Clinical Gait Analysis
School - School of Health Sciences
Subject area - Biomechanics & Rehabilitation
Start Dates(s): September
MSc (three years part-time distance learning)
PgDip (two years part-time distance learning)
PgCert (one year part-time distance learning)
Distance Learning - £1,410 per 30 credit module
- Benefit from strong focus on practical gait analysis and interpretation of clinical data
- Fit your studies around your work- the course is delivered by distance learning to combine education with your career goals
- Receive guidance and support by a pioneer in the field - Professor Richard Baker
- Part-time study option
- Overseas study available
- Clinical placement opportunity
- International students can apply
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 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.
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.
For more information on the course please contact, Richard Baker on +44 (0) 161 295 2465 or at R.J.Baker@salford.ac.uk.
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.
This course is part-time and comprises two 14-week semesters a year for three years. During the first two years there will be one module each semester and in the final year the project will cover both semesters.
- Semester 1 – End of September to the end of January
- Semester 2 – Early February to the end of May
A typical week may comprise some of the following;
- Online lectures / screen casts
- Tutor guided self-study
- Peer discussions during a virtual online classroom session
- A practical data collection in the instrumented lab in which you work (or have access to)
We work on the assumption that up to 20 hours of study per week is required to achieve the learning outcomes.
The focus is on making measurements and understanding 'normal' walking. An important component of the early part of the course is also to introduce you to the tools you will use to participate in a rich new distance-learning environment in which you can develop individually and interact with fellow students from around the world. Wherever possible open access tools that you can continue to use after completion of your studies will be used.
In year 2 the focus will shift to walking with different types of pathology. This will continue to develop your own knowledge of conditions with which you are familiar with and those you may not yet have been exposed to.
In the third year you will be able to select a major project of your own to implement what you have learnt over the previous two years. Assessment will be on the basis of a report written in the format of a scientific paper and it is expected that these will be submitted for publication in an academic journal to mark your contribution to the evidence base for clinical gait analysis.
Students also 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.