HKU Medical Faculty is the older of the two medical faculties in Hong Kong, the other one being the Faculty of Medicine, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Together they are the sole two tertiary institutions offering medical and pharmacy education and research in the city.
HKU Medical Faculty has long history. Its origins can be traced back to the Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese which was founded in 1887 and later renamed the Hong Kong College of Medicine in 1907. Student and faculty numbers were low in the early years. Its first graduates, of which there were two, graduated in 1892, one of whom was Sun Yat Sen, the prominent Chinese revolutionary.
The college was merged to become the medical school of HKU in 1911, one of the university's first faculties. The establishment of the Queen Mary Hospital in 1937 brought the faculty a major clinical teaching and research base. However, the Japanese occupation in the city during the Second World War disrupted teaching and many staff and students were imprisoned. Following the end of the war, it reopened and soon became an important training centre of clinicians in the city with many departments and schools in healthcare and medical sciences opened. Important milestones include being the world's first team that successfully identified and announced the corona virus, the causative agent of the pandemic SARS on 21 March 2003. This was followed by the visit of Wen Jiabao to the faculty acknowledging the institute's contribution, the first time a Premier of China had visited a university in Hong Kong. Moreover, a State Key laboratory for emerging infectious diseases was established, the first of its kind located outside mainland China. The faculty launched a Bachelor of Pharmacy programme in 2008, being the second and of two institutions in the city offering pharmacy education.
Currently the Faculty offers five undergraduate degree programmes: Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Chinese Medicine, Bachelor of Pharmacy, and Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences. Medical graduates are awarded the M.B.,B.S., the equivalent degree offered by the CUHK Faculty of Medicine being the M.B.,Ch.B. Both degrees are based on the United Kingdom's model for medical degrees. Moreover, the Faculty also provides various postgraduate programmes, including postgraduate diplomas, master's and doctoral degrees.