Earth System Science (Atmospheric Science / Geophysics) Program By The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) |Top Universities
  • QS World University Rankings
  • Degree BSc
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Study Mode On Campus
  • Course Intensity Full Time
  • Fees(USD) 74459-
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Start date Sep

The ESSC programme provides students with solid scientific and mathematical foundation of the Earth System. The focus is on physical processes within the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere, their interactions, and how human activities shape the Earth’s environment. Two streams are available: Atmospheric Science and Geophysics, where students are intro-duced to cutting-edge research on related topics. Students who complete this programme will be equipped with strong analytic and computational skills. They would be able to build their research and career capacities via laboratory work, numerical modeling and programming, seminars, workshops, and research projects.

Correlated Dynamics Unravelled

The Earth System Science (ESSC) programme was founded in 2012 by CUHK’s Faculty of Science. ‘The curriculum focuses on systemic and interdisciplinary research of the Earth such as geology, meteorology and oceanography. Our students study the Earth’s dynamics as an interrelated system comprising spheres such as the atmosphere, the geosphere and the biosphere,’ said Prof. Wong Teng-fong, founding director of ESSC.

Sophy Wu is a graduate of ESSC. Before she was admitted to CUHK, she was caught between two favourite subjects, geography and chemistry, for her undergraduate studies until she discovered a new programme—ESSC. ‘I learnt that ESSC is an interdisciplinary programme for students who love science and are prepared to tackle environmental challenges facing the world today. I found it undoubtedly my best choice as I aspired to be a scientist in quest of solutions for the Earth’s problems.’

About University

Founded in 1963, the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is a comprehensive research university with a global vision and a mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West.

Unique College System

CUHK is the only university in Hong Kong that offers a collegiate system. The nine Colleges of CUHK offer a plethora of non-formal learning opportunities to complement the formal curricula.

Academic Programmes

At CUHK, a wide range of academic programmes leading to the bachelor’s degree are organized in its eight Faculties, including Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Science, and Social Science.

Given its geographical location, traditions, and ties, CUHK enjoys special advantages in the study of Chinese language, culture, economics, among others. Different specialties in engineering (electronic, information, automation, among others.) command world-leading positions. Its Business School, Law School, and Medical School are reputable training grounds for professionals in their respective fields as well as centres of seminal research.

Research Excellence

CUHK promotes interdisciplinary research excellence on a local, national and international scale. It has four research priorities, which are China StudiesTranslational BiomedicineInformation and Automation Technology and Environment and Sustainability. The University is a world leader in non-invasive prenatal testing theory and method, genomic studies on plants for sustainable agriculture and food security, and network coding theory that revolutionized data transmission and network applications.

The prowess, variety and impact of research at CUHK can be further demonstrated from its establishment of five state key laboratories, past and ongoing Areas of Excellence research projects, and the many research institutes and collaborations with eminent overseas research institutions. CUHK is a member of the Worldwide Universities Network and the Association of Pacific Rim Universities.

Great Campus in a Great City

CUHK has the largest, most scenic and sustainably designed and maintained campus in Hong Kong, complete with modern learning facilities and cultural, sport, social and other amenities. Located in Shatin, the campus is conveniently connected with the MTR system to all parts of the city.


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