If you’re thinking of studying Medicine in Hong Kong, the Li Ka Shing Faculty at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) is an excellent school to consider. In 2010-11, the Faculty was ranked number one in Asia for ‘Clinical, Pre-Clinical and Health Universities’ in the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings.
Li Ka Shing is also the oldest medical faculty in the city. It was founded in 1887 as a western medical college, and in 1911 opened as a medical faculty. Comprised of fourteen departments, it offers a range of courses in Medicine, Dentistry, and Nursing.
This page will provide you with information on HKU’s medical programmes, JUPAS applications and interview process.
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HKU Medicine: What can I study?
There are a range of different Undergraduate course programmes offered at the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine:
HKU Medicine: What are the entry requirements?
Each course at HKU has different entry requirements – so double check these before applying! For the Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery programme, HKU have the following requirements for HKDSE:
- English – Level 4
- Chinese – Level 3
- Mathematics – Level 2
- Liberal Studies – Level 2
A good working knowledge of Cantonese is also required for HKU’s courses. In addition, you must also attain a Level 3 in two electives, one of which must be Chemistry or Combined Science, with Chemistry as one of the components. It’s worth noting here that Mathematics Extended Modules are not considered as an elective subject. Make sure you check which subjects will or will not be considered for your course!
HKU Medicine: How do I apply?
Once you’ve decided which courses and universities you’d like to apply to, the next step is completing your application. The application process for HKU Medicine is completed through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS). This is started, usually in September, via the following method:
- Create a personal online application – create your online account with JUPAS.
- Complete the online application – this form should include your personal profile and confirmed programme choices – make sure you check the entry requirements of all schools before applying!
- Payment of your application fee – at this stage, you will need to pay your non-refundable HK$420 fee. Your application for HKU 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.
After this, your application to HKU Medicine is complete – good luck!
HKU Medicine: How much will it cost?
Tuition fees at the University of Hong Kong will be HK$42,100 per year. HKU estimate that the cost of accommodation in Hong Kong per year is around HK$14,000 – 28,000, and living expenses total HK$40,000.
The good news is that there are plenty of scholarships and funding available to study in Hong Kong. Grants and loans from the Tertiary Student Finance Scheme are available to full-time local students from economically deprived backgrounds at UGC or publicly funded universities, like HKU. There is also a Non-Means-Tested Loan Scheme for Full-time Tertiary Students, which provides loans for full-time local students up to the amount of the university’s tuition fees.
HKU Medicine: How will I be interviewed?
The first round of interviews for HKU Medicine will be held in June. In July, your HKDSE results will be announced and there’ll be a second round of interviews afterwards. Offers will be made to successful students in August. The interviews themselves will be conducted in a group setting in both English and Chinese.
HKU Medicine: What’s an Enrichment Year?
The new medical “130” curriculum at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) — aptly named to celebrate the faculty’s 130th anniversary — features an Enrichment Year during the third year of study of the six-year programme, between the preclinical and clinical years of study.
As the term “enrich” suggests, this year allows students to take a break from their traditional medical studies to explore specific areas of interest, enhancing their overall learning experience and furthering personal development.
This sounds intriguing, but what can you actually do? Opportunities are largely split into three themes:
- Service/humanitarian work: working with local or international organisations as volunteers to serve those in need
- Intercalation/exchange: pursuing an intercalated Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (usually in the UK) or going on exchange
- Research: attaching to a professor to help with their research
These plans do not necessarily have to be medically-related: if you decide to study abroad, you could take courses in philosophy and physics— the possibilities are endless. The point of this programme is to explore a passion – or passions – and to develop skills and qualities that may not otherwise be developed in such a specialised field of study like Medicine.
HKU has partnerships with external organisations and institutions to offer customised programmes to students. For example, the school has teamed up with the University of Bristol and the University of Glasgow to offer intercalated Bachelor’s degrees in fields ranging from Neuroscience to Medical Humanities.
HKU itself offers Master in Public Health (MPH) and Master of Research in Medicine (MRes[Med]) programmes for intercalation. Of course, those who have something specific in mind that they would like to pursue are encouraged to initiate their own proposals.