Master in Physiotherapy

Sept 2019 Entry
Programme code: 51067

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code


Mode of Study
Normal Duration

2 years (6 semesters)

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits

HK$9,000 for local students
HK$27,000 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

A total of HK$540,000 for 2 years (HK$270,000 per year)

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Amy Fu
PDPT, PR Cert (Spinal Manip), PgD (Epi & App Biostat), MPhil (CUHK), PhD (PolyU)


This programme admits students in alternate years and the next cohort is yet to be confirmed.

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.


Programme Aims

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.


Recognition & Prospects

Professional Recognition

MPT graduates are fully eligible to apply for registration by the Physiotherapists Board of Hong Kong.


Career Prospects

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.


Foundation Subjects

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 Subjects

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.


Research Project

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.


Clinical Education

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.

Entrance Requirements

  • 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.

Other Information

Should an applicant has not satisfactorily completed introductory human anatomy (3 credits) and human physiology (3 credits) courses during their undergraduate training, some introductory human anatomy and human physiology courses are also acceptable as the equivalent. For examples:


Biology 235 (6 credits) (offered by Athabasca University)


BIO 105 (3-credit) and BIO 106 (3-credit) (offered by Excelsior College)

Applicants must take both BIO 105 and BIO 106 courses to fulfil the total of 6 credits of human anatomy and physiology requirements.


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.


An online course of Human Anatomy offered by PolyU is also acceptable for the human anatomy requirement. A verified certificate issued by the course is required.



  1. It is entirely applicants’ decision whether taking the above said anatomy/physiology courses or not. We declare no conflict of interest with the courses and institutes. The information is provided as useful resources to applicants for reference only.

  2. Human anatomy/physiology courses not up to Bachelor's degree level, or courses on animal anatomy/physiology, are not recognised as equivalent to these requirements.

  3. For those who have not fulfilled the human anatomy/physiology course requirements during application period, proof of enrolment of an acceptable anatomy/physiology course must be submitted together with the application. Should an applicant be admitted to the programme, it is his/her responsibility to present all documents as required including transcripts/certificates of the human anatomy/physiology courses during programme registration.


For further information, please contact:
Room QT 512, General Office of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences
Tel: (852) 2766 5398 / 2766 6730
Fax: (852) 2330 8656

Student Message

The two years with the MPT programme was a very enriching learning experience. The tailor-made course content and clinical placement equipped me with the knowledge and skills to work in the field.

Chan Chi Yan, Leticia

After graduation from the programme, I worked in the SAHK rehabilitation complex comprising sheltered workshops and hostels. Thanks to the MPT programme, I have realised my ambition as a healthcare professional and enjoy conducting training with clients. The knowledge and experience I gained from practical labs and clinical placements equipped me well to face the challenges in my work.

Lau Ka Chun, Bobby

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate

Copy of transcript and/or graduation certificate of Bachelor's degree


Copy of relevant course syllabuses of human anatomy (3 credit or the equivalent) and human physiology (3 credit or the equivalent). If the 2 courses were not taken during your Bachelor's study, please provide transcripts/certificates or proof of enrolment in the courses on or before the application deadline


Copy of English examination results, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, if your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution at which the medium of instruction is not English


Info Seminar

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