Schools and Departments
Teaching Schools and Departments

Teaching Schools and Departments

Teaching at HKUMed is well-supported by more than 390 full-time teaching staff coming from the 14 departments and 4 schools of the Faculty, with an additional 3,000 honorary teachers across all disciplines, most of whom are doctors in public hospitals or private practitioners.

With our school and departments facilitating teaching and learning at all levels, HKUMed has emerged as a leader in medical and healthcare education in Asia, while our curriculum has set a standard for the region, with other disciplines and institutions following our lead.

Learn more about our teaching schools and departments below.

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Department of Anaesthesiology

The Department of Anaesthesiology offers high standards of teaching, research and clinical care. We are dedicated to supporting the curriculum for our students to train them to become competent doctors. Our department also conducts research in advance anaesthesiology. We set high standards for ourselves to provide best-in-class patient care.

Anatomical, pharmacological and physiological principles are the foundation of our teaching. The Department aims to develop all aspects of our students’ clinical skills in the practice of anaesthesia.

Our goal is to provide the best quality and safest perioperative care to our patients. Queen Mary Hospital is our tertiary referral centre, and each year our Department administers more than 10,000 anaesthetics, delivers care to more than 4,000 pain patients, and offers obstetric services to more than 4,000 deliveries at the hospital. We cover virtually every sub-specialty field, including organ transplantation, neuroanaesthesia, regional anaesthesia and paediatrics. We are involved in the patients’ medical care from pre-surgery to full recovery.

Our research areas include ischaemia/reperfusion injury, pain management, intravenous anaesthesia, cognitive function and perioperative medicine. We have a well-equipped laboratory where our MPhil and PhD students work on a wide variety of research projects.  We are also actively involved in various clinical trials, community services and knowledge exchange programs.

Our active research areas include: 

  • Ischaemia/reperfusion injury
  • Pain management
  • Intravenous anaesthesia
  • Cognitive function
  • Perioperative medicine
  • Pain medicine
  • Coagulation
  • Anaesthetic pharmacology

We have a well-equipped laboratory and postgraduate students from Hong Kong, China, USA, Canada and Taiwan. The Department is also actively involved in various clinical trials and community service activities.

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School of Biomedical Sciences

The School of Biomedical Sciences seeks fundamental insights into the ways living systems function at the molecular and cellular levels, and use multidisciplinary approaches to apply these insights in a biomedical context. We are committed to the provision of high-quality biomedical science education in the professional training of the new generation of healthcare workforce. Our specially-designed courses enable fledging health professional to develop competence, based upon sound scientific principles, in their future practices which involve handling existing and emergent health issues and problems affecting humankind. By using a combination of traditional and innovative pedagogical approaches, teachers of the School actively engage health science students in the learning of basic and applied aspects of anatomy, biochemistry and physiology.

Our research areas include:

  • Brain & cognitive sciences
  • Cell signalling & cancer biology
  • Genomics & biomedical data sciences
  • Stem cell, molecular & development genetics
  • Structural, chemical & synthetic biology

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School of Chinese Medicine

The School of Chinese Medicine strives to deliver quality Chinese Medicine education, research and clinical services by incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) with the latest biomedical science knowledge.

The School aims to deliver quality teaching and nurture graduates with an international perspective and professional knowledge in the modernisation of Chinese medicine.

The School offers undergraduate, taught and research postgraduate programmes to equip students with solid understanding of TCM, modern life sciences and the required skills in medical practice that prepare them as Integrative Chinese-Western Medicine professionals. The School also offers research postgraduate programmes at both the Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) levels, with the aim of nurturing scientists in the field of Chinese medicine. The School has also established eight Clinical Centres for Teaching and Research which serve as clinical practicum training bases for students and junior Chinese Medicine Practitioners/Teaching Assistant as well as platforms for outpatient services and clinical researches.

Our staff members of the School have been conducting basic and clinical researches pertaining to various disciplines of Chinese Medicine. The School’s major research directions include:

  • Chinese Medicine for ageing-related diseases such as cardiovascular & cerebral vascular diseases
  • Chinese Medicine for cancer treatment & related disorders
  • Chinese Medicine for mental disorders
  • Chinese Medicine for pain management
  • Quality control of Chinese medicines

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Department of Clinical Oncology

The Department of Clinical Oncology is an academic department. Specialising in the full spectrum of non-surgical cancer services including radiotherapy, chemotherapy, biological targeted therapy and palliative care.

The Department runs active oncology services in Queen Mary Hospital, Gleneagles Hong Kong Hospital and HKU-Shenzhen Hospital. Multidisciplinary approach is employed and the Department works in close collaboration with other departments in research and in providing clinical service. It also has close liaisons and academic exchange with oncology centres in other parts of China and in the Asia Pacific region.

The Department has a long tradition of research, publication and running clinical trials and is one of the renowned centres in the region. Our major research areas include usage of radiotherapy, chemotherapy and biological therapy in the treatment and research of:

  • Nasopharyngeal cancer
  • Other head & neck cancers
  • Lung cancer
  • Gynaecological cancers
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Gastrointestinal cancers

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Department of Diagnostic Radiology

The Department of Diagnostic Radiology provides a platform for advanced modality clinical services, imaging research and undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Our vision and mission are to provide the infrastructure, platform and environment for academic radiology; deliver comprehensive undergraduate teaching in Radiology, lead and organise post-graduate teaching and educational programs for Radiology professionals and Imaging scientists in Hong Kong and the region; and provide excellence in the standard of clinical imaging services and patient care.

Our research areas include:

  • Cancer imaging
  • Neuro-imaging & cardiac imaging using molecular & functional imaging
  • MRI pulse sequence & image reconstruction development
  • Radiotracer research & translational applications
  • Machine learning/artificial intelligence in healthcare
  • Medical AI lab

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Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care

The Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care (FMPC) was first established as the General Practice Unit in the Department of Medicine in 1985 to introduce the learning of general practice in the MBBS curriculum. It was renamed the Family Medicine Unit in 1998 and became the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care in 2010. The FMPC is committed to promoting quality primary care through Family Medicine education, research, collaboration and innovative clinical services. We aim to be leaders in academic Family Medicine and primary care and to have an influence on healthcare policy, medical education and clinical research nationally and internationally.

Our research areas include:

  • Health-related quality of life
  • Primary health care services
  • Medical education
  • Mental health

The Department has developed expertise in population surveys, chronic disease risk and outcome prediction, primary care quality and outcome evaluation, psychometric instrument testing, practice-based network research, and the application of qualitative and mixed research methods in health and health services.

The Department generally has around 20 research projects running with many opportunities for full/part-time PhD/MPhil studies. We serve the community at the Ap Lei Chau general outpatient clinic by providing primary care to 15,000 patients through 40,000 consultations a year.

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Department of Medicine

The Department of Medicine seeks to attain the highest standard in teaching, research and clinical service in medicine so as to become a centre of excellence regionally and internationally. Its missions are to:

  • Nurture and augment excellence in research in clinical medicine and pertinent basic sciences, focusing particularly on several areas of our strengths with emphasis on multidisciplinary and collaborative approach;
  • Maintain and further develop clinical service by providing superior patient care, by always striving to remain a leading referral centre for patients, by promoting the development and implementation of innovative advances in clinical management, and by contributing to the improvement of primary healthcare in the community, including public health education;
  • Encourage and improve upon postgraduate and continuing medical education and training as well as to promote leadership in subspecialty training and development.

Our research areas include:

  • Cardiology
  • Clinical pharmacology
  • Dermatology
  • Endocrinology & metabolism
  • Gastroenterology & hepatology
  • Geriatrics
  • Haematology, medical oncology & bone marrow transplantation
  • Infectious diseases
  • Molecular medicine & genetics
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Respiratory & critical care medicine
  • Rheumatology & clinical immunology

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Department of Microbiology

The Department of Microbiology is committed to combat and prevent infectious diseases by offering the highest standards in teaching, research and clinical service.

The Infectious Disease Courses and Postgraduate Diploma Programme provide a unique avenue for training qualified medical practitioners in infectious diseases.

Our research on emerging infections covers diseases relevant to this region, with a particular emphasis on

  • Novel microbe discoveries
  • Coronaviruses
  • Influenza viruses
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Penicillium marneffei

The Department's scope encompasses both basic and applied research and covers aspects of microbial genomics, evolution and pathogenesis, epidemiology, diagnosis, clinical management and prevention of infectious diseases. The Department’s laboratory is well equipped with facilities ranging from genome sequencing to animal facilities up to BSL-3 level containment. There is an extensive network of research collaborations both locally and internationally, all combining to provide a firm basis for our professional training programmes on clinical microbiology and infectious diseases; clinical diagnostic and consultation services to patients; and proactive contributions in public health emergencies and policies.

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School of Nursing

The School of Nursing of The University of Hong Kong was established in 1995 and has rapidly gained a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and clinical practice. Our School has a strong mission to educate nursing leaders for the community, and it is our goal to provide a diversified and holistic nursing education that will prepare our graduates to become leaders of the nursing profession. One of the strengths of the School is its innovative, interdisciplinary and internationalised nursing curricula responding to the health needs of the population locally and globally. We also have close links with a range of health care settings in Hong Kong which facilitate the provision of cutting-edge learning environments for our students.

The School has developed a strong network with nursing schools in renowned universities internationally which enables student and academic exchanges as well as research collaboration. Currently, the School offers Bachelor of Nursing, Master of Nursing, taught Doctor of Nursing as well as research-based Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. These programmes contribute to the nursing profession by educating and preparing nursing practitioners, researchers, educators and leaders.

We have expertise in a variety of research methods including randomised controlled trials, surveys, meta-analysis, qualitative methods, mixed methods, instrument development and validation, and complex interventions. We also have international collaborative links as well as partnerships with the local community to generate, disseminate and apply knowledge.

  • Ageing & chronic diseases
  • Cancer & palliative care
  • Gerontology & long-term care
  • Primary care & behavioural health
  • Community & mental health nursing
  • Smoking cessation & tobacco control

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

The Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is committed to provide teaching to medical students and training programme for research postgraduates in obstetrics and gynaecology. We are a tertiary referral centre for clinical services at the Queen Mary Hospital for both the private and public sectors in the region.

Because of its expertise in female endocrinology, sub-fertility, gynaecological oncology, high risk pregnancies and complicated gynaecology, and a large number of referrals, there is ample opportunity for clinical and basic research in the Department. Our laboratories are well-equipped for basic scientific research. It has complete setup for immunoassay, semen analysis, cell and embryo culture, monoclonal antibody production, micromanipulation, cryopreservation of biological samples, including sperm and embryos, protein purification and detection, image analysis including radio-fluorescent imaging, molecular biology techniques and prenatal diagnostic procedures.

Our research areas include:

  • Gynaecological oncology
  • Reproductive medicine
  • Maternal & fetal medicine
  • Prenatal diagnosis

The number of publications from our Department has increased progressively in the last two decades and we are well known internationally in some of these research areas.

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Department of Ophthalmology

The Department of Ophthalmology has recently been established to promote the teaching and research of Ophthalmology at HKUMed. Our Department has an established track record of research into neurobiology and ongoing productive international collaboration. We teach undergraduate medical students in The University of Hong Kong, and has been recruiting MPhil and PhD students since 2007. The Department is also seeking enthusiastic, self-motivated and committed individuals to join them in translational research that will ultimately benefit patients.

Our ultimate goal focuses on the question: How do we prevent blindness?

Major research areas include:

  • Anterior segment diseases
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Cataract surgery
  • Diabetic retinopathy screening
  • Glaucoma prevention
  • Improving outcome of glaucoma interventions
  • Myopia control
  • Neuroprotection & regeneration
  • Ocular surface oncology
  • Oculoplastic & orbital diseases
  • Ophthalmic microbiology
  • Ophthalmic translational research
  • Protecting the eye & the brain
  • Surgical & medical retina
  • Telemedicine

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Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

The mission of the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology is to provide undergraduate and postgraduate training to an international standard, offer a first-class orthopaedic service to the community, enhance basic and clinical research, foster strong links with reputable regional and international orthopaedic centres, and maintain the international character of the Department.

The Department has access to some 400 beds in Queen Mary Hospital, The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital, Fung Yiu King Hospital and the MacLehose Medical Rehabilitation Centre. The Department is divided into eight independent sub-specialty divisions, including General Orthopaedics and Oncology, Hand and Foot Surgery, Joint Replacement Surgery, Paediatric Orthopaedics, Spine Surgery, Sports and Arthroscopic Surgery, Orthopaedic Trauma and Rehabilitation Service.

And we have access to some 400 beds in Queen Mary Hospital, The Duchess of Kent Children’s Hospital, Fung Yiu King Hospital and the MacLehose Medical Rehabilitation Centre.

Our research has broken new ground with its well-established Orthopaedic Research Centre, which includes an exhaustive array of facilities such as state-of-the-art biomechanics, biomaterials, and motion analysis laboratories.

The renowned reputation of our Department has attracted scholars from all around the globe to continue their academic studies and enhance their skills here.

Opportunities are available for students pursuing masters (MPhil) or doctoral (PhD) degrees in the Medical Sciences or Biomedical Sciences. Applicants should hold an honours degree in BSc, MSc, or equivalent.

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Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine

The Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine is a pre-eminent international paediatric department in Asia striving for the health and well-being of children and adolescent. It endeavours to:

  • provide high-quality children-centred healthcare services to the community;
  • produce graduates, postgraduates and paediatricians of distinction, committed to lifelong learning, integrity and professionalism;
  • engage in innovative and high-impact basic and clinical research, within and across disciplines; and
  • form alliance and partnership to achieve our vision and missions.

Our Department comprises active researchers in various disciplines within paediatrics and child health and we offer a comprehensive array of research themes for the pursual of patients, families, students, researchers and collaborators.

Our research areas include:

  • Cancer, stem cell biology, traditional Chinese medicine
  • Clinical genetics & genomics
  • Community paediatrics
  • Developmental behavioural paediatrics & rehabilitation
  • Epstein-Barr virus biology
  • Immunology
  • Infectious diseases
  • Molecular basis of mammalian development & genetic diseases
  • Paediatric cardiovascular research
  • Paediatric neurology research

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Department of Pathology

The Department of Pathology’s main role includes, amongst others, the teaching of the various Pathology sub-disciplines, such as anatomical pathology, haematology, immunology and chemical pathology, to undergraduate medical, Chinese medicine, dental students and postgraduate students. Staff of the Department also participate heavily in cutting-edge scientific research, as well as provide diagnostic services both to and outside Queen Mary Hospital for the management of patients. We also serve the community through knowledge exchange as well as serve in various capacities and positions of professional organisations of the community.

The research interests of the Department focus on the study of cellular and molecular bases of disease. The major interests, abilities and international recognition lie in the broad field of oncology/neoplasia, with active research projects in:

  • Cancers of lung, esophagus, liver, colon, stomach, nasopharynx, breast, ovary, female reproductive tract
  • Leukaemia
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Inherited metabolic diseases
  • Toxicology
  • Omics-based medicine 
  • Systems pathology

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Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy

The Department of Pharmacology and Pharmacy is involved in teaching the fundamental principles in pharmacology and relevant knowledge pertaining to drugs to medical, dental, nursing and pharmacy students. It is also committed to serve the community partly by research into drug actions of relevance to the local population, as well as by providing consultation when its expertise is sought. The Division of Pharmacy is dedicated to provide education to foster the future leaders in Pharmacy through teaching and research.

Our research areas include:

  • Cardiovascular pharmacology
  • Metabolic research
  • Toxicology & drug metabolism
  • Cellular signalling & herbal medicines
  • Medication safety
  • Medication use in children
  • Chinese medicine
  • Drug delivery

Our research is highly interdisciplinary with a dynamic research Profile spanning from basic pharmacology and drug development, through drug delivery and formulation, clinical trials and big data research, use of medicines by patients, and safe medication practice. Our researchers work closely together on the common goal of developing new medicines and formulations that can be evaluated in patients and that can improve health and the quality of life. 

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Department of Psychiatry

The Department of Psychiatry at HKU was the first psychiatric unit in Hong Kong attached to and serving a general hospital, offering ample clinical materials and research opportunities for students of mental health and psychological influences on health and illness.

Our active research areas include:

  • Behavioural neuroscience
  • Brain ageing & cognitive impairment
  • Brain imaging
  • Clinical & health psychology
  • Cognitive psychopathology
  • Emotion & sleep disorders
  • Health psychology & social medicine
  • Psychiatric & statistical genetics
  • Psychosis studies & intervention

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School of Public Health

The School of Public Health is committed to protecting and improving health for all people, through the synthesis of state-of-the-science research, the dissemination of knowledge in education and training, and the application of the public health sciences. Its mission is to excel in educating future leaders of public health and engaging in impactful original research to protect and promote population health.

The School has an internationally recognised track record of innovative and ground-breaking research in public health, and enjoys a leading regional reputation in postgraduate and professional education and training.

The School of Public Health offers the leading Master of Public Health programme in Asia, and has published extensively on:

  • Adolescent health
  • Antimicrobial resistance
  • Behavioural medicine
  • Biostatistics
  • Environmental health
  • Health services research
  • Health economics
  • Lifestyle & life course epidemiology
  • Molecular & infectious diseases epidemiology & control
  • Physical activity & health
  • Psycho-oncology 
  • Risk communication
  • Tobacco control
  • Virology, pathogenesis & diagnostics

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Department of Surgery

The Department of Surgery is a world-renowned leader that has served as a vital link between clinical service, research and training in Surgery for well over a century. With 14 clinical divisions, the Department is a centre of excellence that provides state-of-art management for all types of surgical conditions.

Our achievements in translational and clinical research in the following four main areas have received continued international recognition:

  • Liver disease
  • Surgical oncology
  • Transplantation
  • Surgical subspecialties

The Department contributes significantly to the innovation of surgical techniques, including minimally-invasive surgery, endovascular surgery, and robotic surgery. The Department is recognised world-wide for its contribution to evidence-based medical practice in surgery through high-quality clinical trials. The Department also strives to advance understanding of surgical diseases through cutting-edge basic and translational research.

We provide first-class training at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Its Surgical Skills Centre uses simulation, animal models, and other state-of-the-art facilities in the training of doctors, medical students and other medical personnel. The Centre for Education and Training (CET) sets a high standard in curriculum development, teaching and assessment, and is one of the few centers in the world that is wholly devoted to surgical training and education research.

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