With all eyes now firmly focused on global environmental issues, the department of physics at Baptist University has introduced Hong Kong's first master of science degree in green technology (energy).
Professor Cheah Kok-wai, the department head, says there is growing interest in green energy, leading to a demand for qualified professionals in the field.
Internships at green technology companies and green groups will give students work experience in a real business environment.
Students are also required to complete a graduate project.
"They will work in groups to design or refine a green technology system, such as creating a system to harvest wind energy," Cheah says.
Applicants should hold a bachelor's degree from a recognised university. Preference will be given to degree holders in physics, chemistry, biology, engineering and environmental disciplines. Work experience is an advantage, but not essential.
"We consider fresh graduates and experienced candidates. Passion and interest for this profession are the key factors," Cheah says.
"Graduates of the course are qualified to work as consultants in government and environmental agencies, project managers of renewable energy companies, as well as chemists in government and private analytical laboratories."
The programme is one year, full-time or two years, part-time.
Classes usually take place on weekday evenings and on Saturdays.
Thirty students will be accepted in the first intake.