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Study Sport and Clinical Biomechanics in the world-leading School of Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University. Read more

Study Sport and Clinical Biomechanics in the world-leading School of Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University. This Masters degree features extensive training in lab-based skills plus analysis of contemporary issues.

  • Developed by world-leading researchers from our pioneering School of Sport and Exercise Science
  • Modules complement the specific expertise of the biomechanics staff and include: clinical gait analysis and virtual rehabilitation, muscle and tendon mechanics and biomechanical assessment and injury prevention
  • Access to state-of-the-art biomechanics laboratories in the award-winning Tom Reilly Building, including the Movement Function Research Laboratory
  • Exciting career opportunities in clinical or sports biomechanics and/or academic and professional development
  • Ideal for physiotherapists who wish to deepen their biomechanical expertise
  • Good links with local companies for work placements - including hospitals, elite sport organisations and sport equipment manufacturers
  • Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)

Study under the guidance of world-leaders in biomechanics and take your own knowledge into our state-of-the-art facilities. We welcome applications from those interested in the movement and mechanism of the human body, and dedicated to the application and advancement of this field of study.

Biomechanics is the study of the mechanical functioning of the biological system. This course applies biomechanical knowledge in both a sporting and clinical context.

The curriculum is research-led with a number of core modules being directly informed by the current research activity of staff. Extensive training is provided in laboratory-based skills and in the interpretation of biomechanical findings and there is comprehensive coverage of contemporary issues in biomechanics.

The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorial support, practical sessions and workshops which encourage critical, reflective engagement with a range of theoretical and applied topics.

You will also be exposed to a wide range of research questions in biomechanics and learn how to critically appraise and interpret the literature. The diversity of assessment methods, including written coursework and oral viva assessment, are innovative and well received by students.

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Technical Training in Biomechanics: provides technical training in laboratory techniques appropriate to sport and clinical biomechanics. It will enable you to develop laboratory skills including 2D, and 3D motion analysis, force analysis and biomechanical modelling so that you can collect and interpret biomechanical measurement and protocols to benchmark standards. The topic is taught in the laboratories in a hands-on, interactive manner.

Research Methods: provides mastery and expertise in quantitative research strategies, methods and techniques, specifically focussed on quantitative data so that you can undertake postgraduate research. It aims to encourage critical understanding of how quantitative data should be handled and analysed using a variety of approaches. The module enables you to develop critical analysis of statistical concepts and procedures, trains you to use statistical analysis software and extend your knowledge of the experimental and research design process.

Current Issues in Biomechanics: develops and extends your opportunity to investigate issues of current importance in Biomechanics. You will be presented with a variety of cutting-edge research topics in biomechanics applied to sport, exercise and clinical applications. You will need to read up-to-date literature in the appropriate fields and to evaluate past and current directions. Laboratory content will involve using measurement skills developed in the Technical Training module to replicate an experimental study from the literature.

Muscle-tendon mechanics: introduces the main biomechanical characteristics of human muscles and tendons and the implications for human movement, performance and biomechanical testing. The mechanical parameters and behaviour of these tissues of the human body in-vivo will also be examined in response to chronic loading and disuse to understand basic, musculoskeletal mechanisms and adaptations underpinning changes in whole-body function and performance.

Biomechanical assessment in sport and exercise: provides the conceptual and practical knowledge base that develops and extends understanding of biomechanical assessment. With continuous developments of equipment, software, and knowledge, there is a growing need for biomechanical assessment in sport and exercise. This has a role both in performance evaluation, in injury prevention, and in injury rehabilitation. You will be exposed to a large variety of tools, each time first gaining a better understanding of the theoretical framework that justifies the use of such tool.

Clinical Movement Analysis: provides the conceptual and practical knowledge base that develops and extends your understanding of clinical movement analysis. You will learn how to interpret gait analysis results in a clinical context through exposure to the current literature, specialised methods, and clinical case studies. You will also be exposed to the latest research developments in the unique area of virtual rehabilitation.

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

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Do you want to understand the mechanics of the human body? Biomechanics is fundamental to our assessment of all human activity and these Clinical Biomechanics awards bridge the divide between clinical practice and biomechanical principles, for a rigorous and tailored understanding of the subject. Read more
Do you want to understand the mechanics of the human body? Biomechanics is fundamental to our assessment of all human activity and these Clinical Biomechanics awards bridge the divide between clinical practice and biomechanical principles, for a rigorous and tailored understanding of the subject.

Staffordshire University’s MSc in Clinical Biomechanics offers students a practical approach to exploring a wide range of biomechanical principles, with modules focusing on tissue stress, the origins and principles of biomechanics, gait analysis, spinal mechanics, sports injuries, podopaediatrics and therapies using biomechanical principles.

Our teaching team includes internationally respected practicing clinicians. All the awards provide flexible study with many modules offered at weekends and by online distance learning to allow practitioners to remain in full time work throughout.


Students have access to our fully equipped gait lab and will collect real-world data using equipment including a 20 camera Vicon system, a 3m pressure walkway and in-shoe system. Course members will also explore the use of EMG and Ultrasound for muscle testing, as well as applying theoretical concepts to clinical practice.

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Why study at Roehampton. You'll receive progressive, practical and professional-level experience in sports science assessment and support techniques. Read more

Why study at Roehampton

  • You'll receive progressive, practical and professional-level experience in sports science assessment and support techniques.
  • Gain access to The Sport and Exercise Research Centre equipped with the state-of-the –art laboratory facilities where all the biomechanical modules are taught.
  • Taught by world leading researchers in the sport, exercise and clinical biomechanics field.
  • We provide internships and placement opportunities with local and leading national sporting and clinical organisations, recent internships have included posts at Chelsea Football Club, Harlequins Rugby Club and Lawn Tennis Association.

Course summary

Our programme equips you for a career in sport, exercise and clinical biomechanics. You will gain in-depth knowledge into how theoretical biomechanics can be applied to the understanding and development of movement for sport, exercise and clinical applications.

Our MSc in Biomechanics will enable you to support the physical development and health of sports people engaged in intensive training and exercise. This programme critically examines the theoretical basis of methods of assessment and the practical application of data within biomechanics. It offers you a means of studying biomechanics from a discipline-specific standpoint. 

You will be taught by staff who are committed to pursue excellence in the field of sport, exercise and health sciences and have achieved a high level of expertise within their profession.

The Sport and Exercise Research Centre houses one of the best sport science laboratory facilities in London. You will have access to our biomechanics laboratory and physiology laboratory during your study here.

You will be able to collaborate with our members of the Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre engaged in range of multidisciplinary research themes including: Neuromusculoskeletal Function through the Ages; Extreme Environments; Amputee Mobility; Performance and Well-Being; and Exercise Adherence and Health.

Roehampton has over twenty-five years' experience of teaching Sport Science and has run Masters level Sport Science programmes since 1997. Over this time, we have constantly embraced changes in the profession and utilised student feedback to ensure that our programmes are relevant, inspiring and provided to the high standards.

Content

You will study modules that provide both the theory and hands-on application in areas such as biomechanical assessment/support techniques, neuromuscular function, and biomechanics of gait. The teaching in these modules is both in-depth and highly practical, with extensive use of laboratory facilities such as Vicon 3D motion capture system, 2D video analysis, Kistler force plates, isokinetic dynamometers, ultrasound scanners, electromyography, and neuromuscular electrical stimulator.

You will also have the opportunity to gain two weeks work placement in gait laboratories of Guys and St Thomas’s Hospital and Queen Mary’s Hospital. Through this placement our previous graduates have developed their clinical gait analysis skills and have enhanced their employability within the field of Biomechanics.

In your research dissertation, you will have the opportunity to perform focused research in a project to be developed with our staff member with the view for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Modules:

  •  Advanced Biomechanics of Locomotion
  • Biomechanical Measurement and Technology
  • Psychology of Sport and Performance
  • Nutritional Aspects of Exercise & Sport Performance

Career options

Graduates are equipped with the necessary skills to work as sports and exercise physiologists, sports coaches and therapists in the health sector at sports clubs, sporting associations, governing bodies and other related agencies.

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Applying the principles of sport and exercise biomechanics to support and enhance your understanding of human performance and injury is at the heart of this course. Read more

Applying the principles of sport and exercise biomechanics to support and enhance your understanding of human performance and injury is at the heart of this course. You will have the opportunity to examine the function and movement of the human body through laboratory data collection, employing cutting-edge technology such as 3D motion analysis, multicomponent dynamometry and neuromuscular imaging.

Your learning will be inspired by the very latest insights, and you will be supported by tutors who are engaged in research and scientific support within the areas of neuromuscular assessment and the optimisation of athletic performance. Their research was graded "internationally excellent" and "world leading" in the Research Excellence Framework 2014. They have provided support and coaching interventions for Olympic athletes. Under their guidance, you will be able to put your learning into practice working with University sports teams, professional sports clubs and elite performers.

ASSESSMENT

Modules are assessed through a mix of coursework assignments, case studies, examinations, laboratory reports and presentations appropriate to the programme. Each module is assessed through the equivalent of 4,000 words.

SPORT AND ACTIVE LIFESTYLES

At Leeds Beckett we're passionate about sport. There's a huge range of sports and activities for you to get involved in, including more than 40 sports clubs. If you'd like to find out more about what we have to offer - including our Carnegie Sports Scholarship Scheme - take a look at our Sport & Active Lifestyles website.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: 59% of our research submitted was assessed as world leading or internationally excellent.

Course Benefits

Our University is recognised as a leader in the field of sport and exercise science. The quality of our research is evident in the outstanding results achieved in the Research Assessment Exercise completed in 2014 in which Leeds Beckett came second in the country for sport and exercise science, leisure and tourism.

Much of our outstanding sport and exercise science research pervades our taught modules providing the opportunity for those of you working or intending to work in the field of sport and exercise science and its sub-disciplines (physiology, nutrition, biomechanics and psychology) to upgrade your academic and professional skills, expertise and knowledge.

PG Cert

Core Modules

  • Research Methods

Option Modules

  • Applied Sport & Exercise Biomechanics
  • Neuromuscular Biomechanics
  • Biomechanics of Human Performance
  • Evaluation of Biomechanical Measurement Techniques

PG Dip

Core modules

  • Research & Professional Practice
  • Research Methods
  • Applied Sport & Exercise Biomechanics
  • Neuromuscular Biomechanics
  • Biomechanics of Human Performance
  • Evaluation of Biomechanical Measurement Techniques

Option modules

  • Psychology & Sport
  • Sport & Exercise Nutrition
  • Exercise Psychology
  • Sport Psychology in Practice
  • Physiology of Sports Performance
  • Clinical Exercise Testing & Prescription
  • Student Negotiated Learning Module
  • Essentials of Sport & Exercise Physiology
  • Physiology & Biochemistry for Performance

MSc

Core modules

  • Research Methods
  • Research & Professional Practice
  • Major Independent Study

Option modules

  • You will also need to select three modules from the following:
  • Applied Sport & Exercise Biomechanics
  • Neuromuscular Biomechanics
  • Biomechanics of Human Performance
  • Evaluation of Biomechanical Measurement Techniques
  • Select one module from the following options:
  • Clinical Exercise Testing & Prescription
  • Ergogenic Practices & Nutritional Manipulation in Sport & Exercise
  • Physiology & Biochemistry for Performance
  • Measurement & Evaluation in Sport & Exercise Nutrition

Job Prospects

A range of career options will be available to you upon graduation. You could lead sport science support programmes for teams and elite athletes or work in industry for companies specialising in sport science solutions and innovation. You could apply for jobs in health and clinical settings or secure employment with national governing bodies or sporting organisations. You will also be well placed to progress your expertise by conducting research at PhD level.

  • Athlete Support Officer
  • Performance Analyst
  • Biomechanics Teacher
  • Sports Equipment Developer


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The programme provides the student with an Engineering education applied to medical and biological issues, through deep basic and specialist training in various biomedical topics. Read more

Mission and goals

The programme provides the student with an Engineering education applied to medical and biological issues, through deep basic and specialist training in various biomedical topics. The educational path is intended to train students for designing equipment, devices, materials and procedures and for a correct introduction, development and management of biomedical technologies inside Companies and Health Structures, as well as freelance. The peculiar multidisciplinary structure of the programme allows developing a strong knowledge in electronics and informatics, mechanical, chemical and material engineering and promotes the integration of technical studies with life science disciplines (biology, physiology and medicine).

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/biomedical-engineering/

Career opportunities

Graduated biomedical engineers find employment for the design, development and commercialization of biomedical devices, as well as in the pharmaceutical sector. Career opportunities are found: 1) in manufacturing companies which are active on health-care market with systems for prevention, diagnostics, therapy and rehabilitation; 2) in public and private hospitals for the management of health technologies; 3) in medical plant and equipment service companies; 4) in specialised biomedical laboratories; 5) in biomedical research 6) as freelance.
For a more specific training in scientific research in the area, a Ph.D. in Bioengineering is available.

The programme has 4 advised paths (besides the possibility to develop a personal path with some constraints):
- Clinical Engineering
- Electronic Technologies
- Biomechanics and Biomaterials
- Cell, Tissue and Biotechnology Engineering

Presentation

See http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/uploads/media/Biomedical_Engineering_01.pdf
This postgraduate programme provides students with an engineering education applied to medical and biological issues. The educational path is intended to train students in the design of biomedical equipment, devices, materials and procedures and to offer a correct introduction to the management of biomedical technologies in companies and health bodies. The peculiar multidisciplinary structure of the programme allows the development of a strong knowledge in electronics and informatics, in mechanical, chemical and material engineering and promotes the integration of technical studies with life science disciplines like biology, physiology and
medicine. The programme is taught in English.

Subjects

Four specializations available:
- Clinical Engineering
- Electronic Technologies
- Biomechanics and Biomaterials
- Cell, Tissue and Biotechnology Engineering

Mandatory courses for all areas:
- mathematical and digital methods for engineering
- bioengineering of the motor system
- mechanics of biological structures
- bioengineering of autonomic control and respiratory systems
- biofluid dynamics
- biomechanical design
- biomachines (with laboratory)
- biomaterials
- endoprostheses
- biomimetics and tissue engineering
- biotechnological applications and bioreactors
- design of life support systems
- laboratory of tissue characterization
- laboratory of biomaterials + lab. of instrumental analysis
- laboratory of biofluid dynamics
- laboratory of biomechanical design
- computational biomechanics laboratory

See the website http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/biomedical-engineering/

For contact information see here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/educational-offer/laurea-magistrale-equivalent-to-master-of-science-programmes/biomedical-engineering/

Find out how to apply here http://www.polinternational.polimi.it/how-to-apply/

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Why study at Roehampton. Recent placements we have offered our students have included posts at leading sporting organisations including Chelsea Football Club, Harlequins Rugby Club and the Lawn Tennis Association. Read more

Why study at Roehampton

  • Recent placements we have offered our students have included posts at leading sporting organisations including Chelsea Football Club, Harlequins Rugby Club and the Lawn Tennis Association
  • Benefit from excellent access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities in which you can conduct your research.
  • Examine critically the theoretical bases of assessment methods and their practical application within physiology, psychology and biomechanics.
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015).

Course summary

The programme gives you the opportunity to critically examine the theoretical bases of science in understanding sport and exercise, the assessment methods and their practical application within physiology, psychology and biomechanics.

This programme will enable you to gain a critical appreciation of a multi-disciplinary approach to contemporary issues in sport and exercise science, along with the assessment of performance and support for the exerciser and athlete. You will be equipped to critically analyse and evaluate complex and specialised assessment and support techniques in sport and exercise, and to select the most appropriate methods for clients from one (or all) of the disciplines of biomechanics, physiology and psychology.

In helping you build on your practical skills, the course will enable students to understand the relationships between theoretical concepts and current techniques of assessment and support, through a range of practice-based learning and assessment where you will benefit from the feedback of staff and peers. This course will give you opportunities to gain knowledge and understanding in applied ways in relation to sport and exercise science field.

You will also have the opportunity to conduct independent research project with the support and supervision from our staff. You will have access to the state-of-the-art facilities in our Sport and Exercise Research Centre.

Content

You will be able to select a range of modules from the three key disciplines in the programme, psychology, biomechanics and physiology, with a wide selection of optional modules and the chance to undertake your own research in an area that interests you.

Key modules will look at traditional, contemporary and innovative approaches in the disciplines for understanding, evaluating, and supporting clients. Other modules on offer allow you to study more in-depth knowledge and its application in sport and exercise science, such as nutrition, psychology of sport performance, neuromuscular function, and human gait.

Modules

Here are examples of modules:

  • Physiological Assessment
  • Biomechanical Measurement and Technology
  • Approaches to Psychological Support
  • Nutritional Aspects of Exercise and Sport Performance
  • Psychology of Sport and Performance

Career options

Pathways include teaching, coaching, sport public relations and promotion, sports consultant, lecturer or further academic study.

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Why study at Roehampton. Ideal if you are interested in focusing on a specific research area at Masters level and provides an excellent platform for progression to PhD-level study. Read more

Why study at Roehampton

  • Ideal if you are interested in focusing on a specific research area at Masters level and provides an excellent platform for progression to PhD-level study.
  • Benefit from excellent access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities in which you can conduct your research.
  • Examine critically the theoretical bases of assessment methods and their practical application within physiology, psychology and biomechanics.
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015).

Course summary

Produce high quality original research in the areas of sport, exercise, nutritional and health sciences. This programme provides an excellent platform for progression to PhD-level study as well as other related career paths.

This programme is for students who want to focus on a research topic with a view to create new knowledge within the growing area of sport and exercise science. You will be guided by experts in the field who will support you to produce high quality original research.

You will have the opportunity to work with state-of-the-art equipment in the laboratories. Our expertise will allow students to employ the latest techniques in the pursuit of producing significant and original research that is publishable. Some of the techniques include modified ELISA’s, Real-Time PCR, Western Blot, isotope methodology for metabolism, 2-3D motion analysis using MaxTRAQ and Vicon, force analysis using Kistler force plates and isokinetic dynamometers, muscle ultrasound, and neuromuscular electrical stimulation.

You will automatically gain access to our research community in the Sport and Exercise Science Research Centre (SESRC) and Health Sciences Research Centre (HSRC). The research centres are active in researching diabetes, obesity, diseased and healthy metabolism, neuromuscular function, biomechanics in elite and pathological populations, environmental physiology, nutrition in athletic and chronic diseased populations, protein synthesis and muscle growth, sport & exercise psychology and performance and well-being. 

Content

The key modules on this course revolve around you producing a high-level independent research project, which will prepare you for higher levels of research and study.

The course begins with a research methods module which will equip you with a comprehensive understanding of different approaches to research, allowing you to choose the correct method for your project, depending on your specific area of interest. You will study key philosophical questions as to the nature of science and knowledge, and develop a critical awareness of the principles and practice of qualitative and quantitative approaches and techniques. You will also be introduced to the management of ethical issues associated with collecting and analysing data on human participants. 

You will also be guided on the development of your research proposal, and be invited to attend the Sport Science Seminars Series to frame your understanding of current sport-related research.

Other modules on the programme allow you to study more in-depth knowledge and gain relevant practical skill in biomechanics, psychology, and/or physiology that are invaluable for your dissertation project. 

Modules

Here are the examples of modules:

  • MRes Research Dissertation
  • Research Methods
  • Psychology of Physical Activity, Health and Injury
  • Physiological Assessment
  • Biomechanical Measurement and Technology

Career options

Pathways include teaching, coaching, sport public relations and promotion, sports consultant and lecturer, further academic study.

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With an excellent reputation for teaching quality, our MSc Sport and Health Sciences presents an exciting and challenging opportunity to develop scientific understanding of sport, exercise and health. Read more

With an excellent reputation for teaching quality, our MSc Sport and Health Sciences presents an exciting and challenging opportunity to develop scientific understanding of sport, exercise and health. Programme content is underpinned by past and current research from our internationally recognised research groups: Integrative PhysiologyHuman Movement Science, and Physical Activity and Health Across the Lifespan.

Our MSc Sport and Health Sciences provides you with a sound grounding in research methods and analytical procedures relating to sport and health sciences. The programme presents opportunities to employ theoretical concepts in applied sport, health and exercise settings and allows you to choose from a diverse range of modules allied to our research expertise.

Delivered within a friendly and supportive learning environment, the programme draws upon innovative multi-method and multi-disciplinary research and teaching by our leading academics. You will have access to state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities including modern laboratories for biomechanics, physiology and psychology. You will also have the opportunity to be involved with on-going research projects and develop key transferable skills, which has led to a number of students subsequently seeking PhD study.

A dedicated careers day and tailored career support for each student are provided. Graduates of the programme have typically found employment in a variety of sport, exercise, leisure management and consultancy, and health promotion settings. Recent examples include: community based obesity practitioners and physical activity facilitators; lifestyle support worker and public health officers for NHS trusts; sports development officers; and a research assistant at the Medical Research Council.

This programme is suitable for sport, exercise and health-related professionals seeking continuing professional development. Recent examples of professionals graduating from our programmes include medical doctors, practice nurses, physiotherapists and youth sports managers/coaches.

Learning and teaching

The MSc Sport and Health Sciences presents an academic challenge whilst also providing you with the skills to apply theoretical concepts in real-world laboratory and field settings. The Masters programme is intended to enhance teaching and learning through research and applied practice derived from sport, health and exercise. It will provide you with the opportunity to employ theoretical concepts in applied sport, health and exercise settings and acquire a range of transferable skills to develop as an autonomous and reflective individual.

Delivered within a friendly and supportive learning environment, the programme draws upon innovative multi-method and multi-disciplinary research and teaching by our leading academics. You will have access to state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities including modern laboratories for biomechanics, physiology and psychology. You will also have the opportunity to be involved with on-going research projects and develop key transferable skills, which has led to a number of students subsequently seeking PhD study.

Careers

A dedicated careers day and tailored career support for each student are provided. Graduates of the programme have typically found employment in a variety of sport, exercise, leisure management and consultancy, and health promotion settings. Recent examples include: community based obesity practitioners and physical activity facilitators; lifestyle support worker and public health officers for NHS trusts; sports development officers; and a research assistant at the Medical Research Council.

This programme is suitable for sport, exercise and health-related professionals seeking continuing professional development. Recent examples of professionals graduating from our programmes include medical doctors, practice nurses, physiotherapists and youth sports managers/coaches.

Programme structure

The programme is made up of compulsory and optional modules, which may be updated, deleted or replaced as a consequence of the annual programme review of this programme. The following are examples of what you can expect to be learning.

Compulsory modules

The compulsory modules are likely to be;

  • Research Methods and Analytical Procedures
  • Dissertation (Journal Article).

Optional modules

Some examples of optional modules are as follows;

  • Biomechanical Aspects of Lower Limb Injury;
  • Laboratory Techniques in Physiology;
  • Paediatric Exercise and Health;
  • Physical Activity in the Prevention and Treatment of Chronic Disease
  • Current Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology.


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The programme is suitable for physiotherapists, osteopaths and doctors. This internationally renowned programme is open to doctors and physiotherapists. Read more
The programme is suitable for physiotherapists, osteopaths and doctors.

This internationally renowned programme is open to doctors and physiotherapists. As the longest-established Sports and Exercise Medicine MSc in the country, we have a prestigious history. The programme is based on the philosophy of total care for the athlete and the promotion of physical activity in the general population. Working in sport is a largely practical discipline and the programme's emphasis lies firmly on regular clinical experience. You will benefit from regular contact with members of the Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine as well as visiting clinicians and lecturers who are experienced sport medicine specialists.

The Centre is ideally situated on the same campus as the sports injury, physiotherapy, podiatry and the interdisciplinary combined sports clinics. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to attend recognised external clinics around London, as well as the chance to attend sporting events and visits to national centres of excellence where possible.

Successful alumni have gone on to hold pivotal positions in sports medicine across the UK and internationally, including the Chief Medical Officer to the British Olympic Association and London 2012 and the Medical Director to the English Institute of Sport.

The Centre is renowned in the UK for its academic strength and excellence. Lectures are delivered by national experts; from cutting edge scientists to physiotherapists, doctors, and other health professionals working with world-class athletes.

An insightful video for prospective students interested in the Sports and Exercise Medicine programmes.

This programme will:

-Offer you mastery of foundation concepts and skills in Sports and Exercise Medicine.
-Give you the knowledge and skills to assess sports injuries and to understand their treatment options, as well as understanding the physiological and psychological benefits of exercise and its use as a health tool.
-Allow you regular clinical contact with athletes and sportspeople.
-Introduce you to visiting lecturers, who are experts in the field of Sports Medicine.

Why study your MSc in Sport and Exercise Medicine at Queen Mary?
The Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine is based at the William Harvey Research Institute at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. We were one of the top five in the UK for medicine in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

It is unique in the UK for the delivery of integrated academic and practical tuition. Lectures are delivered by national experts.
Core clinician-scientists on staff consult to elite athletes, we have an international research profile in Sports and Exercise Medicine.
Our staff will work closely with you to nurture your research interests and to develop your clinical ability in Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Many students also go on to publish in peer-reviewed journals, a reflection of the quality of our student research output.
Facilities

You will have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource. We subscribe to many journals in sport and exercise medicine. You can access electronic journals online.

The Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) at QMUL combines the expertise of sports medicine clinicians, surgeons, engineers and sports scientists with state-of-the-art physiological testing and motion analysis equipment. This collaborative venture offers clinical, educational, research and athlete support service applications in the laboratory or field based settings.

The capabilities of the HPL can be broadly divided into two areas: musculoskeletal biomechanics and physiological testing.

Musculoskeletal biomechanics
The HPL carries 4 Codamotion Cx1 infra-red scanning units that are used extensively for 3-dimensional motion analysis. This system is fully integrated with 2 ground embedded Kistler force plates and a 16 channel wireless EMG system. The integration of these systems allows for full analysis of movement, forces associated with movement and measuring muscular effort during movement. In addition, the HPL also boasts a 64 channel EMG system for multichannel work and an isokinetic dynamometer, which can be used for both research and rehabilitation.

Physiological testing
Detailed analysis of pulmonary gas exchange can be made using an online gas analysis system, in addition to cardiac monitoring using a 12-lead ECG system, during exercise on a treadmill or the electromagnetically braked cycle ergometer. Measures can also be made out in the field, from simple tests of flexibility, strength, speed, power and cardiorespiratory fitness, to comprehensive measurement of expired air using the portable on-line gas analysis system.

Papers of interest

-In Vivo Biological Response to Extracorpereal Shockwave Therapy in Human Tendinopathy (paper is called ESWT)
-The role of interventions directed at the foot for managing patellofemoral pain (paper is called InTouch Article)
-The biomechanics of running in athletes with previous hamstring injury: A case-control study (Hamstrings paper)
-The ‘Best Practice Guide to Conservative Management of Patellofemoral Pain’: incorporating level 1 evidence with expert clinical reasoning (PFP paper)
-Eccentric and Concentric Exercise of the Triceps Surae: An In Vivo Study of Dynamic Muscle and Tendon Biomechanical Parameters (JAB EL CL paper)

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This programme is designed for dental graduates who wish to pursue a career in orthodontics either in primary or secondary care services, or in a university setting. Read more
This programme is designed for dental graduates who wish to pursue a career in orthodontics either in primary or secondary care services, or in a university setting. The two-year full-time Masters programme is integrated into a three-year clinical programme, with a strong emphasis on close chairside support.

You will undertake the MClinDent examination (University of London) at the end of your second year and the Royal College of Surgeons Membership (MOrth) examination during the third year.

Our programme enables you to:

Understand the biomechanical principles of tooth movement
Understand the development, growth and influence of the skeletal and soft tissues on the dentition
Understand the importance of materials science in orthodontics
Formulate a diagnosis of malocclusion and appropriate treatment plan
Apply the theory and practice of clinical orthodontics to treat a variety of malocclusions.

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The MSc in Sport Rehabilitation educates students in the management and care of the injured athlete or those returning to physical activity following prolonged illness. Read more
The MSc in Sport Rehabilitation educates students in the management and care of the injured athlete or those returning to physical activity following prolonged illness.

The degree provides students with the knowledge and understanding required to assess and manage musculoskeletal injuries from the acute stage through to return to sport or activity.

There is currently a high clinical demand for provision of highly skilled, autonomous and analytical therapists specialising within the field of prevention, assessment and management of sports related injuries.

This demand is from sportsmen and women, teams and clinicians currently working in the field of amateur and professional sport and this course aims to provide specialists in the field of Sport Rehabilitation to fulfil this demand.

Why St Mary’s?

The teaching staff at St Mary’s have a vast amount of experience working with athletes at all levels of competition. The structure of the course embeds clinical placements into the programme, allowing students to bridge the theory to practice gap as they progress through their studies.

It enables students to observe and work with healthcare professionals working in high level sport and clinical settings providing an insight into the demands of the profession and the roles they will fulfill upon graduating.

The degree is underpinned by a detailed understanding of physiological, biomechanical, anatomical and psychosocial principles.

Lectures and practicals take place in specialist rooms. Some are taught in the state-of-the-art strength and conditioning facility (the performance education centre) or in our biomechanics laboratory. We also make use of the sports services at the University when this is relevant.

Course Content

What you will study
-Clinical Anatomy and Physiology
-Clinical Assessment and Soft Tissue Management
-Acute Management of Injury and Specialised Treatment Techniques
-Principles of Rehabilitation and Neuromechanics
-Late Stage Rehabilitation and Factors Affecting Performance
-Evidence Based Practice and Clinical Placement
-Advanced Research Methods
-Dissertation

Please note: All information is correct at the time of publication. However, course content is regularly updated and this may result in some changes, which will be communicated to students before their programme begins.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the MSc in Sport Rehabilitation will be eligible to join BASRaT, the professional body overseeing and regulating the practice of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers in this country. The 400 clinical placement hours required for BASRAT membership are included in the Evidence Based Practice and Clinical Placement module. BASRaT also has a minimum attendance requirement for lectures, practicals and seminars. To qualify for BASRaT membership students must complete and pass an Immediate Care in Sport (Level 2) course, which is included.

"BASRaT graduates are trained solely in Sports and Exercise Medicine, with an emphasis on the design and implementation of exercise and rehabilitation programmes in both health and disease. St. Mary's University and the University of Salford were the pioneering institutions to run degree programmes of this nature, and have since been joined by several other institutions. To ensure that all accredited courses were of a high equitable standard, and that all graduates conformed to strict codes of professional practice and conduct, the British Association of Sport Rehabilitators and Trainers was born."

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The MSc Sports Sciences course has been designed to enable you to develop a range of discipline-specific abilities and apply them to selected areas of special interest for more advanced study of the physiological, performance analysis, strength and conditioning, or biomechanical factors that might influence sports performance. Read more
The MSc Sports Sciences course has been designed to enable you to develop a range of discipline-specific abilities and apply them to selected areas of special interest for more advanced study of the physiological, performance analysis, strength and conditioning, or biomechanical factors that might influence sports performance. Excellent collaborative links with elite national and international athletes and teams will also give you the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience of delivering sports science.

Why Study Sports Sciences (with named pathways) with us?

As well as increasing your theoretical and empirical knowledge within the area, our course comprises core modules that are designed to provide opportunities to enhance your abilities in a range of transferable skills, and also to develop the basic competencies that will aid your personal development should you wish to pursue accreditation in the future, for example with BASES, UKSCA or ISPAS.

The course is taught by an experienced team of tutors who have specialist research interests and publications within the subdiscipline pathways. All teaching has an applied focus, with full use made of the BASES-accredited sports science laboratories.

The above critical elements of teaching excellence and research, combined with the applied practical experience of many of the staff who have worked with national and international athletes and teams, means that during all lectures you will not only be challenged intellectually but will also gain experience and knowledge of how research informs and is informed by practice.

The requirement for an experiential learning placement within the course means that our course provides invaluable practical experience that provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge within an applied sporting environment, as well as developing key interpersonal skills while working alongside applied practitioners.

This course is suitable for: (i) students who wish to embark upon a career in the sports sciences domain and who are seeking postgraduate study with the opportunity of supervised experience; (ii) practitioners already working in the field (coaches, trainers, analysts and physiotherapists); (iii) those looking to extend their knowledge before moving into the research and academic sectors.

What will I learn?

Over the year, full-time students will take six taught modules, including: Research Methods; two sports science generic modules designed to examine practitioner skills (The Applied Sports Scientist Core Competencies) and allow you to gain field-based experience of working in an applied setting (Experiential Learning in Applied Sporting Performance); and three pathway-specific modules in Sports Biomechanics, Performance Analysis of Sport, Physiology, or Strength and Conditioning. You will also complete one triple-module Research Project.

How will I be taught?

The course is located on the Parkgate Road Campus across a range of lecture rooms and dedicated sports science and computer laboratories.

You will learn and be taught by means of lectures, seminars, group work and laboratory practical sessions.
The number of contact hours for full-time students is typically six to seven hours per week, plus ad-hoc tutorials. The total study time expected for each module is 200 hours.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of modules is varied, and comprises a combination of coursework, research reports and presentations. There are no exams.

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On this course you will gain a thorough grounding in the science underpinning performance enhancement through the key areas of biomechanics, physiology and psychology. Read more

Why take this course?

On this course you will gain a thorough grounding in the science underpinning performance enhancement through the key areas of biomechanics, physiology and psychology. This will complement the practical skills and research expertise you will develop in applied settings, providing an insight into the way that scientific support is integrated into the real world of top-level sport.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

Develop an interdisciplinary applied approach to enhancing and maintaining sports performance
Learn laboratory and field-based skills for assessing and evaluating sports performance
Develop the ability to communicate with clients in a professional and approachable style

What opportunities might it lead to?

With an estimated worth in excess of £110 billion, the global sports industry is growing rapidly. You can expect to find a career in many specific areas such as teaching, research, sport science support, and the health and fitness sectors.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

Health and fitness companies
Coaching and training
Management roles
Sports science roles
Teaching
PhD study

Module Details

You can choose to take this course in either full-time or part-time mode, with a mixture of core and compulsory units providing good flexibility for part-time students. You will study several key topics; however these are subject to innovation and progression within the field and may therefore change slightly over the years.

Here are the units you will study:

Applied Research Methods: This unit comprehensively prepares you for research in your chosen field. You will cover a range of research designs and approaches and will prepare you to undertake your MSc Research Project.

Research Project: Your final project will enable you to carry out an individual study in the area of sports/exercise performance.

Optional units include:

Applied Sports Physiology: On this unit you will examine various physiological factors that affect sports performance and learn to carry our physiological tests and measures of sports performance.

Applied Sports Psychology: You will examine various approaches to sport psychology delivery and ethical issues that might affect them in order to identify and develop a range of professional skills associated with applied practice (e.g. counselling, service evaluation and effectiveness, reflective practice).

Environmental Factors Affecting Sports Performance: This unit trains you to critically review various environmental factors that affect sports performance and links theory to practical applications for maintaining and enhancing performance in adverse environmental conditions.

Applied Sports Biomechanics: This unit provides an applied experience of biomechanics and conditioning, and encourages a focused understanding of the practical advantages and limitations of various biomechanical systems.

Professional Practice in Sports Performance: On this unit will gain experience of working in a Sports Performance setting allowing you to apply your knowledge in a professional environment.

Programme Assessment

You will be taught mainly in practical workshop sessions in which you directly apply the skills and strategies you have learnt working with athletes or each other.

You will be assessed in a variety of ways with a focus on self-assessment and problem-based assignments. Here’s how we assess you:

Practical and written exams
Laboratory reports
Role plays
Presentations
Projects

Student Destinations

This course provides the skills necessary for range of careers in the sport industry, as well as providing opportunities to work toward BASES accreditation as a sport and exercise scientist, and the theoretical basis for further specialised study.

Given the range of general employability skills developed throughout the programme, you could go on to a variety of careers in other sectors, for example, business, the police and the armed services.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

Strength and conditioning coach
Sports scientist
High performance sports coach
Personal trainer
Exercise specialist
Corporate fitness manager
University/college lecturer
Sports facility manager
PhD study
Clinical trials manager

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IN BRIEF. This course is CSP accredited. It will significantly enhance your skills as an independent, reflective practitioner. Gain confidence in implementing new practice that is reasoned, evidence-based and holistic. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • This course is CSP accredited. It will significantly enhance your skills as an independent, reflective practitioner
  • Gain confidence in implementing new practice that is reasoned, evidence-based and holistic
  • Take individual modules of relevance to your area of professional practice
  • Part-time study optionInternational students can apply

COURSE SUMMARY

If you’re a physiotherapist looking to bring your clinical and critical-reasoning skills up to an advanced level, you should strongly consider taking this course.

What you learn will have broad application in patient-management, and will enable you to thoroughly evaluate your professional practice.

You also have the option of taking individual modules from the course, many of which are relevant to health professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. Some of these modules can also be mapped into our other courses.

COURSE DETAILS

This course can either be taken over one year full-time or three years part-time. This allows for flexibility in study. Each module is available as a stand-alone course in its own right, and will be relevant to a wide range of health professionals including occupational therapists, podiatrists, chiropractors, sports therapists and strength and conditioning coaches.

There is the possibility of a short three day work experience opportunity. Please note that this will incur a small additional fee.

The programme is also able to potentially offer a short observational placement for international students, by arrangement.

TEACHING

The programme of study is delivered through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical sessions
  • E-learning

You can take this course on a full or part-time basis. On the full-time course, you’ll study two modules in the first two semesters and attend the University on the Wednesday and Thursday of each week. On the part-time course, you’ll attend the University for two days on alternate weeks. Please note: international students are only able to apply for the full-time route.

You’ll also be expected to pursue self-directed study. The material you’ll need for this can be accessed via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard.

CAREER PROSPECTS

This course will boost your career prospects and broaden your skills portfolio. You’ll have the opportunity to choose modules and assignment topics of relevance to your interests and area of professional practice. Graduates of the MSc may also choose to pursue an academic or research-based career path.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

The Access Partnership contributes to the Professional Business Management for Health Professionals module. The objective is to deliver teaching and learning material that is appropriate for clinicians who require professional and management skills, such as project management, preparing business cases and marketing services.

The partnership is made up of a team of NHS managers and clinicians with high level strategic and operational experience. As a team they offer a host of practical business skills which are vital in today's health care arena.

FACILITIES

We have some of the best facilities in the UK, including our comfortable plinth rooms, Human Performance Lab and gait analysis rooms. Our purpose-built laboratory is probably the best in the country and contains almost every type of physiological and biomechanical equipment you can imagine including:

  • 9 AMTI Force Plates, 5 of which are situated in a 40m running track
  • ProReflex 10 Camera real-time motion analysis system which can be integrated with force plate data using Qualysis software. Primarily this is used for clinical studies on patients with gait problems. It can also be used by Sports Scientists to analyse athletes performance and technique. We also use a range of Digital Video and High Speed Digital Video cameras along with Quintic software for the same purpose
  • KinCom Isokinetic Dynamometer for muscle strength testing
  • EMG (electromyography) system used to measures the electrical activity of muscles and to gather information about the muscular and nervous systems
  • Esaote AU5 Ultrasound used to study skeletal muscles, tendons and ligaments
  • Laveg Speed Gun which is used to determine speed of sprints

We have a range of cycle and rowing ergometers, two treadmills, and two online gas analysis systems. There is also an off-line gas analysis system for use with Douglas Bags.

We can perform blood analysis with our Analox GM7 Multi-Assay Blood Analyser to measure blood lactate, glucose and a range of other blood substrates.

There is also the Reflotron which another multi-use system that can measure blood cholesterol and haemoglobin as well as portable blood glucose and lactate analysers.

In addition we have the usual equipment found in exercise physiology labs :

  • Polar heart rate monitors
  • Harpenden skinfold callipers
  • Wingate tests
  • Hand grip dynamometers
  • Height, weight monitors
  • Jump mats


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IN BRIEF. This course will give you the opportunity to take a lead role in sports injury rehabilitation. Theoretical content is available online so you can study at a time convenient to you. Read more

IN BRIEF:

  • This course will give you the opportunity to take a lead role in sports injury rehabilitation
  • Theoretical content is available online so you can study at a time convenient to you
  • High practical content means you’ll develop the skills that will impress employers
  • Part-time study option

COURSE SUMMARY

This course will further the knowledge, skills and abilities of sports rehabilitators, sport therapists, physiotherapists and other allied health professionals currently working in the area of sports injury rehabilitation and prevention.

This was the first exercise rehabilitation masters in Europe to be recognised by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) though their recognition programme. The programme is delivered by some of the world's leading experts. The contact sessions on campus, including keynote sessions followed by practical and seminar sessions, are applicable immediately to professional practice and involve a high practical content.

COURSE STRUCTURE

The MSc programme is offered as either a full-time or part-time programme.

The full time course runs over three academic semesters (October through to September the following year), whilst  giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:

  • Postgraduate Certificate: completion of one module
  • Postgraduate Diploma: completion of two modules
  • Masters: completion of two modules plus a dissertation

In order to achieve an award of MSc Sports Injury Rehabilitation you must successfully complete the modules Rehabilitation of Musculoskeletal Injuries and Injury Prevention and Performance Measurement, along with producing a thesis for the dissertation module.

TEACHING

This course is available both part-time and full-time and is delivered via a blended learning approach, which includes:

Workshops (three days per module, per semester)

These are interactive, discursive, reflective, participatory, collaborative and practice related and employ a variety teaching and learning methods. As the programme progresses these will become progressively more student led, with you presenting case studies for peer and tutor review.

Individual Scholarly Activity

Self directed learning, personal reflection, practice based application and reflection, including peer and tutor review.

Distance Learning Resources

Delivery of supporting resources such as study guides and lecture material online. Facilitated group work, including tutor and peer evaluation are a key component of this course. 

Personal Tutor and Peer Support

To provide an academic, practice based and personal support mechanism alongside facilitated networking.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment methods will vary depending on the module, they include:

  • Case Studies (written and oral presentations)
  • Viva vocé
  • Literature review
  • Practical assessments
  • Journal articles (research reports written in the format of a journal article)
  • Research proposal

EMPLOYABILITY

Take a lead role in sports injury rehabilitation with this practice-based course and make a difference to your clients with higher level skills. You’ll also learn how to conduct research and then apply it to the real world, with numerous students successfully publishing their research in peer reviewed journals.

The skills developed within the programme are recognised within organisations such as the English Institute of Sport as critical to the development of key competencies to move through there competency lead career structure.

LINKS WITH INDUSTRY

This course has been developed to include the key competencies identified by the International federation of Sports Physiotherapists in the domains of exercise rehabilitation. It is also recognised as providing key exercise rehabilitation skills by the English Institute of Sport.

FURTHER STUDY

Upon successful completion of the course it would be possible to progress on to a PhD, or a PhD via publication. We offer a range of research degrees relevant to your area of practice.

As a University, we are committed to your continuing professional development. We run short courses and study days throughout the year to keep you at the forefront of developments in Sports Injury Rehabilitation.

FACILITIES

You will have access to some of the best facilities in the UK, including our purpose-built Human Performance Lab, which contains almost every type of physiological and biomechanical equipment:

  • FT700 Ballistic Measurement System
  • 9 AMTI Force Plates, 5 of which are situated in a 40m running track
  • ProReflex 10 Camera real-time motion analysis system
  • KinCom and Biodex Isokinetic Dynamometers for muscle strength testing
  • Portable Kistler force plate
  • EMG (electromyography) system used to measures the electrical activity of muscles and to gather information about the muscular and nervous systems
  • Esaote AU5 Ultrasound used to study skeletal muscles, tendons, ligaments and blood flow
  • We have a range of cycle and rowing ergometers, two treadmills, and two online gas analysis systems.
  • We can perform blood analysis with our Analox GM7 Multi-Assay Blood Analyser to measure blood lactate, glucose and a range of other blood substrates
  • There is also the Reflotron which another multi-use system that can measure blood cholesterol and haemoglobin as well as portable blood glucose and lactate analysers.

In addition we have the usual equipment found in exercise physiology labs.

  • Polar heart rate monitors
  • Harpenden skinfold callipers
  • Wingate tests
  • Hand grip dynamometers
  • Height, weight monitors
  • Jump mats & timing gates


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