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Master of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences

Sept 2021 Entry
Programme code: 51062

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

Stream Code

RSF (Full-time)
RSP (Part-time)

Mode of Study Mixed Mode

Normal Duration

1 year (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation


Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Fund Type Self-Financed

Tuition Fee

HK$4,000 per credit for local students
HK$4,670 per credit for non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Scheme Coordinator

Dr Cynthia Lai

Award Coordinator

Dr Benson Lau
BSc (Hon), MMedSc, MPhil, PhD (Hong Kong), MRSB 


The Postgraduate Scheme in Rehabilitation Sciences comprises the following awards:

  • MSc in Rehabilitation of People with Developmental Disabilities 發展障礙人士復康理學碩士學位
  • MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences 康復科學理學碩士學位
  • MSc in Manipulative Physiotherapy 手法物理治療理學碩士學位
  • MSc in Occupational Therapy 職業治療學理學碩士學位
  • MSc in Sports Physiotherapy 運動物理治療理學碩士學位


The awards under this scheme admit students in alternate years. MSc in Manipulative Physiotherapy, MSc in Occupational Therapy and MSc in Sports Physiotherapy are offered in the same admission year.  MSc in Rehabilitation of People with Developmental Disabilities and MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences are offered in the same admission year.

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

The MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences is designed to meet the needs of professionals who wish to specialise and enrich their knowledge and practice in the area of rehabilitation. The aim of this programme of study is to enhance students’ in-depth understanding of different practices in rehabilitation, thus enriching their knowledge in the field of rehabilitation.

The aims of the programme are:

  • ​to equip students with advanced knowledge and skills in the area of rehabilitation, enabling them to meet the changing needs of rehabilitation practice and contribute to the development of the rehabilitation specialty;
  • to equip students with the lifelong ability to critically analyse and evaluate ongoing practice so that the quality of professional practice can be advanced and ensured; and
  • to develop knowledge and skills in areas of specialisation relevant to the professional discipline, to improve professional competence.


The award includes a required component of scientific research and its application (9 credits) along with 15 credits in the field of rehabilitation. Clinical practicum is not required. Students can choose any available subjects offered by the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences as Core Subjects. The Elective Subjects can be selected from other programmes that are of relevance to the field of study in rehabilitation. The student, along with his/her supervisor, can develop his/her own programme of study that is tailor-made to his/her personal and vocational needs.


Please note this programme does not confer eligibility for registration with the Physiotherapist Board of Hong Kong or Occupational Therapists Board of Hong Kong.


Programme Structure

The programme is operated in both full-time and part-time modes. It normally takes 1 year to complete in full-time mode and 2.5 years to complete in part-time mode.


Students must complete 2 Compulsory Subjects, Research Methods & Data Analysis and Project Study, along with 5 Core Subjects and 2 Elective Subjects.


Core Areas of Study

Examples of core subjects are as follows:

  • ​Case Management of People with Developmental Disabilities
  • Contemporary Issues in Exercise Science and Exercise Prescription
  • Neuro-psychological Rehabilitation
  • Psychosocial Rehabilitation for People with Developmental Disabilities
  • Recent Advances in Rehabilitation for People with Developmental Disabilities
  • Sensory and Motor Invention for People with Developmental Disabilities
  • Theories and Practice of Counseling for Rehabilitation and Health Professionals

Entrance Requirements

  • ​A Bachelor's degree related to rehabilitation from PolyU or a recognised institution or the equivalent, preferably with one year of post-qualification work experience in rehabilitation;
  • ​A professional diploma related to rehabilitation from PolyU or a recognised institution or the equivalent, with two years of work experience and evidence of continuous education over the past two years.

If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.


Individual cases will be considered on their own merit. Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their language proficiency.


For academic matters, please contact:
Dr Benson Lau
Tel: (852) 2766 6712
Email: benson.lau@polyu.edu.hk


For general matters, please contact:
General Office
Tel: (852) 2766 6728
Email: rsdept@polyu.edu.hk

Programme Leaflet

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