Research Programmes

MPhil and PhD research degrees are an integral part of our academic ethos, where students are required to conduct independent research projects under the supervision of one or more of the department’s faculty members, with the relevant expertise. The topic of degree projects are either biotechnology or environmental science research related, with degrees awarded after satisfactory completion of a research programme demonstrating a level of originality.

If you wish to pursue further study, then click on the box containing your area of interest to find out which faculty member may have the relevant expertise to act as your supervisor.


Hong Kong Baptist University (Haimen) Institute of Science and Technology Dual PhD Programmes

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Hong Kong PhD Fellowship Scheme for 2016/2017

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The Croucher Foundation Study Awards

The Croucher Foundation is a private endowment set up in 1979 and permanently domiciled in Hong Kong, with the objective of promoting excellence in natural science, technology and medicine in Hong Kong. One of the Foundation’s regular funding initiatives is to provide financial support for promising young people in Hong Kong to pursue scientific research at postdoctoral and doctoral levels.

The study awards offered by the Croucher Foundation Limited (“the Foundation”) are intended to enable applicants who are permanent residents of Hong Kong to devote themselves to a period of full-time study or research in natural science, medicine or technology in approved academic institutions in Hong Kong.

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MSc Programmes (Postgraduate Taught Programme)

MSc in Environmental and Public Health Management

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Confronted with the gradual deterioration of our natural environment, the major objective of the MSc in Environmental and Public Health Management is to incorporate management techniques with the scientific aspects of environmental protection, for the effective maintenance of a healthy environment via an interdisciplinary approach; with focus placed on sustainable development and environmental health and risk management. In addition to conventional environmental issues, the relationship between economics, regulation and policy, management techniques, social and ethical values, health risk analysis and environmental conservation will be explored in detail. This programme admits students from all academic disciplines and is offered on a full-time or part-time basis.

Curriculum (Effective from 1st September 2015)

Each student is required to enrol in TWO core courses and choose FIVE elective courses from the following and complete the MSc Dissertation (i.e. the completion of 27 units).

Core Courses (6 units)
EPHM7110 Principles of Environmental Management 3 units
EPHM7020 Management of Public Health Risks 3 units
Elective Courses (15 units) A total of FIVE courses selected from the NINE courses below
EPHM7010 Sustainable Management Systems 3 units
EPHM7040 Land and Water Resources Management 3 units
EPHM7050 Integrated Waste Management 3 units
EPHM7070 Research and Environmental Monitoring Methodology 3 units
EPHM7330 Food Quality, Law and Safety Management 3 units
EPHM7320 Occupational Health and Safety Management 3 units
EPHM7340 Carbon and Energy Management 3 units
FAFS7010 Food Microbiology* 3 units
FAFS7070 Food Toxicology* 3 units
MSc Dissertation (6 Units) Total 27 units

* Students must have a bachelor’s degree in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or Food Science to be eligible for this course.

Admission Scholarship

The aim of the Admission Scholarship is for students who have good academic and English results to study our programme but are unable to pay the full tuition fees. Programme committee members will assess each application on a case-by-case basis but the student must satisfy the following requirements:

1. A minimum score of 7.0 in the International English Language Testing System; and
2. A good undergraduate GPA.

Outstanding Student Scholarship Award

The Outstanding Student Scholarship Award is offered on grounds of merit and awarded to two students from each graduating class in an academic year. The students must meet the two following criteria:

1. Be one of the top two students with the highest GPA in the graduating class; and
2. A GPA above 3.5.

MSc in Food Analysis and Food Safety Management

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The Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry are together launching a new MSc in Food Analysis and Food Safety Management Programme, in September 2013, for professionals working in the food analysis and production industry. The major focus of the programme will be on new and emerging issues within the field of food safety and on recent developments in analytical approaches used to monitor food quality, food additives and food microbes for consumer protection. The programme is available in both full-time and part-time modes.


(A) Core Courses 24 units
1. Food Chemistry 3 units
2. Food Microbiology 3 units
3. Food Toxicology 3 units
4. Food Analysis 3 units
5. Food Quality, Law and Safety Management 3 units
6. Analytical Process and Applied Satistics 2 units
7. Sample Pretreatment Methods 1 unit
8. Food Analysis Laboratory 3 units
9. Dissertation in Food Analysis and Food Safety Management 3 units
(B) Elective Courses
Students are required to select a total of 3 units from the following:
3 units
1. Analytical Spectroscopy for Food Analysis 3 units
2. Management of Public Health Risks 3 units
3. Separation Science 3 units
4. Laboratory Management 2 units
5. Mass Spectrometry for Food Analysis 1 unit
6. Pharmaceutical and Traditional Chinese Medicinal Analysis 1 unit
7. Advanced Study on Food Safety Management System 1 unit
Total 27 units

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