The department offers both undergraduate (BSc)
and postgraduate (MPhil and PhD) programmes of studies designed
with the aim of training our students to have fundamental and excellent
knowledge of modern biological sciences.
Our major undergraduate programmes provide students with immense
flexibility in course selection and broad spectrum of curriculum
that prepares the graduate for a wide variety of careers, including
teaching, biological research, work with government agencies or
private companies in areas such as environmental protection, agriculture
and fisheries, food science, molecular science and health sciences.
Students interested in health-related studies can choose the specialization
in Human Biology jointly offered by Faculty of Medicine (Anatomy
and Physiology Departments). This special stream of Human Biology
within the Department will prepare students for various paramedical
professions and pharmaceutical industries.
Biology curriculum not only includes formal lecture and laboratory
sessions, but also provides the students with ample opportunities
for developing communication and presentation proficiency through
tutorials, seminars and individually-supervised research projects.
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The Biology postgraduate programmes leading to MPhil and PhD degrees
are both research-oriented although students are required to take
a number of courses. The postgraduate programme was established
in 1969 with the introduction of a MSc programme which was replaced
by a MPhil programme in 1972. The PhD programme was introduced in
1981. Up to 2008, the Department of Biology has conferred 361 MPhils
and 75 PhDs.