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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Occupational Therapy

Sept 2019 Entry
Programme code: JS3624

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Mode of Study Full-time

Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

130 (including 24 clinical/field credits)

Fund Type Government-Funded
Consider Second Choice Applications No

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Kenneth Fong

PD(OT), PD(OSH), Cert(CMH), BSc(HS), PgD(Biomech), MScHC(OT), PhD(Ed), OTR, HKROT


  • This programme does not consider second choice applications.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

This programme nurtures students to be forward-looking competent occupational therapists who can promote health and well-being of people in Hong Kong.


A combination of medical, psychological and social science subjects prepares students to enhance the functional performance of community-dwelling people with disabilities in self-care, leisure and work. Students learn how to minimize disabilities, promote health and improve the quality of life of clients and their families.


The programme prepares students to deliver client-centred occupational therapy and to be committed to promoting equal opportunities in all members of the community. It also prepares them for lifelong helping careers in which they will empower clients to manage their disabilities, educate the public about healthy and meaningful living and pass down their knowledge to new generations of therapists.


Programme Characteristics

This programme adopts an outcome-based learning approach that integrates academic and clinical education. We provide numerous excellent learning resources with up-to-date technology, such as Web-based teaching and self-learning packages.


We also provide global learning experiences in occupational therapy. Fieldwork placements and academic exchange programmes are available in the Chinese mainland and overseas.


Placement Opportunities

Clinical education is an important component of professional training and development. It is delivered through clinical placement in various settings in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and overseas. Students have attachments in a range of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, childcare centres, elderly care homes, adult training centres and workshops and long-stay care homes. Overseas clinical placements have been organized in partnership with overseas universities including Curtin University of Technology (Australia), the University of South Australia (Australia), the University of Toronto (Canada), McGill University (Canada), Metropolitan University College (Denmark), JAMK University of Applied Sciences (Finland), the University of Southern California (USA), Nanyang Polytechnic (Singapore) and Chang Gung University (Taiwan).  Further overseas placements will be arranged for students in the coming years to broaden their global perspectives.

Recognition & Prospects

Professional Recognition

The programme is recognized by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) for training practitioners of an international standard.


Graduates are eligible for registration with the Occupational Therapists Board of Hong Kong. They are qualified to sit for the licensure examinations of many countries, including Australia, the UK, Canada and the US.


Career Prospects

Graduates are qualified for a wide variety of jobs in hospitals, rehabilitation settings, community agencies, schools, health and welfare settings. They are qualified for the position of Occupational Therapist II in the Hospital Authority, private organizations (private hospitals, private clinics, nursing homes and homes for the elderly), the Department of Health, the Education Department (special schools, early education and training centres), subvented non-government organizations and the Social Welfare Department (community centres, sheltered workshops and special childcare centres).


This is a 4-year full-time programme leading to a registrable qualification as required by the Occupational Therapists Board of Hong Kong. Our programme is recognized by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) for training practitioners to an international standard.


Year One of the programme includes compulsory university subjects such as Freshman Seminar for Broad Discipline in Health Science and fundamental language subjects and Foundation Subjects such as Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, Functional Anatomy, and Foundation Psychology for Rehabilitation Professionals. The Core Subject of Occupational Therapy (OT) is introduced in OT Theory and Process I.


Year Two of the programme includes Foundation Subjects in OT such as Pharmacology in Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Psychology, Clinical Sciences and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The core OT discipline is introduced in subjects such as Human Occupations and OT Foundations in Human Performance and Enabling Occupation in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation.


Year Three of the programme emphasizes core OT disciplines: Psychosocial Practice, Medical & Neurorehabilitation, Developmental Conditions, Environmental Issues and Assistive Technology.


Year Four of the programme extends to applied subjects such as Ageing and Geriatric Practice, Vocational Rehabilitation, etc. There is also a Group Research Project in the Final Year.


Clinical education is an important component of the programme. It is delivered through clinical placement in various settings in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and overseas. Students are required to undertake 1,000 hours of clinical placement in five blocks throughout the programme.


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.rs.polyu.edu.hk.

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for international applicants.


For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 2766 6719/2766 5399; email: rsdept@polyu.edu.hk).