The early introduction of clinical skills and its frequent training in both clinics and hospital settings is an integral part of the BChinMed programme. Students are provided the opportunities to apply and practise their skills throughout the programme and they are encouraged to develop their learning interests and explore their aspirations.
The aim of the Bachelor of Chinese Medicine (BChinMed) programme is to nurture a new generation of Chinese Medicine professionals who are well-equipped with knowledge in Chinese Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Being competent in clinical skills and life-long learning skills, they are to provide quality Chinese Medicine healthcare services to the community and contribute to the further development of Chinese Medicine and integrative medicine in Hong Kong.
“This programme has widened my understanding of the interplay between the universe and human body. I am equipped with theoretical knowledge, practical skills and ethics of traditional Chinese Medicine through a variety of learning experiences.”
Tong Yee Man
The programme offers comprehensive and systematic Chinese Medicine and Biomedical Sciences courses taught by teachers from the School of Chinese Medicine, School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Clinical Medicine and School of Public Health under the Medical Faculty.
Early clinical training is provided through clinical attachment under the supervision of teachers at the eight Chinese Medicine Clinical Centres for Teaching and Research, which are directly under or affiliated with the School of Chinese Medicine. With the support of state-of-the-art facilities in the Clinical Skills Training Centre, students receive comprehensive training in clinical skills before practising in real clinical settings. In Year 4, students will undertake a four-week junior clerkship at the University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital, where they may integrate and practise what they have learnt during their junior years. In Year 6 (Final Year), students are required to undertake a 40-week clinical clerkship in the teaching hospitals of distinguished Traditional Chinese Medicine universities mainly in Shanghai and/or other cities in Mainland China as arranged by the School.
Students are given the opportunity to undertake laboratory experiments in several Chinese Medicine and Biomedical Sciences courses. The School of Chinese Medicine also works with the School of Biomedical Sciences to set up different research interest groups for students during their studies.
The English language is the medium of instruction for most of the Common Core courses and all Biomedical Sciences courses. Both Putonghua and Cantonese are used in the Chinese Medicine courses, field trip(s) as well as the Chinese Medicine dispensary practicum, clinical attachment, junior clerkship and clinical clerkship
An outcome-based approach to students’ learning and several multidisciplinary teaching approaches, such as problem-based learning and clinical case discussion, are adopted.
The programme emphasises the integration of theories and practical skills. Experiential learning is encouraged through participation in clinical attachment, junior clerkship and clinical clerkship, through which students will have the opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired from classrooms in practical settings.
Through the Chinese Medicine Undergraduate Student Exchange Programme, students can widen their horizon and enrich their learning experience. Successful applicants may have the opportunity to travel to mainland China or other countr(ies) in summer for studies and engage in cultural exchange with other students.
Students will also participate in a field trip in Yunnan, Mainland China for a deeper dive into the indigenous traditional Chinese medicine herbs growing in the natural environment in Mainland China. The Chinese Medicine dispensary practicum will, on the other hand, allow them to obtain practical experience at the Chinese Medicine dispensary.
The BChinMed curriculum is a six-year programme, including the Mainland China-based clinical clerkship in Year 6 (Final Year). The curriculum comprises of the following components:
- Chinese Medicine Foundation Courses
- Chinese Medicine Classical Texts Courses
- Chinese Medicine Clinical Courses
- Biomedical Sciences Courses (including Western medicine bedside training)
- Disciplinary Elective Courses
- Field Trip and Chinese Medicine Dispensary Practicum
- Chinese Medicine Clinical Attachments, Junior Clerkship and Clinical Clerkship
- Common Core Curriculum Courses
- Language Enhancement Courses
“By studying this professional programme, you will find it fascinating when the mystical healing power in Chinese Medicine evokes your curiosity and challenges your comprehension abilities. I believe you will enjoy this ancient wisdom integrating with the modern knowledge system. What you learn from Chinese Medicine will inspire your life and lead you to a bright future.”
Professor Yibin Feng
Director and Professor, School of Chinese Medicine
Professional Recognition & Career Prospects
Graduates of the Bachelor of Chinese Medicine programme are eligible to sit for the Chinese Medicine
Practitioners Licensing Examination in Hong Kong. Those who have passed the Chinese Medicine Practitioners Licensing Examination are qualified for registration as registered Chinese Medicine practitioners with the Chinese Medicine Council of Hong Kong. Upon registration, they can seek employment in Chinese Medicine clinics in both the public and private sector or engage in private practice. They are also qualified to take up research and development positions in Chinese Medicine pharmaceutical trading and manufacturing companies, or biotechnology companies, or to engage in managerial, marketing, sales, insurance or advertising roles in Chinese Medicine-related businesses. Some may opt to pursue postgraduate studies or become academics in tertiary institutions.
“HKU must be credited for being my best anchor. This is where I am supported and nurtured for knowledge building and development of professional network, as well as being moulded with humbleness and integrity.”
Ms Yu Choi Fai