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School of Science

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Overview
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The School of Science is committed to pursuing cutting-edge research, making groundbreaking discoveries, and establishing new research paradigms. Our high-quality and well-balanced education heavily emphasizes grit, curiosity, and creativity. We are dedicated to equipping our students with the knowledge and confidence they need to become inspirational leaders capable of making a difference to society.
 

Curriculum Design

The school-based programs of the School of Science provide an invaluable opportunity for students to have a deeper understanding of the world and themselves, before they decide on their majors at the end of the first year. The goal is to offer a more diverse, interdisciplinary, and inquiry-driven undergraduate education to students interested in science. Students can enjoy greater course flexibility in accordance with their aspirations.

Most science major programs offer different study tracks and options, while providing opportunity for double majors and minors. Based on the students’ interests, the programs provide opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of the major discipline, which will be useful for graduate degrees in the future. Meanwhile, interdisciplinary and collaborative efforts with other units within and outside of the University are emphasized in the science programs to ensure that our education is in step with the ever-changing world.

The School also offers three programs of program-based admission, including International Research Enrichment, Biotechnology and Business, and Mathematics and Economics, which are suitable to applicants who have developed clear interests in the program and want to be admitted directly to the programs since the first year of study.
 

Diverse Learning Experience

The curricula also provide a diverse learning experience for students. Lectures, laboratory courses, capstone projects and language courses tailor-made for science students are integrated into the 4-year curriculum to ensure that students have adequate exposure to a range of science disciplines. Students who are keen on research can also join Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP), a HKUST signature program in which the students work closely with faculty members on research and scholarly activities. 

Apart from academic learning, students will have ample opportunities to enjoy a slew of co-curricular programs and student development activities aimed at widening exposure and fostering personal development.

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QS World University Rankings 2020
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23
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in Materials Science
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No.1 in Hong Kong
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29
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in Chemistry
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No.1 in Hong Kong
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34
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in Mathematics
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No.2 in Hong Kong
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35
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in Statistics & Operational Research
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No.1 in Hong Kong
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40
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in Natural Sciences
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No.1 in Hong Kong
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47
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in Physics and Astronomy
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No.1 in Hong Kong
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50
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in Environmental Studies
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No. 1 in Hong Kong
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Career Prospects
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The School of Science programs aim at nurturing students to become scientists who can create cutting-edge knowledge for the betterment of mankind. The programs also train the students to engage in activities demanding scientific thinking, analysis and task execution, so that they can excel in their future professions including research and development, education, manufacturing, logistics, and business and finance. 

Apart from employment in wide range of sectors, each year about 25% of the 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
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Admissions and Programs
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The School of Science offers two School-based admission routes – Science (Group A) and Science (Group B).

The Science (Group A) Program is tailor-made for students with a particular interest in physical science. The Science (Group B) Program is better suited to students interested in the fields of chemistry and life science. 

The Science (Group A) with an Extended Major in Artificial Intelligence is a new program choice introduced by the School of Science starting from the 2021/22 academic year. This program is designed for science students who want to learn solid knowledge in Science disciplines PLUS innovative applications of AI in their major areas.

These School-based admission routes provide an invaluable opportunity for students to gain a deeper understanding of the world and themselves before they decide on their majors. 

After the first year of study, students can apply to one of the following degree programs under Group A or B. Both Science (Group A) and Science (Group B) students can apply for transfer to International Research Enrichment (IRE) Program, or opt for Environmental Management and Technology Program or Individualized Interdisciplinary Major Program, upon completion of the first year of study. Science (Group B) students can also opt for Dual Degree Program in Technology & Management.

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"HKUST Chemistry – where future world-class scientists are born!"
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I am so honored to have been a member of the HKUST School of Science. The Department of Chemistry provides unlimited opportunities and resources for us to discover the secrets of this universe, and the professors foster a positive and enjoyable learning atmosphere. Apart from consolidating theoretical knowledge in lectures, we received professional skills development in the School’s fully equipped laboratories.

In one semester, the School gave me the chance to take an exchange trip to the United States. That was the first time I had studied overseas. I made new friends from around the world and explored the natural beauty of the United States. Another experience worth mentioning is my summer internship as a laboratory assistant in a local food company in Hong Kong. I was given the chance to handle advanced analytical instruments that I had previously seen only in pictures in lecture notes. Based on this real work experience, I am determined to become an analytical chemist in the future.”
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Samson AU
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PhD student of HKUST
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BSc in Chemistry, Class of 2018
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