12 months
16507 USD/year
16507 USD/year
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The Master of Science in Biotechnology Program at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is designed to provide rigorous training to students for professional careers in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries. Since its inception in 1993, the Program has been widely recognized by professional practitioners in the relevant fields as a premier academic program.


The curriculum is continuously enriched with various basic and advanced biotechnological elements, including pharmaceutical, analytical, transgenic and recombinant technology, bioprocessing, business operations and management. All these elements are unique for preparing our students to become scientific research leaders with entrepreneurship in emerging bio-industrial areas. With this training and exposure, graduates from the Program will be able to initiate innovative solutions in biotechnology and rapidly advance their careers.

The Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Biotechnology program at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, students should be able to:

  • Explain in-depth and up-to-date knowledge in basic and advanced biotechnological elements.
  • Evaluate information relevant to concepts and issues of contemporary biotechnology.
  • Analyze and solve both theoretical and applied biotechnological problems related to research and technical aspects of the industry.
  • Describe legal, ethical, social and business aspects of biotechnology-based products and services.
  • Perform biotechnological research or assessments independently and/or collaboratively with peers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Principles and Applications in Biotechnology
  • Business Operations of Biotechnology A
  • Bioanalytical Technology
  • Concepts in Bioprocessing
  • Biomarker and Medical Devices
  • Drug Discovery and Development
  • Nutraceuticals and Transgenic Products
  • Recombinant DNA Technology and Bioproducts
  • Product and Development Management


Target Students:

  • Recently graduated undergraduates or high school teachers who wish to advance their knowledge and training in biotechnology
  • Technical and research specialists in government or private bodies pursing further career advancement
  • and a distinct qualification in bioscience
  • Individuals planning to pursue a successful career in biotechnology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


26 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants seeking admission to a master's degree program should have obtained a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution, or an approved equivalent qualification.
  • Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements
  • A bachelor's degree in Biological Science or a related area
  • Applicants should have a proven record of good performance, be proficient in English and must demonstrate basic knowledge in biotechnology concerns.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16507 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16507 USD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    16507 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16507 USD per year during 12 months.

Full-time: HK$128,000Part-time: HK$115,000

Living costs for Hong Kong

13720 - 23419 HKD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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