Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physiotherapy

Sept 2019 Entry

Programme code: JS3636

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

132 (including 23 clinical/field credits)

Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Programme Leader(s)

Dr Shamay Ng


  • This programme does not consider second choice applications.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

This programme aims to produce qualified professionals who provide physiotherapy services to promote the health of clients, and to meet the healthcare needs of society. Graduates possess the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes that are required for the reliable, ethical and effective practice of physiotherapy. As lifelong learners and active consumers of the professional and scientific literature, graduates are able to fulfil their roles in developing the profession through continuing education and/or participating in investigative and evaluative projects. Their sense of social and professional responsibility is further recognized by their efforts to educate clients, the public and the next generation of therapists.


Programme Characteristics

The curriculum is forward looking with a strong scientific base. Clinical- and university-based education are integrated, using the latest teaching and learning resources.


Placement Opportunities

The Department aims to produce students with global perspectives, and actively encourages them to take opportunities to experience life overseas. The Department fully supports the principle of student exchange for clinical placements with overseas institutes. There are opportunities for Year Three/Four students to undertake 5-week clinical placements at overseas universities. In previous years, placements have been organized at the following universities: the University of Kentucky (USA), the University of Illinois (USA), Curtin University of Technology (Australia), the University of Queensland (Australia), Queens University (Canada), McGill University (Canada), the University of Toronto (Canada), Metropolitan University College (Denmark), Lahti University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Chang Gung University (Taiwan), the National Taiwan University (Taiwan), Nanyang Polytechnic (Singapore) and Haute École de Santé Vaud (HESAV) (Switzerland).


This is a 4-year full-time programme that involves university-based study and clinical education. The programme comprises 4 main groups of subjects in: basic sciences, professional studies, clinical education and the university Core Curriculum. Clinical education is in the form of clinical placements at hospitals, rehabilitation centres, special schools and institutions for the elderly. Students can also choose to take a Minor programme or free Electives according to their needs, aspirations and abilities.  Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at



Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible to register with 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 hospitals, special schools and homes for the elderly to community settings and private practice.


Physiotherapists can specialize, take up managerial positions or be involved in clinical education and research. Opportunities for higher degree studies in MSc, MPhil and PhD programmes are also available.


Graduates fulfil the normal entry requirements for Physiotherapist II for the Hospital Authority, private organizations (private hospitals, private clinics, nursing homes and homes for the elderly), the Department of Health, the Education Bureau (special schools, early education and training centres), subvented non-government organizations and the Social Welfare Department (community centres, sheltered workshops and special childcare centres).

Entrance Requirements

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


Other Information

  • Applicants should be fit within the normal range to fulfil the physical requirements of physiotherapy practice.


For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 2766 5399/2766 6719; email:

Student Message

It is a privilege to study at PolyU, the only local institution that offers a physiotherapy programme. Not only have I been provided with a challenging and wonderful experience as an international student, but I have also sharpened the professional skills I will need at work in the future. Professors with years of experience and a wide scope of knowledge offer excellent teaching, and PolyU provides top-notch facilities and resources to enhance our learning. The opportunity to study at PolyU has significantly broadened my horizons and opened doors for me to serve as a physiotherapist, both in Hong Kong and my home country. I believe that the time I spend here will equip me with the relevant knowledge and experience to serve competently as a physiotherapist, and to benefit society.

Lo Vun Hau

Studying abroad in the heart of Asia in Hong Kong is truly an eye-opening experience for me. It is the place where cultures meet and mingle. PolyU’s physiotherapy programme has offered me many opportunities to grow through service learning and practical and laboratory lessons. Not only do the professors provide theoretical knowledge and motivation, they also allow us to have hands-on experience, such as with the cadaver in the anatomy laboratory. The teaching methods designed by my professors are all unique. We have the chance to enjoy world-class facilities such as anatomy laboratories and academic resources that enrich our learning experience. The knowledge and professional skills I have learned through this programme will definitely help me become a competent physiotherapist. As for my extra-curricular life, the PolyU rowing team allows me to achieve a balance between life and study. With an academic’s passion and a rower’s spirit, I really have a fruitful student life in Hong Kong.

Tham Yuen Yi

I chose the BSc(Hons) in Physiotherapy Programme at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University because I believe in using the concept of “West Meets East” to develop our professional health-care role as physiotherapists worldwide. The Physiotherapy programme offered here is challenging and inspiring, and offers students a taste of the incredibly varied health care community settings that are offered in Hong Kong. The more we learn, the more we understand our career paths. I think Hong Kong is a great place to start the development of a life-long career.

Adriana Stjernkvist

With the long-term ambition of undertaking higher tertiary studies in Hong Kong, I was very fortunate and proud to enrol in the Physiotherapy programme at PolyU in 2014. PolyU is committed to providing the highest standards of teaching and learning that enable graduates to contribute to international communities as qualified physiotherapists. Despite the challenges I have faced as an international student, the fruitfulness and awesomeness of university life has helped me to adapt to and thrive in this new environment. In time I will fulfil my aspiration of pursuing a career in physiotherapy, which appeals strongly to me given its practical scientific emphasis, particularly in relation to improving people’s quality of life and well-being.

Law Yee Xi

During my first year of study in the Physiotherapy programme at PolyU, I was amazed by the professional attitude of the tutors and the abundance of facilities, which encouraged me to learn actively and enthusiastically. The professors not only impart their professional knowledge, but also nurture students’ ability to communicate with patients and future colleagues, as well as professionalism as a physiotherapist. Perhaps most surprisingly, the programme gave me plenty of opportunities to apply the theories that we were taught in classroom in practice. I found it easy to assimilate into the local students’ circle as most of them were friendly and willing to offer help. With the aid of peers and tutors, I experienced a delightful freshman year in 2016/17 and I am confident that it will be more exciting and joyful in the coming years.

Teo Ai Mei

Studying in the Physiotherapy programme at PolyU has provided me with the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of rehabilitation. As a non-local student, I am lucky to have local friends who I can always hang out with in Hong Kong, and with them I can experience the amazing culture of the city. The Year 1 courses are extremely interesting and are essential for building up the fundamental concepts before learning more complex skills and techniques for rehabilitation. The professors here are extremely enthusiastic about sharing their extensive knowledge with us, so that we can broaden our understanding and views. They encourage us to study together with friends, so we can exchange views and provoke each other’s thoughts. This has enabled me to develop critical thinking skills. The many group projects and presentations were both challenging and fascinating, as they gave us the opportunity to work with students in different universities and of different nationalities. I have made friends, learned to work in a team efficiently and strengthened my communication skills. To conclude, I feel very comfortable and happy studying at PolyU.

Ng Wa Seng

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