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Faculty of Medicine of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) (Chinese: 香港中文大學醫學院) was established in 1981 and consists of five schools which offer an array of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the field of medicine, nursing, pharmacy and public health.[1] The Hong Kong's Prince of Wales Hospital is the faculty's teaching facility and base of research. The medium of instruction of all programs is English while Chinese is also retained for the teaching of Chinese Medicine.

Faculty of Medicine,
The Chinese University of
Hong Kong
CUHK Medical Faculty Emblem.png
CUHK Medical Faculty Emblem
Motto Transforming our passion into perfection
Type Public
Established 1981
President Professor Joseph Sung
Dean Professor Francis Chan Ka Leung
Location Hong Kong Ma Liu Shui, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong
Campus Suburb
Affiliations Prince of Wales Hospital
Kowloon Hospital
CUHK Medical Centre
United Christian Hospital
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
The logo of the Faculty

It is the second of one of only two medical training faculties established in Hong Kong, along with the older Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong. They are also the only two tertiary institutions in Hong Kong that provide medical and pharmacy programmes. CUHK's medical school has been ranked as one of the top 50 medical schools in the world, despite its short history of 35 years as of 2016. [2]



The medical school of CUHK was approved to be established in 1974 by the Hong Kong legislative council and finished its basic construction to receive its first batch of medical undergraduates in 1981. The United Christian Hospital and the Kowloon Hospital were the teaching hospitals of the school prior to the opening of the Prince of Wales Hospital in 1984.[3]

Later on, various schools and departments were opened as well, followed by the introduction of different programmes in other fields of healthcare and biomedical sciences other than the original medical one. With the establishment of the nursing school, the Bachelor of Nursing (post-registration) and Bachelor of Nursing (pre-registration) degrees were introduced in 1991 and 1995 respectively at CUHK and the school was then renamed as "The Nethersole School of Nursing" in 2002. Moreover, the Bachelor of Pharmacy programme was launched in 1992, being Hong Kong's first educational course in that domain. This is followed by the construction of the School of Public Health 7 years later which then has been providing the city's first and sole Bachelor of Science in Public Health programme starting from 2009.[4] The School of Chinese Medicine which originally affiliates with the University's Faculty of Science transferred to the Medical Faculty from 1 July 2013 in consideration of the School’s reconfiguration and development.[5] During the time, various important medical related discoveries were also explored by the institute.

The first full-time Dean of Faculty of Medicine, Professor G. H. Choa, was appointed in 1977. Currently, the Dean of Medicine is Professor Chan, Ka Leung Francis.[6]

Programmes and admissionEdit

Programmes Annual intakes Study duration (years)
MBChB (Medicine & Surgery)[7] 235 6
Bachelor of Pharmacy[8] 55 4
Bachelor of Science in Public Health[9] 35 4
Bachelor of Nursing[10] 197 5
Bachelor of Chinese Medicine[11] 25 6
Bachelor of Science in Gerontology
(sub-degree entry only)[12]
tentative 2
Bachelor of Science in Community Health Practice
(sub-degree entry only)[13]
tentative 2

Currently, the majority of the seats are offered for students who are selected based on their strength in the local university entrance examination (HKDSE or previously HKALE) — the JUPAS students. Remaining ones are provided for non-JUPAS students, students who take overseas examinations such as GCE, or postgraduate students who have already completed a bachelor's degree. For example, the MBChB (medicine) programme offers 210 places annually, of which close to half of the places are allotted to non-JUPAS students. The duration of all programmes under the new HKDSE curriculum is at least 4 years, one more than that for former students who received HKALE qualifications. Non-JUPUS students will be assessed by the schools to decide their stream.

It is one of the only two tertiary institutions in Hong Kong which provide medical and pharmacy programmes and is the sole one that has the public health undergraduate programme. The competition is therefore fierce due to the limited numbers of intakes and a good examination performance is required, especially for medicine (MBChB) and pharmacy.[14] Moreover, interviews are part of the selection process.

Following the UK model, medical students graduating from CUHK will be awarded the MBChB, which is the equivalent of the MBBS awarded by HKU. Other graduates will also be conferred with the corresponding Bachelor's degrees.

Moreover, the Faculty also provides different postgraduate programmes, including postgraduate diploma, Master's degrees and Doctoral degrees.

Schools and departmentsEdit

CML Basic Medical Sciences Building


CUHK Medical Faculty now consists of five schools: School of Biomedical Sciences; The Nethersole School of Nursing; School of Pharmacy, The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, and The School of Chinese Medicine.[15]

The School of Chinese Medicine which originally affiliates with the University's Faculty of Science transferred to the Medical Faculty from 1 July 2013


Departments at the faculty include:

  • Anaesthesia and Intensive Care
  • Anatomical and Cellular Pathology
  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry (Medicine)
  • Chemical Pathology
  • Clinical Oncology
  • Community and Family Medicine
  • Diagnostic Radiology and Organ Imaging
  • Medicine and Therapeutics
  • Microbiology
  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
  • Orthopaedics and Traumatology
  • Paediatrics
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiology
  • Psychiatry
  • Public Health
  • Surgery
  • Accident and Emergency Medicine Academic Unit

Affiliated hospitalsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Degree programs-CUHK Faculty of Medicine".
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong-Faculty Milestones".
  4. ^ "Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong-The Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care".
  5. ^ "School of Chinese Medicine News". School of Chinese Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Retrieved 2013-07-27.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "CUHK Appoints Three Faculty Deans". The Chinese University of Hong Kong. 28 January 2009. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
  7. ^ "JUPUS Programme information-JS4501 (Medicine, CUHK)".
  8. ^ "JUPUS Programme information-JS4525 (Pharmacy, CUHK)".
  9. ^ "JUPUS Programme information-JS4537 (Public Health, CUHK)".
  10. ^ "JUPUS Programme information-JS4513 (Nursing, CUHK)".
  11. ^ "JUPUS Programme information-JS4642 (Chinese Medicine, CUHK)".
  12. ^ "Undergraduate programmes, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong".
  13. ^ "Undergraduate programmes, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong".
  14. ^ "JUPAS Admission Grades (2012 Entry)".
  15. ^ "Units: Schools-CUHK Faculty of Medicine".

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