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Bachelor of Science (Honours) Scheme in Rehabilitation Sciences - Physiotherapy
康復治療科學(榮譽)理學士組合課程 - 物理治療學(榮譽)理學士

Sept 2022 Entry

Programme code: JS3636

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

132 (including 23 clinical/field credits)

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

Dr Shirley Ngai


Students will be awarded the following award upon successful completion of the graduation requirements:

  • BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy


Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

This programme aims to nurture professionals capable of providing physiotherapy services to promote clients’ health and meet society’s healthcare needs. Graduates possess the knowledge, skills, and professional attitudes required to practise physiotherapy reliably, ethically and effectively. As lifelong learners and active consumers of the professional and scientific literature, graduates are able to develop in the profession through continuing education and by participating in investigative and evaluative projects. Their sense of social and professional responsibility is further reflected in 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 education and university-based education are integrated using the latest teaching and learning resources.

Placement Opportunities

The Department aims to train students to develop global perspectives and actively encourages them to seize opportunities to experience life overseas. The Department fully supports student exchange for clinical placements. Year 3/4 students can undertake five-week clinical placements at overseas universities. In previous years, placements have been organised at universities in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Taiwan, Thailand, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA.




This is a four-year full-time programme that involves university-based study and clinical education. The programme comprises four main groups of subjects: in basic sciences, professional studies, clinical education and the University Core Curriculum. Clinical education is provided in the form of clinical placements in 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 found at here.

Secondary Major Detail

Secondary Major Details

No Secondary Major on offer.

Recognition & Prospects

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 and a wide range of career 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 become 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 for the position of Physiotherapist II for 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

Entrance Requirements

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


Other Information

  • Preference is given to applicants who are able to communicate effectively in Chinese (i.e. spoken Cantonese) and English.
  • Applicants with good results in science subjects (Biology and/or Physics) are preferred.
  • Applicants should be fit within the 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

Student Message

After finishing my second year of BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy, I am confident that I have made the best choice for my future career. This programme has provided me with both theoretical and practical knowledge, which are essential elements for a student like me to become a competent physiotherapist.

Lectures, seminars and tutorials equip us with the fundamental theories of physiotherapy and also train us to properly infer from the information given. This equips students with the proper fundamental skills to interact with real future patients. When encountered with academic difficulties, I always receive great assistance and support from the professors and teaching faculty.

One of the highlights of this programme is clinical education, where students get the opportunity to be in touch with patients in the hospital under the guidance of clinical educators, which enables us to put the learned theories into practice.

As a fellow student taking this course, I realized that this course has not only brushed up my foundation by equipping me with proper skills needed in my future career path of being a physiotherapist, but also enabled me to cultivate a right attitude while treating patients through guided real-life experiences. Therefore, based on what was mentioned above and more, I have never regretted choosing this course as it has positively impacted my career and thus I urge and welcome you to join us in 2020!

Chan Ieng Tong

Being able to learn and research in this Physiotherapy program has really made my dream come true. The physiotherapy courses cover many topics (e.g., ageing, geriatric physiotherapy, and acupuncture, etc) have helped us to apply intriguing concepts and theories to health rehabilitation. It has whetted my appetite for a deeper understanding of the human body. Through hundreds of hours of clinical practice, I have learned that physiotherapy has a wide range of applications (e.g., helping people recover from accident trauma, improving mobility of seniors, and assisting those with lung disorders to breathe more freely). This means that graduates can specialized in different specialities and make a positive impact to the society. I strongly believe that the combination of traditional therapy and modern scientific approaches is unique to PolyU, making it an ideal place for me to learn and to help treat patients in Hong Kong in the future.

Chan Kin Tung, Henry

Through studying the physiotherapy program in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, it fully equips and prepares me to face the upcoming challenges in my future career. With subjects such as exercise science, acupuncture for physiotherapy, clinical neurology and neuroscience, students can apply their skills learned in class to the real world through over 1000 hours of clinical education within the span of four years. By engaging in classes related to rehabilitation psychology and human development, we gain a holistic view and skill sets for treating patients professionally and effectively as a physiotherapist. Additionally, the comprehensive program gives us an opportunity to learn and conduct research on our interested topic during the capstone project. The program also allows us to delve deeper into the meaning of our work. The program may be demanding sometimes, but it has only driven me to work harder to pursue my passion and dreams.

Leung Nga Yu Cassidy

Becoming a physiotherapist has always been my aspiration. It is because I appreciate how physiotherapist can apply their knowledge and skills to help someone in our society to recover from injuries and diseases. I believe that physiotherapy is an art to serve our community and to improve patients’ quality of life. I am so proud to be a part of this profession in the future.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University's BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy program is designed to promote international mindedness by integrating the best knowledge and techniques from the east and west. The course consists of over 1000 hours of clinical education at different healthcare settings. This is the key to the program’s success, as it truly helps students step out of the classroom into the workplace. It not only helps students establish theoretical knowledge and skills, but also promotes practical usage of our knowledge. This helps us to become well-rounded professionals to continuously strive for excellence in our profession.

Lee Tsun Chai, Leo

Becoming a physiotherapist has been my goal since I was very young. I am very grateful that The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has taken me one step further by transforming my dream into reality. The most intriguing part of the physiotherapy program offered by PolyU is the teaching of acupuncture, which integrated the best physical therapy techniques from the East into the West. This will certainly enhance my understanding towards many more ways to treat patients and help me excel in my career. This program also allows me to provide a better service to people in need. While the interesting course contents have always amazed me, my enthusiasm to help others have enable me to take up the challenges in my future physiotherapy career.

Keung Chun Ho, Jason

I used to dream to become a physiotherapist. I admire physiotherapists who can apply their knowledge of human anatomy and physiology to facilitate patients’ recovery and to enhance patients’ quality of life. This program creates a unique environment for us to integrate the eastern and western medical knowledge in our learning. It not only broadens our knowledge and skills but also prepares us to develop an all-rounded professional learning attitude to cope with the constantly changing working environment. Through tailored course contents, practical sessions, and over 1000 hours of clinical placements at different settings, this course has equipped me with the basic knowledge and skills to face challenges in the rehabilitation field, as well as has laid the foundation for my life-long learning journey.

Au Yi Ka, Rachel

Looking back on my two years enrolled in the BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy programme, I am very proud to say that applying to this programme was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Its well structured courses will support my future development as a professional physiotherapist.

One of the most impressive aspects of this programme is its excellent arrangement of subjects. Subjects such as functional anatomy and rehabilitation psychology give us a wide range of fundamental knowledge necessary for various clinical subjects in the later years. The clinical subjects fall into three major specialties (musculoskeletal, neurological, and cardiopulmonary). All of these courses are taught in a mixed format, comprising lectures, tutorials, and practical sessions. This gives students a comprehensive understanding of how to treat various types of patients in the future. Finally, the programme offers over 1,000 hours’ worth of clinical placements in various clinical settings. These placements prepare students to apply the knowledge they have learned in real patient settings.

Ho Tsz Him Edwin

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

Personal Statement

Required (Please download the form here.)

Transcript / Certificate



Optional (Any other documents to support the application)

Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: Between March and June
Mode:Individual interview

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


About 15-30 minutes

  • 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.