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Established in 1956, the Department of Chemistry remains as one of the largest and best-equipped departments in CUHK. Currently, there are 20 professors and 4 research professors engaging in all branches of frontier chemistry including synthetic chemistry, organometallic chemistry, chemical biology, polymer chemistry, theoretical chemistry, mass spectrometry, laser spectroscopy etc. With our effort, we are committed to nurturing future scientists.
The Department of Chemistry provides solid training in the traditional four areas, namely, organic, inorganic, analytical and physical chemistry. Besides, cross-disciplinary courses which focus more on practical aspects such as forensic science, food testing, environmental analysis and pharmaceutical chemistry are available. In the final year, students need to choose between problem-based learning and undergraduate thesis as a capstone project. Chemistry students should declare in one of the following streams:
- Main Stream: Designed for students to have the highest autonomy in course selection
- Enrichment Stream: Designed for students who need a solid background in chemistry to pursue chemistry-related or research-oriented careersStudents are required to take undergraduate thesis as the capstone project.
- Testing and Accreditation Stream: Designed for students who are interested in establishing a career in testing and analysis. Students will be deployed to an accredited laboratory to work for 320 hours
Experiential learning opportunities are always available to students to practice chemistry.
- Local and overseas research programmes
- Internships at local secondary schools and testing laboratories
- Short-term visits to overseas universities
Students with satisfactory academic performance are eligible to apply for scholarships.
The career of our graduates is highly diversified in different sectors. Many of them are taking prominent positions, including
- Secondary school principals
- Professors / lecturers in local and overseas tertiary institutions
- Chemists and forensic scientists in the Government Laboratory
- Chemists in the Waterwork Laboratory
- Scientific officers in the Department of Health and Environmental Protection Department
- Senior executive officers in chemistry-related businesses and industries
- Researchers in scientific research and development sectors
HO Ka Ka
I like the learning model of chemistry programme very much: we start with basic concepts and then apply these concepts to explain the phenomena we observe instead of full recitation. Outside the classroom, I have learned doing research in various research laboratories over the past two years. My store of knowledge was increased, my experimental skills were improved, and I learned how to get along with fellow students and academics. I also went to Lanzhou with classmates for exchange and participated in the Chemistry Olympiad, in which I felt the harmonious relationship between students and professors. Among the rest of many activities, the most impressive one is the seven-day Outward Bound Training. We rowed to an uninhabited island every day by kayak for hiking, abseiling and camping. We kept making breakthroughs and pushing ourselves out of the comfort zone. Next year I will be having an exchange in the United States and Sweden so as to gain research experience and international exposure to prepare myself for entering the sector of innovation and technology.