Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Occupational Therapy

Sept 2020 Entry

Programme code: JS3624

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credit Required for Graduation

130 (including 24 clinical/field credits)

Programme Intake
Fund Type
Programme Leader(s)

Dr Kenneth Fong
PD(OT), PD(OSH), Cert(CMH), BSc(HS), PgD(Biomech), MScHC(OT), PhD(Ed), OTR, HKROT

No information is available at present.

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

This programme nurtures students to be forward-looking, competent occupational therapists who can promote health and well-being of people in Hong Kong.


A combination of medical, psychological and social science subjects prepares students to enhance the functional performance of community-dwelling people with disabilities in terms of self-care, leisure and work. Students learn how to minimise the effects of disabilities, promote health and improve the quality of life of clients and their families.


The programme prepares students to deliver client-centred occupational therapy with a commitment to promoting equal opportunities for all members of the community. It also prepares them for helping careers in which they will empower clients to manage their disabilities, educate the public about healthy and meaningful living and pass down their knowledge to new generations of therapists.


Programme Characteristics

This programme adopts an outcome-based learning approach and integrates academic and clinical education. We provide numerous excellent learning resources with up-to-date technology such as Web-based teaching and self-learning packages.


We also provide global learning experiences in occupational therapy. Fieldwork placements and academic exchange programmes are available in the Chinese mainland and overseas.


Placement Opportunities

Clinical education is an important component of professional training and development. It is delivered through clinical placements in various settings in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and overseas. Students have attachments in a range of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, childcare centres, elderly care homes, adult training centres and workshops, and long stay care homes. Overseas clinical placements have been organised in partnership with overseas universities such as Curtin University of Technology (Australia), the University of South Australia (Australia), the University of Toronto (Canada), McGill University (Canada), Metropolitan University College (Denmark), JAMK University of Applied Sciences (Finland), the University of Southern California (USA), Nanyang Polytechnic (Singapore) and Chang Gung University (Taiwan). Further overseas placements will be arranged for students in the coming years to broaden their global perspectives.

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

The programme is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) for training practitioners to international standards.


Graduates are eligible for registration by the Occupational Therapists Board of Hong Kong. They are qualified to sit for the licensure examinations of many countries, including Australia, the UK, Canada and the US.


Career Prospects

Graduates are qualified for a wide variety of jobs in hospitals, rehabilitation settings, community agencies, schools, health and welfare settings. They are qualified for the position of Occupational Therapist II in 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).


This is a 4-year full-time programme leading to a registrable qualification as required by the Occupational Therapists Board of Hong Kong. Our programme is recognised by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) for training practitioners to international standards.


Year One of the programme includes compulsory university subjects such as Freshman Seminar for Broad Discipline in Health Science and fundamental language subjects, and Foundation Subjects such as Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, Functional Anatomy, and Foundation Psychology for Rehabilitation Professionals. The core subject of occupational therapy is introduced in OT Theory and Process I.


Year Two of the programme includes Foundation Subjects in occupational therapy such as Pharmacology in Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Psychology, Clinical Sciences and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The core occupational therapy discipline is introduced in subjects such as Human Occupations and OT Foundations in Human Performance and Enabling Occupation in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation.


Year Three of the programme emphasises core occupational therapy disciplines: Psychosocial Practice, Medical & Neurorehabilitation, Developmental Conditions, Environmental Issues and Assistive Technology.


Year Four of the programme extends to applied subjects such as Aging and Geriatric Practice and Vocational Rehabilitation. There is also a Group Research Project in the final year.


Clinical education is an important component of the programme. It is delivered through clinical placements in various settings in Hong Kong, the Chinese mainland and overseas. Students are required to undertake 1,000 hours of clinical placement throughout the programme in five blocks.


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at

Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.

There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred subject(s) with the highest weighting for admission score calculation include(s):

  • Chinese Language
  • English Language
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Combined Science: Biology + Chemistry
  • Combined Science: Biology + Physics
  • Combined Science: Physics + Chemistry

Admission Score Calculation

Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise

Any Best 6 Subjects

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Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2017-18: 32.8 (4 Core + Best 2 Elective Subjects)

2018-19: 33.1 (Any Best 6 Subjects)

2019-20: 32.8 (Any Best 6 Subjects)

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For further programme information, please contact:
The General Office (tel: 2766 6719/2766 5399; email:

Student Message

In recent years, Hong Kong has experienced an immense demand for healthcare professionals, including occupational therapists. PolyU's Bsc(OT) programme offers professional training in occupational therapy. In my first year of study, I gained a profound understanding of human anatomy and physiology, OT theory and processes, psychology and research methods. In lectures, I acquired professional knowledge of OT such as techniques and tools for assessment and treatment as well as strategies for developing a therapeutic relationship with patients. In practical lessons, I learned hands-on skills such as how to palpate human body landmarks.


The programme also offers many opportunities to visit hospitals and NGOs with occupational therapy services. This has helped widen my exposure to real clinical settings. I observed the processes of assessment and intervention conducted by an occupational therapist. This gave me a better understanding of the OT process and enhanced my professional learning of occupational therapy.

Kam Yik Hei



Additional Documents Required

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Interview Arrangement

Date: After the announcement of HKDSE results
Mode:Group interview and discussion

To evaluate applicants’ potential for the programme and the profession; and to assess their language and interpersonal skills.


1.5 hours


Only Band A applicants will be shortlisted and invited to the interview.