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Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Course Description

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.

Programme Aims

The aims of the programme are:

‌•To equip the students with a broadened and deepened knowledge based and skills, and enable them to meet the changing clients’ needs and contribute to the development of occupational therapy practices; and
‌•To equip the students with a lifelong ability to critically analyze and evaluate ongoing professional pactices so that the quality of practice can be ensured and enhanced.

Programme Characteristics

This programme is designed in response to demand from members of 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 will be using modern clinical applications and research-driven teaching. Specific examples include innovative computer technology and psychometrics to enhance your specialisation in such areas as vocational, geriatric, cognitive, psychiatric and community rehabilitation. This programme does not confer eligibility for registration with the Occupational Therapists Board of Hong Kong.

How to Apply

The award of MSc in Occupational Therapy admit students in alternate year:

MSc in Occupational Therapy programme will invite application for September 2017 Entry
Application period: Late November to 28 Feb 2017
For application, please visit http://www.polyu.edu.hk/study

Programme Structure

The programme is operated in both full-time and part time mode and it takes a normal duration 1 year to complete in full-time mode or 2.5 years to complete in part-time mode.

Students must complete 2 Compulsory Subjects - Research Methods & Data Analysis and Project Study, 5 Core Subjects and 2 Elective Subjects.

Core Areas of Study

The MScOT programme requires the students to complete 2 compulsory subjects, 5 core subjects, and 2 electives. Students can select elective subjects from other MSc programmes of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. Below is the list of compulsory and core subjects.

Compulsory subjects
‌•Research Method and Data Analysis (RS517)
Subject leader: Prof. Marco Pang
Number of credit: 3
Objectives: The subject is designed to provide students with an in-depth knowledge of research methodologies and data analysis. It equips students with theoretical knowledge and analytical skills required to design or critique research studies.
Upon completion of the subject, students will be able to:
‌•Develop a researchable question.
‌•Describe the various study designs and their pros and cons.
‌•Explain the principles involved in measurement and instrumentation.
‌•Develop a conceptual model in outcomes research.
‌•Select appropriate statistical methods to analyze data and interpret research findings, including the use of software packages (e.g. SPSS).
‌•Critically evaluate scientific research publications.

Teaching/learning method:

Lectures will cover the major concepts related to research methodologies. In tutorial sessions, students will learn how to select and perform appropriate statistical analysis procedures (including the use of SPSS) for different research questions and interpret the findings.

Project Study (RS567)
Subject leader: Dr. Amy Fu
Number of credit: 6
Objective: To provide an opportunity for the students to apply the acquired knowledge 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 be able to:
‌•To pursue an in-depth study of a professional issue which is relevant to a chosen area of specialisation.
‌•To develop critical thinking, analytical and evaluative skills through the conduct of the project.
‌•To develop the ability to write in a scientific context.

Teaching/learning method:
Self-directed learning. Each student will be assigned a supervisor and required to complete a team project. A study plan (learning contract) will be formulated in the beginning of the study, according to the interest of the student and the supervisor. The student will be 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.Please click here to view http://www8.rs.polyu.edu.hk/rsmain/en/programmes/postgraduate_studies/index_id_3.html

English Language Requirement

If you are not a native speaker of English, or 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 following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose, unless otherwise specified by individual programmes concerned:

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test; OR;
An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
Individual cases will be considered on their own merit. Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their language proficiency.

Postgraduate Scheme

The Postgraduate Scheme in Rehabilitation Sciences comprises the following awards:

‌•MSc in Manipulative Physiotherapy
‌•MSc in Occupational Therapy
‌•MSc in Rehabilitation of People with Development Disabilities
‌•MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences
‌•MSc in Sports Physiotherapy
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.


For academic matters, please contact:

Dr Sam Chan

Tel : (852) 2766 4310
Email :
For general matters, please contact:

General Office

Tel : (852) 2766 6728
Email :

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

Entry Requirements

A Bachelor's degree in occupational therapy from PolyU or a recognised institution or the equivalent, preferably with one year of post-qualification work experience in a related rehabilitation field; ORA professional diploma in occupational therapy from former PolyU or a recognised institution or the equivalent, with two years of work experience and evidence of continuous education over the recent two years.

Course Fees

HK$3,200 per credit for local students (pending for approval) HK$4,000 per credit for non-local students

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