Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Sept 2024 Entry

Mixed Mode

1 year (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)




The Postgraduate Scheme in Rehabilitation Sciences comprises the following awards:

  • ​MSc in Rehabilitation of People with Developmental Disabilities 發展障礙人士復康理學碩士學位
  • MSc in Rehabilitation Sciences 康復科學理學碩士學位
  • MSc in Manipulative Physiotherapy 手法物理治療理學碩士學位
  • MSc in Occupational Therapy 職業治療學理學碩士學位
  • MSc in Sports Physiotherapy 運動物理治療理學碩士學位
Application Deadline
Local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - Not inviting applications
Non-local - Mixed Mode
Sept 2024 Entry - Not inviting applications
About Programme
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

The aims of the programme are

  • to equip students with a broad and deep knowledge base and skills, and to enable them to meet changing clients’ needs and contribute to the development of occupational therapy practices;

  • to equip students with the lifelong ability to critically analyse and evaluate ongoing professional practices so that the quality of practice can be ensured and enhanced.



This programme is designed in response to the needs of members of the 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 is on using modern clinical applications and research-driven teaching. Specific examples include the use of innovative computer technology and psychometrics to enhance specialisation in such areas as vocational, geriatric, cognitive, psychiatric and community rehabilitation.


Please note that this programme does not confer eligibility for registration with the Occupational Therapists Board of Hong Kong.


The MScOT programme requires students to complete 2 Compulsory Subjects, 5 Core Subjects and 2 Electives. Students can select Elective Subjects from other MSc programmes offered by the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. Below is a list of Compulsory and Core Subjects.


2 Compulsory Subjects (9 credits)

  • RS517 Research Methods and Data Analysis
  • RS567 Project Study


5 Core Subjects (15 credits)

To be offered in 2025/26 (tentative)

  • RS5200 Advanced Occupational Therapy Study
  • RS510 Neuro-psychological Rehabilitation
  • RS587 Complementary and Alternate Therapies
  • RS520 Vocational Rehabilitation
  • RS5201 Current Development in Neurological Rehabilitation


2 Elective Subjects (6 credits)

  • Students can select other subjects offered by the scheme
Credit Required for Graduation


Programme Leader(s)

Scheme Coordinator                           

Dr Will Chien
BSc (NTU), MEd (JCU), PhD (Monash)

Award Coordinator

Dr Cynthia Lai

Programme List Remarks

(This programme admits students in alternate years and will not invite applications for admission in 2024/25)

Subject Area
Occupational Therapy
Entrance Requirements
  • A Bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy or related occupational therapy training from PolyU or a recognised institution or the equivalent, preferably with 1 year of post-qualification work experience in occupational therapy;

  • A professional diploma in occupational therapy from PolyU or a recognised institution or the equivalent, with 2 years of work experience and evidence of continuous education over the past 2 years.


If you are not a native speaker of English, and 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 University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.


Individual cases will be considered on their own merit. Applicants may be required to attend interviews or tests to further demonstrate their language proficiency.


For academic matters, please contact
Dr Cynthia Lai
Tel: (852) 2766 6710
Email: cynthia.yy.lai@polyu.edu.hk


For general matters, please contact
General Office
Tel: (852) 2766 6728
Email: rsdept@polyu.edu.hk

Other Information

For programme details, please visit the homepage of RS.

Initial Registration Credits

3 for local students
6 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

HK$6,650 per credit for local and non-local students 

Student Message

The global pandemic created a lot of challenges to our studies. It was an honour to grow personally and professionally while pursuing an MScOT at PolyU. My advice to prospective students of the programme is never stop learning, exploring and growing.

Pang Ka Ho

This well-structured post-graduate programme enables clinicians to keep up to date with advances within occupational therapy and motivates us to critically appraise evidence-based practice. The diverse coursework also provided a platform for clinicians from different fields to collaborate and expand their clinical knowledge through the interactions facilitated by the faculty members. Teachings from the highly experienced and knowledgeable faulty members encouraged the cohort to remain relevant and seek innovation in their clinical practices. Despite the challenges that the pandemic threw at the programme, the faculty members ensured that the learning remained undisrupted through their creative teaching methods and continuous support offered to the cohort. I would highly recommend this course to occupational therapists who are keen to develop their clinical research skills and practice further through an engaging and insightful course.

Lynn Kok
Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate
  • ​Copy of transcript
  • ​Copy of graduation certificate
  • ​Copy of English examination results, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, if your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English
  • ​Copy of certificate of relevant professional qualification
Curriculum Vitae


Personal Statement


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