Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Occupational Therapy

Sept 2020 Entry

Programme code: JS3624

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

130 (including 24 clinical/field credits)

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

Dr Kenneth Fong

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

  • The credit requirements of this programme are indicative only. They are subject to review.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

This programme nurtures forward-looking, competent occupational therapists capable of promoting the health and well-being of people in Hong Kong.


A combination of medical, psychological and social science subjects prepares students to enhance the functional performance of community-dwelling people with disabilities in terms of self-care, leisure and work. Students learn how to minimise the effects of disabilities, promote health and improve the quality of life of clients and their families.


The programme prepares students to deliver client-centred occupational therapy with a commitment 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 new generations of therapists.




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 placements in various settings in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and overseas. Students have attachments in a range of settings, including hospitals, out-patient clinics, childcare centres, elderly care homes, adult training centres and workshops, and long stay care homes. Overseas clinical placements have been organised in partnership with universities such as 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.


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 standards.

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 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 here.

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

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


Graduates are eligible to register with the Occupational Therapists Board of Hong Kong. They are qualified to sit licensure examinations in 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).

Entrance Requirements

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


For further programme information, please contact:

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

Student Message

The prestigious Bachelor of Science (Hons) Occupational Therapy (OT) programme offers comprehensive teaching. Functional Anatomy and Occupational Therapy & Process were my two favourite first year subjects. The former course not only introduces knowledge of human anatomy, but also gives students the chance to learn beyond the textbook, such as by locating muscles on one's student partner and real cadavers. The latter course first introduces various concepts of occupational therapy, and later allows students to learn more about OT through site visits.

My first year of learning OT was fascinating. I learned through reading widely and collaborating with my classmates on various group projects. Also, the small tutorial class size encouraged me to be an active learner through discussion with professors and students.

Studying OT at PolyU is an invaluable opportunity for me. I eagerly anticipate my future placement practice, which will allow me to apply what I have learned and learn from experienced therapists.

Lei Wing Tung



Lo Nuen Pui

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 May
Mode:Individual interview via Skype

To evaluate the potential for and interest of applicants in the programme and the profession, and to access their language and communication skills.


10-15 minutes


Shortlisted applicants will be invited to Skype interviews.