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Diploma of Foundation Studies

Discipline Overview of Health and Life Sciences

One of the major topics around the world is the ever-changing and development of health and life sciences, covering a wide range of areas and closely related to daily life with the new discoveries and advancement of related technology.


Health and Life Sciences Discipline continuously enhances the quality of the programmes to address the huge manpower needs in various areas and stays updated amongst the industries, as well as provides professional and timely education and training in response to these new horizons, which includes the areas of Health Studies, Rehabilitation Services, Medical Centre Operations, Applied Nutritional Studies, Biomedical Science, Pharmaceutical Science, Dispensing Studies, Biotechnology, Food Technology and Safety, Analytical Science, Beauty and Personal Care Products, Environmental Science, Environmental Protection and Management, Conservation and Tree Management, Occupational Safety and Emergency Operations, Fitness and Exercise Nutrition and Pet Care and Wellness. Students are equipped with professional knowledge and skills which allow them to pursue further studies or embark on a professional career.



Graduates opting for further studies are eligible to apply for the degree programmes offered by various local and overseas universities including:

  • Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi)
  • Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • China Pharmaceutical University
  • Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science, Taiwan
  • Coventry University, UK
  • Keele University, UK
  • London South Bank University, UK
  • Middlesex University London, UK
  • Northumbria University, UK
  • Sheffield Hallam University, UK
  • University of Plymouth, UK
  • University of Ulster, UK *
  • University of the West of Scotland, UK
  • Edinburgh Napier University, UK

* Contract renewal is in progress

Career Prospects


Graduates may be employed by different HKSAR Government departments, including the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, Environmental Protection Department, Government Laboratory and Hospital Authority of the HKSAR. They may also be employed in private hospitals, residential care homes, medical centres, pharmaceutical plants, insurance companies, pharmacy chain stores, personal care products and beauty chain stores, pet care and wellness companies, nutrition and health food product companies, food manufacturing and quality assurance, food chain supermarkets, environmental consulting firms, chemical enterprises, research and testing laboratories, nutritional consultation companies, wellness centres and safety consultation firms, etc.


Professional Recognition


Many professional bodies in Hong Kong and overseas acknowledge the quality of our programmes, including:

  • Hospital Authority of the HKSAR
  • Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong
  • Pharmacy and Poisons Board Hong Kong
  • Social Welfare Department of the HKSAR
  • Labour Department of the HKSAR
  • Tree Management Office of the HKSAR
  • Hong Kong Association for Testing, Inspection and Certification Limited
  • Hong Kong Food Professionals Association
  • Hong Kong Food Science and Technology Association Limited
  • Hong Kong Food Hygiene Administrators Association
  • The Cosmetic & Perfumery Association of Hong Kong Limited
  • The Hong Kong Society of Cosmetic Chemists
  • The Hong Kong College of Health Service Executives
  • Greening, Landscape and Tree Management Section, Development Bureau of the HKSAR
  • Australian Institute of Medical Scientists
  • Royal Society of Biology, UK
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK