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This programme provides advanced theory, knowledge and clinical skills for rehabilitation professionals. It also prepares graduates to assume leadership positions in clinical research and professional practice, offering a flexible programme of study for both specialist training and professional training.


Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  • Meet the changing needs in practice and contribute to the development of rehabilitation;
  • Demonstrate a lifelong ability to critically analyze 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 the level of proficiency, confidence and independence in the safety use of manipulative physiotherapy expected of a graduate in the field; and
  • Critically evaluate the management methods and to work in the framework of evidence-based approach.


  • This programme fulfills all requirements of international monitoring by International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT).
  • Students who successfully complete the award are eligible to apply for full membership of Manipulative Therapy Specialty Group of the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association, which is a member organization of IFOMPT.
  • Unique experience in Chinese manual therapy in an East–meets-West context.
  • Programme aimed at clinical specialization. Highly commended by clinicians and clinic/ department managers of private and public organizations.
  • Balance of theory, practice and scientific investigation components.
  • Reasonable credit transfer considered for equivalent subjects earned at postgraduate level. 
  • This programme does not confer eligibility for registration with the Physiotherapist Board of Hong Kong.

Core Subjects

  • 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

Visit the Master of Science in Manipulative Physiotherapy page on the The Hong Kong Polytechnic University website for more details!




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