Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Occupational Therapy

Sept 2019 Entry

Programme code: JS3624

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation

130 (including 24 clinical/field credits)

Programme Intake
Fund Type
Programme Leader(s)

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

No information is available at present.

Aims and 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 functional performance in the self-care, leisure and work of community-dwelling people with disabilities. Students learn how to minimise disabilities, promote health and improve 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 for all members of the community. It also prepares them for 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 the new generations of therapists.


Programme Characteristics

This programme adopts an outcome-based learning approach and 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, or long stay care homes. Overseas clinical placements have been organised 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 and Prospects

Professional Recognition

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


Graduates are eligible for registration by 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 organisations (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 organisations 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 recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) for training practitioners to 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 is introduced in the OT Theory and Process I.


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


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


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


Clinical education is an important component in 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 throughout the programme in five blocks.


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at

Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.

There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred subject(s) with the highest weighting for admission score calculation include(s):

  • Chinese Language
  • English Language
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Combined Science: Biology + Chemistry
  • Combined Science: Biology + Physics
  • Combined Science: Physics + Chemistry

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Any Best 6 Subjects

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Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2016-17: 28.5 (Any Best 5 Subjects)

2017-18: 32.8 (4 Core + Best 2 Elective Subjects)

2018-19: 33.1 (Any Best 6 Subjects)


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For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 2766 6719/2766 5399; email:

Student Message

After a year of studying Occupational Therapy (OT) in PolyU, I am sure it is one of the most fascinating and varied programmes in Hong Kong. My studies have been a fruitful journey towards a promising career path. We are able to learn using textbooks, lectures, laboratories and even clinical environments – all within the first year of study! Not only did we gain core knowledge such as anatomy and OT theory, we were also offered opportunities to master soft skills such as communicating with others: professionals and laypeople; children and the elderly; the hopeful and the dying.


The first year has proven to be an eye-opening experience, which has reaffirmed my desire to pursue this career path. OT is to me unique as being a medically professional career that also offers a vast space for creativity and inspiration. The wide range of assessment tools provided continually motivate us to use our innate creativity to bring more compassion into the world. I have come to love this profession, and I look to the future with much hope in my heart.

Kwong Ho Yee Chloe



Additional Documents Required

No information is available at present.

Interview Arrangement

Date: After the announcement of HKDSE results
Mode:Group interview and discussion

To evaluate applicants’ potential for the programme and the profession; and to assess their language and interpersonal skills.


1.5 hours


Only Band A applicants will be shortlisted and invited to the interview.