's admission score.

   
13. Will the University consider scores from Other Language (Cat C) Subjects for admission?

Result in a Cat C subject will be used as additional supporting information. Students who have learned Chinese Language for less than six years or have been taught an adapted and simpler Chinese curriculum may use a Cat C subject or an alternative Chinese to fulfill the minimum requirement and for score calculation. The score is calculated in the best interest of the applicant.

   
14. May I use other English tests (e.g. IELTS, TOEFL) to fulfill the English requirement?

For JUPAS applicants, we only consider the attainment in the HKDSE English Language.

   
15. Is there any credit transfer available for HKDSE applicants?

Yes. JUPAS students with the following English attainment will be granted 6 transfer credits for English Common Core Courses:

  • L5** in HKDSE English Language
  • L5* (with no sub-score lower than 5) in HKDSE English Language
   
16. Will I get any bonus for admission by joining HKUST programs/courses such as the HKUST Summer Institute?

For students who have performed well at the HKUST Summer Institute, their subsequent HKUST application will be favorably considered.

   
17. (A) Are there any interviews?

All five programs (IRE, Science (Group A), Science (Group B), BIBU and MAEC) will invite JUPAS applicants to attend the admission interview. Those who put them in their Band A choices will have bigger chance for being selected. Admission interview will be held in May 2020.

(B) If I have not been invited for an interview by HKUST, does it mean I have little or no chance of being admitted?

Interview is a must for IRE program. For Science (Group A), Science (Group B), BIBU and MAEC programs, please be assured that interview is not a must for admission. Good interview performance will generally result in an additional bonus score.

   
18. I am planning to re‐take HKDSE in 2020. Do I need to re‐take all the subjects I attempted in 2019? How will my results from the two attempts be considered? Will there be any penalty?

Students may choose to re-take selected subjects only. We accept combined HKDSE certificates. We will consider the best results (in each subject) in eligibility screening and in calculating admission scores. There will be no score penalty.

   
19. As a repeater, should I apply through JUPAS or directly to HKUST through the Direct Admissions route in 2020?

Students with HKDSE results only should apply through JUPAS. If you have other qualifications, for example first year study in an Associate Degree/Higher Diploma, you may wish to apply directly to HKUST through the Direct Admissions Scheme. Please visit http://join.ust.hk for further information.

   
20. Are there any admission figures in the past where I can make reference to?

In 2019 admission exercise:

JS5100 – Science (SSCI)

  ENGLISH CHINESE MATH
(Comp.)
Liberal Studies Elective 1
(Best Science)
Elective 2 Elective 3 M1/M2
Median 4 4 4 4 5 4 4 3
Lower
Quartile
4 4 4 3 4 4 - 3

JS5101 – International Research Enrichment (IRE)

  ENGLISH CHINESE MATH
(Comp.)
Liberal Studies Elective 1
(Best Science)
Elective 2 Elective 3 M1/M2
Median 4 5* 5** 4 5** 5** - 5*
Lower
Quartile
5 4 5** 4 5* 5* 5 5*

JS5811 – Biotechnology and Business (BIBU)

  ENGLISH CHINESE MATH
(Comp.)
Liberal Studies Elective 1 Elective 2 Elective 3 M1/M2 Weighted Score
Median 4 3 5** 4 5 4 4 5* 43.5
Lower
Quartile
5 4 5 4 5* 4 5 3 42

JS5813 – Mathematics and Economics (MAEC)

  ENGLISH CHINESE MATH
(Comp.)
Liberal Studies Elective 1 Elective 2 Elective 3 M1/M2 Weighted Score
Median 4 5 5* 5* 5 5 - 5 46
Lower
Quartile
4 4 5* 4 4 5 - 5 45.5
 

In 2018 admission exercise:

JS5100 – Science (SSCI)

  ENGLISH CHINESE MATH
(Comp.)
Liberal Studies Elective 1
(Best Science)
Elective 2 Elective 3 M1/M2 Weighted
Score
Median 4 4 4 4 5 4 - 3 23.5
Lower
Quartile
4 4 4 3 5 4 3 - 23

JS5101 – International Research Enrichment (IRE)

  ENGLISH CHINESE MATH
(Comp.)
Liberal Studies Elective 1
(Best Science)
Elective 2 Elective 3 M1/M2 Weighted
Score
Median 5 4 5** 4 5** 5* 5* 5** 38
Lower
Quartile
5* 4 5 4 5** 5* - 5* 36

JS5811 – Biotechnology and Business (BIBU)

  ENGLISH CHINESE MATH
(Comp.)
Liberal Studies Elective 1 Elective 2 Elective 3 M1/M2 Weighted
Score
Median 5 4 5 4 5* 5 5 4 43
Lower
Quartile
5 4 4 5 5 5* 5 - 41.5

JS5813 – Mathematics and Economics (MAEC)

  ENGLISH CHINESE MATH
(Comp.)
Liberal Studies Elective 1 Elective 2 Elective 3 M1/M2 Weighted
Score
Median 5 4 5* 4 5* 5* 5* - 47
Lower
Quartile
5 4 5** 4 5* 5* - - 47
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In reading the information, please note that the public result attainments of the students admitted to each program vary from year to year. Moreover, we consider an applicant’s overall profile, on top of the HKDSE Score. More information can be found at https://join.ust.hk/docs/adm_figures/2019_adm_figures.pdf

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Admission through Local Direct Entry
International Qualification Holders
   
21. Can students apply for program-based admission?

In general, all school-leavers (with IB, GCEAL, SAT/AP, etc.) will enter our 4Y program through School‐based admission. However, they will be granted credit transfer (up to 30 out of 120 credits).

   
22. Credit transfer for International qualification holders

Students with international qualifications may apply for credit transfer upon entry. Please visit https://crtran.ust.hk for more details.

   
Local Sub-degree Holders
 
23. Is there any quota for admission of sub-degree holders into senior year?
 
  HKUST has 151 designated Senior Year places for articulation of local associate degree and higher diploma holders.
   
24. I hold an associate degree (or higher diploma), will there be credit transfer for me? Will I be entering directly to the senior year of your degree program?

Students with a sub-degree may be granted credit transfer (up to 60 credits). Please visit https://crtran.ust.hk/credit_instit for more details.

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Major Program Curriculum
25. How can I learn more about the majors before selecting one?

We will run induction sessions on major selection after you have been admitted to the School. The School of Science has a team of advisors at the Office of Academic Advising and Support providing you with the necessary academic advice and assistance before you choose your major program.

For details on the service provided by the Office of Academic Advising and Support, please visit https://advise.science.ust.hk

   
26. When is the earliest and latest time for me to declare my major?

Normally, the earliest time to declare majors is at the end of the 1st year and the latest time is the end of the 2nd year. For more information, please refer to Program Overview.

   
27. Is it possible for me to have double majors, and minors?

Yes. For more information, please refer to Program Overview.

   
28. Can I change major within or out of the School of Science?

Yes, students can change their major within or out of the School of Science as long as they have met the requirements of the major program they want to transfer to and passed the relevant selection process.

   
29. How does the School of Science curriculum accommodate the educational needs of students with different levels of subject/discipline knowledge and academic background?

The 4-year program we offer is specifically designed to accommodate such needs. There are different course choices and major-minor combinations suiting students' background, interests and abilities.

   
30. What are the graduation requirements? How many credits do I have to complete?

To graduate, students must complete at least 120 credits by studying the University Common Cores, School requirements and Major Program requirements.

   
31. Can I shorten my study duration?

Yes, as long as you have completed 120 credits by studying the University Common Cores, School requirements and Major Program requirements; and fulfilled the graduation requirements of the relevant study program.

   
32. What are the career perspectives?

 

(Graduate Employment Survey 2018, Career Center, HKUST)

Statistics of students pursuing further studies are not included in the above survey. Each year, about 20% of our science graduates pursue further studies in both local and overseas universities. These overseas universities include:

  • California Institute of Technology
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • ETH Zurich
  • Imperial College London
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • McGill University
  • National University of Singapore
  • Stanford University
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Toronto
   
33. Is there any scholarship available for students?

The University and the School of Science offer a number of scholarships to award students for their academic and non-academic excellence both upon entry and during the course of study. In 2018/19 academic year, over 2,300 scholarships and prizes were awarded to undergraduate students in various programs of study, with the total value awarded amounting to approximately HK$73 million. Please refer to Scholarships for SSCI UGs for details.

   

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