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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

JS5101

International Research Enrichment 國際科研

IRE

Short Description

The International Research Enrichment (IRE) program is designed for students interested in pursuing a research career in science or broadening their exposure to research during their undergraduate studies. It emphasizes curiosity and grit, which are the essential attributes to a successful career in scientific research. Building upon the premise that exposure to international research environments at an early stage is essential to a fruitful research career, the program offers outstanding science students an early opportunity to nurture their research abilities and solidify their discipline-specific knowledge in regular Science programs.

Program Curriculum:
The IRE program (JS5101) has the same curriculum structure as the Science (Group A) program (JS5102) or Science (Group B) program (JS5103) of the School of Science at HKUST. However, students admitted to the IRE program can enjoy FREE choice among six major programs offered by the School: Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Ocean Science and Technology, and Physics.

It further distinguishes itself from the regular Science program by providing students with
(i)   Admission to The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP),
(ii)  Exchange to a foreign university, and
(iii) A summer research internship opportunity in a foreign university or institution.

Program Highlights:

  • Free choice of major programs among Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Ocean Science and Technology, and Physics
  • Tailor-made team building activities and field trips
  • Participation in advanced research projects under the supervision of world-class professors
  • Opportunities to meet with Nobel Laureates and renowned scientists
  • Individualized Research Guidance and Mentoring from experienced Faculty
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
  • Exchange opportunity in a renowned foreign university
    • Summer research internship opportunity in foreign universities and institutions
    • Scholarship support for overseas learning trips


Students can apply for the IRE program through the direct choice in JUPAS, or apply for transfer from the regular Science (Group A) program or Science (Group B) program of the School of Science into the IRE program after their first year of study. Students interested in the IRE program are encouraged to include either one of Science (Group A) program (JS5102) or Science (Group B) program (JS5103), and the IRE program (JS5101) in their program choices in JUPAS.

Remarks:

Requirements

  • Programme Entrance Requirements
  • General Entrance Requirements
Core Subjects Minimum Level
CHINESE LANGUAGE 3
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 3
LIBERAL STUDIES 2
MATHEMATICS COMPULSORY PART 2
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level
BIOLOGY or CHEMISTRY or PHYSICS or COMBINED SCIENCE 3
ANY 1 SUBJECTNote1 3
Or
MATHEMATICS EXTENDED MODULE 1 OR 2 3
ANY 1 SUBJECTNote1 3

Note 1: The above subjects refer to Category A subjects.

Remarks:
(1) Interview is compulsory for admission. 
(2) For more details about admission score calculation, please refer to: https://join.ust.hk/admissions/jupas/.

Core Subjects Minimum Level
CHINESE LANGUAGE 3
ENGLISH LANGUAGE 3
LIBERAL STUDIES 2
MATHEMATICS COMPULSORY PART 2
Elective Subject(s) Minimum Level
ANY 2 SUBJECTS 3
Or
MATHEMATICS EXTENDED MODULE 1 OR 2 3
ANY 1 SUBJECT 3

Remarks:

  • The above subjects refer to Category A subjects.

Calculation of scores for applicants with more than 1 sitting in HKDSE Examination

Once the minimum entrance requirements have been met, the best results achieved in all sittings will be used for calculating admissions scores.

First Year Tuition Fee

HK$ 42,100

Contacts

School of Science

Email: ugscience@ust.hk

Tel: 2358 5065

Statistics

Application Statistics (after Modification of Programme Choices)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2020 91 74 96 96 126 483
2019 91 47 84 94 108 424
2018 74 52 78 97 114 415
2017 91 46 82 95 113 427
2016 78 46 92 98 125 439
2015 93 57 64 138 162 514
2014 122 48 103 155 206 634
2013 143 141 216 299 348 1147

Offer Statistics (as at the Announcement of the Main Round Offer Results)

Year Band A Band B Band C Band D Band E Total
2020 23 0 0 0 0 23
2019 20 0 0 0 0 20
2018 20 0 0 0 0 20
2017 18 0 0 0 0 18
2016 20 0 0 0 0 20
2015 18 0 0 0 0 18
2014 14 0 0 0 0 14
2013 14 0 0 0 0 14