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Admission Requirements:

 

We set out to recruit the most capable all-round students, who not only have excellent academic abilities and keen interest in the medical discipline, but also with leadership potentials, ability to work in a team, good communication skills, and more importantly, high ethical standards and a strong desire to care for people. 

We offer 265 places in 2019-20 and we do not set specific quota for JUPAS and non-JUPAS places. 

 

We select students who rank around top 1% or higher in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) or equivalent standards for non-JUPAS categories, as well as having a good performance at the admission interview. 

Given the unique circumstance in Hong Kong, only permanent residents with right of abode in Hong Kong are eligible for application. 

 

 

Jupas

Applicants who apply via JUPAS using the results of HKDSE

Apart from the 4 core subjects, students should take at least 2 electives (with one being either Biology OR Chemistry) offered in the HKDSE. Taking a third elective is strongly recommended as we use the total score of all subjects (4 cores + 2 or 3 electives) to rank students. Minimum admission requirements for entry are as follows:

 

Core Subject(s)Minimum Level
Chinese Language3
English Language4
Liberal Studies3
Mathematics Compulsory Part3

 

Elective Subject(s)Minimum Level
Biology3
Any 1 subject3
or
Chemistry3
Any 1 subject3

Note: Taking both Chemistry and Biology is preferred.

 

The conversion of HKDSE examination grades to our admission scores is as follows: 5**=7, 5*=6, 5=5, 4=4, 3=3. 

 

Based on the previous results, we expect that students should achieve a total HKDSE score of around 40 or higher for entry into our medicine programme.

 

Mathematics Extended Part Module 1 or 2 will contribute to the total HKDSE score only if the grade in that module is better than the worst of any of the 6 or 7 subjects (4 cores + 2 or 3 electives).

 

Based on students’ School Reference Index, students who have put MBChB and/or GPS as one of Band A choices will be shortlisted for early interviews in May. After the release of HKDSE results in mid-July, students achieving high total HKDSE score (e.g. ≥ 40) and have not been interviewed before will be selected for second round of interviews in late July.

The GPS aims to develop physician leaders by providing extra opportunities for international exposure, research, humanitarian work, social service, medical administration, leadership training, as well as optional graduate studies (Masters and Doctorate degrees) in a streamlined, supervised and tailor-made manner. The minimum admission criteria to GPS:

 

Total score ≥ 46 and any 5** in 4 subjects with good interview performance.

Students with a total HKDSE score of ≥ 44, with 5* in English, Biology and Chemistry may be exempted from some of the introductory Faculty package science courses, and students with these exemptions may be offered entry to Year 2 of the Medicine programme as well as a supervised intercalated year.

 

NON-JUPAS

Applicants who are not using the results of HKDSE for admission purpose

IB students should take 6 subjects, including 3 Higher Level subjects. Either Chemistry or Biology should be taken at Higher Level, but taking both is recommended.

The minimum requirement for interview is a final score ≥42/45, with grades of at least 6,7,7 in the Higher Level subjects. An early interview will be given to those IB candidates who have a predicted score of 42 or above. 

After the release of IB results, the top ranked students (usually a final score of 42 or above), who have not been interviewed before, will be invited for interview in late July.

GCE/ IAL students should take 4 AL subjects (excluding Chinese). Further Maths is not counted as a separate 4th subject.

With the changes to the A-level examination system, students who do not have the old scaled marks (UMS) are required to provide raw marks and grade boundaries of each subject right after the release of results. We will use the raw marks and grade boundaries to estimate a percentage mark similar to the one in the previous UMS system. 

It is increasingly important that students should provide the results of other entry examinations such as the United Kingdom Clinical Aptitude Test (UKCAT) or BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT). 

As the results are not released until mid-August, we will invite a few applicants with outstanding results in the GCE AS level, UKCAT and/or BMAT for an early interview. 

After the release of GCE AL or IAL results, the top ranked students (usually an average of 4A*>95%), who have not been interviewed before, will be invited for interview in late August. 

Similar to GCE AL/ IAL, students should take 4 subjects (excluding Chinese). We expect 2 at D1, and 2 at D2 or A* in combination with GCE AL/ IAL.

Australian students should have an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent of at least 99.5. Students should also provide their Undergraduate Medicine and Health Sciences Admission Test (UMAT) results, or International Students Admissions Test (ISAT) for some international students.

Canadian curriculum students should have scored over 96% in their final examinations in at least 6 subjects, including English, Chemistry and Biology. US curriculum students should have new SAT total score of >1500, or American College Testing (ACT) score of >34. Students should have taken Chemistry and Biology, with Advanced Placement examination grades of 5, or SAT subject test scores of nearly 800.

Applicants are normally expected to have a high A average from a highly ranked University. Different Universities use different grading systems, but in general, we are expecting grades that would be consistent with the top 10% of the class, or well above the boundary for first class honors degrees.

Applicants should also provide the results of other medical entry examinations such as the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or Graduate Australian Medical School Admissions Test (GAMSAT) as applicable in their country of current study.

Applicants should have a GPA of at least 3.9 from a highly ranked University, and full academic transcripts must be provided. Academic results from high school must be supplied because these will also be taken into consideration.

For undergraduates from other tertiary institutions in Hong Kong, please note that the University Grants Committee discourages transfer between local institutions when a year of study needs to be repeated. There are only limited places for students who are able to be exempted from sufficient Year 1 courses, and enter to Year 2 of our MBChB programme.

Existing medical students can apply for transfer to Year 2, 3 or 4. Students are expected to have already covered the material taught in our earlier years. There may be major differences between medical schools in what is taught in the different years. These difficulties and other logistic problems mean that some overseas medical students have to transfer to our medicine programme one year below their current year of study.

Students have to provide latest academic transcripts, a reference letter from the Dean or equivalent authority of their medical school, as well as a detailed course and lecture descriptions of their programmes.

The GPS aims to develop physician leaders by providing extra opportunities for international exposure, research, humanitarian work, social service, medical administration, leadership training, as well as optional graduate studies (Masters and Doctorate degrees) in a streamlined, supervised and tailor-made manner.

The minimum admission criteria to GPS:

 

International BaccalaureateA total score of 44 or 45 with good interview performance and past record of achievements
GCE A-Level/ IALA* in all subjects with an average marks of 97% or above with good interview performance and past record of achievements
OthersSelection will be based on academic merits, interview performance and past record of achievements

Only some non-JUPAS students will be exempted from sufficient Core University and introductory Faculty package courses to be given the option of entering the programme in Year 2.

Students will be informed of their advanced standing status when they receive an admission offer from the Faculty. The applicants that are eligible for the most exemptions will normally receive priority for Year 2 places because these students have less additional University Core courses to complete before graduation.

 

General Language Requirements

Students should have attained an acceptable level of proficiency in the English and Chinese languages. Waiver of the Chinese language admission requirement may be granted, at the discretion of the Faculty Dean. Please visit the University website (http://admission.cuhk.edu.hk/non-jupas-yr-1/requirements.html) for Language Requirements.

 

Faculty and Planning Office, Faculty of Medicine