Hong Kong’s first undergraduate programme in ocean science and technology will be launched in September by the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).
According to the university’s press release, the Bachelor of Science in Ocean Science and Technology (OCES) will equip students with attributes, skills and first-hand experience necessary for the investigation, conservation and management of marine environments. The university said graduates would be able to pursue careers as educators, marine scientists, technologists and other professional roles in the environmental sector.
The curriculum will cover the basic principles and socioeconomic impact of conservation and fisheries, as well as technological skill sets including data mining and management, oceanic modelling and visualisation, pollution tracking, and the discovery of marine bioactive compounds for industrial applications.
In collaboration with other ocean science institutes around the world, the programme also highlighted practicum experience, offering students the opportunity to participate in capstone projects, internships and study trips in countries such as mainland China, Taiwan, and Japan.
“After four years of study, our students will be well equipped to work in a number of different sectors including marine industries, local environmental NGOs, government agencies, environmental consultancies, and academic institutions with marine studies,” said Stanley Lau, the Department of Ocean Science’s Associate Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator.
The programme will offer no more than 40 places each year. Applicants should first gain admission into HKUST’s School of Science before declaring OCES as a major in their second year. HKUST also provides MPhil and PhD programs in Marine Environmental Science.
More programme details and admission requirements are available at their departmental website.