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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy
職業治療學理學碩士學位


Sept 2021 Entry
Programme code: 51062

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration & Credit Requirement


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

30

Fund Type
Self-Financed
Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

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
PDOT, MSc, PhD, OTR, HKROT

Award Coordinator

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

Remarks

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

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.
     

Characteristics

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.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition & Prospects

No information is available at present.

Curriculum

Curriculum

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 2021-22 Semester 1

1. Advanced Occupational Therapy Study (RS5200)

Subject Leader: Dr Sam Chan

Objective: To apply theoretical principles of occupational therapy in emerging fields and to synthesise advanced practice knowledge in a chosen area of practice.

 

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

  1. critically review professional occupational therapy knowledge and scientific papers on evidence-based practice in the chosen area of study;
  2. analyse and synthesise up-to-date scientific information for in-depth discussion of its relevance and application to current occupational therapy practice in the chosen area of study;
  3. critically discuss the future development of occupational therapy practice in the chosen area of study; and
  4. show proficiency in professional competencies by acquiring professional reasoning, reflective practice and self-directed learning.

 

Teaching/learning methods:

Related concepts are grouped together and presented in a series of lectures, seminars, and online resources. Learning is reinforced using seminar presentations that require students to analyse the theoretical constructs of advanced practice.

 

Students work in groups or individually with a supervisor to synthesise advanced practice using evidence, professional reasoning and theoretical concepts in a selected area of practice. Clinical visits may be arranged by the supervisors to facilitate learning.

 

2. OT Management for Upper Extremity Participation in Neurological Conditions (RS5202)

Subject Leader: Dr Will Chien

Objectives:

  1. Understand the recovery pattern of upper extremity for people with hemiplegia;
  2. Understand and apply updated assessments for upper extremity in neurological conditions;
  3. Understand and apply the current OT management approaches for hemiplegic upper extremity; and
  4. Understand the approach of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) to upper extremity rehabilitation for OT.

 

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

  1. understand the theory underpinning hemiplegic upper extremity rehabilitation;
  2. select and conduct common upper extremity assessments for clients with neurological conditions;
  3. appreciate and apply evidence-based practice in upper extremity rehabilitation for clients with neurological conditions; and
  4. explore the approach of TCM to hemiplegic upper extremity rehabilitation.

 

Teaching/learning methods:

Seminars are mainly used to deliver essential knowledge and key information. Practical work is used for demonstration and to enhance students' learning of assessment and therapy skills. Seminar presentation in a group format helps students to work collaboratively. Written assignments are set for individual work and in groups; they should integrate theory and practice in a rigorous manuscript. Independent study is used to help students find and self-study required materials.

 

3. Advanced OT Practice in Hand Rehabilitation (RS5212)

Subject Leader: Prof. Cecilia Li

Objectives:

  1. To advance students’ knowledge of and practical techniques in the management of different types of hand dysfunction, ranging from developmental and musculoskeletal to neurological conditions.
  2. To critically analyse the needs of patients with different hand conditions and to provide a comprehensive OT intervention programme to improve overall function.

 

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

  1. demonstrate an understanding of the development of hand function from child birth to adulthood;
  2. demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the management of various types of hand dysfunction, such as developmental, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions;
  3. develop an evidence based approach to solving clinical problems of hand dysfunction and formulating and implementing OT management; and
  4. demonstrate an understanding of OT management for common hand dysfunction in Hong Kong and Asian region.

 

Teaching/learning methods:

  • Lectures by local experts on the advanced management of hand evaluation and therapy
  • Practical training sessions on clinical advancement for different hand conditions
  • Interactive lectures by international experts in different countries and regions (via teleconferencing)
  • Small group discussions and presentations by students on specific topics
  • Individual project on special topic – written report and seminar presentation
  • E-case studies to enhance the holistic management of different hand conditions

 

Tentatively scheduled to be offered in 2021-22 Semester 2

1. Psychometric Theories and Practice (RS538)

Subject Leader: Prof. Chetwyn Chan

Objectives:

  1. To equip students with basic measurement theories required to conduct validation studies of summative instruments.
  2. To use different qualitative and quantitative enquiry methods to collect evidence on the psychometric properties of clinical instruments.
  3. To evaluate the appropriateness and usefulness of common summative instruments used in clinical practices.

 

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

  1. evaluate the relevance and representativeness of test content against the theoretical constructs based on which the instrument is developed;
  2. analyse the characteristics of the instruments and evaluate the appropriateness of using specific methods for gathering evidence on their reliability;
  3. evaluate the psychometric properties of summative instruments based on evidence generated of structural and substantive validity;
  4. criticise the strengths and weaknesses of validation studies of common summative instruments; and
  5. synthesise psychometric theories and design an appropriate validation study on the psychometric properties of clinical instruments.

 

Teaching/learning methods:

The teaching methods used will be tutorials and laboratory work. Students will be given research papers, in-class exercises and quizzes to facilitate their learning of principles of psychometrics. Students will conduct statistical analyses of data sets to help them learn quantitative analysis. Group presentations and assignments are valuable venues for consolidating the knowledge and skills learned in class.

 

2. Current Development in Neurological Rehabilitation (RS5201)

Subject Leader: Dr Benson Lau

Objective: The overall aim of this subject will be to provide students with the opportunity to integrate scientific knowledge and research evidence into their clinical practice. The focus will be on understanding theoretical frameworks and perspectives in relation to research and clinical practice, encouraging hypothesis testing in the clinical setting, critically analysing the relevant literature, and putting evidence based information into clinical practice. The theme will be using scientific evidence to improve clinical practice.

 

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

  1. interpret various theories of motor learning, neuroplasticity, active learning and control in relation to neurological rehabilitation;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the research methodologies in neurological rehabilitation;
  3. integrate knowledge of standardised measures of function, their purpose, and their psychometric properties to select, implement and interpret an appropriate measure for specific client groups, populations, settings and objectives;
  4. evaluate relevant, evidence-based programs to enhance or maintain function;
  5. critically analyse and select treatment and/or technologies to neurological rehabilitation; and
  6. extract, critically analyse and apply information from relevant research articles in this subject area.

 

Teaching/learning methods:

Lectures and seminars will cover theoretical knowledge and recent advances in the field. In guided study sessions, students will discuss selected research articles on assessment and treatment issues. During practical sessions, students will practise selected techniques in the field. Students will be encouraged to do self-reading in the area to enhance their understanding of the seminar discussion.

 

Tentatively scheduled to be offered in 2022-23

1. Neuro-psychological Rehabilitation (RS510)

Subject Leader: Dr Yvonne Han

Objectives:

  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

Objectives:

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

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;
    OR
  • 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

Other Information

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

Enquiries

Enquiries

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

Student Message

Student Message


This postgraduate programme is well-organised to suit occupational therapists in different clinical areas and enhance their knowledge of research. It provides ample stimulation and opportunities for critical thinking and reflection on current practice to apply knowledge acquired to future practice constructively. Amidst political instability and the COVID-19 pandemic, the faculty took deliberate steps to deliver the course objectives effectively through different means and supported the students extensively. The faculty members possessed in-depth knowledge and experience in their research areas. They were always welcoming and accessible when students asked for help. I benefited greatly from this academic journey with my teachers and classmates from different cultures. I believe that in years to come, the knowledge and experience I gained from this programme will remain precious and important in both my professional and my personal life. Thus, I would strongly recommend my fellow occupational therapists to pursue this postgraduate programme if they are looking for a versatile, stimulating and supportive course to advance their knowledge and practice in occupational therapy.


CAI Meizhen



I benefited a great deal from enrolling in the MSc OT programme at PolyU. The course not only updated my knowledge of rehabilitation strategies and enhanced my practical skills, but also taught me how to think critically. Most importantly, I learned how to conduct research studies and write papers. The course also provided me with a platform to communicate with occupational therapists from other countries so we could share our clinical experiences of rehabilitation.


DENG Huan



Enrolling in the MSc OT programme at PolyU was a wonderful decision. Academically, the curriculum enriched my potential to conduct independent research. All of the professors were well qualified in their own research areas, which allowed students to obtain advanced knowledge and explore beyond conventional occupational therapy practice. The professors were also very diligent in motivating students to acquire research skills, and they created opportunities for students to publish their research work in top-rated journals. Overall, I strongly believe that the programme is the only course that can sculpt an OT student into a world class leader in the OT profession.


Karthikeyan KRISHNAMURTHY



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