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Clinical Biomechanics

MSc

Weekend study

Learning fits around your working week

Research influenced

Current research and clinical practice influences module content

Access lab equipment

Use our state-of-the-art Biomechanics Lab for practical sessions

Location:
Stoke-on-Trent campus
Study option:
Part-time, distance learning
Duration:
3 Years
Start date:
16 September 2019
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The MSc Clinical Biomechanics has been developed for health professionals who wish to extend their understanding of the clinical application of mechanical principles. Considerable flexibility in the way the award is structured will allow you to tailor learning to your specific area of practice.

Designed by research-active clinical professionals, the course bridges the gap between clinical practice and biomechanical principles, for a rigorous and focused understanding of the subject.

Applying mechanical principles to the management of pathology, human movement and gait dysfunction, the course is primarily focused on musculoskeletal practitioners – such as physiotherapists, orthotists, chiropractors and podiatrists – who provide biomechanical-based interventions in their clinical practice.

In addition to being able to study to Certificate, Diploma or MSc level, you can choose to complete individual modules. This route not only provides an ideal taster to the MSc course, but can also be an effective way of completing CPD.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: MSc Clinical Biomechanics

Course content

At Certificate level, you’ll gain an insight into the patho-mechanics of musculoskeletal problems and be introduced to current thinking in biomechanical therapeutic interventions.

The principles and concepts taught are built on at Diploma level, where an emphasis on research and critical practice will help prepare you for the MSc stage. You’ll study subject-specific modules such as Tissue Stress, Spinal Mechanics, Sports Biomechanics and Injury, and Lower Limb Paediatric Pathologies and Therapies – which you can choose to suit your clinical practice.

Modules can be selected to suit your clinical practice with Critical Appraisal Skills and Research Methods and Methodologies being the only compulsory modules required to complete your award. The blended learning approach allows for you to study some of the modules as distance learning whilst other modules have a component of the teaching based on Stoke-on-Trent campus at our state of the art Biomechanics lab. This enables you to have a hands-on approach to the equipment whilst learning and applying your clinical skills in a group setting.

You’ll also produce an innovative piece of research that involves investigating problematic clinical conditions from a mechanical perspective.

Facilities

As a Staffordshire University online student you may wish to use our extensive set of facilities based on the Leek Road campus of the University. Our laboratory facilities can support you if you wish to undertake some lab-based research as part of your Maters Research Project module.

Modules

The tables provide an indicative list of the modules that make up the course for the current academic year. Each module is worth a specified number of credits. Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. We aim to ensure that all modules run as scheduled. If for any reason a module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and will provide guidance on selecting an appropriate alternative module.

Standard route

Year 1 compulsory modules
Critical Appraisal Skills And Research Awareness 15 credits
The Origins And Principles Of Biomechanics 30 credits
Show 2 optional modules
Year 2 compulsory modules
Research Methods And Methodologies 15 credits
Show 5 optional modules
Year 3 compulsory modules
Dissertation 60 credits

You’ll normally need to be an HCPC-registered allied health professional. You can also be an associate of a medical or an allied health professional (such as a chiropractor, a sports therapist or a biomechanist) who is involved in the clinical management of musculoskeletal conditions.

When considering the general requirements below, the degree or other acceptable qualification must be in a healthcare or biomechanical field involving the treatment of patients. Healthcare professionals need to hold any necessary post-qualification registration (e.g. HCPC Registration) deemed a requirement for working with patients.

You’ll need:

  • An Honours degree from a UK University, or any other qualification deemed to be equivalent to a UK Honours degree.

Or

  • If you don’t have an Honours degree you may still be admitted if you have significant appropriate experience and can provide substantial evidence of your ability to undertake the course successfully and benefit from it. We recommend that you bring a professional portfolio indicating your achievements to interview.
  • If your first language is not English you must have achieved 7.0 or above on all IELTS components.

Facilities

Careers

Successfully completing the course will help equip you for specialist practice, as well as advanced practitioner roles, team leader and subject leader positions.

Eager for more knowledge? Upon completion, you will be ideally placed for further academic study at PhD level.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

Our teaching is supported through our Virtual Learning Environment called Blackboard. This means you can access a range of materials to support your studies wherever you are via your PC, tablet or phone. This includes accessing video, audio and discussion forums where you can debate subjects with your tutors and fellow students.

Assessment

All modules are assessed by portfolio and often take the form of task-based reflections of clinical practice. The range of tasks you can choose to include is purposefully non-specific to allow for a broad range of interests, and to enable you to develop work that is relevant to your clinical practice.

Your dissertation will be self-directed and must take the form of a research project that is relevant to your needs. We understand that students typically wish to complete their dissertation in a particular healthcare setting. We therefore always aim to facilitate projects around the country.

Learning support

You’re supported throughout the course by specialist tutors within the modules you study and are also allocated a personal tutor during your time with us. We have a well-developed personal tutorial system and staff are only a phone call, email or Skype chat away. In addition, you’re carefully introduced to the online learning process and have access to a subject specialist librarian and course administrator.

As an online student of the University you have access to all our facilities, including our laboratories. We have bespoke facilities in the following area:

• Biomechanics Lab

You can also access our recently added Strength and Conditioning facility which supports learning, teaching and research in this area of provision.

Additional support

If you have additional needs like dyslexia or a sensory impairment, then our AccessAbility Services are here to help make sure nothing stands in your way.

Feedback

We know that it’s important for you to be able to gauge your progress. So, your tutor will give you feedback on any practice assessments you do.

We will normally give you feedback on formal assessments within 20 working days.

Staff

Teaching staff on this course either run their own clinical practices or offer significant expertise in clinical research. Our team includes physiotherapists, podiatrists, sports scientists and clinical scientists, as well as biomechanical engineers. Many are clinical leads in their specific areas, are research active, and are qualified to PhD level. External clinical specialists enhance the teaching of certain modules.

For the course starting on 16 September 2019 the tuition fees are:

Study option
Part time
UK / EU / Channel Islands
£2,535 per year of study
International (Non-EU)
£2,535 per year of study

The expected study pattern on this programme enables you to complete modules totalling 60 credits in your first year of study and the other 120 credits, split equally over your second and third year of study. If you follow this pattern of study you will pay the same fee for each year of study. You will be invoiced for the modules that you register for each year, so if your study pattern is different from the expected pattern, you will pay more or less each year accordingly.

If you would like to know more about the fees listed and what this means to you then please get in touch with our Enquiries Team.

Our students

Sarah Podbery
MSc Clinical Biomechanics

Completing the MSc has improved my ability and given me confidence to be able to teach other students and podiatry colleagues about biomechanics, and even made me more confident at public speaking! It has also opened my eyes to clinical research with regards to reading and critiquing journal articles – and has made me more passionate about my job.

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Stoke-on-Trent campus
MSc
Part-time, distance learning
16 September 2019

Rules and regulations

If you are offered a place at Staffordshire University, your offer will be subject to our rules, regulations and enrolment conditions, which may vary from time to time.

Students of Staffordshire University enter into a contract with us and are bound by these rules and regulations, which are subject to change. For more information, please see: University Policies and Regulations.

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