Programmes

Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc)




The Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences (BBiomedSc) programme is a four-year, full-time, credit-based programme, launched in 2012.

The programme aims to nurture graduates with a comprehensive understanding of key biomedical disciplines. Our graduates are trained to pursue careers in a wide range of areas, including:

  • Academic research with universities, government or medical laboratories;
  • Industrial research and development in the pharmaceutical, diagnostics, medical devices or laboratory instruments sectors;
  • Management and business development in the healthcare industry;
  • Clinical trial management;
  • Media and communications;
  • Public health sector; and
  • Teaching.


They may also enroll in higher education at the MPhil/PhD level, or seek admission to a graduate medical programme.

Curriculum Structure
The BBiomedSc curriculum is designed with the aim of achieving a balance of structure and flexibility, so as to accommodate the increasing needs for students to plan for a study programme straddling sciences and humanities.

Students are required to complete 240 credits of courses throughout the 4-year curriculum:

1. Core Courses for Biomedical Sciences major (96 credits), covering:

  • structure and function of the human body and the process that are essential to life;
  • basic principles of the processes, mechanisms, patterns of diseases and concepts of therapeutic strategies; and
  • essential analytical methodologies and contemporary information technology skills in the field of biomedical sciences


Students will have different types of learning experiences, including traditional lectures, laboratory practicals, problem-based learning tutorials, web-based learning, as well as research projects.


Introductory Level Courses
The introductory courses consolidate students’ knowledge of anatomy, human biology, human physiology, biochemistry, and pharmacology which are all necessary to understand the basis of human biology and processes that are essential to life.

 

Courses

Credits

Year of study

Students are required to complete the following introductory courses:

Human Biology

6

1

Perspectives in Biochemistry

6

1

Biostatistics

6

1

General Chemistry/ Foundations of Chemistry

6

1

Basic Biomedical Laboratory Techniques

6

2

plus any four of the following:

Introduction to Human Anatomy

6

2

Biomedical Pharmacology

6

2

Physiological Basis of Health and Disease

6

2

Introduction to Clinical Research

6

2

Exercise Physiology

6

2 or 3

Human Genetics

6

2 or 3

Fundamentals of Clinical Trial Management

6

2 or 3

Research Methods in Medicine and Health

6

2 or 3

Physical and Health Benefits of Exercise

6

2 or 3


Advanced Level Courses

The advanced courses provide students with a foundation in the cellular, molecular and genetic basis of human diseases, as well as strategies for diagnosis. The Final Year Project constitutes capstone experience for students, allowing them to integrate their knowledge and to apply experimental and informatics skills to solve defined problems by research.

Courses

Credits

Year of study

Students are required to complete the following courses of the advanced level:

Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory

6

3 or 4

Final Year Project

12

4

plus any four of the following:

Medical Microbiology

6

3 or 4

Molecular Biology of the Cell

6

3 or 4

Mechanisms and Pathology of Diseases

6

3 or 4

Infection and Immunity

6

3 or 4

Biomechanics and Biomedical Technologies

6

3 or 4

Sequence Bioinformatics

6

3 or 4

Biopharmaceutical Research and Development

6

3 or 4

Advanced Exercise Physiology 

6

3 or 4

Rehabilitation Science

6

3 or 4

Biological Basis of Exercise and Health

6

3 or 4

Exercise and Chronic Diseases

6

3 or 4

Emerging Infections

6

3 or 4

Molecular Neuroscience

6

3 or 4


2. Common Core Courses (36 credits)

Students are required to complete 6 Common Core courses, 6-credit each, and at least one course in each of the Areas of Inquiry, within the first and second years of study.

3. Language Enhancement Courses (18 credits)

Courses

Languages

Credits

Year of study

Core University English

English

6

1 or 2

English in the Discipline

English

6

1 or 2

Professional Use of Chinese

Chinese

6

1 or 2


4. Minors and/or Electives (90 credits)

Apart from the courses listed above, students can plan their study with the remaining credits. They may opt to take a minor or electives offered in the BBiomedSc curriculum or other curricula, subject to time-table constraints and approval of the host faculties.

New Minors:

The Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences curriculum will provide students with two new minors in ‘Biotechnology and Clinical Research’ and ‘Kinesiology’ from 2017/18, aiming to equip students with the essential knowledge in the field of biomedical sciences and putting them on an accelerated path to becoming health-related professionals.  Together with the existing ‘Genetics and Genomics’ option, a total of 3 minors will be offered by the BBiomedSc curriculum:

  • Minor in Genetics and Genomics (36 credits)
  • Minor in Biotechnology and Clinical Research (36 credits)
  • Minor in Kinesiology (36 credits)


Electives:

Courses

Credits

Year of study

Emerging Infections

6

3 or 4

Molecular Neuroscience

6

3 or 4

Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine

6

3 or 4

Clinical Trial Strategies

6

3 or 4

Physiology and Pathophysiology II

6

3 or 4


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Contact for Further Queries or Information
Email: medfac@hku.hk
Phone: +852 2819 9346
Website: http://www.sbms.hku.hk