Master in Occupational Therapy
Sept 2017 Entry
Programme code: 51068
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)
Prof. David Man
PDOT, MSc, PhD (HKU)
This programme admits students in alternate years and will not invite applications for admission in 2017-18.
Aims & Characteristics
Occupational Therapy (OT) is the use of comprehensive assessment and treatment to help clients across the lifespan achieve their optimum level of functioning. Common OT interventions include helping people who have physical, mental or cognitive disabilities to restore their roles in their families, workplaces and the communities. Through therapeutic activities, clients' functioning can be developed, recovered or maintained. Occupational therapists focus on adapting environments, eliminating environmental barriers, modifying tasks, teaching skills, educating clients and their families to maximise independence, participate in daily, meaningful activities and improve their quality of life.
Specialty areas served by occupational therapists include paediatric, physical, geriatric, psychiatric, cognitive and vocational fields.
The MOT programme aims to train competent, entry level occupational therapists. Graduates can provide occupational therapy in a fully competent way and will take up leading roles in diversified, client-centred services in the community. Our programme also prepares students with good administrative, managerial and communication skills, as critical thinkers and lifelong learners in helping and educating clients, the public and the next generation of therapists.
Students are of mature age and have background knowledge in human physiology, anatomy and other general education subjects through their undergraduate training. Because of their more advanced age and richer life experiences, they should have more stable personalities and higher level communication skills. These characteristics are considered important assets for working as an occupational therapist, particularly in NGO settings.
Clinical education is an important component of professional training and development. It is delivered through clinical placements in various local settings and possibly overseas ones.
- Applicants with Hong Kong permanent resident status are eligible to join a Sponsorship Scheme funded by the Social Welfare Department (SWD).
- They have to apply for sponsorships that cover their full tuition fees through non-government organisations (NGOs) that are members of the scheme. When an application for admission to the programme is successful, the applicant will receive an NGO list from the SWD through the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. They then have to approach any listed NGOs to apply for sponsorship and undergo the interview process.
- Sponsorships are offered on the condition that the MOT graduate commits to serving as an occupational therapist at the sponsoring NGO for no less than 3 years.
Recognition & Prospects
The MOT programme has been accredited by the World Federation of Occupational Therapist (WFOT), which is fully recognised for training practitioners of international standard.
MOT graduates are fully eligible to apply for registration and practice in Hong Kong (HKROT) with the Occupational Therapists Board of Hong Kong.
Our graduates have a high rate of employment, with wide work-setting options ranging from acute care hospitals, special schools and homes for the elderly to community settings and private practice.
Occupational therapists can specialise, take up managerial positions or be involved in clinical education and research careers. 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 students to become competent occupational therapists at the entry level. The programme consists of 90 credits to be covered in 6 semesters. It involves university-based study and off-campus clinical education at hospitals, rehabilitation centres, special schools and institutions for the elderly.
Basic and Clinical Science Subjects
Functional Anatomy, Clinical Neuroscience and Neurology, Rehabilitation Psychology, Clinical Sciences in Developmental Conditions, Musculoskeletal Conditions, Medical and Neurological Conditions, Psychiatric Conditions, and Research Methods and Statistics.
Human Occupations, Occupational Therapy (OT) Theory and Process I and II, OT Foundations in Human Performance, OT for Developmental Dysfunction, OT for Physical Dysfunction I (Musculoskeletal Conditions), OT for Physical Dysfunction II (Medical and Neurological Conditions), OT for Psychosocial Dysfunction, OT Management in Geriatric Practice, OT and Vocational Rehabilitation, Environmental Issues in OT practice, and Administration and Management.
Students form small groups and work under the guidance of an assigned faculty member to complete a specific research project, which involves review of relevant scientific literature, data collection and analysis, and a report of research findings.
Students complete 4 clinical placements of more than 1000 hours in total during the 2-year programme. Approximately half of the clinical education hours take place in different community rehabilitation settings to better prepare students 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 MOT 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 fulfil 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 MOT 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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