Sept 2024 Entry


4 years


130 (including 24 clinical/field credits)

100 (JUPAS and non-JUPAS)
Programme Leader

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

Students will be awarded the following degree upon 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 generate graduates who are forward-looking and competent occupational therapists and can promote the health and well-being of people in Hong Kong.


The programme consists of a combination of medical, psychological and social science subjects that prepare 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 student 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

The programme uses 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 the Chinese mainland and overseas.


Placement Opportunities

Clinical education is an important component of professional training and development, and it is delivered through clinical placements in various settings in Hong Kong, on the Chinese mainland, and overseas. Students undertake 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), 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.

Recognition & Prospects

Professional Recognition

The programme is a 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 gain employment in a wide variety of environments, such as 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), the Department of Health, the Education Bureau (special schools, and early education and training centres), subvented non-government organisations, and the 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 the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (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, and 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 focuses on 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 Aging 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, the Chinese mainland, and overseas. Students are required to undertake 1,000 hours of clinical placement throughout the programme, spread across five blocks.


Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at

Entrance Requirements and Subject Weightings

Satisfy the University's General Entrance Requirements.


Please click here for the subject weightings for 2024/25.

Preferred Subjects with the Highest Weighting

There is no compulsory subject requirement. Preferred subject(s) with the highest weighting for admission score calculation include(s):

Chinese Language
English Language
Combined Science: Biology + Chemistry
Combined Science: Biology + Physics
Combined Science: Physics + Chemistry
Admission Score Calculation Mechanism for the Current Admission Exercise
Any Best 5 Subjects
Average HKDSE Scores of Admittees

2023/24 Average Score: Any Best 6 Subjects (with Subject Weighting) = 315.6


For further programme information, please contact:
the General Office (tel.: 2766 6719/2766 5399; email:

Student Message

As a final-year student at PolyU, I am grateful that I have chosen occupational therapy as my major. I have realised that occupational therapy is a meaningful profession as it helps patients to achieve their potential and, through treatment activities, helps them return to their previous life roles. During my study, it has always been emphasised that occupational therapists should treat people holistically and care for both their psychosocial and physical health.


Although it was difficult to conduct practical lessons during the pandemic, lecturers utilised online platforms to arrange fieldwork visits and provide case videos for us so that we could develop a full picture of the occupational performance of the clients. In addition to academic and practical knowledge, I also had the opportunity to serve the community by assisting in treatment implementation for children with special education needs. This taught me how to communicate and build rapport with children. I also gained experience in research by joining the summer research studentship programme organised by the faculty. These experiences have helped me to become an well-rounded occupational therapist-to-be.



Chung Ka Wai

I am a Year 3 occupational therapist student. Time flies: I will graduate in the coming year. I am grateful to be studying towards a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Occupational Therapy at PolyU, as in addition to  learning foundational theory and practical skills, I am learning various healthy living skills, such as acupuncture, Baduanjin, and stretching exercises. These living skills are not only useful for reducing my everyday tiredness but are also helpful daily exercises that are performed by my family. The numerous student organisations and projects in the PolyU RS department also provide me with various extracurricular service opportunities. Furthermore, there are many ways to join overseas or Mainland exchange programmes, which have allowed me to broaden my horizons. Through these activities, I have been able to apply my theoretical and technical knowledge in clinical practice, which has enhanced my practical skills and prepared me to become an occupational therapist to serve clients.



Yeung Ho Ying Daisy

Studying occupational therapy at PolyU has affirmed my passion for enhancing the quality of life of the public. Throughout the 4-year program, I gained knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, OT theory and processes, and psychology and developmental dysfunction. These courses were essential to develop my fundamental clinical reasoning for analysing cases during the clinical placements. My hands-on experiences and therapeutic skills were also sharpened by participating in the tutorials, which enhanced my confidence and satisfaction when delivering treatments to patients.


The programme offers many opportunities, ranging from projects on the design of innovative assistive devices and NGO visits to "We Care We Share" service-learning projects, which allow us to apply and consolidate the knowledge that we have learned in classes. As an OT-to-be, I cherish my time in this programme, as I am surrounded by knowledgeable, approachable, and supportive teachers; interact with patients who give me advice; and my friendly classmates, who work with me on the projects and in studying for exams.



Yeung Ka In Rynnae
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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