Cultivating highly-trained nurses with compassionate care skills is the focus of our BNurs curriculum. Students will be receiving a broad spectrum of clinical and simulation training, as well as inter-professional and problem-based learning in a supportive environment. Meanwhile, their global vision will be developed through life enrichment learning programmes beyond Hong Kong.
“As a competent nurse, to heal up a patient’s wound is not only by your skillful hands, but also with your empathetic heart.”
Mr Benney Wong
Lecturer, School of Nursing
Programme Aims and Objectives
The Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs) is a five-year full-time programme leading to an honours degree. The objective of our BNurs programme is to provide comprehensive and holistic nursing education, through which, generic nurses are nurtured to become competent practitioners in various healthcare settings.
Well-scoped with multidisciplinarity, our credit-based curriculum is designed to introduce the bio-psychosocial aspects of health and nursing care. It strikes a good balance between the broad areas of nursing, biological, behavioural and social sciences, enabling students to obtain knowledge through the study of different disciplines. The desired learning outcomes would be the production of nursing professionals with inquisitive mindsets, strong interpersonal skills, and high awareness of the socio-cultural context in Hong Kong where nursing is practised.
Our BNurs programme emphasises the integration of theory and practice. Students are exposed to a variety of clinical environments throughout the study, while comprehensive learning of clinical skills is delivered under the supervision of experienced teaching staff. The process of teaching and learning is directed by nursing academics from a wide range of expertise, with the support of excellent facilities in various departments of the Medical Faculty and clinical settings.
The BNurs programme incorporates various teaching and learning strategies, such as problem-based learning; inter-professional team-based learning; audiovisual education; e-learning; active learning activities; demonstrations; field trips and educational visits to clinical agencies and community settings, not limited to traditional classroom approaches like lectures, seminars and tutorials. Clinical education is achieved through laboratory teaching, innovative simulation activities and clinical practicum.
Nursing skills are acquired through demonstrations, simulation, video playback, e-learning and practice. For Life Sciences and Clinical Pharmacology courses, students gain laboratory experiences relating to demonstrations of specific areas in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology and pharmacology.
This programme emphasises clinical practice in all aspects of nursing. Under the instruction and supervision of experienced teachers, students have the opportunity to learn and practise basic to advanced level of complex care in both local communities and comprehensive teaching hospitals, such as Queen Mary Hospital. Clinical practicum is organised in blocks of practice to allow students to consolidate what they have learned from the nursing themes and skills. Clinical placements are arranged in:
- Community centres;
- Aged care centres;
- Outpatient clinics; and
- Specialties in hospitals, including Medical and Surgical Units, Paediatrics Unit, Obstetrics Unit, Accident & Emergency Unit, Operation Theatre, and many more.
This programme is designed to nurture nursing leaders with an international outlook. Students are provided with opportunities to participate in life enrichment programmes, including exchange programmes at top universities such as University of Pennsylvania, Case Western Reserve University, University of Toronto, Peking University, Korea University, The University of Tokyo, Kaohsiung Medical University, University of Navarra and The University of Sydney; short-term study programmes; service/humanitarian activities; research attachment and more.
The 5-year BNurs curriculum requires students to undertake various courses per year so that they can gradually develop their nursing capabilities in different settings. Key areas of the study include Nursing Core Courses, Nursing of Specialised Populations, Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Practice, Foundations in Nursing Research, Nursing Electives, Nursing Practica, Life Sciences, Clinical Pharmacology and Behavioural Sciences. This curriculum is carefully structured to allow maximum longitudinal and lateral correlations between courses.
There are a total of 44 courses running throughout five years. Among these courses, 26 of them are Core Courses while 7 are Practicum Courses. The combination of these courses will empower students to become competent practitioners. This programme also includes 1 Life Enrichment Learning Course, 1 Nursing Elective Course, 3 Language Courses and 6 Common Core Courses. Altogether they constitute 303 credits in the entire curriculum.
“HKU Nursing has been nurturing seeds of caring hearts with not only professional knowledge & skills, but also positive values & precious networks that let them bloom into the flowers of tomorrow. I am very grateful to be one of the seeds grown in this beautiful garden.”
Mr Since Kong
Manager (Nursing), Nursing Service Department, Hospital Authority Head Office
An elite track designed for high caliber candidates who are high achievers and aspire to pursue an advanced and specialised nurse practice or a nurse-physician career in the healthcare sector. This track enables highly competent students to accomplish a dynamic and vigorous study plan and to fulfil accredited professional curricula at an accelerated pace.
It is the first and only bachelor’s nursing programme in Hong Kong that offers articulation to the HKU Master of Nursing (MNurs) or HKU Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).
Students shall be admitted to 1-year part-time MNurs study, upon successful completion of the 5-year BNurs–ALT, and shall be able to OBTAIN ONE BACHELOR’S DEGREE AND ONE MASTER’S DEGREE IN NURSING in a duration of 6 years.
Prospect: Advanced & Specialised Nurse
Students shall be admitted directly to HKU MBBS Year 2 and exempted from the Year 3 Enrichment Year requirements, upon successful completion of the 5-year BNurs–ALT degree with First-class Honours, and shall be able to OBTAIN TWO PROFESSIONAL DEGREES in a duration of 9 years.
* Subject to the fulfilment of MNurs/MBBS programme’s entry requirements. Being BNurs graduates with First-class Honours and having “Chemistry” subject in their HKDSE results are required for choosing the MBBS articulation pathway.
Students will acquire unique leadership skills and experiential learning opportunities in their study journey in nursing.
Students will be mentored individually by a designated instructor from professoriate staff and an experienced nurse leader, who provide advice and guidance throughout their BNurs–ALT study. Under the mentorship of great minds, students can broaden their horizons and expand their personal networks.
The articulation pathways provided under the BNurs-ALT are subject to one’s interest, career aspiration and academic performance, etc. Scholarships covering the full composition fee of MNurs will be provided to students with exemplary academic performance.
Entrance and Academic Elite Scholarships
HKDSE students admitted to BNurs and BNurs-ALT
- 1st Year
Obtained a HKDSE score (Best 5)# 28 – 30.5
Award of HK$10,000 under the Entrance Scholarship
- Obtained a HKDSE score (Best 5)# ≥ 31
Award of HK$21,000 under the Entrance Scholarship + Award of HK$42,100 under the Academic Elite Scholarship (equivalent to the full composition fee of the first year of study)
All students admitted to BNurs-ALT will be eligible for both the Entrance and Academic Elite Scholarships at least for the 1st year (i.e. HK$63,100) subject to the “Senate maximum” for local UG students.
#Best 5 based on the new HKU scoring system
Students achieving outstanding academic performance from the 2nd to the 5th year of study are qualified for the Academic Elite Scholarship
- Total awarded value up to a maximum of HK$231,500
Scholarship for the MNurs Articulation Pathway
Our scholarship covering a full composition fee of MNurs will be offered to BNurs-ALT graduates with outstanding academic performance.
Competent and Transferable Skills
Graduates are equipped with practical clinical skills and will be capable of translating evidence-based theories into practice.
Graduates who have satisfactorily completed all programme requirements will be eligible for direct registration as registered nurses with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong.
Graduates are trained to possess global leadership traits, allowing them to work effectively across multidisciplinary teams around the world.
Graduates will stay connected with an extensive professional network via clinical practicum in community centres, clinics and comprehensive teaching hospitals; and via research attachments and personal mentors.
In addition to satisfying the University entrance requirements, candidates for admissions shall satisfy all of the following requirements in HKDSE:
a) Achieve the level of performance in the four core subjects as below:
^Mathematics Extended Part (Module 1 (M1) / Module 2 (M2)) will be recognised as equivalent to a full elective subject.
The best 5 subjects of HKDSE* + 0.5 x 6th best subject*
*may include M1/M2 or Category C subject whichever is higher
Consideration of Other Factors
- Interview performance
- No. of level 5** / 5* / 5
- Student learning profile
Consideration of HKDSE Combined Results & Penalty for HKDSE Repeaters
Best results in the recent three years
Before release of HKDSE results
- June 2024
After release of HKDSE results
- July 2024
University Entrance Requirements
- A good working knowledge of Cantonese
- GCE/International A-level Chemistry or IB Higher Level Chemistry *
*Chemistry is required for articulation pathway to MBBS
- Early Jan – Late Feb 2024
- Early Apr 2024
Applicants with GCE A-Level, Cambridge Pre-U or IB Diploma qualifications and at least seven years of secondary education at the time of being admitted to the University will be granted 18 credits of Advanced Standing. These are made up of 6 credits for Core University English course and 12 credits of the Common Core courses provided that students take one Common Core course in each Area of Inquiry.
Advanced Standing will be granted automatically and separate application is not required. You will be contacted by the Faculty Office should Advanced Standing be granted.
Professional Recognition & Career Prospects
Graduates from the Bachelor of Nursing degree programme will be able to function independently to assess and appraise the health care needs of the community. Those who have satisfactorily completed all programme requirements will be eligible for direct registration as registered nurses with the Nursing Council of Hong Kong.