Faculty of Science, CUHK - 科研星耀專修範圍(STARS)



Undergraduate research has been an integral part of our curriculum, and the Faculty of Science offers extensive research opportunities to our undergraduates who are interested in research and wish to challenge themselves. STARS is for students admitted under the 4-year curriculum in 2017-18 and thereafter, and it is an “add-on” stream intended for students with strong ability and interest to gain wider exposure and research experience during their undergraduate studies.

STARS students can:

  • participate in research starting from junior year under the supervision of our professors
  • have opportunities to join international conferences and seminars
  • have at least 4 consecutive weeks of outgoing exposure
  • have financial support for outgoing exposure
  • receive admission scholarship (applicable in Phase 1 only)


  • To nurture top students to have a broader exposure in Science
  • To provide a clear path and guidance for students interested in doing research
  • To offer research opportunities and training in research abilities in an early stage
  • To discover and develop talents among undergraduates 

Entrance Requirements

Students being admitted in 2017-18 and thereafter to the Faculty of Science (via SCIENCE broad-based (BSCIN) admission or programme-based admission) majoring in Biochemistry, Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Earth System Science, Environmental Science, Food and Nutritional Sciences, Mathematics, Molecular Biotechnology, Physics, or Statistics meeting the following criteria are eligible to enroll in STARS. Interview is not required.

Phase 1 (At the beginning of Year 1)

  1. JUPAS admittees who have obtained University Best 5 Score of 31 or above in HKDSE; OR
  2. JUPAS admittees who have obtained University Best 5 Score of 29 or above in HKDSE with Level 5** in at least one of the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics Extended Part (Module 1or 2), Physics; OR
  3. Non-JUPAS admittees who have obtained excellent performance in public examinations and/or international competitions (considered on a case-by-case basis)

Phase 2 (After the release of Year 1 Term 2 results)

  1.  Obtained a Year GPA of 3.7 or above in Year 1; AND
  2. Obtained a GPA of 3.7 in 4 Faculty Package courses from 4 different groups


Stream Requirements
(Applicable to students admitted in 2017-18 and thereafter)

Students are required to complete a minimum of 12 units of courses as follows:

1.  Required Courses  Units 
 (a) one Faculty Package course: 
from the two remaining groups in the Faculty Package of the Major programmes
 (b) Research courses: STAR2000, 3000, 4000 [a]  6
 (c) Seminar courses: STAR2050, 3050, 4050  3
 2.  Experiential Learning
At least 4 consecutive weeks of outside Hong Kong exposure [b]
Total: 12

Explanatory Notes:

[a] Students may select research-oriented course(s), as approved by their respective Major programmes, to substitute up to four units for fulfillment of Research courses requirement.

[b] Students must complete any exchange/research/internship programme(s) offered by the University, Colleges, the Faculty of Science or Major programmes, as approved by their respective Major programmes, to fulfill the Experiential Learning requirement. Students are responsible for the extra costs incurred in exchange/research/internship programme(s).


Recommended Study Pattern   Units 
1st Year of Attendance

one Faculty Package course
2nd term or Summer session: STAR2050

2nd Year of Attendance  STAR2000, STAR3050  2
3rd Year of Attendance  STAR3000, STAR4050 
4th Year of Attendance  STAR4000 

Course Code Course Title Units
STAR2000 Undergraduate Research in Science I 1
STAR2050 Seminar I 1
STAR3000 Undergraduate Research in Science II 2
STAR3050 Seminar II 1
STAR4000 Undergraduate Research in Science III 3
STAR4050 Seminar III 1

All STAR-coded courses taken will NOT be included in the calculation of the Major GPA for honours classification. Upon fulfillment of all the stream requirements as stipulated above, STARS will be officially recorded on the academic transcript.

If the students decided to opt out from STARS, they should approach their major programme concerned.


Email: sfo@cuhk.edu.hk
Tel: (852) 3943 6264