Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Physiotherapy

Sept 2021 Entry

Programme code: JS3636

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration and Credit Requirement

Mode of Study
Normal Duration

4 years

Credits Required for Graduation

132 (including 23 clinical/field credits)

Programme Intake
150 (JUPAS and non-JUPAS)
Fund Type
Consider Second Choice Applications
Programme Leader(s)

Dr Shirley Ngai

No information is available at present.

Aims & Characteristics

Aims and Characteristics

Programme Aims

This programme aims to produce qualified professionals who provide physiotherapy services to promote the health of clients, and to meet the healthcare needs of society. Graduates possess the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes that are required for the reliable, ethical and effective practice of physiotherapy. As lifelong learners and active consumers of the professional and scientific literature, graduates are able to fulfil their roles in developing the profession through continuing education and/or participating in investigative and evaluative projects. Their sense of social and professional responsibility is further recognised by their efforts to educate clients, the public and the next generation of therapists.



The curriculum is forward looking with a strong scientific base. Clinical- and university-based forms of education are integrated, using the latest teaching and learning resources.


Placement Opportunities

The Department aims to train students with global perspectives, and actively encourages students to take opportunities to experience life overseas. The Department fully supports the principle of student exchange for clinical placements with overseas institutes. There are opportunities for Year Three/Four students to undertake 5-week clinical placements at overseas universities. In previous years, placements have been organised at the universities in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Taiwan, Thailand, Sweden, Switzerland and USA.



This is a 4-year full-time programme that involves university-based study and clinical education. The programme is comprised of 4 main groups of subjects in basic sciences, professional studies, clinical education and the PolyU Core Curriculum. Clinical education is in the form of clinical placements at hospitals, rehabilitation centres, special schools and institutions for the elderly. Students can also choose to take minor programmes or free Electives according to their needs, aspiration and abilities.


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained here.

Recognition & Prospects

Recognition and Prospects

Professional Recognition

Graduates are eligible to register with the Physiotherapists Board of Hong Kong.

Career Prospects

Our graduates have a high rate of employment, with a wide range of options from acute care hospitals, special schools and homes for the elderly to community settings and private practice.

Physiotherapists can specialise, take up managerial positions or be involved in clinical education and research. Opportunities for higher degree studies such as in MSc, MPhil or PhD programmes are also available.

Graduates fulfil the normal entry requirements to become Physiotherapist II for the Hospital Authority, private organizations (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).

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for non-JUPAS applicants.


Other Information

  • Preference is given to applicants who are able to communicate effectively in Chinese (i.e. spoken Cantonese) and English.
  • Applicants with good results in science subjects (Biology and/or Physics) are preferred.
  • Applicants should be fit within the normal range in fulfiling the physical requirements of physiotherapy practice.



For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 27665399/ 27666719; email:

Student Message

Student Message

People may dream their lives away. But, I choose to grab every chance to achieve my vision of helping people in need with the skills I have developed from studying Physiotherapy in PolyU. In the first two years of this Bachelor degree course, foundation science knowledge such as functional anatomy, and various therapeutic procedures are introduced. Our “student” role is progressed to a ”student physiotherapist” role in the second year where we have to prepare ourselves for the first clinical placement. We are provided opportunities to apply our practical skills to real patients under the supervision of the clinical educators. The process is challenging yet rewarding. On the other hand, the staff members of the department are very supportive and encouraging that we are always motivated to widen our horizons by participating in different competitions and community services such as public health promotion. All these help us to develop the essential skills in communication and problem-solving that a physiotherapist should possess. The road to become a competent physiotherapist is not easy but with the supportive staff and holistic learning opportunities in PolyU, I am confident that I can serve the community with my professional knowledge after graduation.

Cheung Cheuk Yue, Cherry

The Physiotherapy programme at PolyU has given me the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills required for rehabilitation, a vital part of any patient’s recovery back to health. The professors here are always eager to share their vast knowledge with us, but at the same time they encourage us to actively engage in peer learning and independent thinking. This approach creates an interactive environment that is conducive for exchanging ideas and it pushed me to really develop my critical thinking and problem-solving skills. I believe that if we take these skills with us into the work environment, they will be the cornerstone for the continued development of rehabilitation techniques and will place us in a position to be leaders in our field.

Wong Crystal Chor Ying

After finishing my second year of BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy, I am confident that I have made the best choice for my future career. This programme has provided me with both theoretical and practical knowledge, which are essential elements for a student like me to become a competent physiotherapist.

Lectures, seminars and tutorials equip us with the fundamental theories of physiotherapy and also train us to properly infer from the information given. This equips students with the proper fundamental skills to interact with real future patients. When encountered with academic difficulties, I always receive great assistance and support from the professors and teaching faculty.

One of the highlights of this programme is clinical education, where students get the opportunity to be in touch with patients in the hospital under the guidance of clinical educators, which enables us to put the learned theories into practice.

As a fellow student taking this course, I realized that this course has not only brushed up my foundation by equipping me with proper skills needed in my future career path of being a physiotherapist, but also enabled me to cultivate a right attitude while treating patients through guided real-life experiences. Therefore, based on what was mentioned above and more, I have never regretted choosing this course as it has positively impacted my career and thus I urge and welcome you to join us in 2020!

Chan Ieng Tong

Being able to learn and research in this Physiotherapy program has really made my dream come true. The physiotherapy courses cover many topics (e.g., ageing, geriatric physiotherapy, and acupuncture, etc) have helped us to apply intriguing concepts and theories to health rehabilitation. It has whetted my appetite for a deeper understanding of the human body. Through hundreds of hours of clinical practice, I have learned that physiotherapy has a wide range of applications (e.g., helping people recover from accident trauma, improving mobility of seniors, and assisting those with lung disorders to breathe more freely). This means that graduates can specialized in different specialities and make a positive impact to the society. I strongly believe that the combination of traditional therapy and modern scientific approaches is unique to PolyU, making it an ideal place for me to learn and to help treat patients in Hong Kong in the future.

Chan Kin Tung, Henry

Through studying the physiotherapy program in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, it fully equips and prepares me to face the upcoming challenges in my future career. With subjects such as exercise science, acupuncture for physiotherapy, clinical neurology and neuroscience, students can apply their skills learned in class to the real world through over 1000 hours of clinical education within the span of four years. By engaging in classes related to rehabilitation psychology and human development, we gain a holistic view and skill sets for treating patients professionally and effectively as a physiotherapist. Additionally, the comprehensive program gives us an opportunity to learn and conduct research on our interested topic during the capstone project. The program also allows us to delve deeper into the meaning of our work. The program may be demanding sometimes, but it has only driven me to work harder to pursue my passion and dreams.

Leung Nga Yu Cassidy

Becoming a physiotherapist has always been my aspiration. It is because I appreciate how physiotherapist can apply their knowledge and skills to help someone in our society to recover from injuries and diseases. I believe that physiotherapy is an art to serve our community and to improve patients’ quality of life. I am so proud to be a part of this profession in the future.

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy program is designed to promote international mindedness by integrating the best knowledge and techniques from the east and west. The course consists of over 1000 hours of clinical education at different healthcare settings. This is the key to the program’s success, as it truly helps students step out of the classroom into the workplace. It not only helps students establish theoretical knowledge and skills, but also promotes practical usage of our knowledge. This helps us to become well-rounded professionals to continuously strive for excellence in our profession.

Lee Tsun Chai, Leo

Becoming a physiotherapist has been my goal since I was very young. I am very grateful that The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has taken me one step further by transforming my dream into reality. The most intriguing part of the physiotherapy program offered by PolyU is the teaching of acupuncture, which integrated the best physical therapy techniques from the east into the west. This will certainly enhance my understanding towards many more ways to treat patients and help me excel in my career. This program also allows me to provide a better service to people in need. While the interesting course contents have always amazed me, my enthusiasm to help others have enable me to take up the challenges in my future physiotherapy career.

Keung Chun Ho, Jason

The physiotherapy program offers plentiful clinical exposures in a variety of specialties and settings, including hospitals, schools, community centres, care homes etc. We can apply the knowledge of evidence-based physiotherapy practice that we learnt in classrooms during our clinical placements. I have learned a lot from my senior classmates through the buddy attachments in hospitals. In addition to local placements, we have the chance to participate in overseas placements to develop global outlook. We also have the opportunity to conduct research projects of our choices. Importantly, our teachers are very helpful and create a positive and engaging learning atmosphere for us. They are so supportive that I feel like they walk with me in my learning journey.. Thanks to PolyU, the overall learning journey throughout these four years was really fruitful and enjoyable. : )

FONG Sze Nga Cissie

I used to dream to become a physiotherapist. I admire physiotherapists who can apply their knowledge of human anatomy and physiology to facilitate patients’ recovery and to enhance patients’ quality of life. This program creates a unique environment for us to integrate the eastern and western medical knowledge in our learning. It not only broadens our knowledge and skills but also prepares us to develop an all-rounded professional learning attitude to cope with the constantly changing working environment. Through tailored course contents, practical sessions, and over 1000 hours of clinical placements at different settings, this course has equipped me with the basic knowledge and skills to face challenges in the rehabilitation field, as well as has laid the foundation for my life-long learning journey.

Au Yi Ka, Rachel

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Interview Arrangement

Interview Arrangement

Date: Between March and June
Mode:Individual and Group interviews

To assess the suitability of applicants for the programme and the profession, and to test their motivation, aptitude, communication skills and general social awareness


1.5 hours

  • Only applicants who choose physiotherapy as their first choice in the application would be invited for interview.  The selection criteria for interview are academic grades that meet the minimum requirements set by the University and previous courses attended being of relevance to physiotherapy.