Sept 2024 Entry


4 years


130 (including 24 clinical/field credits)


Students will be awarded the following award upon successful completion of the graduation requirements:

  • BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy
Application Deadline
Non-JUPAS Year 1
International / Other Qualification
About Programme
Specific Notes
How to Apply
Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims & Learning Outcomes

This programme aims to equip students to become forward-looking, competent occupational therapists who can promote the 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 terms of their self-care, leisure, and work. Students learn how to minimise the effects of disabilities, promote health, and improve the quality of life of clients and their families.


The programme also prepares students to deliver client-centred occupational therapy with a commitment to promoting equal opportunities for all members of the community. Furthermore, it prepares them for helping careers in which they empower clients to manage their disabilities, educate the public about healthy and meaningful living, and pass on their knowledge to new generations of therapists.


Programme Characteristics

This programme adopts an outcome-based learning approach and integrates academic and clinical education. We provide numerous excellent learning resources with up-to-date technological tools, 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 mainland China and overseas.


Placement Opportunities

Clinical education is an important component of professional training and development and is delivered through clinical placements in various settings in Hong Kong, mainland China, and overseas. Students pursue placements 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 organised in partnership with various universities, such as Curtin University of Technology (Australia), University of South Australia (Australia), University of Toronto (Canada), McGill University (Canada), Metropolitan University College (Denmark), JAMK University of Applied Sciences (Finland), University of Southern California (US), 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.

Recognition & Prospects

Professional Recognition

The programme is accredited as World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Approved Entry Level Education Programme for Occupational Therapists.


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 can take up a wide variety of jobs in hospitals, rehabilitation settings, community agencies, schools, and health and welfare settings. They are also qualified for the position of Occupational Therapist II in the Hospital Authority, private organisations (private hospitals, private clinics, nursing homes, and homes for the elderly), Department of Health, Education Bureau (special schools, early education, and training centres), subvented non-government organisations, and Social Welfare Department (community centres, sheltered workshops, and special childcare centres).


This is a 4-year full-time programme leading to a registrable qualification, as required by the Occupational Therapists Board of Hong Kong. The programme is also recognised by WFOT for training practitioners to international standards.


Year 1 of the programme includes compulsory university subjects, such as Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics, Introduction to Innovation and Entrepreneurship, fundamental language subjects, and foundation subjects, such as Human Physiology, Human Anatomy, Functional Anatomy, and Foundation Psychology for Rehabilitation Professionals. The core subject of occupational therapy is introduced in OT Theory and Process I.


Year 2 of the programme includes foundation subjects in occupational therapy, such as Pharmacology in Rehabilitation, Rehabilitation Psychology, Clinical Sciences, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The core occupational therapy discipline is introduced in subjects such as Human Occupations and OT Foundations in Human Performance and Enabling Occupation in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation.


Year 3 of the programme emphasises core occupational therapy disciplines: Psychosocial Practice, Medical & Neurorehabilitation, Developmental Conditions, Environmental Issues, and Assistive Technology.


Year 4 of the programme extends to applied subjects, such as Ageing and Geriatric Practice and Vocational Rehabilitation. There is also a capstone project and a service-learning subject in this final year.


Clinical education is an important component of the programme. It is delivered through clinical placements in various settings in Hong Kong, mainland China, and overseas. Students are required to undertake 1,000 hours of clinical placement throughout the programme in five blocks.


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at

Credit Required for Graduation

130 (including 24 clinical/field credits)

Scheme/Programme Leader(s)

Dr Yvonne HAN

BScOT (Occupational Therapy), MPhil (Neurophysiology), PgD (Psychology), PhD (Neuropsychology)

Scheme/Programme List Remarks

Award(s) available in this scheme:

  • BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy
Subject Area
Occupational Therapy
Entrance Requirements

Please click here to view the entrance requirements for international applicants.


For further programme information, please contact:

The General Office (tel: 2766 6719/2766 5399; email:

Student Message

The BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy (OT) programme contains a variety of psychological, physical, and social sciences subjects to enhance students’ ability to become qualified occupational therapists. In my first year, I learned a variety of subjects, such as OT Theory & Process I and Functional Anatomy, which are specialised subjects in OT. OT Theory & Process I introduces the process and beliefs of OT and teaches students how to apply OT models to analyse different cases to understand the patient’s occupation thoroughly. I liked this subject very much because it helped me understand the history and knowledge of OT. Functional Anatomy gives plentiful information about the human structure, which is vital for palpation in clinical practice.


In addition to the above subjects, other subjects help develop students’ leadership and communication skills, which is essential for an occupational therapist. The school also provides English and Chinese studies for students to improve their language skills in the first year. These subjects are interesting because there are many group projects and games; they also provide an excellent opportunity to make friends.



Chan Weng U

During my second year of studying BSc (Hons) in Occupational Therapy at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, I improved my knowledge and skills in musculoskeletal rehabilitation through different practice sessions. Through the lessons, I had the opportunity to experience various hands-on activities, such as fabricating splints, tailor-making pressure garments, and learning transfer techniques. The teachers observed and corrected my mistakes, which helped me improve and gain more confidence. Applying theoretical knowledge to actual practice can be challenging, but continuous practice allowed me to hone my skills to be more professional. The practical sessions were very helpful because they better prepared me for my upcoming clinical placement.


After two years of studying occupational therapy, I gained a deeper insight into the essential roles, critical judgments, and professional skills of a competent occupational therapist. Occupational therapy allowed me to understand how I can provide creative, significant, and diverse support to people in different aspects of their lives.





Tan Jia Xuan
Interview Arrangement

To evaluate applicants’ potential for the programme and the profession and to assess their language and interpersonal skills.

Date of Interview
After the announcement of HKDSE results

1.5 hours

Group interview and discussion

Only Band A applicants will be shortlisted and invited for interview.

LocalNon-JUPAS Year 1
Additional Documents Required
Personal Statement

Required (Please download the form here.)

Transcript / Certificate



Optional (Any other documents to support the application)

Interview Arrangement

To evaluate applicants' potential for the programme and the profession and to assess their language and interpersonal skills.

Date of Interview
Between December and May

10-15 minutes

Individual interview

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview.

Non-LocalInternational / Other Qualification
Additional Documents Required
Personal Statement
Transcript / Certificate



Any other documents to support the application (optional)







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