PolyU SPEED BSc (Hons) in Applied Sciences (Health Studies) - Full-time

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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Sciences (Health Studies) - Full-time

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Sciences (Health Studies) - Full-time

Programme Code

84048-HS (Full-time)

Medium of Instruction

English (except for subjects with Chinese requirements)

Scheme Leader

Dr Adam WONG


Programme Leader



Assistant Programme Leader

Dr Oscar CHIU

BSc, PhD

Commencement Date

02 Sep 2024

Normal Duration

2 years

Tuition Fee (Local students)

HK$3,000/ credit

Tuition Fee (Non-local students)

HK$3,300/ credit

Academic Division

Division of Science, Engineering and Health Studies

Students and Alumni Stories

Programme Features

  • Nurtures healthcare talents
  • Articulation to local and overseas universities such as The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong and University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Opportunities to participate in field work and scholarly activities, e.g. publishing journal papers and book chapters
  • Facilitates your further studies in bachelor’s and master’s degree programmes in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, infection control, health informatics, public health, healthy ageing, nutrition and food sciences, biotechnology, biomedical engineering, sports medicine and sports science, etc.
  • The teaching team includes experienced medical and healthcare professionals


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Division of Science, Engineering and Health Studies

Professional Recognition

Students can join the Hong Kong College of Community Health Practitioners (HKCCHP) as student members, and, upon graduation, can advance to the Associate Fellowship (AFHKCCHP) status.

Students are also eligible to apply as Associate Members of the Hong Kong College of Health Service Executives (HKCHSE), as Student Members of Hong Kong Occupational Safety and Health Association (HKOSHA), and as Affiliated Members of Hong Kong Institute of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene (HKIOEH).

Future Prospects

Career Prospect 

  • Graduates are able to pursue a wide range of careers, including community health practitioners, executive assistants, university research assistant, marketing in health professional education, administration in public hospitals of the Hospital Authority, enrolled nurse training at public and private hospitals, Government ambulance, fire and immigration services, quality control and sales in pharmaceutical companies, sales in health device companies, insurance, NGO community projects
  • The average starting salary of graduates is around HK$16,300 in 2021

* Source: PolyU SPEED Graduate Employment Survey


Further Study Opportunities

  • Past graduates have pursued postgraduate studies in famous local and overseas universities, such as The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Nursing; Nutrition and Healthy Ageing; Physiotherapy; Occupational Therapy; Health Informatics), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Public Health; Sports Medicine and Health Science; Nutrition, Food Science and Technology), The University of Hong Kong (Public Health), City University of Hong Kong (Biomedical Engineering), University of Leeds (Public Health), the UK,  and McTimoney College of Chiropractic, the UK

Programme Structure

Students are required to complete the following requirements with satisfactory results for an honours degree:


Requirements Minimum Credits
General University Requirements (GUR) Note19
Cluster Area Requirements (CAR)

2 subjects, 3 credits each

Service-Learning (SL) OR Free Elective 1 subject, 3 credits3
Essential Components of General Education (non-credit bearing)-N/A
Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR) Note2
(Please refer to the table below for details)
51 – 60
FoundationUp to 3 subjects, 3 credits each 
(for students from unrelated disciplines only)
0 – 9
6 subjects, 3 credits each18
8 subjects, 3 credits each24 
Elective3 subjects, 3 credits each9
Work-Integrated Education (WIE) Note3
300 hours of work-based learning experienceN/A
Total60 – 78 

Discipline-Specific Requirements (DSR)


Scheme Compulsory (all 6 subjects)

  • Business Communication in Chinese
  • Effective Professional Communication in English
  • Integrated Study (Applied Sciences)
  • Management of Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship 
  • Professional Ethics and Social Responsibilities
  • Research Methodology in Applied Sciences 


Foundation (for students from unrelated disciplines only)

  • Introduction to Internet Technologies
  • Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • Sociology for Health Studies


Award-Specific Compulsory (all 8 subjects)

  • Ethics and Legal Considerations in Health Care
  • Health Informatics and Healthcare 4.0
  • Infection Control and Outbreak Management
  • Nutrition and Diseases
  • Operations Management for Health Care
  • Practices in Health Promotion
  • Public Health and Epidemiology
  • Sustainable Health Care Systems 


Elective# (any 3 subjects)

  • Accounting for Decision Making
  • Assistive Technologies for Quality Health Services
  • Contemporary Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Electronic Commerce Strategy and Implementation
  • End of Life Issues
  • Nutrition and Life Cycle


Offering of any elective subjects is subject to sufficient enrolment.


This is a service-learning subject.



1.  Students who have not met the equivalent standard of undergraduate degree Language and Communication Requirements (LCR) under GUR are required to take up to 9 additional credits in LCR (2 subjects in English & 1 subject in Chinese, 3 credits each). They will be advised if they are required to take LCR subjects on admission.

2.  Students from unrelated disciplines (i.e. holders of Associate Degree or equivalent qualification not in Health Studies) with good academic results may also be considered for admission to this programme. These students will be required to take up to 3 foundation subjects. 

3.  Relevant work experience accumulated during or after sub-degree studies may be considered for fulfilment of WIE. Students will be invited to submit application for consideration after programme commencement.

Entrance Requirements

Holder of a recognised Associate Degree, Higher Diploma or equivalent qualification in related disciplines.  Applicants from unrelated disciplines will also be considered and, if admitted, are required to take appropriate foundation subject(s).



  1. The main medium of instruction of the study programme concerned should be English.  An applicant who has completed the programme with other languages as the main medium of instruction should attain the following English Language requirement: IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550 (paper based)/80 (Internet based).
  2. An applicant who does not possess the above-mentioned qualification but has reached the age of 25 before 1 September, in the year in which he/she seeks admission, may apply as a mature applicant. He/she must demonstrate sufficient motivation, knowledge and potential to indicate a high probability of being able to complete the programme successfully. In addition, he/she may be required to take appropriate foundation subject(s).