Master of Science in Manipulative Physiotherapy
手法物理治療理學碩士學位


Sept 2022 Entry
Programme code: 51062

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration & Credit Requirement


Stream Code

MPF (Full-time)
MPP (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$5,300 per credit for local students
HK$5,800 per credit for non-local students

Programme Leader(s)

Scheme Coordinator

Dr Cynthia Lai
PDOT, MSc, PhD, OTR, HKROT

Award Coordinator

Dr Sharon Tsang
PhD (RU), MMani Th (Curtin), MSc HC (PolyU), BSc PT (PolyU), FHKCOP (Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy)

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

Graduates of this programme are able to:

  • meet changing needs in practice and contribute to the development of rehabilitation;
  • demonstrate a lifelong ability to critically analyse and evaluate ongoing practice so that the quality of practice can be advanced and ensured;
  • assess patients and make rational decisions regarding physiotherapeutic approaches to treatment, through a logical clinical reasoning process;
  • demonstrate proficiency, confidence and independence in the safe use of manipulative physiotherapy expected of a graduate in the field; and
  • critically evaluate management methods and work within the framework of the evidence-based approach.

 

Characteristics

  • This programme fulfils all of the requirements of international monitoring set by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).
  • Students who successfully complete the programme may be eligible to apply for full membership of the Manipulative Therapy Specialty Group of the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association, which is a member organisation of the IFOMPT.
  • Unique experience of Chinese manual therapy in an East-meets-West context.
  • Programme aimed at clinical specialisation. Highly commended by clinicians and clinic/ department managers of private and public organisations.
  • Balance of theory, practice and scientific investigation components.
  • Reasonable credit transfer considered for equivalent subjects earned at postgraduate level.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition & Prospects

  • This programme fulfils all of the requirements of international monitoring set by the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).
  • Students who successfully complete the award may be eligible to apply for full membership of the Manipulative Therapy Specialty Group of the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association, which is a member organisation of the IFOMPT.
  • This programme does not confer eligibility for registration with the Physiotherapist Board of Hong Kong.

Curriculum

Curriculum

Programme Structure

 

This programme consists of:

  • 1 Compulsory Subject

3 credits

  • 7 Core Subjects

21 credits

  • 1 Project Study

6 credits

Total

30 credits

 

Proposed Study Plan for Full-time One-year Study

 

 

 

 

 

1 Year

Full-Time

Study

 

 

Semester 1

(Sept – Jan)

Research Methods and Data Analysis*

Physical Diagnosis of Neuro-musculoskeletal  Disorders*

Diagnostic Procedures in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy*

Project Study

Semester 2

(Jan – May)

Advanced Principle and Practice of Manipulative Physiotherapy (Lower Quarter)*

Advanced Principle and Practice of Manipulative Physiotherapy (Upper Quarter)*

Musculoskeletal Injury and Repair*

Project Study

Semester 3

(June - July)

Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy Practice I & II

(5 weeks full-time day clinic)

* Evening classes

 Proposed Study Plan for Part-time Study

 

 

 

 

Year 1

 

 

Semester 1

(Sept – Jan)

Research Methods and Data Analysis*

Physical Diagnosis of Neuro-musculoskeletal Disorders*

Diagnostic Procedures in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy*

Semester 2

(Jan – May)

Advanced Principle and Practice of Manipulative Physiotherapy (Lower Quarter)*

Advanced Principle and Practice of Manipulative Physiotherapy (Upper Quarter)*

Musculoskeletal Injury and Repair*

 

Year 2

Semester 1

(Sept – Jan)

Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy Practice I*

Project Study

Semester 2

(Jan – May)

Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy Practice II*

Project Study

Semester 3

(June – July)

Project Study

 

Core Areas of Study

  • Musculoskeletal Injury and Repair
  • Diagnostic Procedures in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Physical Diagnosis of Neuro-musculoskeletal Disorders
  • Advanced Principle and Practice of Manipulative Physiotherapy (Lower Quarter)
  • Advanced Principle and Practice of Manipulative Physiotherapy (Upper Quarter)
  • Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy Practice I
  • Advanced Manipulative Physiotherapy Practice II

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

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

No information is available at present.

Enquiries

Enquiries

For academic matters, please contact
Dr Sharon Tsang
Tel: (852) 2766 4332
Email: sharon.tsang@polyu.edu.hk

 

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

Student Message

Student Message


I am grateful to have successfully enrolled in the MSc programme in Manipulative Physiotherapy, I regard my 2-year learning experience as invaluable. Not only did the first year of the course provide us with the latest research findings regarding various musculoskeletal conditions, but it also allowed us to exercise clinical reasoning skills, which were essential to making diagnoses during assessment.

 

I believe that theory and practice should go hand in hand. The clinical placement sessions in the second year offered me ample opportunities to apply what I had learned to real patients. The in-depth discussion and demonstration led by the experienced clinical instructors broadened my understanding of musculoskeletal dysfunctions and sharpened my manual techniques.

 

Thanks to the enormous support and flexibility offered by the Department, we also had the chance to conduct clinical research that emphasised the importance of evidence-based learning.

 

This Master's course, with its all-round training, is definitely not one to miss.


Johnson Ip



“Analyse with reason. Treat with hands”. This programme highlighted clinical reasoning skills, which are of utmost importance in analysing problems and planning treatments. The course modules are evidence-based and convey clear, informative and up-to-date knowledge. In-depth discussion forums with experienced physiotherapists were organised, which further polished my reasoning skills. During intensive clinical placements, clinical educators provided excellent guidance that helped me integrate my knowledge with practice. In addition, after case sharing and discussions amongst peers and supervisors, I took a big step forward in planning my own treatment holistically and selecting manual techniques effectively. If you want to improve your reasoning skills and become a specialist in treating people with your hands, I strongly recommend this course.


Tony Chan



I am proud to be a graduate of this comprehensive postgraduate programme. Besides the principles and practice of manipulative physiotherapy, the programme includes modules teaching research methods, data analysis, and diagnostic imaging, as well as the sharing of up-to-date evidence-based practice in managing various kinds of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions.

 

The main strength of this program lies in its considerable contact time, with practical sessions emphasising real-time feedback and mentoring for students. Clinical reasoning forums at which expert manipulative physiotherapists are invited to speak help students to understand the holistic management of some selected complicated cases through discussion with expert clinicians. Most valuably, the programme features intensive clinical placements supervised by experienced manipulative physiotherapists, allowing students to gain a deep understanding of clinical reasoning, formulating physical diagnoses and the corresponding treatment plans. There are also ample chances to practice hands-on manual therapy techniques.

 

There has recently been some modification and restructuring of the programme. More emphasis has been placed on the inter-connections between diagnosis and classification of neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, pain mechanisms, intervention efficacy, and motor control interventions in the field of manual therapy.

 

Graduates of this programme are not equipped merely with skills in performing manipulative physiotherapy techniques. Even more importantly, they have developed an analytical mind capable of critically appraising the current evidence and practice in the neuro-musculoskeletal physiotherapy field.


Ray Li



Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required


Transcript / Certificate

  • Copy of transcript
Required
  • Copy of graduation certificate
Required
  • Copy of English examination results, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, if your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English
Required
  • Copy of certificate of relevant professional qualification
Required

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