Master in Physiotherapy
Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 51067
Duration & Credit Requirement
2 years (6 semesters)
HK$9,000 for local students
HK$27,000 for non-local students
(Subject to review)
HK$540,000 per programme (HK$270,000 per year)
(Subject to review)
Dr Amy Fu
PDPT, PR Cert (Spinal Manip), PgD (Epi & App Biostat), MPhil (CUHK), PhD (PolyU)
This programme admits students in alternate years and will not invite applications for admission in 2017-18.
Aims & Characteristics
Physiotherapy (PT) is the art and science of rehabilitation, preventing injuries and disabilities, restoring independence and promoting a maximal level of function in individuals with physical and psychological disorders. Physiotherapists make use of multiple physical means to provide patient care. Examples include cryotherapy, electrotherapy, exercise therapy, heat therapy, hydrotherapy, manual therapy and traction, as well as assistive devices and artificial limbs to help individuals regain maximal functional potential. The physiotherapist contributes to the multidisciplinary team through patient evaluation, treatment planning and delivery, education, research and consultation in hospitals, clinics, industry and the community.
The overall aim of the MPT programme is to equip students to become qualified physiotherapists who can practice physiotherapy autonomously, safely and effectively in different settings, and to meet the health care needs of society.
MPT students are developed into lifelong learners and critical consumers of the professional and scientific health care literature. Graduates possess the ability to engage in research and to critically analyse and integrate information from different sources into clinical practice. By acquiring a strong sense of professional commitment, our graduates are able to provide high quality physiotherapy services and contribute to the advancement of the rehabilitation profession.
The curriculum is based upon a solid theoretical framework. Students learn and develop the ability to link theory to practice. The curriculum provides opportunities for the students to integrate knowledge from different courses in fundamental and professional subjects to render sound clinical judgments.
- Applicants with Hong Kong permanent resident status are eligible to join a Sponsorship Scheme funded by the Social Welfare Department (SWD) that can cover their full tuition fees.
- Applications to the scheme must be made through member non-government organisations (NGOs). When application for admission to the programme is successful, applicants will receive an NGO list from the SWD through the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. They must then approach any of the listed NGOs they find interesting for application and interview opportunities before sponsorship can be formally offered by an NGO and to the applicant.
- A sponsorship is offered on the condition that the MPT graduate serves as a physiotherapist at the sponsoring NGO for no less than 3 years.
Recognition & Prospects
The MPT programme has been accredited by the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT).
MPT graduates are fully eligible to practice in Hong Kong. They can apply for registration by the Physiotherapists Board of Hong Kong.
Our graduates have a high rate of employment, with a wide range of options from acute care and rehabilitation hospitals to special schools and old aged homes, other community rehabilitation settings and private practice.
Physiotherapists can specialise in different rehabilitation areas, take up managerial positions or be involved in clinical education and research. Opportunities for higher degree studies at the MPhil and PhD levels are also available.
Programme Structure and Content
This is a 2-year professional programme designed to prepare the students to become competent physiotherapists at the entry level. The programme involves university-based study and clinical education at hospitals, rehabilitation centres, special schools and institutions.
Functional Anatomy, Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Movement Science, Exercise Science, Clinical Neuroscience and Neurology, Research Methods and Statistics, Human Development across Lifespan, and Rehabilitation Psychology.
Professional Ethics and Legal Issues, Principles of Physiotherapy Practice, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy I and II, Manipulative Physiotherapy, Electrophysical Therapy I and II, Cardiorespiratory Physiotherapy, Neurological Physiotherapy I and II, Pediatric Neurology and Developmental Disabilities, Administration and Management, and Primary Health and Community Care.
Students form small groups and work under the guidance of an assigned faculty member to conduct a specific research project, which involves the review of relevant scientific literature, data collection and analysis, and a report of research findings.
Students complete 6 clinical placements in 30 weeks (a minimum of 1,000 hours) during the 2-year programme, comprising 8-week clinical placements in different community rehabilitation settings to better prepare them to work in these settings upon graduation.
- A Bachelor's degree from a reputable university.
- Applicants should have obtained credits for each of the following prerequisite university undergraduate-level courses before admission to the programme:
- Human Anatomy (3 credits or the equivalent)
- Human Physiology (3 credits or the equivalent)
If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.
Preference will be given to applicants who are able to communicate effectively in English, Cantonese and Putonghua.
We would like to draw applicants' special attention to one of the admission requirements. To gain admission to the MPT programme, applicants must have satisfactorily completed introductory human anatomy (3 credits) and human physiology (3 credits) courses during their undergraduate training.
For those who have not done so, some online self-study introductory anatomy and physiology courses are acceptable as equivalent requirements. For example:
Biology 235 (offered by Athabasca University)
It should be noted that the normal study period for this 6-credit course is 43 weeks as suggested by the Athabasca University, but that can be modified.
BIO 105 and BIO 106 (offered by Excelsior College)
To fulfil our requirements of 6 credits of human anatomy and physiology, applicants must take both BIO 105 (3 credits) and BIO 106 (3 credits).
PDBIO 205 and PDBIO 210 (offered by Brigham Young University)
PDBIO 205 can fulfil the human physiology requirement and PDBIO 210 can fulfill the human anatomy requirement.
The online course offered by PolyU is also acceptable to fulfil the human anatomy requirement. A verified certificate achieved in this course is required.
- Enrolment in the course does not mean that the applicant will be shortlisted for an interview. Whether a particular applicant is shortlisted depends on his/her overall academic achievement.
- For applicants who have not fulfilled the human anatomy/physiology course requirements, proof of enrolment in an acceptable anatomy/physiology course must be shown before their applications can be considered.
- It is entirely the applicant's decision whether to take the anatomy and physiology courses listed above. We are not trying to sell these courses. We declare no conflict of interest with the above courses and institutes. The information is provided to facilitate compliance with prerequisite requirements.
- If you are not sure whether any other human anatomy/physiology courses are acceptable, please send the course syllabus with detailed study hours to email@example.com as soon as possible. Please indicate that you are interested in applying for the MPT programme in the email.
- Courses on animal physiology/anatomy and those on human physiology/anatomy that are not up to the Bachelor degree level are not recognised as equivalent to these subject requirements.
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