Postgraduate Programs 2024/25
Master of Science Program in Environmental Health and Safety
Award Title

Master of Science in Environmental Health and Safety

Program Short Name


Mode of Study

Both full- and part-time

Normative Program Duration

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

The courses will be conducted on weekday evenings/Saturdays at HKUST.

Program Fee

Students who take additional course(s) or need to retake any courses are required to pay HK$4,333 for each additional credit.

Program Advisor

Program Director:
Prof Hongbin LIU, Chair Professor of Ocean Science

The Master of Science (MSc) Program in Environmental Health and Safety is a multidisciplinary program designed to provide springboard training to current and prospective environmental professionals. The program aims to educate students with cutting-edge knowledge in environmental health and safety, and equip them with the skills to integrate the knowledge into real life situations and identify emerging environmental problems.

Currently, this is the only environment-related MSc program in Hong Kong that focuses on health and safety issues. The curriculum covers the scientific, technical, legal and social issues that underpin environmental health practices, food safety, hazards and risks assessment, and occupational health and safety. Students will view environmental health and safety as an integral component of health protection and improvement. Graduates from the program can advance their careers in relevant government and private sectors.

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

  1. Apply advanced knowledge from a variety of environmental/health related science disciplines to view environmental health in an integrated approach to improve health protection;
  2. Evaluate the impact of environmental stress on the health and safety of nature (ecosystems), as well as on the physical health and social well-being of humans;
  3. Analyze contemporary environmental health and safety issues in a local and regional context; and
  4. Apply and develop strategies and solutions to tackle environmental problems.
  1. Minimum Credit Requirement

    30 credits 

  2. Foundation Courses  

    12 credits

ENVS 5111
ENVS 5114
ENVS 5115
ENVS 5117


  1. Elective Courses

    18 credits

ENVS 5112
ENVS 5113
ENVS 5116
ENVS 5118
ENVS 5119
ENVS 5120
ENVS 6111*
EVSM 5220
EVSM 5230
JEVE 5320
JEVE 5420
JEVE 5440
JEVE 5530
* ENVS 6111 may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.


  1. Remarks

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


Last update: 31 July 2019

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 scores in one single attempt only. Test at home option is not accepted.

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 Life Science, Chemistry, Environmental Science or a related area

4. Additional Information
  • Applicants should have a proven record of good academic performance, be proficient in English and must demonstrate strong interest in environmental health and safety issues.


Integrated Bachelor-Master Pathway

  • Only for HKUST students in Year 3 or above who are studying a bachelor's degree in Life Science, Chemistry, Environmental Science or a related area. Admissions are selective depending on academic excellence and interview performance.
  • Successful applicants will receive a conditional offer for admission to MSc(EHS) and need to pay a deposit at the prevailing deposit rate.
  • They will be allowed to start taking MSc(EHS) courses in their final year of undergraduate study, and will enter the MSc(EHS) Program upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree.
  • Upon entering MSc(EHS), they can transfer up to 9 credits taken during the undergraduate study to fulfill the MSc(EHS) program requirements. They will pay tuition fee for the remaining credits on a pro-rata basis, with a minimum payment for 21 credits.

Apply online before the application deadlines.


The program has been selected by the University Grants Committee (UGC) to award eligible students for Targeted Taught Postgraduate Programmes Fellowships Scheme. For details, please refer to



Application Fee


Application Deadlines

For 2024/25 Fall Term Intake (commencing in Sep 2024)

Non-local Applicants*
Full-time: 1 Jun 2024
Part-time: 1 Jun 2024

Local Applicants
Full-time: 15 Jul 2024
Part-time: 15 Jul 2024

 * Applicants are considered as non-local students if they hold (i) student visa/ entry permit; or (ii) visa under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG); or (iii) dependent visa/entry permit who were 18 years old or above when they were issued with such visa/ entry permit by the Director of Immigration. For details on student visa/ entry permit requirements, please click here.