Programme Aims

  • To provide students with a strong foundation in all principal areas of chemical science.
  • To provide students with knowledge in developing career and solving real-life chemical problems, including those in the environmental area, and to meet the needs from government, education, industrial or commercial sectors.

Programme Features

Train for Employment and Postgraduate Studies
The curriculum is designed to equip students with adequate knowledge in both Pure and Applied Chemistry so that they are adequately and flexibly trained for both employment and postgraduate studies locally or overseas.

Final Year Research Project
To train students to be able to apply their knowledge acquired in courses to the solution of real-life problems, an independent research project (i.e., Final Year Project) conducted under the supervision of an academic staff is a graduation requirement for all students.

Hands-On Training in Modern Analytical Instrumentation
Particular emphasis has been put on training students in modern analytical techniques and the use of chemical instrumentation in an early stage of their studies so that their final year project work can be well supported. In training students on the use of modern chemical instrumentation, a strictly "hands-on" approach is adopted.

Summer Internship Programme
To provide students with industrial work experience, we offer a 2-month summer internship (with salary) for qualified Year 2 and 3 students to work in several major local chemical testing laboratories as well as chemical manufacturing plants in the Pearl River Delta region in China.

Summer Research Programme and Student Assistant Scheme
Several fellowships are offered every year to support students who are keen on undertaking summer research work on a full-time basis with their chosen faculty members. To promote service learning, students are invited to enrol in our Student Assistant Scheme to assist our department in various academic and community service activities. Under this Scheme, students can develop inter-personal and organizational skills.

Programme Structure

In the first three years of study, students will take core courses to build up their basic knowledge in various chemistry fields. In the final year, students can choose a wide variety of advanced chemistry courses as their Major elective courses.

Students must complete a total of 128 units and gain an overall grade point average of 2.0 for graduation. Of the 128 units, 31 units are for General Education (GE) courses, 68 units are Major discipline core and elective courses. This design provides a broad-based whole person education while retaining a focus on a specific academic discipline, Chemistry, in this case.