Postgraduate Programs 2022/23
Master of Science Program in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Award Title

Master of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Program Short Name


Mode of Study

Both full- and part-time

Normative Program Duration

Full-time : 1 year
Part-time : 2 years

Program Fee

Full-time: HK$155,000
Part-time: HK$135,000

New students admitted with credit transfer are also required to pay the full program fee. The program fee covers 4 terms of study for the full-time MSc Program and 6 terms for the part-time MSc Program. Students who stay in the program beyond the normative study period covered by the program fee, or take additional courses or need to retake any courses are required to pay additional fee.

Program Advisor

Program Director:
Prof Minhua SHAO, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering

The Master of Science (MSc) Program in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering is designed for students who wish to acquire an in-depth understanding of a particular area of chemical and biomolecular engineering while strengthening their overall knowledge at an advanced level.

It provides students with updated knowledge on products development, process and energy integration, waste minimization and treatment, material sciences, biomolecular science, and biochemical processes. This is a unique program that covers knowledge in areas of bioengineering / environment / nanotechnology, which are the three focal areas of HKUST.

The program not only offers advanced chemical and biomolecular engineering courses for students, but also enables them to take electives from other related programs to prepare chemical engineers to lead and take up senior positions.

On successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering to the solution of chemical engineering problems;
  2. Design and conduct experiments, analyze, interpret data and synthesize valid conclusions;
  3. Design a system, component, or process, and synthesize solutions to achieve desired needs;
  4. Use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice with appropriate considerations for public health and safety, cultural, societal, and environmental constraints;
  5. Communicate clearly and concisely both in writing and orally;
  6. Design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs within realistic constraints such as economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, and sustainability; and
  7. Apply critical thinking through independent thought and informed judgement, and develop creative and innovative solutions.
  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

    30 credits 

  2. Credit Transfer  

    Subject to the approval of the Program Director and the University regulations governing credit transfer, a maximum of 12 credits can be transferred to the program.

  3. Foundation Courses

    At least 12 credits

    Subject to the decision of the Program Director, students who do not possess a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering will be required to take at least 15 credits.


CBME 5110
CBME 5210
CBME 5520
CBME 5610
CBME 5820
CBME 5830
CBME 5840
CBME 5900
CBME 5910


  1. Elective Courses

    At least 6 credits

CBME 5320
CBME 5750
CBME 5760
CBME 5810
CBME 5860
CBME 5920
CBME 6000
CBME 6980


  1. Remarks

  • Subject to the approval of the Program Director, students may take a maximum of 9 credits of other postgraduate courses as partial fulfillment of the program requirements.

  • Part-time students may take a maximum of 9 credits in each term.

  • Students failing to meet the graduation grade average (GGA) requirement of 2.850 or above are required to repeat or take additional course(s) even if they attain passing grades for all courses.

Last update: 10 May 2022

To qualify for admission, applicants must meet all of the following requirements. Admission is selective and meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

1. General Admission Requirements of the University
  • 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.

2. English Language Admission Requirements

Applicants have to fulfill English Language requirements with one of the following proficiency attainments:

  • TOEFL-iBT: 80*

  • TOEFL-pBT: 550

  • TOEFL-Revised paper-delivered test: 60 (total scores for Reading, Listening and Writing sections)

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score: 6.5 and All sub-score: 5.5

* refers to the total score in one single attempt

Applicants are not required to present TOEFL or IELTS score if

  • their first language is English, or

  • they obtained the bachelor's degree (or equivalent) from an institution where the medium of instruction was English.

3. Program-Specific Admission Requirements
  • A bachelor's degree with second class honors in Chemical Engineering or a related area

4. Additional Information
  • Students who do not possess a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering background will be required to take at least five foundation courses.