BSc in Biomedical Sciences, CUHK - FAQ

Q1: What is the admission requirement?

We count on 4C+2X. The two electives must include either Biology or Chemistry, plus any one category A subject. Similar to previous years, students who take a third elective (with 3 or above) will be awarded with bonus.

Q2: How many students will be admitted in 2020/21?

We shall admit around 20 students in 2020/21, subject to final approval by the University. There may be minor adjustment to the admission quota.

Q3. What is the quota for JUPAS and Non-JUPAS respectively?

We would like to select the most suitable students to our Programme from both the JUPAS and non-JUPAS channels, therefore we do not set a specific quota for JUPAS and non-JUPAS admission.

Q4. Will the degree lead to a professional qualification or license? What is the career path of this degree?

We anticipate our graduates will either excel in research, take up managerial roles in the industry, health services and policy making, or professions in the clinical settings (e.g. Genetic Counsellors) after perusing further studies. Other possibilities include entering to the legal field, being biomedical journalists, or running start-ups for new ideas or inventions. The biomedical sciences training would allow students to get acquaint to different aspects in this field and to reach out with their potentials.

Q5. I am a JUPAS applicant. Will the interviewer know the actual priority of the programmes that I have put in my JUPAS application?

We only select students who have put our programme to Band A (choices 1-3) to join the admission interview. We only know you have put our programme to Band A, not the actual priority or ranking.

Q6. In what condition I will be invited to the Admission interview?

JUPAS: we only select students who put us in Band A (top 3 choices out of 20) to join the interview, which will be arranged after the release of HKDSE result (the interview for 2019/20 intake was held on July 23, 2019).

JUPAS Sub-system for School Principals’ Nominations (SPN), Other Experiences and Achievements in Competition Activities, and Applicants with a Disability: the interview will be arranged prior to the release of HKDSE results and the selection is based on individual merit and recommendation.

Non-JUPAS: we only select students who put us as their first programme choice to join the interview. The first round of interview will be in December 2019. We shall also arrange interview in around February 2020. It could be in-person interview or via tele-conferencing.

Q7. Will a group or individual interview be arranged? What is the format of the interview? What kind of questions will be asked during the Admission Interview?

Individual interview will still be our interview format in the coming year. We would invite students to give us a brief introduction of him/herself, and may ask them questions to evaluate their understanding on the latest advancement in biomedical sciences, bioethics, and other competencies such as higher order thinking skills and problem-solving ability.

Q8: What is the weighting of interview score? Will I still be admitted to your programme if I failed to attend the interview?

We would select the most suitable candidates to this programme. Apart from having outstanding academic performance, we also look for students who have good interpersonal and communication skills, who are team players, and who have the vision to become a leader. We would like to understand more about the candidates and to assess their ability and orientation in the admission interview. Merit points will be given to students with good performance in the admission interview. In the past admission exercises, all students admitted to our programme had joined the selection interview.

Q9: Would I get advantage by taking additional electives (e.g. 4C + 4X, that is 4 electives)?

Students who and had achieved level 3 or above for their third elective (Category A) would be awarded bonus. Taking the 4th elective will not lead to extra bonus, however we would consider the best subject (on top of the 4 core and first elective) as the second elective to count on the admission score. Apart from Category A subjects, the Programme will also accept “Attained with Distinction” in the following Applied Learning (ApL) Subjects as the third elective subject for awarding bonus points: Applied Business Research, Entrepreneurship for SME, Marketing in Global Trade, Understanding Hong Kong Law, Foundation in Chinese Medicine, Fundamental Health Care, Health Care Practice, Medical Laboratory Science.

Q10: Will your programme accept applicants from Internal Transfer / Degree Holder?

Students from the JUPAS and Non-JUPAS channels will be considered at a higher priority and the selection is highly competitive. Internal Transfer will only be considered case-by-case for students with outstanding academic achievement. Students who wish to apply for Internal Transfer can refer to Registration and Examination Section, Registry (RES) for application procedures. Degree Holder will be considered by individual merit.

Q11: Can I complete more than one Concentration Area, or graduate without a Concentration Area but have taken biomedical sciences courses to fulfill the unit requirement?

Each student must and can use only one Concentration Area for fulfilling the programme requirement. Having said that, students are free to choose courses from other Concentration Areas for fulfilling their elective requirement.

Q12: What is the earliest time I can choose my Concentration Area?

Students are advised to use their first and second year to get to know more about the programme and different Concentration Areas. Students must declare their Concentration Area by the add/drop period of Term 2 during their third year of study.

Q13: Will there any internship or exchange opportunities?

Internship and exchange are activities of different nature.

Depending on the nature of internship, it may be used for fulfilling the requirement of the Concentration Area which the student has opted for. Our School has scholarships to support some of these overseas internships or research activities.

Exchange is highly encouraged by the University and there are different resources and support for international exchange. Exchange is not essentially related to your study programme. Students can go to other University for a term to study language courses or any courses they are interested in. These credits may or may not be allowed to transfer back to your regular units/credits. Students are advised to consult Office of Student Affairs or the relevant course offering department for details and course equivalency before considering exchange.