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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 industry, 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, Chemical Technology, Beauty and Personal Care Products, Environmental Science, Environmental Protection and Management, Conservation and Tree Management, Occupational Safety and Emergency Operations, Fitness and Exercise Nutrition. Students are equipped with professional knowledge and skills which allow them to proceed for 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
  • University of Lincoln, UK
  • Edinburgh Napier University, UK

Career Prospects


Graduates are 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 are also employed in private hospitals, polyclinics, residential care homes, medical centre, pharmaceutical plants, insurance companies, pharmacy chain stores, personal care products and beauty chain stores, 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 centre 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
  • Hong Kong Pharmacy Technicians Association (HKPTA)
  • The Cosmetic & Perfumery Association of Hong Kong Limited
  • The Hong Kong Society of Cosmetic Chemists
  • The Hong Kong College of Health Service Executives
  • Australian Institute of Medical Scientists
  • Royal Society of Biology, UK
  • Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK