Early and frequent clinical skills training in both clinics and hospital settings is an integral part of the BChinMed programme. Students are provided with application and practice opportunities 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 and are competent in clinical skills and life-long learning skills to provide excellent Chinese Medicine healthcare service to the community to foster the development of Chinese Medicine and integrative medicine in Hong Kong.
“This programme has widened my perspective to 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
BChinMed Year 5
The programme offers comprehensive and systematic Chinese Medicine and biomedical sciences courses taught by teachers of the School of Chinese Medicine and other basic sciences and clinical departments of the Medical Faculty.
Early clinical training is provided through clinical attachments under the supervision of teachers at the eight Chinese Medicine Clinical Centres for Teaching and Research which are directly under or affiliated to the School. With the support of state-of-the-art facilities in the Clinical Skills Training Centre, students receive comprehensive clinical skills training before practising on real patients. In Year 4, students will undergo a four-week junior clerkship at the University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital to integrate and practise what they have learnt in junior years. In Year 6, students are required to undertake a 40-week clinical clerkship in the teaching hospitals of top Traditional Chinese Medicine universities in Guangzhou, Shanghai or other cities in Mainland China under the arrangement of the School.
Students are required to take Common Core Courses during their first and second years of study. These courses help students to develop broader perspective and build up critical thinking on issues that they encounter in their everyday lives.
Students are given the opportunity to undertake laboratory experiments in several Chinese Medicine and biomedical sciences courses. The School has also set up different research interest groups for students to participate during their studies.
English is the medium of instruction for most of the Common Core Courses and all biomedical sciences courses. Putonghua and Cantonese will be used in Chinese Medicine courses, field trip and Chinese Medicine dispensary practicum, clinical attachments, junior clerkship and clinical clerkship, etc.
An outcome-based approach to students’ learning and multi-disciplinary 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 attachments, junior clerkship and clinical clerkship in which students will have the opportunities to apply the knowledge acquired in practical settings.
Through the Chinese Medicine Undergraduate Student Exchange Programme, students can widen their horizons and enrich their learning experience. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to study in Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine for one summer semester.
Students will also be arranged to participate in a field trip which they can learn more about the indigenous traditional Chinese medicine herbs in the natural environment in Mainland China. The Chinese Medicine dispensary practicum will, on the other hand, allow them to obtain practical experience at Chinese Medicine dispensary.
The BChinMed curriculum is 6-year programme, including the clinical clerkship in Year 6 undertaken in Mainland China. The curriculum is made up 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
“There are many mysteries in Chinese Medicine which evoke your curiosity and challenge your abilities in this interesting professional programme. I believe you will enjoy this ancient wisdom and modern knowledge system. What you learn from Chinese Medicine will inspire your life and bring you 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 apply 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. Registered Chinese Medicine practitioners can seek employment in Chinese Medicine clinics in both public and private sectors or to engage in private practice. They are also qualified to take up research and development posts in Chinese Medicine pharmaceutical trading and manufacturing companies, and biotechnology companies, or to work in managerial, marketing, sales, insurance or advertising positions in Chinese Medicine-related businesses. Some may opt to pursue postgraduate studies or become academics in tertiary institutes.
“HKU must be credited for being my best anchor. This is where I am supported and nurtured to gain knowledge and develop professional network, moulded with humbleness and integrity.”
Ms Yu Choi Fai