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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Sept 2022 Entry
Programme code: 51062

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences
Department of Rehabilitation Sciences

Stream Code

OTF (Full-time)
OTP (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$5,000 per credit for local students
HK$5,600 per credit for non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Scheme Coordinator                           

Dr Cynthia Lai

Award Coordinator

Dr Sam C.C. Chan
PhD (HKPU), MPhil (HKPU), PDip Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CUHK), BSc (OT) (HKPU), BSc (Kinesiology) (SFU), ATP (RESNA)


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 aims of the programme are:

  • ​to equip students with a broad and deep knowledge base and skills, and enable them to meet changing clients’ needs and contribute to the development of occupational therapy practices; and
  • to equip students with the lifelong ability to critically analyse and evaluate ongoing professional practices so that the quality of practice can be ensured and enhanced.



This programme is designed in response to demand from members of the occupational therapy profession to keep abreast of contemporary practices and issues. It aims to equip students with a range of advanced clinical and research skills. The main focus is on using modern clinical applications and research-driven teaching. Specific examples include the use of innovative computer technology and psychometrics to enhance specialisation in such areas as vocational, geriatric, cognitive, psychiatric and community rehabilitation.


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


The MScOT programme requires students to complete 2 Compulsory Subjects, 5 Core Subjects, and 2 Electives. Students can select Elective Subjects from other MSc programmes offered by the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. Below is a list of Compulsory and Core Subjects.


Compulsory Subjects

1. Research Method and Data Analysis (RS517)

Subject Leader: Prof. Marco Pang

Number of credits: 3

Objectives: The subject is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of research methodologies and data analysis. It equips students with the theoretical knowledge and analytical skills required to design or critique research studies.


Upon completion of the subject, students will be able to:

  1. develop a researchable question;
  2. describe the various study designs and their pros and cons;
  3. explain the principles involved in measurement and instrumentation;
  4. develop a conceptual model in outcomes research;
  5. select appropriate statistical methods to analyse data and interpret research findings, including the use of software packages (e.g. SPSS); and
  6. critically evaluate scientific research publications.


Teaching/learning methods:

Weekly online materials are provided to enable students to learn the key concepts independently. The seminar sessions are designed to allow students to review the online materials through group discussion, and solve problems. Students learn how to select and perform appropriate statistical analysis procedures (including the use of SPSS) for different research questions and interpret the findings in the seminar sessions.


2. Project Study (RS567)

Subject Leader: Dr Benson Lau

Number of credits: 6

Objective: To provide an opportunity for students to apply the knowledge acquired in other theoretical subjects to a practical project. Through the project study, students are expected to develop critical thinking, analytical and evaluative skills.


Upon completion of the subject, students will have:

  1. pursued in-depth study of a professional issue that is relevant to their chosen area of specialisation;
  2. developed critical thinking, analytical and evaluative skills by conducting the project; and
  3. developed the ability to write in a scientific context.


Teaching/learning methods:

Self-directed learning. Each student is assigned a supervisor and required to complete a team project. A study plan (learning contract) is formulated at the beginning of the study, according to the interest of the student and the supervisor. The student is expected to meet regularly with the supervisor, but work independently.


Core Subjects

Students can select 5 Core Subjects from the following list. All are 3-credit subjects. Please note that some subjects are offered in alternate years and some have prerequisite requirements.


Tentatively scheduled to be offered in 2022/23

1. Neuro-psychological Rehabilitation (RS510)

Subject Leader: Dr Yvonne Han


  1. Evaluate major theoretical and methodological development in neuropsychological rehabilitation.
  2. Explore ways to develop behavioural and ecological assessment and specific treatment strategies for neuropsychological deficits.
  3. Develop research interests that form the basis for programme evaluation and clinical application.


Upon completion of the subject, students will be able to:

  1. select and conduct common cognitive assessments for clients with cognitive deficits;
  2. outline major types of neuropsychological rehabilitation techniques;
  3. appreciate evidence-based cognitive rehabilitation and its applications;
  4. understand professional and legal issues in neuropsychological rehabilitation; and
  5. explore community reintegration issues and research development in neuropsychological rehabilitation.


Teaching/learning methods:

Face-to-face lectures, together with online self-study videos and other materials, will be the main mode used to deliver key information on neuropsychological rehabilitation. Tutorials will reinforce contemporary issues and offer insights into related rehabilitation issues. Practical sessions will enhance students’ assessment and case management skills.


2. Theories and Practice of Counseling for Rehabilitation and Health Professionals (RS588)

Subject Leader: Dr Andrew Siu


This subject will enable students to attain up-to-date knowledge of counselling theories, and critically evaluate their application and evidence their use with persons with chronic health conditions, disabilities, and mental illnesses. Students will be guided to practise and develop basic interviewing, counseling, and guiding skills to help patients or persons with disabilities to adjust, develop self-management skills, and pursue a healthy lifestyle.


Upon completion of the subject, students will be able to:

a. critically appraise the application of key theoretical approaches in health and rehabilitation counselling;
b. critically review research evidence of counselling practice for persons with chronic illnesses and disabilities;
c. demonstrate key interviewing, counselling, and guiding skills used in healthcare and rehabilitation practice;
d. reflect on one’s own counselling style and practice in view of personal values, beliefs, self-concept, and strengths; and
e. practise according to ethical principles.


Teaching/learning methods:

During seminars, short lectures will be given on counselling theories and approaches. These will be closely followed by tutorials in which group discussions and experiential activities are used to further consolidate learning. During practical sessions, the lecturer will instruct and coach the students to practice counselling skills using demonstration, role plays, and feedback sessions. The seminars will be student-led, with students presenting critical reviews of specific counselling approaches.

Entrance Requirements

  • ​A Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from PolyU or a recognised institution or the equivalent, preferably with 1 year of post-qualification work experience in occupational therapy;
  • A professional diploma in occupational therapy from PolyU or a recognised institution or the equivalent, with 2 years of work experience and evidence of continuous education over the past 2 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.

Other Information

For programme details, please visit the homepage of RS or the programme leaflet.


For academic matters, please contact
Dr Sam Chan
Tel: (852) 2766 4310
Email: samcc.chan@polyu.edu.hk


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

Programme Leaflet

Please click here to download.