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HKU-Cambridge Undergraduate Recruitment Scheme (Natural Sciences)

How to Enroll in the Cambridge-track

Requirements for JUPAS students:
JUPAS Band A applicants of 6901 BSc and 6688 Science Master Class Programmes will be invited to indicate their interest in the Cambridge-track by January 2024. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an admissions test and an interview after HKDSE.


Extended Modules 1 or 2 in Mathematics (M1/M2), and level 5 or above in English are required.  Applicants who perform well in the interview and test, and achieve a HKDSE score 35 or above in their best 5 HKDSE subjects (Category A subjects, M1/M2 must be included)# will be placed on the Track.

#The HKDSE 'level to score' conversion table:

Category A Core and Elective Subjects and Extended Module 1 or Module 2 of Mathematics

















Requirements for Non-JUPAS students:
Non-JUPAS applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  Higher level Mathematics is required for IB students.  For GCEAL students, Mathematics and Further Mathematics are required.  Excellent results in Mathematics are required for students with other qualifications.  Selected applicants will be invited to enrol in YSS/Cambridge-track.  No application is necessary.


Admissions of Students on the Cambridge-track to Cambridge
Admissions of Students on the Cambridge-track to Cambridge

Students on the Track will be assessed by Cambridge academics in their second year of study through admissions test and interview. Students selected will be given a conditional offer after the interview.

They will study a broad range of Science courses in Year 1 and Year 2 at HKU to best equip themselves for their studies at Cambridge.  Upon satisfying the requirements as stipulated in the conditional offer letter by the end of the student’s second year of studies, he or she will be given a firm offer to study at Cambridge.

As the Cambridge-track is a competitive scheme for high calibre students with excellent academic credentials, it is expected that the number of students selected for each cohort will not normally exceed 60% of the YSS population.


In summary, students who wish to be selected to join the Scheme will have to go through and successfully pass the following selection procedures:

Admissions test and Interview by HKU ScienceMay/June 2024
UCAS application for entry to CambridgeOctober 2025
Admissions assessment test and Interview by Cambridge academicsOctober/November 2025

Tuition Fees

Students will pay HKU fees and Cambridge fees for their study at HKU and Cambridge, respectively.




Tuition Fees

HK$42,100 p.a.1

HK$182,000 p.a.2

Approx. £37,293 p.a.4


Hall fees: Approx. HK$17,290-HK$37,940 p.a.3

College fees: Approx. £8,750 to £11,750 p.a.4

Living Expense

Approx. HK$50,000 p.a.

Approx.£14,600 p.a.


  1. For students who have Right of Abode in Hong Kong
  2. For students who do not have Right of Abode in Hong Kong and require a student visa to study at HKU
  3. References for overseas students
  4. Rates of current year and are subject to change


Information on fees and costs at Cambridge can be found at


  • Students may apply for the following scholarships.
  • Students are advised to check the eligibility with respective parties directly. 


The Cambridge Commonwealth, European & International Trust
EligibilityAll Undergraduate at Cambridge (excluding UK applicants).
Application ProcessInternational applicants who are offered a place by a Cambridge College will be sent an application form to apply for Cambridge Trust Scholarships; those applicants will also be considered for any other awards administered by the Cambridge Trust for which they are eligible.
Scholarship AmountNot specified. In the past, students used to get £2000-£5000 per annum.


Hong Kong Scholarship offered by St John's College Cambridge


1. to be offered a place to study at St John’s  College for an undergraduate course **

2. to be a Hong Kong resident, and

3. to have gone to school in Hong Kong.

**All undergraduate courses, either 3 or 4 year ones, are eligible, apart from Medicine and Veterinary Medicine.

Application ProcessApplicants can apply through UCAS by the deadline and go through the normal application and selection procedure for admission to St John’s College, University of Cambridge.
Scholarship AmountUp to the full cost of undergraduate studies, including tuition fees and maintenance costs.


College Awards
EligibilityAdmission to a specific college at Cambridge
Application ProcessContact College upon admission
Scholarship AmountNot specified. In the past, students used to get £3000 up to Full Tuition Fee + College Fee + Basic Living Expenses per annum.


Jardine Foundation

Applicants must normally be within seven years of having completed the secondary school education, at the date of entry to any one of our preferred Colleges, which include Exeter, Oriel, The Queen's and Trinity at the University of Oxford, and Downing, Magdalene, Peterhouse and Trinity at the University of Cambridge, and must:

1. have reached an academic standard to qualify for entry to any one of such Colleges (University of Cambridge – Downing, Magdalene, Peterhouse, Trinity)

2. be resident in any of the countries or territories in which Jardine Matheson Group has significant business interests, which include Cambodia, mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. For applications from Singapore, male applicants must have either completed or be exempted from National Service.

3. Generally, applications will not be accepted from candidates whose parents have not resided in such relevant country or territory for at least seven years prior to the proposed date of entry to University.

4. be in a satisfactory state of health.

Application Process
Scholarship AmountEach Scholarship awarded will generally be sufficient to cover fees, tuition, the cost of books and equipment, board and lodging (preferably on a living-in basis where this is available at the University), and reasonable living expenses and travel expenses to and from the University at the beginning and at the end of the course for which the Scholarship is awarded.


Rowan Williams Cambridge Studentship
EligibilityApplicants should be from an area of instability or zone of conflict and, or have been, at risk of discrimination, persecution, suffering, violence or other abuse of their human rights.
Applicants should mention in their Personal Statement how they meet the eligibility criteria.
Application ProcessIn addition to applying to the University of Cambridge, a separate application is required for this studentship.
Scholarship Amount

University tuition fee

Annual stipend for a single person

Other allowances (i.e. travel, visa and immigration health surcharge costs) considered on a need basis


Confidentiality of Assessment

Each student registered for the selection of the Scheme has to sign an undertaking that he or she will not disclose any content of the assessments and interviews to another person without the written consent of the Faculty of Science, HKU and the University of Cambridge. Violation of the confidentiality undertaking will result in disqualification of the application.


HKU-Cambridge Undergraduate Recruitment Scheme (Natural Sciences) Leaflet

HKU-Cambridge Undergraduate Recruitment Scheme (Natural Sciences)