Want to study Medicine at the Chinese University of Hong Kong? CUHK is a great choice for aspiring medical students. Established in 1981, the Faculty of Medicine is renowned for its leading academic research – and, despite its short history, CUHK has been ranked one of the top 50 medical schools in the world.

CUHK Medicine: What Can I Study?

The Chinese University of Hong Kong is home to a range of five schools which offer eight different programmes in Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health and Nursing:

CUHK Medicine: What Are the Entry Requirements?

Different courses at CUHK will have different entry requirements, so it’s best to check these on the school’s website before applying. However, they have the following requirements for core HKDSE subjects:

  • GCE/IAL students should take 4 AL subjects (excluding Chinese), of which at least 3 subjects should be completed in one sitting (within a 12-month period). Either Chemistry or Biology should be taken. Having both is preferable. Further Maths is not counted as a separate subject.
  • After the release of GCE AL or IAL results, the top-ranked students (usually an average of 4A*>95%), who have not been interviewed before, will be invited for interview in late August.
  • The minimum IB (International Baccalaureate) requirement is a final score of ≥42/45, with grades of at least 6,7,7 in the Higher Level subjects.
  • Graduate students are expected to be in the top 10% of the class, or well above the boundary for first-class honours degrees.

Note: Existing medical students can apply for transfer to Year 2, 3 or 4.

In elective subjects, the university requires Biology or Chemistry at Level 3, accompanied by another subject at the same level – and they recommend that students take both. Unlike at HKU, third elective subjects are highly encouraged. In total, CUHK require a total score of 41 in all HKDSE subjects. CUHK’s programmes are highly competitive – they state on their website that they accept students who rank in the top 1% of HKDSE results.

CUHK Medicine: How Do I Apply?

Think the courses at CUHK are for you? Then it’s time to begin your application! As with most university applications in Hong Kong, this process is completed using JUPAS by following the steps below:

  1. Create a personal online application – create your online account.
  2. Complete the online application – this form should include your personal profile and confirmed programme choices at CUHK – make sure you check the entry requirements of all schools before applying!
  3. Payment of your application fee – at this stage, you will need to pay your non-refundable HK$450 fee. Your application for CUHK Medicine will not be sent until you have paid this – the JUPAS deadline is usually around December, so make sure you have completed your application before then.

CUHK Medicine: How Much Will It Cost?

Tuition fees at CUHK are HK$42,100 for local students, and they estimates that student accommodation costs around $12,000.

As with HKU, CUHK is also a UGC-funded university, so a range of scholarships and government funding is available to study there. Grants and loans from the Tertiary Student Finance Scheme are available to full-time local students from deprived economic backgrounds. The Non-Means-Tested Loan Scheme for Full-time Tertiary Students also provides loans for full-time local students up to the amount of the university’s tuition fees.

CUHK Medicine: How Will I Be Interviewed?

From the 2023 entry onwards, Medicine Programme will resume 100% in-person panel interviews unless under special circumstances (e.g. COVID-related). Virtual interviews are no longer guaranteed.

Interviews will be conducted around May to July and will last 15 minutes each. You will be contacted via phone or email and will be interviewed by two panel members in English on the day. You can expect to be asked about your interest in Medicine, your knowledge of healthcare as well as questions on ethics, teamwork, leadership and communication.

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