Society needs doctors who are forward-thinking, well-informed and above all, capable of delivering humane and ethical medical care with the dedication to serve the community. HKUMed nurtures these qualities in our future doctors, making sure they graduate as life-long learners well-prepared to excel in their future careers and in their journey of life. Many HKUMed graduates have become leaders in the fields of medicine and public health.
Come join our MBBS programme if you aspire to be one of them.
Under the existing MBBS, a new study track titled “MBBS (Distinguished MedScholar)” will be offered from the academic year 2023/24 tailored for high achievers.
Students admitted to MBBS are normally required to complete six years of study. Students admitted to the new study track, MBBS (Distinguished MedScholar), based on outstanding academic achievements plus admission interview results, are eligible to choose either one of the following:
- Complete MBBS and a Master of Research in Medicine (MRes[Med]) in six years. Upon completion of MBBS and MRes[Med] and the one-year internship, students will receive financial support from the Faculty to pursue a PhD at a renowned university and potentially join the Faculty as clinical academics upon completion of PhD;
- Students who choose not to pursue MRes[Med] for Enrichment Year may have the flexibility to undertake other Enrichment Year options such as research attachment/humanitarian services or elective courses locally or overseas
Please see here for MBBS (Distinguished MedScholar) FAQ and Entry Requirements.
HKUMed nurtures competent medical professionals who are prepared to flourish in the fast-changing healthcare environment of the 21st century. Our programme provides you with ample opportunities for personal growth that will carry you well into your future, when you will serve and excel not only in the medical profession but also in the wider community, as conversant practitioners, responsible citizens, and reliable colleagues, teachers and friends.
Queen Mary Hospital (QMH) is our major teaching hospital. It is also a tertiary referral centre for complex and advanced medical services for the entire Hong Kong territory. Most of the Faculty’s clinical departments are located at QMH, which offer dedicated teaching and learning activities and professional clinical training for our students.
Apart from QMH, learning also takes place in other public hospitals of the Hospital Authority and private hospitals such as the Hong Kong Sanatorium & Hospital, Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong, and the University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital across the border. All these hospitals are the key partners of the Faculty in teaching, training and research under the HKU Health System. The University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital also provides an invaluable platform for our students to receive clinical training and attain a more in-depth understanding of the systems and practices across the border.
To cater for the special curriculum structure of the MBBS programme, you will first be taken care of by a Pre-Clinical Academic Adviser in Year 1 and 2 study, followed by an Enrichment Year Mentor in Year 3 and a clinical teacher as Clinical Academic Adviser when proceeding to Year 4 until graduation.
Many of these teachers of our Faculty are graduates of our own MBBS programme and experienced clinicians who are passionate in teaching and mentorship of our students. They are committed to providing a comfortable environment for you to adapt to the distinct challenges of medical school life.
A positive and harmonious culture and environment is fundamental to the wellbeing of every member and is co-created by all members in the community. To cultivate such an environment, HKUMed has established the Teaching and Learning Charter, which articulates the essential values and responsibilities that members of HKUMed are expected to honour. By this Charter, teachers and students commit to an agreed list of values, attitudes and behaviours. Students of HKUMed affirm that they will take good care of themselves and the others, being kind, supportive, diligent and responsible; likewise, teachers of HKUMed affirm that they will be professional, respectful and supportive to the others, serving as good role models for students.
“Academic advising is a crucial part of a student-centred approach in medical education. At HKUMed, we firmly believe that our medical students learn best in a productive environment, surrounded by supportive teachers as role models. We are very proud that every one of our academic advisers are teachers who have actively volunteered their time and efforts towards guiding our students’ academic and professional development. In addition to mentorship, our advisers serve as the important link between the students and our faculty wellness and academic resources.
During the first two years we pair our students with dedicated teachers to help our students adjust to the challenges of medical school life. During the clinical years, our students begin to develop specialty interests. At this stage, we allow our students to choose their own academic advisers from among our clinical teaching staff for a more personalised career development. At every step there is something our advisers can offer our students.”
Dr Kendrick Shih
Director of Student Affairs
Guided by our world-class teaching faculty, your learning will take place through a multi-pronged pedagogical approach of problem-based learning, self-initiated learning, and peer and collaborative learning, conducted in a multi-modal learning environment via lectures, small-group tutorials and innovative multimedia platforms. You will develop effective skills for communication and teamwork in medical contexts, and the skills and mindset of a competent doctor with bold willingness to test theories.
Our excellent digital resources, supplemented with interactive online forums, will enable you to learn at your own pace and in your own style. We have a team of multimedia learning experts dedicated to the development of high-quality, interactive e-learning resources. Proctored written examinations are also gradually turning paperless, conducted on the e-Assessment platform specially developed for the purpose.
Our programme is a pioneer in the use of advanced technologies, such as augmented reality (AR)/ virtual reality (VR), gamification and simulation in teaching and learning to help students learn basic and advanced medical knowledge effectively. As an early adopter of VR technology, HKUMed is one of the world’s best equipped medical schools for learning of anatomy with the newly inaugurated Techmezz for VR at our Yu Chun Keung Medical Library. Tools such as Anatomage, a fully segmented real human 3D dissection platform, allow for exploration and learning of human anatomy in innovative ways.
The MBBS curriculum embraces technological innovations in order to match the rapid developments in the field of medicine. During your MBBS training, you will have the opportunities to learn and apply the following latest technologies:
• Precision Medicine, which covers literacy in big data science and its application in clinical medicine, practice and research;
• Telehealth, which involves the use of telecommunications technologies in medical practices, such as tele-consultation for outpatients and tele-pharmacy;
• Ultrasonography, which involves application of the point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) device, known to many as “tomorrow’s stethoscope”.
As early as the first semester of Year 1, you will start learning the interpersonal and clinical skills necessary for effective and compassionate care for patients. Much of the learning will take place in the purpose-built Clinical Skills Training Centre, assisted by a well-developed clinical skills e-platform.
Our programme goes well beyond vocational training. Your third year of study, which we call the Enrichment Year, offers a golden opportunity to explore areas of interest in either medical or non-medical fields and design your own learning programme in Hong Kong or abroad. Similarly, after the Fourth Summative Assessment, the 4-week MBBS Elective lets you explore a medical area of your choice.
Alongside learning that takes place within hospitals, you will gain first-hand experience in a wide variety of community-based settings involving family physicians, maternal and child health services, hospices and patient support groups. This exposure to different arenas of the public health system enables development of a holistic perspective on patient management and a richer understanding of the integration between primary and secondary care.
Ethical principles and humanitarian values are absolutely essential for doctors to meet the needs and demands of 21st century healthcare. You will learn how these principles and values underpin healthcare practice, as well as your professional and legal obligations, through the medical ethics and medical humanities programmes. They are developed and coordinated by our Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit (MEHU) with the aim of cultivating professional doctors capable of engaging with their patients from a position of awareness of their own humanity.
HKUMed is at the frontier of global medical research, driven by a strong commitment to improving human health through scientific discovery and advancement in medicine. Research requires and enables you to develop intellectual and analytical skills for a vast array of situations. As a medical student, you will have opportunities to participate in research training that leads to output in scientific journals and significant societal impact. Your research can be clinic-based or laboratory-based, and it can be either part of a project with Faculty staff members or self-initiated under the supervision of a teacher during the Enrichment Year/MBBS Elective.
It is critical for students to learn how to work effectively in an inter-professional team for the delivery of modern healthcare. HKUMed has taken the lead in delivering inter-professional educational experiences where medical, nursing and pharmacy students learn how to communicate, interact and work with one another. For students with demonstrated academic potential and interest in developing inter-professional competence, we offer the opportunity to enrol in intercalated programmes such as the Master of Public Health programme, with scholarships and other forms of financial support.
Teaching is an important role expected from all MBBS graduates in the healthcare profession. As such, the MBBS 140 Curriculum also features the Student in Medical Education (SIME) initiative, fostering a culture where teaching is an important and integral component of professional responsibility and competence. Peer tutoring activities can help cultivate medical students’ basic teaching skills to prepare them for their future roles as trainers, supervisors, or educators.
Six Years, In A Nutshell
The MBBS curriculum runs for normative six years, or 12 semesters. During your studies, you will build on acquired knowledge, starting with pre-clinical education and advancing to clinical clerkships, where you will put your skills and understanding to work. The structure is as follows:
- Introduction to the Art and Science of Medicine
- System-based Blocks
- The Enrichment Year (EY) is a credit-bearing component giving each MBBS III student the means to take charge of your learning and tailor activities to your interests and desires.
- Clinical Foundation Block
- Clinical Clerkships
- MBBS Elective
The MBBS/PhD is a full-time combined programme extending over not less than nine years and leading to the award of both MBBS and PhD degrees upon graduation. If you are admitted to this programme, you will pursue full-time research under the supervision of Faculty teachers and undertake coursework prescribed by the Graduate School and the Faculty. You may also attend optional clinical study sessions that are of your interest.
An exciting feature of this programme is that you may receive part of your training at internationally-renowned institutions overseas through the Faculty’s international network for research collaborations.
HKUMed also has joint PhD/joint educational placement for PhD programmes with King’s College London and the University of Toronto.
Starting from 2018-19, the HKSAR government has waived PhD composition fees for all local students. In addition, Croucher Foundation Scholarships are available for a maximum of three outstanding MBBS/PhD students each year to cover the monthly postgraduate studentships, research bench fees and allowances for overseas conference attendance and/or exchange.
If you undertake the intercalated Master of Research in Medicine (MRes[Med]) during your Enrichment Year, you can apply to transfer your candidature to the MBBS/PhD programme no later than the 8th month of the MRes[Med]. The time you spent on MRes[Med] would be counted towards the probationary period for your PhD study. After submitting your thesis in the last year of PhD study, you would then re-enter the MBBS programme in Year 4 and complete the remaining years up to Year 6. In a nutshell, this pathway involves two years of MBBS, one year of MRes[Med], three years of PhD, and three more years of MBBS, enabling you to earn the two degrees in nine years.
Another pathway is to complete four years of MBBS, followed by three or four years of PhD, then the final two years of MBBS. To be qualified for this route, you would need to have: 1) good results in the MBBS I-IV Summative Examinations and 2) a Bachelor’s degree with 1st class honours or a Bachelor’s degree with honours, plus a taught Master’s degree (e.g. MSc) prior to admission to MBBS for 4-year PhD; or a research Master’s degree (MPhil) awarded prior to admission to MBBS for 3-year PhD. After submitting your PhD thesis, you would re-enter the MBBS programme and complete Years 5 and 6. The entire study period for the two degrees would be nine or ten years.
Professional Recognition & Career Prospects
Your MBBS is a registrable primary qualification that enables you to apply for registration with the Medical Council of Hong Kong to practise medicine in the region. To obtain full registration, graduates are required to successfully complete a 3-week Enhanced Pre-internship Block followed by a 1-year internship in an accredited hospital. The internship will take you through selected rotations in different specialties and will require you to practise clinically under the supervision of experienced doctors. Completion of this basic training will open the door to a multitude of career options in the medical profession.
If you want to become a specialist, you are then required to undergo more years of postgraduate training and further examinations. Postgraduate and specialist training is administered through the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine and its constituent colleges.
HKUMed graduates are a heterogeneous group of doctors, many of whom are now in leading positions in a variety of fields, not just medicine. Some serve the community as frontline doctors in the public and private sectors, while others have pursued academic careers in Hong Kong or overseas, contributing to the development of the next generations of doctors and advancement of medical treatment. Many of our graduates have become world-renowned clinical experts and scientists. Some have become health administrators involved in policy making and healthcare planning for our community, others have made their mark in non-medical careers, such as law, business, or pharmaceutical development.
Whatever path you wish to take, HKUMed is here to make your dreams come true.