Master of Science in
Environmental Health and Safety (MSc in EHS)


The MSc Program is designed to provide multi-disciplinary training to current and prospective environmental professionals. The curriculum covers the scientific, technical, legal and social issues that underpin environmental health practices, food safety, hazards and risks assessment, and occupational health and safety. Currently, this is the only environment-related MSc program in Hong Kong that focuses on health and safety issues. The program aims to educate students with cutting edge knowledge in environmental health and safety, and equip them with the skills to integrate the knowledge into real life situations and identify emerging environmental problems.

Study Mode

Full-time or Part-time

Program Duration

Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years


Applicants must hold a Bachelor's degree in Life Science, Chemistry, Environmental Science or a related field from a recognized university or approved institution, with honors not lower than the second class or with an overall GPA not less than 70%.

English is the medium of instruction at HKUST. Applicants whose first language is not English and whose degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution with the medium of instruction was not English will need to meet the English Language Requirements.

Details about postgraduate admissions can be found at Office of Postgraduate Studies, HKUST.

Course Works

Students are required to complete at least 30 credits of course works, with 15 credits of foundation courses and 15 credits of elective course list.

Part-time students may take a maximum of 9 credits each semester.

Graduation and Degree

In order to graduate, students must complete 30 credits of coursework and pass all course requirements. In addition, students must attain a graduation grade average (GGA) of 2.850 or higher (out of a scale of 4.30) as required for all postgraduate students at HKUST.

On successful completion of the program, students will receive the “Master of Science in Environmental Health and Safety” degree from HKUST.

Foundation Courses

ENVS 5111 Environmental Health and Safety
ENVS 5113 Marine Ecotoxicology
ENVS 5114 Environmental Diseases and Microbiology          
ENVS 5115 Food Safety Control
ENVS 5117 Pharmacology, Toxicology and Health

Elective Courses

ENVS 5112 Environmental Hazard Identification
ENVS 5116 Case Studies in Environmental Risk Assessment
ENVS 5118 Conservation and Sustainable Development
ENVS 5119 Pollution Monitoring and Control
ENVS 5120 Occupational Health and Safety
ENVS 6111 Environmental Health Research Project
EVSM 5220 Advanced Environmental Chemistry
EVSM 5230 Environmental Health and Management
EVSM 5270 Environmental Law
JEVE 5320 Water Quality and Assessment
JEVE 5420 Biological Waste Treatment and Management

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