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Why choose the science program at HKUST
 
Outstanding Undergraduate Education

A vibrant learning environment with particular emphasis on grit and creativity
A dynamic curriculum reflecting the latest technological advancements and scientific developments
Eminent professors with high international recognition for scientific contributions
Strong academic units: Chemistry, Life Science, Mathematics, Physics and Ocean Science
International research opportunities for elite students: International Research Enrichment (IRE)
Emphasis on well-rounded personal development with tailor-made enrichment opportunities for Science students: Mentorship, Internship, Exchange, Research Opportunities and Social Services, etc.



 


Groundbreaking Research
 
Research discoveries in neuroscience organic chemistry, organic solar cells, food safety testing, aggregation-induced emission (AIE), light-emitting materials, nanotechnology, acoustic/elastic metamaterials, protein structure and function, molecular basis of brain diseases, and genome-mining based bioactive compound discovery, etc.
Exploration into contemporary research areas in science: Particle Theory and Cosmology, Super-resolution Imaging in Biophysics, Computational Science, Representation Theory, etc.
 
World Rankings

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019
No.22 in World’s Top 500 Universities in Chemistry
(No.1 in Hong Kong)
No.23 in World’s Top 300 Universities in Materials Sciences
(No.1 in Hong Kong)
No.42 in World’s Top 400 Universities in Natural Sciences
(No.2 in Hong Kong)
No.36 in World’s Top 400 Universities in Mathematics
(No.2 in Hong Kong)
 
 
QS Asian University Rankings 2015
No. 14 in Asian’s Top 100 Universities in Natural Science
(No.2 in Hong Kong)
No. 15 in Asian’s Top 100 Universities in Life Sciences and Medicine
 
World-class Research Facilities
 
State Key Laboratory of Molecular Neuroscience
Hong Kong Branch of Chinese National Engineering Research Center for Tissue Restoration and Reconstruction
Biotechnology Research Institute
William Mong Institute of Nano Science and Technology
Joint KAUST-HKUST Micro/Nanofluidics Laboratory
GSK R&D China-HKUST Neuroscience Laboratory
Sino-German Nano-Analytical Laboratory
Coastal Marine Laboratory
Center for Cancer Research
Center for Chinese Medicine R&D
Center for Fundamental Physics
Center for Metamaterials Research
Center for Quantum Materials
Center for Scientific Computation
Center for Space Science Research
Center for Statistical Science
Center for Stem Cell Research
Center for Systems Biology and Human Health
Molecular Neuroscience Center
SSCI-IAS Super-resolution Imaging Center
 
 
 
What did our current students and Alumni say?

Current Student Sharing (2018-2019)
 
 
Biochemistry and Cell Biology program helps us to develop a strong foundation in Biology, and gives us flexibility to acquire knowledge from a wide range of subjects under the well-designed curriculum. I am currently interning at a renowned medical device company as technical support assistant in the Cardiac Arrhythmia & Heart Failure team, in which I gain hands-on working experience and industrial insights. It all begins from participating in SCI/HOME’s MenTernship Program which provides mentoring, job opportunities and employability training.

Rumor has it that there will not many opportunities for Science students. However, as long as you put in effort and time, you can definitely enjoy your university life to the fullest and get well-prepared for your future.

Alan HON
Year 3, Biochemistry & and Cell Biology
 

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  As a Biological Science student, I enjoy dipping deeper in the cellular activities and mystery of organisms around us. Laboratory lessons also give us a chance to work as a team to practice what we have learnt. For sure there are always ups and downs throughout the past two years at university; Yet, it is always satisfying to see what I have achieved and overcome along the way. The Office of Academic Advising and Support plays an important role in my university life. As an intern, I was assigned with different tasks that I could know my strengths and weaknesses better. Together with the evaluation with the staff, I am encouraged to try more new things and keep on improving my skill sets. Thanks SCI/HOME for being so supportive!

Charisse LAM
Year 3, Biological Science
   
Under the biotechnology curriculum, I was able to meet passionate professors and like-minded friends. Laboratory courses provide us with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience on using various laboratory equipment. Academic advising and support office provides full support to us from academic advising, our personal development, to career advising. Each year, a wide range of activities are arranged for students to grow and learn. To better prepare myself in the future, I have actively participated in these events. For example, the MenTernship program provides a valuable chance for me to learn and get advice from mentors; the peer mentor program enables me to guide and advise new university students. This year, I also participated in a competition named “Science is Everywhere”, which allows me to promote popular science to the community. I am glad to have the opportunity to execute my idea with the support from professors and SCI/HOME staff.

Rachel LAM
Year 3, Biotechnology
 
 
  Training in the Chemistry program equips me with technical knowledge and critical thinking skills. Together with the motivating learning atmosphere created by professors and lovely schoolmates, I developed a strong passion towards studying Science here. Meanwhile, the School of Science provides us with loads of enrichment activities beyond academics alone. Last year, I joined a Career Mentor Training Scheme and the mainland internship program, in which I polished my coaching skills and gained valuable industrial insights to prepare my future ahead. It is really a blessing to be a member of this big family.

Kenneth TONG
Year 3, Chemistry
 
As a person who is passionate about physics, learning physics at HKUST is very enjoyable. At HKUST, I meet a lot of talented schoolmates and seniors who have a strong passion for scientific research. It is very inspiring to discuss academics and career paths with them. I have participated in the UROP which provides me a taste of doing research. The guided research courses for IRE students also provide me a valuable opportunity to know more about the professors and their research interests. Apart from studying, I also joined different extra-curriculum activities. For example, I was a peer mentor of the School of Science last year. In this program, I met some funny group members and mentees which improve my soft skills and expand my social network.

Weijun YUAN
Year 4, Physics (IRE)
 
 
  Studying Environmental Science at HKUST has been immensely enjoyable because there is always plenty of learning resources. This program does not only provide comprehensive education in exploring the relationship between human and environment, but also offer abundant opportunities for students to organize different environmental protection campaigns. Furthermore, field trips and laboratories courses equipped me with observation and analytical skills. In addition, the School of Science encourages us to join various environmental protection-related study tours, training programs and workshops. For career planning, students are welcomed to find consultation service, the career building courses and CV and interview workshops.

I have no regret of studying at HKUST which gives me abundant resources to learn.

CHAN Yik Kui
Year 4, Environmental Science
 
Studying Mathematics at HKUST has been enormously enjoyable with the teaching passion in professors, support network from fellows and training on rational thinking. I also got a chance to participate in the academic exchange program to the University of Zurich in Switzerland to enhance my knowledge and experience a different learning environment. Apart from academics, I also have a fruitful university life. Joining the MAGNET Peer Mentoring Program broadened my social network and enhanced my leadership skills. As a member of the Social Entrepreneurship Training Program, I gained a better understanding of our society and hands-on working experience. My gratitude to SCI/HOME for offering these enrichment programs for us to step out of our comfort zones!

Rex LOO
Year 4, Mathematics
 
 
  The Biotechnology and Business program has provided me with exposure to a holistic learning experience that combines both biotechnology technical knowledge and business soft skills. In the program, I have engaged in seminars and outreach activities, which provided me with relevant industry knowledge and insights on current trends in biotechnology. On top of academic studies, the staff at SCI/HOME are very supportive in giving advice in personal development and career planning. Through a variety of learning trip and social service opportunities, I have been able to get exposed to what is happening in society, reflect on myself and gain insights on resolving social problems. I am really glad to learn and grow in an environment where I am able to position myself, find my life values and pursue all-round personal development.

Victor WONG
Year 4, Biotechnology and Business
 
Pursuing a bachelor degree towards Data Science and Technology has been one of the most remarkable experiences in my life. It gives me the opportunity to fulfill my passion of making sense of data. The well-designed curriculum prepares me for internships and research opportunities with different professors. However, the whole journey would not be nearly as meaningful without the incredible fellows I have met in the Data Science family and the much larger School of Science community. As part of the school, I am fortunate enough to have joined the MenTernship Program and attended a few service trips. Can’t wait for future adventures to come!

UY Mark Christopher Siy
Year 3, Data Science and Technology
 
 
  I am pleased to get admitted to the MAEC program through program-based admission. In the first two years, the well-designed curriculum provided me a solid training of advanced mathematical skills and economic sense, which prepared me for the in-depth study on financial mathematics afterwards.

Besides, I got support from both the School of Science and the School of Business and Management with respect to my career planning. I developed a broad perspective through attending career talk, alumni sharing and career training workshop. The School of Science runs a MenTernship Program, where I got my first internship from my mentor and learnt precious professional tips.

In my third year of study, I participated in a one-semester academic exchange at Columbia University. It was indeed a great opportunity for me to explore different culture and enjoy the academic atmosphere in one of the top universities in the world!

ZHUANG Xiaoyan
Year 3, Mathematics and Economics
 
Studying Physics in the International Research Enrichment (IRE) program, I am particularly fascinated by high energy physics and hope to do scientific research in this field. The IRE program serves as a hub for research-minded students in the School of Science, where we are given guidance and resources to explore our interests. For example, the IRE-specific “Guided Study on Research” courses let us examine various topics in real-world research under the direct supervision of professors. Moreover, the school-sponsored overseas summer research is especially rewarding, as we get to immerse in the academic culture of a foreign institution and work with renowned faculty worldwide. Currently, I am undertaking a project in the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), in which I learn firsthand about motivations and techniques in research. I even had the opportunity of traveling to a conference at Nanyang Technological University to present our team’s findings and hear about the others’ discoveries. HKUST has a strong research environment, and the IRE program augments this experience for science students.

William YAM
Year 4, Physics (IRE) and Mathematics
 

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Alumni Sharing
 
Apart from the fascinating campus setting, the HKUST undergraduate training has provided me with a strong science fundamental knowledge especially under the guidance of experienced scholars. It has equipped me with great analytical, organizational and problem solving skills. These skills are still applicable in my current design work as design is also a process to find the most optimal solution for environmental, technological and sociological problems.

Kinando HEUNG
Senior Landscape Architect (Head of the team)
BSc in Chemistry
 

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  Coming to HKUST was the best choice I have ever made. The amazing faculties here are not only doing great sciences but also dedicated to nurturing the students. The tremendous opportunities for joining laboratories, UROP, independent study courses, etc., allowed me to immerse myself in scientific research as early as a freshman. Professors, no matter in lectures or as mentors, are always very approachable and supportive and offered me invaluable guidance on my career path development. I always felt encouraged to step out my comfort zone and dare to try the impossible – this is how I became the first science student to graduate with double majors in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and Computer Science. I could never have done it in four years' time without their enormous support and encouragement. It was way more than knowledge that I learnt from my undergraduate studies, my experiences in laboratories, interdisciplinary courses and exchange in Cornell University broadened my horizons, trained my logical thinking, and prepared me for a PhD study at Johns Hopkins Medical School – something I would have never imagined without HKUST. Besides, I love the diversity of student and faculty composition that HKUST always tried to keep – it is quite hard to foresee who I would have become if I had not been surrounded by friends from all over the world. I am so thankful that they made me an open-minded person and made my four years so enjoyable.

Qingyang WANG
PhD study at Johns Hopkins Medical School
Class of 2018 graduate
BSc in Biochemistry and Cell Biology (IRE)
BSc in Computer Science
 
I have always been passionate in looking for creative solutions to solve different problems. Starting my business is like a science experiment - you identify a problem, construct a hypothesis and experiment with different possibilities. You must have perseverance to strive for the best solution!

Francis KWOK
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Radica Systems Limited
BSc in Physics
 
 
  HKUST Chemistry – where future world-class scientists are born!

I am so honored to be a member at HKUST School of Science. The Department of Chemistry provides unlimited opportunities and resources for us to unveil secrets in this universe and the professors have built a positive and enjoyable learning atmosphere. Apart from consolidating theories in lectures, we were also trained to be professional in the fully-equipped laboratories.

In one of the semesters, I was nominated as an exchange student to America by the School of Science. That was my first time to study overseas, to meet buddies from the other continents and to explore the natural beauty of the United States.

Another experience worth mentioning was my summer intern as a laboratory assistant in a local food company in Hong Kong. I was given a chance to handle advanced analytical instruments which we can just see in the pictures in our lecture notes. After this real working experience, it confirms me to become an analytical chemist in the future.

Chun Kit AU, Samson
PhD study at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Class of 2018 graduate
BSc in Chemistry
 
It is very fruitful! I have taken advantage of the many research opportunities offered by the IRE program. In the first two years, I was in Prof. Lortz’s research group doing experimental research on high-temperature superconductors. I continued my interest in this subject after I went for exchange at Columbia University and worked with a renowned theorist Prof. Andrew Millis on the novel superconductivity of FeSe. After returning to HKUST, I got a chance to join Prof. Vic Law’s research group and started to train myself to be a condensed matter theorist and get to know the field of topological superconductors. HKUST has given me plenty of training to be a serious researcher. I also met many friends who share similar ambitions and interests as I do. IRE has created an ideal environment for me to interact with brilliant students, PhDs, professors and even prominent researchers from foreign institutes.

Pok Man TAM, Harry
PhD study at University of Pennsylvania
Class of 2018 graduate
BSc in Physics (IRE)
 
 
  I have learned that every scientific theory is derived from logical reasoning and deduction. This has allowed me to easily understand the anatomy, physiological and nutritional impact the performance of horses. The great thing about science is not the theories, but the process of arriving at these theories. They can be applied to many subjects other than science, including business and law.

Sidney TAM
Management Trainee
Darley Flying Start
BSc in Biochemistry
 
After one year of exploration of science subjects, I chose Mathematics and Economics as my major and started my research through Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). With both quantitative and analytical skills as well as business knowledge, my major equipped me well for postgraduate studies. Besides the all-round academic training, there are numerous activities such as CEO talks, career advising and training from both School of Science and School of Business and Management. I participated in the MenTernship and HeadStart Program and undertook an internship in Shanghai during the summer in 2017. Moreover, the School of Science offers plenty of enrichment opportunities. Through SCI/NUCLEUS Social Service program, I got more familiar with the real world and my passion on development economics was ignited. In my third year of study, I was offered an exchange opportunity at University of California, Berkeley and it allowed me to exchange ideas with top scholars and students, which further determined my research interest. After returning to HKUST I applied for the position of research assistant in Department of Economics. With the guidance from the faculty members, I finally got full scholarship from University of California, Santa Cruz for PhD program in Economics. Thankfully, I could continue to pursue my dream of researching on the development of the society. It was amazing!

The School of Science definitely provides us with opportunities to explore the world! Keep open-minded and passionate, grab the chances and enjoy your life here!

LI Siqi
PhD study in Economics at University of California, Santa Cruz
Class of 2019 graduate
BSc in Mathematics and Economics
 
 
  Thanks to the IRE programme, I met many faculty and researchers who are devoting to scientific research and let me see that pursuing a research career in Hong Kong is actually possible. I started working in research project in year 2, where I gained hands-on experience in doing literature review, designing, conducting and evaluating the experiments. The project makes me first taste the sense of satisfaction of doing research. In my overseas research internship, I worked as a full time researcher in an organic synthesis research group in Japan. Though the experimental techniques are similar, the research culture and approach are different. My classmates who are also passionate in science supports me to keep trying when there is bottleneck in my research project. The many research opportunities and supports built my confidence in being a researcher.

Ming Wai LIAW, Rachel
MPhil study in Chemistry at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Class of 2018 graduate
BSc in Chemistry (IRE)
 

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