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HKU-Cambridge Undergraduate Recruitment Scheme (Natural Sciences)

Study Path for YSS Students in the Cambridge Scheme (2+2+1) mode

Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5
HKU Undergraduate Degree

Available for students majoring in:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Sciences/
    Biological Sciences (Intensive)
  • Chemistry/ Chemistry (Intensive)
  • Earth System Science
  • Ecology & Biodiversity/

        Ecology & Biodiversity (Intensive)

  • Environmental Science
  • Geology/ Geology (Intensive)
  • Molecular Biology & Biotechnology/
    Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
  • Physics/ Physics (Intensive)
Cambridge Undergraduate Degree

Specialisation for a Natural Sciences degree at Cambridge in year 4:

  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences
  • Genetics
  • Materials Science
  • Pathology 
  • Physics
  • Physiology, 
    Development & Neuroscience
  • Plant Sciences
  • Zoology

Or a broad Science programme:

  • Biological & Biomedical Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
Master’s Degree
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences 
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Materials Science
  • Physics
  • Systems Biology

1. Students will study 3 science subjects in Year 3 to get prepared for the specialisation in Year 4.
2. Students who do NOT opt for a Master’s degree at Cambridge will take extra research internships at HKU to fulfill the University’s graduation requirements.
3. Students will pay HKU fees and Cambridge fees for their study at HKU and Cambridge, respectively.

Equivalent Year of study at HKU and Cambridge

Year at HKUYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5
Year at CambridgePart IA (1st year)Part IB
(2nd year)
Part II
(3rd year)
Part III
(4th year, optional)