Frequent Asked Questions:

Who should attend?
  • Secondary school teachers.
  • Researchers who want to update their knowledge in biological sciences.
  • Professionals who want to understand what biochemical and biomedical sciences are, and to learn about their potential applications.
  • Fresh graduates who wish to broaden their knowledge in biochemical and biomedical sciences.
What are the unique features of our M.Sc. programme?
  Biochemistry is an experimental science where one learns by working in the laboratory as well as in the classroom. With this concept in mind, we offer a one-term laboratory course (BBMS6200 Methods in Biochemistry) to introduce both the theories and practical skills for biochemical and biomedical analysis. Not too many part-time programmes offer a lab course.
What is the period of study?

The proposed period of study is four terms (two years for Part-time students) and two terms (one year for Full-time students) starting in September, with a maximum of eight terms (four years for Part-time students) and six terms (three years for Full-time students).

What is the structure of the programme?

Courses offered in 1st term:
BBMS5100 Perspectives in Biochemical Sciences
BBMS5120 Biochemical Genetics and Forensic Sciences
BBMS6120 Clinical Biochemistry and Diseases
BBMS6200 Methods in Biochemistry

Courses offered in 2nd term:
BBMS5200 Biochemical Technology I
BBMS5220 Biochemical Technology II
BBMS6100 Biochemistry and Public Health
BBMS6220 M.Sc. project
BBMS6300 Management and Accreditation of Biochemical Laboratory

How much is the total fees of the M.Sc. programme? Do I pay the full amount at the beginning of the course?

HK$120,000 (to be confirmed) for the whole programme (including 8 courses).  HK$15,000 for each additional course. 

Can you explain more about the M.Sc. project?
  The M.Sc. project involves literature review and/or a short-term research on a current topic in biochemistry or biomedical sciences under the supervision of a teaching staff of the Programme. 
When and where are the classes held?

Classes are normally held during the evening on weekdays (7:00 pm - 9:30 pm) and Saturdays (2:30 pm - 5:30 pm, 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm) at CUHK.

What is the medium of instruction for the programme?

All MSc classes are conducted in English.

What are the assessment procedures?

Term papers and written examination.  Final examinations will be held at the end of each term.  A student who has gained a grade of “D” or above in a course shall earn the unit/s of that course.
No supplementary examination will be arranged for students who failed in the written examination. Students, if any, fail in examination are required to pay additional course fee to re-take the course in the next academic year.
 For the M.Sc. Project, each student is required to submit a dissertation. All dissertations will be assessed by internal and/or external examiner(s).

Are there any systems to monitor teaching quality and student progress?
  1. Teaching quality is assessed by teaching evaluation questionnaires.
  2. Course coordinators will meet students regularly to discuss learning progress.
  3. Students who are not performing to the standard in class work or in the course examination will be appropriately counselled.
Is there any financial assistance?

Currently, we do not offer any scholarship to students.  However, there is a non-mean tested loan scheme provided by the Government Student Financial Assistance Agency.  Please refer the following websites for details:
Office of Student Affairs
Government Student Financial Assistance Agency

Is there on-campus accommodation?

No accommodation will be provided for students.
Off-campus Housing Information (OHIS):

Can we use the facilities in CUHK?

Students are entitled to all University services e.g. library and sports facilities by presenting your CU link card, except the out-patient services offered by University Health Services and the personal conselling service offered by Office of Student Affairs.

I am interested to apply for the M.Sc. programme. How do I apply?

Please refer to the "Application" section of this website.

What is the chance of pursuing a Ph.D. degree upon completion of the M.Sc. programme?

After finishing our MSc program, graduates can apply to our Ph.D. program.  It is a full-time by research program with financial support.

On-campus Parking

On campus parking is not recommended.  Parking coupons are available at the University Security Unit.





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