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MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Clinical Gait Analysis

Course Description

The term Clinical Gait Analysis now means different things to different people. This programme has been designed for health professionals already employed within a clinical service offering full three dimensional gait analysis (kinematics, kinetics and EMG). It requires students to have access to these facilities to support their learning. It is not appropriate for people who only have access to more basic technology or who are hoping to move into the field but who have no current access to such facilities.

This course is part of the EU CMAster project that establishes masters level education in clinical gait analysis.

The course is distance based with set weekly learning objectives incorporating both self-study and group reflection. A highly practical approach embeds learning into professional practice by using your own measurement systems and clinical data.

You will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of the course leader Professor Richard Baker. Richard has over 20 years experience delivering and managing clinical gait analysis services in Europe and Australia. He was founding Director of the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Clinical Gait Analysis.

If you are a professional with a technical or clinical background who wants to be equipped with the skills and knowledge required to be competent across all of the major elements of clinical gait analysis this course will meet your needs.

Students enrolling from 2014 onwards will have the option of undertaking a full-time research project at KU Leuven (Belgium) or VU Amsterdam (The Netherlands) as an alternative to Module 5. Erasmus funding may be available to support this. This is part of the CMAster collaboration.

Key benefits:

• Benefit from a strong focus on practical gait analysis and the interpretation of clinical data
• Fit your studies around your work – the course is delivered part-time by distance learning
• Receive guidance and support from a pioneer in the field in both Europe and Australia

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/clinical-gait-analysis

Suitable for

Health professionals with a technical or clinical background already working in instrumented clinical gait analysis services.
You will need to have access to kinematic, kinetic and EMG measurement systems and local guidance in how to use them

Programme details

MSc Clinical Gait Analysis helps you to gain:

• a systematic understanding of the theoretical basis and practical application of clinical gait analysis with an awareness of current challenges and new insights which is at the state of the art.
• a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to your own research, advanced scholarship and evidence based practice and a proven ability to apply these with originality and practical understanding to improve your clinical practice.
• excellent learning and critical appraisal skills to serve as a foundation for self-directed lifelong learning and continuing professional and clinical development.


The course is delivered entirely by distance learning. Most of the learning will be through a number of learning tasks that the student is expected to perform and reflect upon as an individual and within learning groups. There will be a specific emphasis on learning through giving and receiving peer feedback. Students will have access to a wide range of materials prepared for the University of Salford and our European partners in at the VU University in Amsterdam and the Katholieke Universiteit in Leuven, Belgium.

Students will be encouraged to spend some time learning abroad particularly for a clinical placement. European students who spend more than five weeks in a country other than their own or the UK will qualify for a Diploma Supplement recording their participation in the CMAster programme.

Module titles

• Measuring Walking
• Healthy Walking
• Walking with Pathology
• Clinical Data Interpretation
• Major Project


You will be assessed through:

• Electronic portfolio of work completed
• Professional interview
• Contribution to course wiki
• Clinical and measurement case studies
• Negotiated assessment illustrating how you are applying your education to your clinical practice
• Written dissertation in form of paper for publication

Career potential

The course will provide you with a strong foundation for further professional development and career advancement.
The aim of the EU CMAster Project is to educate Europe’s next generation of clinical movement analysts.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Clinical Gait Analysis page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Good undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) in related subject (for example Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Prosthetics and Orthotics, Medicine, Mechanical, Biomechanical or Biomedical Engineering). Access to gait analysis system, ability to make measurements on healthy subjects and access to clinical gait data for learning purposes. Access to internet and sufficient information technology to support distance learning activities. Good information literacy (for e-mail, word-processing, data manipulation and basic operation of clinical gait analysis software).

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