Special Degree

Nuclear Medical Science

The main objective of the course is to provide knowledge and practical skills in Nuclear Medicine which is a medical specialty that uses radioactive chemical compounds for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.

Requirements

In the four-year special degree programme, you are expected to follow course units at Levels I and II, of any relevant programmes first. If you wishes to be selected for the four-year special degree you may apply at the end of the second year, provided that all the following requirements have been fulfilled.

Eligibility: At least a B grade for NS 2003 and a GPA of 3.00 for CH core courses and GPA of 3.00 for core courses either in ZL, BT or PH.

Selection Criteria: The highest weighted aggregate mark obtained for core courses of either BT, CH, or ZL, OR the weighted aggregate mark obtained for PH core courses and ST 1006.

Registration for course units

You are expected to follow course units specified for Levels III and IV of the relevant special degree programme. You should register for a minimum of 30 (maximum of 33) academic credits, and the necessary enhancement course units, during each of the third and fourth years of study. We could allow you to take up to four enhancement course credits per year if you wish. Thus, a special degree will span a total of eight semesters with 120-132 academic credits and 4-12 enhancement course credits.

You should obtain C grades or better aggregating to a minimum of 15 academic credits in Level III to move on to the Level IV, After Level IV, you should have met the criteria listed below in order to be eligible for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Science (Special).

Degree awarding criteria

To be eligible for the B.Sc.(Special) Degree, you must ‘complete’ a minimum of 120 credits with at least 30 credits from each of Level I, Level II, Level III and Level IV. Level III and IV credits must be from the course units of the special degree programme, and should include a Research Project in Level IV.

Furthermore, you must have

  • obtained a grade not lower than C in courses aggregating to a minimum of 96 academic credits, with a minimum of 24 academic credits in each of Levels I, II, III, and IV,
  • obtained no grade of NC (not complete), subject to the proviso that, in the event of the candidate being unable to sit for the final examination of a course unit for approved medical reasons during your final year only, a mark of zero may be assigned to such final examination at the request of the candidate and with the approval of the Faculty Board, the course unit considered completed, and the overall Mark computed and the final Grade assigned on that basis, this proviso being applicable for course units totaling no more than 8 credits,
  • obtained grades of F in no more than 8 credits,
  • obtained a grade of S (Satisfactory) or better in Enhancement Course Units totaling a minimum of 4 credits, and fulfilled any other requirements approved by the Faculty Board for a given four year Special degree, e.g., professional requirements,
  • obtained a minimum Grade Point Average of 2.00,
  • completed the relevant requirements within a period of six academic years.

Award of Honours

First Class:
It shall be awarded if you have

  • obtained Grades not lower than C in Academic Course Units aggregating to at least 105 academic credits,
  • obtained a minimum GPA of 3.60, and
  • completed the relevant requirements within a period of four consecutive academic years.

Second Class (Upper Division):
It shall be awarded if you have

  • obtained Grades not lower than C in Academic Course Units aggregating to at least 100 academic credits,
  • obtained a minimum GPA of 3.30, and
  • completed the relevant requirements within a period of four consecutive academic years.

Second Class (Lower Division):
It shall be awarded if you have

  • obtained Grades not lower than C in Academic Course Units aggregating to at least 100 academic credits,
  • obtained a minimum GPA of 3.00, and
  • completed the relevant requirements within a period of four consecutive academic years.

Course Outline

Year Three (Semester 1, 14C)

  • NS 3017 – Applied Nuclear Science (3C, 30L, 30P)
  • NS 3025 – Radiobiology (3C, 45L)
  • NS 3110 – Human Anatomy (3C, 45L)
  • NS 3120 – Nuclear Medicine I (2C, 30L)
  • NS 3904 – Elective (3C) –  A third year course unit from any subject approved by the Department of Nuclear Science.

Year Three (Semester 2, 16C)

  • PH 3034 – Digital Image Processing (3C, 30L, 30P)
  • NS 3023 – Diagnostic radiology (I) (3C, 45L)
  • NS 3024 – Radiation Protection (3C, 30L, 30P)
  • NS 3011 – Human Anatomy Practical (1C, 30P)
  • NS 3022 – Statistics for Nuclear Science (3C, 30L, 30P)
  • NS 3024 – Biological and Medical Ethics (1C, 15L)
  • BT 3072 – Special Topics in Bioinformatics (2C, 60P)

Year Four (Semester 1, 15C)

  • NS 4029 –  Diagnostic Radiology (II)  (3C, 30L, 30P)
  • NS 4005 – Clinical Education (1C, 30P)
  • NS 4030 – Nuclear Technology and Environment  (3C, 30L, 30P)
  • NS xxxx – Nuclear Medicine II (3C, 45L)
  • NS 4031 – Human Physiology (2C, 30L)
  • NS 4006 – Seminar and Essay   (3C, 90P)

Year Four (Semester 2, 12C)

  • NS 4032 – Radiotherapy Physics (3C, 45L)
  • NS 4007 – Research Project (8C, 240P)
  • NS4108 – Clinical Practice I (2C, 60P)
  • NS4109 – Clinical Practice II (2C, 60P)