Clinical Biomechanics MSc


This course bridges the divide between clinical practice and biomechanical principles, for a rigorous and tailored understanding of the subject.

Why choose this course?

A blend of practical and research based teaching and learning, all of which is relevant to clinical practice and supported via critical analysis of current research findings.

Student intake comes from a wide range of clinical professions throughout all courses, creating lively discussions and reflections within an inter professional group.

Clinical specialist lecturing via guest lecturers allows for a high proportion of real life examples to be discussed and used in face to face sessions.

You'll have access to gait lab equipment in practical sessions and for research projects, along with guidance on their use and applications.

A blend of weekend contact days with online support to allow working practitioners to fit the course around other commitments.

Module content and learning outcomes aligned to Clinical Practice with relevant case studies and current thinking.


Tissue Stress

In this module you will study the effect of the stresses that act upon the tissues of the human body. You will assess the differing characteristics of human tissues and how they cope with all types of stress and the factors that affect the coping mechanisms, both medical and physical. In the study you will be introduced to available equipment and techniques for assessing these stresses and evaluate their effectiveness and usefulness in the clinical setting. In this module you will start to draw links between the mechanical properties of tissue, the factors that affect the functional adaptation under load and their relevance to clinical practice.

Therapies using Biomechanical Principles

The primary aims of therapies that are implemented in the clinical environment are to relieve the symptoms reported by the presenting patient. This module focuses on current clinical practice and how the interventions can be used to treat pathology. There is opportunity to evaluate outcome measures used to assess clinical outcomes as well as critiquing existing protocols. The module will take the modality of taping and assess the effectiveness of application of foot tape in altering motion with analysis in the Gait lab.

Developing an advanced understanding of what clinical treatments do to the biomechanics of a patient is an essential part of clinical expertise. Completion of this module will allow for reflection of a clinicians current practice.

Sport Biomechanics in Injury

The primary aim of this module is to focus on how the athlete and sports performer differ in their presenting pathology and management to that of a standard injury. The content of the module will cover the following areas, but will concentrate on sports injuries and management. Principles of Sports Biomechanics in relation to Injury Management, The Principles of Rehabilitation, Principles of Injury Prevention, Mechanisms of Injury. The role and practice of sports therapist, The role and practice of a sports physician. The Internal and External factors associated with Sports injury. By investigating these areas the student will developing an holistic approach to managing injuries presented by sports performers.

Spinal Mechanics

This module will introduce the growth and ageing of human spine and explore the biomechanical basis for clinical assessment and intervention. This module will facilitate the investigation into the mechanics and related pathologies of the spine. This module will also inform students about basic assessment techniques employed in a clinical setting to measure spine and back movement right up to the use of three-dimensional movement analysis systems in a biomechanical laboratory. An appreciation to the wide variety of techniques and equipment available will allow students to critically apply scientific methodological procedures in clinical working environment.

Entry requirements

  • To apply for this course you will need an Undergraduate Honours degree (grade 2:1 or higher) in a relevant clinical field.
  • Clinical contact with a patient case load is essential for application and reflection of module content.

How to apply

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Key facts

  • Location: Blended Learning
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Fees: £6,120 full course fee
  • Start date: September 2018

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