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Jan 10, 2021
In Business and Economics
Entrance requirements: https://www.cityu.edu.hk/admo/hkdse/scores/jupas_scores2020.pdf Years of study: 4 years Fee per year (HKD$): 42,100 Class structure: Lectures, tutorials Assessments: Written examinations (mid + final), individual assignments, group projects Internship requirement during study: Highly Recommended - Year 2 for experience and exploring interests, Year 3 for return offer Exchange opportunities: Yes (Year 2 or Year 3; take difficult Major courses, a pass or fail grade) Possibility for intercalated degree: Yes Option for major / minor degrees: Yes University credit requirements: Min: 120 credits, Max: 144 credits, 3 credits per course Overview - Freshmen year is year 1 - Penultimate year is the second last year before your graduation - Final Year is your last year of study Freshmen Year - Year 1 - General Advice Enrol for the Orientation Camp & build relationships Join societies within CityU (http://www.cityu.edu.hk/sds/web/studentlife_leader_list.shtml) Get out of your comfort zone and create a group in your designated major The above will make it easier for you to form groups in your major courses & can exchange information of future career prospects Maintain a CGPA of 3.0/4.3 or above (eligible for future exchange programs & easier to get internship offers) Develop your computer skills in your free time (e.g. Excel VBA, Python, Java etc) Develop your communication skills (e.g. Dale Carnegie Course etc) To develop above skills, can use following platforms (e.g. Coursera, LinkedIn Learning, eDx, Udemy etc) Take courses sponsored by well-known institutions (e.g. Google, Microsoft, PwC etc) Join case competitions (e.g. by HKICPA & Top Accounting Firms, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, HSBC etc.) Year 2 - General Advice Can opt to apply for a double major or a minor (https://www.cityu.edu.hk/arro/content.asp?cid=329) Suggestion: Take Finance or Information Management Systems Join case competitions (e.g. by HKICPA & Top Accounting Firms, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, HSBC etc.) Apply for Internships (Summer / 6-months / 1-year) Discover what it is like working, develop & explore your interests Exchange Program (International Exposure) Build up your CGPA and work towards 3.3 / 4.3 or above (for future graduation job applications) If unsure about career path, contact Career Counsellors (details below) Continue to develop your computer skills (e.g. Excel VBA, Python, Java etc) & communication skills (e.g. Dale Carnegie Course etc) Recognise your strengths & weaknesses and understand where you can add value to any team you would be joining (Develop team-building skills) Polish your CV --> career counsellors Penultimate Year - Year 3 - General Advice Maintain your CGPA at 3.3 / 4.3 or above (for future graduation jobs) Apply for summer internships programs in a firm you would wish to work after graduation (Work in Summer & get a return offer) Exchange Program (International Exposure) Join case competitions (e.g. by HKICPA & Top Accounting Firms, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, HSBC etc.) Continue to develop your computer skills (e.g. Excel VBA, Python, Java etc) & communication skills (e.g. Dale Carnegie Course etc) Join workshops or online trainings for aptitude tests & interviews (e.g. Verbal Reasoning, Logical Reasoning, Numerical Tests, Behavioural & Competency type questions etc) Recognise your strengths & weaknesses and understand where you can add value to any team you would be joining (Develop team-building skills) Polish your CV & Cover Letters  career counsellors Final Year - Year 4 - General Advice Maintain your CGPA at 3.3 / 4.3 or above (for graduation jobs) If got a return offer from pervious internship in Year 3 --> Great! If got a return offer, yet still not satisfied --> Apply for Grad Jobs (Late Aug – Early October for well-known firms) If no return offer --> Apply for Grad Jobs (Late Aug – Early October for well-known firms, for others, timings may vary) Polish your CV & Cover Letters --> career counsellors Aim to pass all courses to avoid extension of studies Career Counselling at CityU for College of Business Students (https://www.cb.cityu.edu.hk/careerdevelopment/students/advising/) - For Year 1 & 2 students: Business Orientation Programme - Start career planning at the beginning of university life Identify career interests Explore personal potentials Understand the work nature & professional requirements of specific industries Develop professional image - For Year 1-3 students: Executive Mentoring Programme Training workshops related to CV writing, professional image & business etiquette Belbin GetSet Assessment (help identify behavioural styles, recognise strengths and understand where you can add value to any team you will be joining in (school or workplace) - For Year 4 Students: Career & Leadership Centre (https://www.cityu.edu.hk/caio/city-u/page.asp?id=3) 1 – on – 1 Career Consultation Services CV Review & Advising Cover Letters Review Job Application Advising Job Search Skills Interview Skills Career Planning Further Studies Advising Applications & Interviews Applications - Job Openings High-Tier: Late August to Early October Lower-Tier: Late September / October to December / January (May Vary) Some firms have 2nd rounds in March / April - Have your CV & Cover Letter Ready (e.g. Clean Format, Key Words for Screening etc) - Join Recruitment Talks (Learn more about the company, ask questions, *some companies have lucky draws & can advance directly to face to face interviews*) - Be ready for Aptitude Tests & On-Demand Video Interviews - Tips for Aptitude Tests Do a lot of practice and familiarise yourself with the company’s test formats (search online) Be yourself for Job Simulation or Online Immersive Tests (a test where you are put in different situations and you have to rearrange options to show what you would do best in that situation) - Tips for On-Demand Video Interviews Do research before-hand (there are people who have posted their experiences online) Maintain eye-contact with the CAMERA Develop your vocabulary according to the job requirements Smile throughout Usually provide 30 secs – 1.5 mins to prepare & 1 min – 3 mins to answer Question Types : Behavioural Questions, Competency Questions, Brainteaser Questions Interviews / Assessment Centre / Super Day - Test of your soft skills - Show existence in group discussion - Show problem-solving, communication, analytical skills - Be Polite - Understand other students & help them if needed - Question Types: Case Questions, CV Related Questions - Structure (subject to change) Example: Group Interview / Discussion Manager Interview Final Interview (VP, Director) - Tips for Above Read News, Company Projects, Finance Related Articles Show confidence, growth potential, long-term commitment, visionary, viewpoints from different angles, always give examples, relate to personal experiences, prepare questions to ask Go through your details on CV, do thorough research on industry & company Relate your values to company’s values and purposes Try to answer questions yourself, practice with a friend or in front of a mirror Use Situation, Task, Action, Result (STAR) Technique Never quickly jump to a Yes/No right away, Take your stance on facts & figures, Support your arguments with examples
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Pargaas
Dec 24, 2020
In Medicine
Entrance requirements: 1. CUHK - https://www.med.cuhk.edu.hk/press-releases/cuhk-announces-2020-21-admission-scores-for-medicine 2. HKU - https://www.med.hku.hk/ugadmissions2020/mbbsfaq.html Years of study: 5 years (direct entry into Year 2), or 6 years Fee per year (HKD$): 42,100 Class structure: Lectures, labs, bedside teaching, tutorials Assessments: Written examinations, objective structured clinical examinations Internship requirement during study: No Exchange opportunities: Electives usually taken at the end of the academic year. Possibility for intercalated degree: Yes Option for major / minor degrees: Yes University credit requirements: University courses usually completed within the first year. Overview - Medical school is generally divided into preclinical years and clinical years - Preclinical years are years 1-3 in a 6 year programme or years 1-2 in a 5 year programme - Clinical years are years 4-6 in a 6 year programme or years 3-5 in a 5 year programme Preclinical Years - Years 1-3 / 1-2 - General Advice The first year may involve completion university courses required to meet the university requirements on top of medical courses/classes Try to get an advance standing by doing well in high school to reduce your credit requirements by getting exempted from various university courses Try to get involved in medical societies Major focus is on grasping preclinical medical knowledge which will provide a basis for clinical rationale Try to do well in the first year to maintain your GPA > 3.0 for scholarships etc. - Classes Lecture-based (predominantly) Anatomy/dissection labs - Examinations Usually end of year written examinations Clinical Years - Years 4-6/3-5 - General Advice Beginning of medical and surgical exposure Try to get attachments in specialties you are interested in Try to get involved with medical research to improve your CV but to further your interests as well Year 4 (or year 3 in a 5 year programme) may be a tough transition as there is clinical exposure + lectures Involve yourself in study groups to practice for OSCE examinations Major focus is on building your clinical knowledge for the final MB examinations to graduate - Classes Clinics Bedside teaching in the wards Observation / assisting in the operating theatre Lectures - Examinations Written examinations Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE)
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Pargaas
Dec 24, 2020
In Law
Entrance requirements: 1. CityU - https://www.cityu.edu.hk/slw/academic/undergraduate.html 2. HKU - https://www.law.hku.hk/prospectivestudents/llb.php 3. CUHK - https://www.law.cuhk.edu.hk/app/bachelor-of-laws-llb/ Years of study: 4 years (can be extended) Fee per year (HKD$): 42,100 Class structure: Lectures, tutorials Assessments: Written examinations (open/closed book or take home), coursework/research paper, oral examinations (for certain subjects/modules) Internship requirement during study: No Exchange opportunities: Yes (either whole semester or summer term) Possibility for intercalated degree: Yes Option for major / minor degrees: Yes University credit requirements: CityU - https://www.cityu.edu.hk/slw/lib/doc/LLB/LLB_2019_and_thereafter.pdf HKU - https://dm.law.hku.hk/first-year-student-information-hub/ CUHK - https://www.law.cuhk.edu.hk/app/bachelor-of-laws-llb/#tab1 1st year - Read the handbook/guide book for your degree - Figure out how many credits are needed to graduate - divide that number into semesters to determine how many semesters require 6 courses - use any system that allows you to plan your degree into semester - Determine number of free electives, spread them out into various semesters to your liking - Take some summer courses at university to meet your degree credit requirements / go on the overseas exchange trips (provided your GPA meets the minimum standard) - Meet your student/academic advisor - get their advice - Look up early internships at law firms/chambers - some welcome 1st year students to give an insight into the industry for a few days 2nd year - Begin researching into internships / training contracts - develop an excel worksheet to keep track of application - Join a mooting competition if you enjoy advocacy / want an edge in internship applications - Join school law magazine / review committee - Explore becoming a research assistant to a professor – a paid job + ideal way of getting a good reference letter 3rd year - Ensure your applications for training contracts are sent out by the end of semester 1 (check the deadlines for various law firms)
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Pargaas
Dec 24, 2020
In Business and Economics
Entrance requirements: https://www.cb.cityu.edu.hk/Programmes/Undergraduate-Programmes/Admission-Requirements Years of study: 4 years Fee per year (HKD$): 42,100 Class structure: Lectures, tutorials Assessments: Written examinations (open book/closed book), written assignments, projects (individual/group) Internship requirement during study: No Exchange opportunities: Yes (Business economic majors may be eligible for a joint business economics degree from Columbia) Possibility for intercalated degree: Yes Option for major / minor degrees: Yes University credit requirements: Overview - You need to pick your major in the second year- either Finance or Business economics. For Business economics you can apply for joint bachelor’s degree from Colombia and National Taiwan university. Shop around in the first year. See what interests you so that you can make an informed decision later on. Do not pick Business economics solely for the joint degree. The competition is very tough, and you aren’t guaranteed a spot for the joint degree. - You need to keep learning about past and present economic and financial news/ important events. - You are encouraged to try and apply what you learn outside the classroom as well. Read papers, financial articles, the finance news etc. Year 1 - Do your degree required courses to get an idea of what economics and finance majors entail - Keep on top of your programme requirements. See how many courses you can take in a semester and try and take on the average workload in the first semester. If you think you are able to, take on more work in the subsequent semesters if you’d like to work on a double major. Have a look at your degree requirements such as general education courses or college electives and plan ahead for when to take them. If you have the option to, use online planners in your uni portal. - Put in extra hard work because these courses will be the easiest ones you will take in your whole degree. If you have done economics or BAFS in school, you will see some overlap of content. It should be easier for you to get very good grades. Don’t settle for good enough, your future self will thank you. - Have a look at exchange opportunities and try and plan one for your second year - Have fun, meet new people, join societies, join sports teams. Explore what uni has to offer Year 2 - Do a little more research and pick your major. If you decide to try for the business economics joint degree, make sure to keep track of deadlines. The fall/winter semester is very crucial. If you decide to take finance, you will need to pick a stream. - Most internships applications are open till October. Go to the career days offered by your uni, network and make connections. Ask the hiring managers any questions you have, particular tips etc. Start trying for internships. You can use credits from an internship in your degree. - Keep your GPA up. - Look around for minors to add to your degree. After you have completed all your required courses, you will still have credits left over to complete your degree. You are highly recommended to get a minor. If you’ve got a double major, skip this and focus on your majors - Do an internship in the summer is you haven’t already - Look at exchange opportunities and try and plan one for this or next year. - Consider joining competitions and external assessments. - Build your network. Career fairs, talks, mixers - seek them out. Put yourself out there Year 3 - You should have some flavour in your CV by now from different experiences such as exchange, internship, competitions etc. CityU has a research and investment club (CURIC) which I would highly recommend to anyone in the degree. - More internships etc. Try going for internships with a more permanent mindset now. Try and looking at them as potential places to work at. Receiving conditional offers will take stress of a job off your shoulders when nearing graduation. - Network Year 4 - Brush up your CV. Make sure it has a good variety of experiences. Learn how to market yourself. How to make your CV effective. - Focus on skills and software that will be useful in your career. - Go to all the career fairs. Take the opportunities offered to you and use your network to help with the job search. - Network
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Pargaas
Dec 24, 2020
In English
Entrance requirements: https://www.ln.edu.hk/admissions/ug/programmes Years of study: 4 years Fee per year (HKD$): 42,100 Class structure: Lectures, tutorials Assessments: - Written examinations (mid + final), written assignments, projects (individual/group), term papers Internship requirement during study: No Exchange opportunities: Yes Possibility for intercalated degree: No Option for major / minor degrees: Yes University credit requirements: https://www.ln.edu.hk/admissions/ug/programmes Overview - In an arts degree, you have the flexibility to take many courses out of your major- make the best use of it and explore your interests. - There is no rigid timeline or internship requirements for the most part, therefore you need to take the initiative to apply for internships and other opportunities. - Start garnering part-time work experience beginning with Year 2 and try to get actively involved within the University community - It is essential to form good relationships with your professors, at least two, especially if you want to pursue graduate studies as you will need them to write you recommendations. Make sure you up, close and personal get to know them so that they too, in turn, know you as this will help with them write you a more thorough recommendation. - DO NOT just focus on academics as you need to demonstrate leadership and initiative-taking skills in your CV, especially as an English major trying to possibly compete with BBA graduates. Year 1 and 2 - Maintain a good cGPA (3.0 or above) to be eligible for exchange program, overseas and local internships and subsidies in relevance to these two - Decide whether you want to pursue a minor and start fulfilling the requirements more purposefully - Shortlist internships and exchange programs that you want to join - Get involved in campus clubs and societies (AIESEC, Toastmasters, Enactus, etc) and try to form relationships seniors and alumni that you are likely to meet at annual events Year 3 - Participate in an exchange program (Preferably first semester so you can get back and start preparing for final year and job hunting) Recommended to explore career opportunities on exchange, such as attending career talks and fairs as sponsored by host institution, some even have trips to top-tier employers where you can network with HR and other staff (some of whom may be alumni from your exchange institution) Try to join a fraternity or sorority as they always have networks everywhere, you never know when one may come in handy or be able to provide just the right opportunity - Apply for internship for the upcoming summer - Start thinking about Final Year Project (you are recommended to do this if you would like to pursue further studies) Year 4 - Focus on doing a good job in your FYP - Maintain a good cGPA, it might seem tiring at this point but to stand out among other applicants-this is a must - Teaching posts open later in the year, around December, while PGDE application start in late-October along with other masters programs that start around the same periods - If you are interested in other industries, keep an eye on your University emails to know about recruitment talks, application reminders and make the effort to do research - Don’t be afraid to ask questions- ask your professors, seniors, anyone who can help for their advice when you feel overwhelmed or lost - Polish your CV and Cover Letter, get someone to look at it, possibly in a CV/Cover Letter workshop
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Pargaas
Dec 24, 2020
In Engineering
Entrance requirements: CCCU - https://www.cccu.edu.hk/admission_home.html & HKUST - https://join.ust.hk/admissions/post-secondary Years of study: 5 years (1+4 or 2+3 – Associate years + Bachelor years) Fee per year (HKD$): 42,100 Class structure: Lectures, labs, tutorials Assessments: Written examinations (mid + final), written assignments, projects (individual/group), lab scores Internship requirement during study: Yes Exchange opportunities: Yes Possibility for intercalated degree: Yes Option for major / minor degrees: Yes University credit requirements: CPEG – minimum of 120 credits for graduation. http://www.cpeg.ust.hk/eng/programs/beng_4yr.html *Before choosing your sub-degree, spend some time doing research of what bachelors degree program you can enroll in upon finishing your degree. Because in each program you will be doing specific courses and those may not fulfil the requirement of a unrelated bachelor degree program even if you have a high GPA. (HKUST came to my college for a talk and told us that we can only apply for one specific major in UST or we will be rejected) 1st year associate degree CCCU (associate in engineering) - The first semester, aim at doing your very best if you want to transfer to bachelors after one year (starting from year 1 bachelors ). Because you will be applying bachelors in your first semester only (applications start opening around late October/early November, HKUST->HKU->cityU,polyU) You will get an interview based on your first semester results and if you pass through it, will get a condition offer for a minimum gpa requirement for your second semester. - For normal case, the first 2 semesters for a sub-degree program in my opinion are the most important as you get selected based on the results of these 2 semesters. (first 3 sem for universities other than ust,hku) - So focus on your studies entirely, I would even recommend not doing anything on the side,aim at keeping your GPA above 3.5 (99.9% chance of getting into bachelors). Along the way build good relations with a few of your course instructors as you will need them to write a recommendation letter for you. 2nd year associate degree CCCU (different universities have different admission process, ust took students based on their grades only and no interviews) - Coming to the normal admission procedure (starting from year2 or year 3 in bachelors depending on uni). The application starts around the same order as stated previously in your fall semester. The conditional offer requirement is usually not that high. The last semester you could relax on your studies but I would recommend that you look for internships(doesn’t have to be big companies) for your summer. Because you have to understand that you are now competing with bachelors students and you are behind them. 2nd year bachelors degree HKUST (computer engineering) - This year is very important as you need to make connections/ friends. Even if you are in year 2, you are still a freshmen and you have to try to know people from your year because you will have to find teammates for your fyp project in your final year and many other projects. - So I would recommend that this is the year you should try to join clubs, societies and go to events to meet people. Try out your interests, there is robotics club, f1 racing team, Fraternities and many more clubs you can join. But do manage your time efficiently. - Just on the side start looking up for companies or industry you are interested in working. Look up their recruitment process and start preparing for it. You may think that you are going to apply for big companies internship in year 3 so why bother now, but you will be surprised to know that some people start preparing for these interview tests from year 1. For technical internships, most likely you will have to do a coding test as the first step for recruitment. Starting practicing early for that(e.g. geeksforgeeks). Find online resources, such as “Cracking the coding interview” a recommendation from a friend (should have studied it myself) - If you plan on going to exchange, 3rd year spring semester would be an ideal period. And to do so you need to submit your application by your 2nd year spring semester (one year prior to going) - I would also recommend creating a study plan so that you can distribute the courses accordingly throughout the semesters (one bad semester can drop the gpa a lot). I would not recommend taking more than 2 project-based courses in one sem. - Similar to previous summer, look for a internship in small to mid-sized company (if you can get in a big company that’s perfect) 3rd year bachelors degree HKUST - My main tip for this year would be to focus on looking for internships, keep up with all the deadlines. Some companies start accepting applications by mid-august and on a rolling basis. - Also on the side, try your best to maintain a good GPA throughout. I would recommend having at least 3.3 as some companies do have an GPA requirement for their applicants. - In the fall sem (actually this entire year), I would recommend you to take less courses than usual so that you can spend time on your interview preparations. Otherwise it can be a lot to handle (assignments and recruitment deadlines) - Start thinking about your FYP. Try to form a group early and discuss on what topics you want to work on. Actual fyp project topics are released later in the spring semester but you can get an idea from previous year’s project under a certain professor. Research a bit on the professor as well. 4th year bachelors degree HKUST - Start working on your FYP early from summer. - Another important advise will be don’t take courses for the sake of just doing it. Towards your last year, the courses will be hard and demanding so if you don’t have genuine interest in the topic, don’t do it. - If you had scored a good internship in your previous summer, there are high chances that you got a return offer. In that case, just enjoy your final year and get your requirements done. - If not don’t worry, just need to repeat the entire cycle again and look for graduate programs. And for every interview revise what you did in your internships because interviewers will ask about it. - Try to have a list of companies that you have applied or want to apply. Easier to keep track. - Baki I would recommend you to leave any society or club you were part of for the previous 2 years. As FYP, regular semester and job hunting can be a lot to do at once. *Try to attend recruitment talks, can gain good insights and sometimes they have some quiz or games with which you can skip some initial rounds in the recruitment process
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Dec 24, 2020
In Life Sciences
Entrance requirements: https://www.scifac.hku.hk/prospective/ug/admissions/requirements-and-application Years of study: 4 years Fee per year (HKD$): 42,100 Class structure: Lectures, labs, tutorials Assessments: Written examinations (final exam usually carries a larger percentage of final grade; around 70%), lab reports, projects (individual/group) Internship requirement during study: Optional for capstone completion Exchange opportunities: Yes (in Year 3; pass or fail grading for courses taken overseas) Possibility for intercalated degree: Yes Option for major / minor degrees: Yes University credit requirements: 240 credits to be completed during a 4-year period. Credits can be spread between 1st major and 2nd major/2nd minor. https://www.scifac.hku.hk/f/page/4836/8944/3.%20BSc%20Curriculum_r.pdf With a major in Food & Nutritional Science, you can go into areas of Nutrition/Dietetics, Nutrigenomics Research, Food Safety & Toxicology and Food Production. You can land jobs in the food industry – government/private food and nutrition agencies, research laboratories, healthcare and fitness facilities. Pre-planning - You can have a look at the HKDSE scores of the batch previous to yours to have an idea of the scores you should be aiming for. - You’ll have time in year 1 to explore your interests however, going through the majors offered under the Faculty of Science and having a certain idea of which area you’re interested in will help you strategize your selection of courses. Year 1 - Join the Food & Nutritional Science Society to build connections with fellow freshmen or seniors Make new friends; Guidance from seniors in relation to major/course selection; Internship opportunities through networking - Get to know your professors as they could be your potential supervisors for research-based projects and will be the ones who will write your recommendation letters for a Masters program and or job search in Year 4. - Take courses from the science majors that you are interested in. This will help you decide (if you haven’t decided on FNS already) on what major you want to declare. Year 2 - After having explored your interests in Year 1, narrow down the major you are interested in. You should be doing research into the job prospects of this particular major and whether you see yourself working in this field in the near future. The potential areas that FNS graduates work in are mentioned above. - Talk to the Food & Nutritional Science curriculum coordinator – Dr Jetty C.Y. Lee if you have any doubts about the FNS major. - The latest you can declare your primary science major is before the start of Year 3. However, you should have an idea of what major you want to declare in Year 2. This will give you more time to strategize the courses you have to take and the potential internships you can take up in the summer. - Year 2 is also when you can think about whether or not you want to do a second major/minor. You can do 2 majors + 1 minor, or 2 majors or 1 major + 1 minor etc. The combination will depend on how many credits you have left in your academic years and whether or not you’ll be able to fulfill the credit requirements or your second major and minor.  Very important to start strategizing in Year 2 so you don’t miss out on internship opportunities in your second major. - You can do a 2nd Major in another Faculty. Does not have to be a major from the Faculty of Science. Year 3 - Semester exchange Ensure that you have looked into the eligibility criteria and what you need to complete before applying for an exchange program Great way to increase your network and exposure to different teaching techniques. CGPA of 3.0 or above is required. If your CGPA is below 3.0 certain universities may accept your application. Do you research before you apply. More information on eligibility: https://www.scifac.hku.hk/current/ug/el/exchange/faculty-exchange-programme Year 4 - You can apply to complete your capstone in Year 3. However, if you’ve done a yearlong exchange, you have to complete it in your final year. Capstone carries a minimum of 6-credits in the form of an internship or research project. The internship includes a 1000 words report and an oral presentation. More information can be found here: https://www.biosch.hku.hk/course/capstone/file/Internship%20-%20Guidelines_for_Student_August_2017.pdf. The research project includes a dissertation (9000-12000 words) and an oral presentation. - You can get in touch with FNS seniors to get an idea of the places that you could intern at. Approval is needed from the course coordinator before you can go ahead with the internship as your capstone. Approval form can be found here: https://www.scifac.hku.hk/f/page/4819/13548/Application%20Form%20For%20Enrollment%20in%20Internship%20Course%20for%20BSc%20Students.pdf - Start applying for jobs. Bigger companies start their hiring process way earlier, so make sure that you have your CV, cover letter and recommendation letters ready for the application process. - Lastly, throughout your university life it’s important to ensure your CGPA is above a 3.0 and that you’ve built the necessary connections (with professors/seniors) to help you on your career journey.
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Nov 08, 2020
In Life Sciences
Entrance requirements: https://www.scifac.hku.hk/prospective/ug/admissions/requirements-and-application Years of study: 4 years Fee per year (HKD$): 42,100 Class structure: Lectures, labs, tutorials Assessments: Written examinations (mid + final), written assignments, projects (individual/group) Internship requirement during study: Optional (as choice of Capstone requirement) Exchange opportunities: Yes Possibility for intercalated degree: Yes Option for major / minor degrees: Yes University credit requirements: https://www.scifac.hku.hk/f/page/4836/8944/3.%20BSc%20Curriculum_r.pdf If you would like to pursue a career in scientific research, it is most important to focus your university experience on ensuring a good GPA (above 3.60 is best but at least, maintain above 3.0), figuring out your research interests, building connections with relevant professors and tailoring your research experiences to your interests. Before Entrance into University - Young Scientist Scheme (YSS) Automatically accepted into programme on obtaining total score of 35 or above in best 5 HKDSE subjects. Selected non-JUPAS applicants may be invited to join based on grades. If you show excellence during Year 1 and were not accepted into YSS on admission, you may still have a chance to be accepted after your first year of study. Year 1 - Summer Research Fellowship (SRF) If you have been accepted into YSS, you will automatically be guaranteed a place in the SRF programme to conduct a summer research project. You will have to find your own supervisor based on your research interests. - Become a student research assistant over the year If you would like to gain more research experience and enhance your knowledge and competency in various laboratory techniques, you may directly email/contact one of your professors to express your interest in their projects and ask if it would be possible for you to assist in their lab. - Join clubs or societies based on your own interests. For personal growth, meeting new people and helping you enjoy your university life. Year 2 - (2nd) SRF or Overseas Research Fellowship (ORF) If you have been accepted into YSS, you can apply for another SRF or apply for ORF. If you are not in the YSS programme, you can apply for your first SRF or ORF. - Become a student research assistant again If you are working under the same supervisor, you may inquire about the possibility to be paid for your work. - Join Executive Committees of clubs/societies based on your own interests Help to enrich your CV and personal growth. - Join international science competitions E.g. International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition (a multidisciplinary competition that would help you gain more understanding of rising research areas globally and different opportunities available) Year 3 - International semester exchange You may specifically choose a university that excels in scientific research to go on an exchange programme. A semester exchange is recommended rather than a year-long exchange. It would be easier to transfer credits and as exchange GPA is not counted in your cumulative GPA, if your GPA is not good enough, you would have one more semester to raise it. - Undergraduate Research Fellowship Programme (URFP) A prestigious programme to conduct another summer research project. Need a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above. May have opportunities to conduct research overseas or in the Mainland depending on your supervisor and research project. May be allowed to enrol in specific postgraduate courses and considered for early admission to research postgraduate programmes in HKU. Year 4 - Year-long Final Year Project (FYP) as part of your capstone - Start applying for Master’s or PhD Narrow down your research interest. Find supervisor: If you would like to stay at HKU, you may consider the professors that you have worked with previously. If you would like to go abroad/to other universities, you may look into connections of those professors, or just look by yourself. Work on research proposal. - Aim to graduate with First Class Honours (cumulative GPA of 3.60 or greater) or at least Second Class Honours Division One (cumulative GPA of 3.00-3.59).
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