Programme aims and objectives

  • To provide students with a broad-based training in all major scientific disciplines for supporting their study in analytical science which is multi-disciplinary in nature;
  • To provide students with a solid knowledge base and skills in a variety of techniques used to solve a diversity of problems in analytical and testing science;
  • To help students to develop an analytical mind and good problem-solving skills needed to solve the diversity of problems encountered in their career as a professional analyst;
  • To equip students with a solid knowledge base in science and analytical science to support their career developments and further education in this and related fields.
Upon successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:
  1. explain the fundamental principles of analytical science from multi-disciplinary perspective;
  2. apply knowledge and practical skills of different scientific discipline and appropriate scientific techniques to solve practical real world problems;
  3. collect and interpret analytical testing laboratory data and communicate those findings effectively in oral and written form;
  4. appraise the impact of analytical science in the research and development of selected industries (e.g. chemical testing industry, food industry, pharmaceutical & herbal products manufacturing industry, environmental abatement industry, novel materials manufacturing industry, biomedical industry etc);
  5. work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.

Programme Structure

After gaining 13-16-units of basic science trainings in the common first year by the Science Faculty, students can select the “Analytical and Testing Sciences” programme as their major in the second year of study. The Department of Chemistry is the hosting Department for this group of students. Students are required to complete 36-unit core courses offered by Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department.

In addition to build up the students with sufficient chemical knowledge through a number of chemistry core courses including analytical, organic, inorganic, physical chemistry, instrumental and advanced instrumental analysis, students will be exposed to “Foundation in Bioanalysis” course and “Instrumentation and Data Acquisition Laboratory” course offered by the Biology and Physics Department, respectively. To provide students with essential knowledge in chemical and material testing industry, students are required to take “Materials Testing and Characterization“ and “Chemical Testing Laboratory Management and Accreditation” course. A variety of major elective courses targeting on different sources of analytical samples will be offered. To sharpen the problem solving skills of the students, all students are required to elect 6-unit independent project in their final year of study.

Career Opportunities after Graduation

  • Analytical Technologists in Government Laboratory or Commercial Testing Laboratories
  • Quality Assurance Chemists in Pharmaceutical & Traditional Chinese Medicine Industry
  • Research Personnel in Biomedical and Industrial R & D Laboratories
  • Testing and certification industry: toys and games; textiles, clothing and footwear; medical; electrical products; construction materials; etc..
  • Instrument Sales and Service Engineers
  • Teaching

Programme Features
  • Students are trained as analytical and testing scientists by adopting a multi-disciplinary approach.
  • Relevant courses offered by the Department of Biology, Chemistry and Physics equip students with strong broad scientific knowledge.
  • A variety of modern analytical instruments housed in the Chemistry Department provide students amble hands-on experience to solve wide scope of analytical problems.
  • The capstone course “Chemical Testing Laboratory Management and Accreditation” provides students with solid knowledge base for the employment in the Testing and Certification Industry.
  • The one-year final year project engagement offers students with practical training in solving real world problems.