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What will I learn?

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 self-care, leisure and work. Students learn how to minimize disabilities, promote health and improve the quality of life of clients and their families.

The programme prepares students to deliver client-centred occupational therapy and to be committed to promoting equal opportunities in all members of the community. It also prepares them for lifelong 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 that 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 placement 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 organized in partnership with overseas universities including 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.

Professional Recognition

The programme is recognized by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) for training practitioners of an international standard.

Graduates are eligible for registration as a registered Occupational Therapist (Part II) by the Occupational Therapists Board of Hong Kong [under Section 12(1)(a) of the Supplementary Medical Professions Ordinance, Chapter 359, Laws of Hong Kong, 1981].

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 organizations (private hospitals, private clinics, nursing homes and homes for the elderly), the Department of Health, the Education Department (special schools, early education and training centres), subvented non-government organizations and the Social Welfare Department (community centres, sheltered workshops and special childcare centres).

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
HK$145,000.00 (14,72,978) per year
Application deadline

Expected March 2023

More details

Start date

September 2022

Venue

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ST305, 3/F, Ng Wing Hong Building,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

A minimum score of 24 with at least grade 4 in 2 Higher Level subjects. 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 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For international students

If you have obtained HKDSE results as well as other qualifications (e.g. associate degree, higher diploma, diploma, certificate, etc.), either of which alone is sufficient to qualify you for consideration for admission to our schemes / programmes, you can apply either through JUPAS on the basis of HKDSE results or directly to PolyU on the basis of other qualifications. However, you can only choose to apply through one of these two routes for schemes / programmes offered under JUPAS in the same academic year. If you apply through JUPAS and to PolyU concurrently, your direct application to PolyU will NOT be considered.

GCE A-level / International A-level: GCE Advanced Level or International Advanced Level with passes in 3 AL, OR 2 AL and 2 AS subjects

International Baccalaureate (IB): A minimum score of 24 with at least grade 4 in 2 Higher Level subjects.

Non-local applicants are required to meet the following English language requirement:

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 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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About The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

PolyU ranks 66th in the QS World University Rankings and 91st in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings internationally.

  • Recognised worldwide for its academic reputation
  • Enjoys impactful research practices in different fields
  • Boasts world-class facilities
  • Welcomes international students from over 30 countries

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