Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

Jan 2025 Entry


2 years (6 semesters)



  • This programme will invite applications for admission in Semester 2 of 2024/25 from 1 August to 15 August 2024.

  • After submitting an application on e-Admission system, applicants are required to submit supporting documents for pre-requisite courses - Human Anatomy and Human Physiology, e.g. copies of relevant course syllabuses and transcripts, via another online system: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/pfs2/index.php/638794?lang=en   
    (The system will be activated during the application period.)  

  • Please note that application will not be processed if the applicant fails to provide the above-mentioned supporting documents on the online system before the application deadline.

Application Deadline
Local - Full-time
Jan 2025 Entry - 15-Aug-2024
Non-local - Full-time
Jan 2025 Entry - 15-Aug-2024
About Programme
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

Occupational Therapy (OT) is the use of comprehensive assessment and treatment to help clients across the lifespan achieve their optimum level of functioning. Common OT interventions include helping people who have physical, mental or cognitive disabilities to restore their roles in their families, workplaces and the communities. Through therapeutic activities, clients' functioning can be developed, recovered or maintained. Occupational therapists focus on adapting environments, eliminating environmental barriers, modifying tasks, teaching skills, educating clients and their families to maximise independence, participate in daily, meaningful activities and improve their quality of life.


Specialty areas served by occupational therapists include paediatric, physical, geriatric, psychiatric, cognitive and vocational fields.


Programme Aims

The MOT programme aims to train competent, entry level occupational therapists. Graduates can provide occupational therapy in a fully competent way and will take up leading roles in diversified, client-centred services in the community. Our programme also prepares students with good administrative, managerial and communication skills, as critical thinkers and lifelong learners in helping and educating clients, the public and the next generation of therapists.



Students are of mature age and have background knowledge in human physiology, anatomy and other general education subjects through their undergraduate training. Because of their more advanced age and richer life experiences, they should have more stable personalities and higher level communication skills. These characteristics are considered important assets for working as an occupational therapist, particularly in NGO settings.


Placement Opportunities

Clinical education is an important component of professional training and development. It is delivered through clinical placements in various local settings and possibly overseas ones.

Recognition & Prospects

Professional Recognition

The MOT programme has been accredited by the World Federation of Occupational Therapist (WFOT), which is fully recognised for training practitioners of international standard.


MOT graduates are fully eligible to apply for registration and practice in Hong Kong (HKROT) with the Occupational Therapists Board of Hong Kong.


Career Prospects

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


Occupational therapists can specialise in different rehabilitation areas, take up managerial positions or be involved in clinical education and research. Opportunities for higher degree studies at the MPhil and PhD levels are also available.


Programme Structure and Content

This is a 2-year professional programme designed to prepare students to become competent occupational therapists at an entry level. The programme consists of 91 credits to be covered in 6 semesters. It involves university-based study and off-campus clinical education at hospitals, rehabilitation centres, special schools and institutions for the elderly.


Basic and Clinical Science Subjects

Functional Anatomy, Clinical Neuroscience and Neurology, Rehabilitation Psychology, Clinical Sciences in Developmental Conditions, Musculoskeletal Conditions, Medical and Neurological Conditions, Psychiatric Conditions, and Research Methods and Statistics.


Professional Subjects

Human Occupations, Occupational Therapy (OT) Theory and Process I and II, OT Foundations in Human Performance, OT for Developmental Dysfunction, OT for Physical Dysfunction I (Musculoskeletal Conditions), OT for Physical Dysfunction II (Medical and Neurological Conditions), OT for Psychosocial Dysfunction, OT Management in Geriatric Practice, OT and Vocational Rehabilitation, Environmental Issues in OT practice, and Administration and Management.


Research Project

Students form small groups and work under the guidance of an assigned faculty member to complete a specific research project, which involves review of relevant scientific literature, data collection and analysis, and a report of research findings.


Clinical Education

Students complete 4 clinical placements of more than 1000 hours in total during the 2-year programme. Approximately half of the clinical education hours take place in different community rehabilitation settings to better prepare students to work in these settings upon graduation.

Credit Required for Graduation


Programme Leader(s)

Dr Sam Chan
PhD (HKPU), MPhil (HKPU), PDip Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CUHK), BSc (OT) (HKPU), BSc (Kinesiology) (SFU), ATP (RESNA)

Programme List Remarks

(This programme will invite applications for admission in Semester 2 of 2024/25 from 1 August to 15 August 2024)

Subject Area
Occupational Therapy
Entrance Requirements
  • Applicants must have obtained a  Bachelor's degree from a reputable university.

  • Applicants should have obtained credits for each of the following prerequisite university undergraduate-level courses before admission to the programme:

    • Human Anatomy (3 credits or the equivalent)

    • Human Physiology (3 credits or the equivalent)


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.


Preference will be given to applicants who are able to communicate effectively in English, Cantonese and Putonghua.


After submitting an application on e-Admission system, applicants are required to submit supporting documents for pre-requisite courses - Human Anatomy and Human Physiology, e.g. copies of relevant course syllabuses and transcripts, via another online system: https://www.polyu.edu.hk/pfs2/index.php/638794?lang=en (The system will be activated during the application period).  


Please note that application will not be processed if the applicant fails to provide the above-mentioned supporting documents on the online system before the application deadline.


For further information, please contact:   
Room QT 512, Office of Department of Rehabilitation Sciences  
Tel: (852) 3400 3174 / 3400 8041  
Fax: (852) 2330 8656  
Email: rsmot@polyu.edu.hk  
Website: www.polyu.edu.hk/rs

Other Information

Should an applicant has not satisfactorily completed introductory human anatomy (3 credits) and human physiology (3 credits) courses during their undergraduate training, some introductory human anatomy and human physiology courses are also acceptable as equivalence provided that they carry 3 credits each. For examples: 


  1. It is entirely applicants’ decision whether taking the above said anatomy/physiology courses or not. We declare no conflict of interest with the courses and institutes. The information is provided as useful resources to applicants for reference only.

  2. Human anatomy/physiology courses not up to Bachelor's degree level, or courses on animal anatomy/physiology, are not recognised as equivalent to these requirements.

  3. For those who have not fulfilled the human anatomy/physiology course requirements during application period, proof of enrolment of an acceptable anatomy/physiology course must be submitted together with the application. Should an applicant be admitted to the programme, it is his/her responsibility to present all documents as required including transcripts/certificates of the human anatomy/physiology courses during programme registration.

Initial Registration Credits

HK$22,000 for local students
HK$43,000 for non-local students

Tuition Fee

A total of HK$680,000 for 2 years (HK$340,000 per year)

Info Seminar
Date Time Venue Remark
26 Jul 2024 (Fri) 02:30PM - 04:30PM

Online via Zoom

Register: https://forms.office.com/r/XCn6ir3p64


You are suggested to attend the Seminar using computer either by Zoom application or web browser. If you would like to use mobile devices, you MUST download the Zoom App to attend the Online Seminar. 


Questions for Q&A session

We would like to collect your questions regarding the upcoming admission of MPT & MOT programme. Questions that are frequently asked will be selected and answered during the Q&A session of the online information seminar on July 26. Please submit your questions in advance via: https://polyu.hk/lvDBM (The link is now activated until 17 Jul 2024, 23:59)

Student Message

I am a graduate of the 5th cohort of the MOT programme. The programme not only equipped me with knowledge and soft skills which serve as a solid foundation, but also was a journey for personal growth by building up resilience, regulating emotions and seeing things from different perspectives, which are of paramount importance in workplace and life. The MOT programme is more than a programme; it is a journey to learn and make friends for life!

Chan Wing Tung Shanda

The MOT programme has equipped me with both theoretical and practical knowledge to become a competent OT. Teachers in different subjects had taught me how to effectively understand the problems faced by clients and come up with solutions for them. I also had plenty of opportunities to acquire practical skills for conducting assessments and interventions in hospital and community settings. Through the MOT programme, I also learned how to build therapeutic relationships with clients and cooperate well with other professionals.

Chan William Wai Lam

I graduated from the MOT programme in 2015. The programme gave me a professional qualification and allowed me to develop strong clinical skills and knowledge in working with different groups of clients in various settings. The teachers and clinical educators were also very helpful. I highly recommend this programme to all candidates.

Yeung Kit Ling

The ageing population in Hong Kong has accelerated the demand for rehabilitation services in the community. The MOT programme equipped me with basic OT skills so that I can serve the elderly in need in Hong Kong. It also changed my attitude towards life!

Leung Kam Fai, Hugo
Additional Documents Required
Transcript / Certificate
Copy of transcript and/or graduation certificate of Bachelor's degreeRequired
Copy of relevant course syllabuses of human anatomy (3 credit or the equivalent) and human physiology (3 credit or the equivalent).  If the 2 courses were not taken during your Bachelor's study, please provide transcripts/certificates or proof of enrolment in the courses on or before the application deadlineRequired
Copy of English examination results, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, if your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification was awarded by an institution at which the medium of instruction is not EnglishRequired