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)

Programme Intake
150 (JUPAS and non-JUPAS)
Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Programme Leader(s)

Dr Shamay Ng

No information is available at present.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

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 recognised by their efforts to educate clients, the public and the next generation of therapists.




The curriculum is forward looking with a strong scientific base. Clinical- and university-based forms of 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. It fully supports the principle of student exchange, providing opportunities for Year Three/Four students to undertake 5-week clinical placements at overseas universities. Placements have previously been organised at the following universities: the University of Kentucky (USA), the University of Illinois (USA), Curtin University of Technology (Australia), the University of Queensland (Australia), Oxford Brookes University (England), 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 is comprised of 4 main groups of subjects in basic sciences, professional studies, clinical education and the PolyU 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 minor programmes or free Electives according to their needs, aspiration and abilities.


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained here.

Recognition and Prospects

Profession 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 specialise, take up managerial positions or be involved in clinical education and research. Opportunities for higher degree studies such as in MSc, MPhil or PhD programmes are also available.

Graduates fulfil the normal entry requirements to become 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 organisations and the Social Welfare Department (community centres, sheltered workshops and special childcare centres).

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for non-JUPAS applicants.


Other Information

  • Preference will be given to applicants with science subjects at secondary level, or health-related studies at post-secondary level.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who are able to communicate effectively in Chinese and English.
  • Applicants should be fit within normal range in fulfiling the physical requirements of physiotherapy practice.


For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 27665399/ 27666719; email:

Student Message

Physiotherapy training is one of the most demanding and rewarding programmes at PolyU. Professors and clinical associates are knowledgeable and very keen to share their expertise and invaluable experience in the practice of physiotherapy. As a physiotherapy student, I do not only get hands-on experience with patients’ assessment and management through local clinical placements and attachments, it also enables me to gain global exposure through overseas placement programmes. The path leading to this healthcare profession is rough and challenging, but the support from the faculty and my fellow classmates has enriched my university life and motivated me to pursue my dream.

Wong Yat Long, Rodney

PolyU has provided me with a comprehensive entry-level programme that is guiding me to become a well-rounded physiotherapist. I feel happy and privileged to learn from our knowledgeable professors and clinical associates who enthusiastically share their valuable experience and knowledge in managing musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiopulmonary conditions. I have also gained exposure in the field of physiotherapy through clinical placements and volunteer opportunities in various settings both locally and internationally via the overseas exchange programme.


The quest to become a competent health care professional can sometimes be challenging, but support from all faculty and fellow students has maximised my learning experience and provided me with a fruitful university life.

Ng Tsz Wai, Victor

Becoming a physiotherapist has always been my ambition, and PolyU has provided me with a chance to do just that. The Physiotherapy programme at PolyU offers me comprehensive training in the field with an emphasis on all-rounded development. It has been a privilege to learn from the enthusiastic professors and clinical associates. They are inspiring teachers who actually care about both the academic and daily lives of students. Various extracurricular training programmes are also available, such as the Student Sports Training and Rehabilitation (STAR) trainer programme, which allows physiotherapy students to work for the PolyU sports teams. Another feature of my university life is that I not only learn Western therapeutic techniques but also some Chinese approaches, such as acupuncture and Tai Chi. With training from PolyU, I will be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to become a competent physiotherapist.

Liao Ho Leung

The Bachelor degree course is providing me the in-depth knowledge of the human body that is required in the field of physiotherapy. I have been surprised by the large amount of content including anatomy, musculoskeletal therapy, electrotherapy, neurology and so on. Physiotherapists also need practical skills, and PolyU provides many opportunities for us to develop them. We learn not only in class, but also in clinical settings and through participation in social service, public health promotion and sports events. This course is definitely preparing us to face our future clients. Two fruitful years have passed and I am looking forward to more exposure and clinical practice in the coming years.

Te Thomas Junior

People may dream their lives away. But, I choose to grab every chance to achieve my vision of helping people in need with the skills I have developed from studying Physiotherapy in PolyU. In the first two years of this Bachelor degree course, foundation science knowledge such as functional anatomy, and various therapeutic procedures are introduced. Our “student” role is progressed to a ”student physiotherapist” role in the second year where we have to prepare ourselves for the first clinical placement. We are provided opportunities to apply our practical skills to real patients under the supervision of the clinical educators. The process is challenging yet rewarding. On the other hand, the staff members of the department are very supportive and encouraging that we are always motivated to widen our horizons by participating in different competitions and community services such as public health promotion. All these help us to develop the essential skills in communication and problem-solving that a physiotherapist should possess. The road to become a competent physiotherapist is not easy but with the supportive staff and holistic learning opportunities in PolyU, I am confident that I can serve the community with my professional knowledge after graduation.

Cheung Cheuk Yue, Cherry

The Physiotherapy programme at PolyU has given me the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills required for rehabilitation, a vital part of any patient’s recovery back to health. The professors here are always eager to share their vast knowledge with us, but at the same time they encourage us to actively engage in peer learning and independent thinking. This approach creates an interactive environment that is conducive for exchanging ideas and it pushed me to really develop my critical thinking and problem-solving skills. I believe that if we take these skills with us into the work environment, they will be the cornerstone for the continued development of rehabilitation techniques and will place us in a position to be leaders in our field.

Wong Crystal Chor Ying

Additional Documents Required

Personal Statement

Required (Please download the form here.)

Transcript / Certificate



Optional (Any other documents to support the application)

Interview Arrangement

Date: Between March and June
Mode:Group and individual interviews

To assess the suitability of applicants for the programme and the profession, and to test their motivation, aptitude, communication skills and general social awareness


1.5 hours


Only applicants who choose physiotherapy as their first choice in the application would be invited for interview.  The selection criteria for interview are academic grades that meet the minimum requirements set by the University and previous courses attended being of relevance to physiotherapy.