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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

In Brief:

  • 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

Course Summary

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  

Course 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.

Course Structure

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.

Year 1

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.

You will make a range of different measurements using different systems and reflect on the results both individually and with other students. Through this you will develop a mastery of the measurement techniques. Group work will involve collating normative datasets and comparing your own data against this.
In this module you will continue to make measurements to investigate the biomechanics of healthy walking and how different aspects of this are represented in the gait data. This will be accompanied by an opportunity for critical appraisal of the academic literature representing the state of the art of our knowledge. You will learn generally applicable clinical appraisal skills and how to give and receive feedback to your peers.

Year 2

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.

You will be challenged to explore your current understanding of why patients walk the way they do and to develop an advanced and systematic approach that is biomechanically rigorous and clinically applicable. You will also develop a comprehensive understanding of the clinical and biomechanical research techniques which provide the evidence base for our field.
You will be trained in the advanced and systematic approach to clinical data interpretation that Professor Baker has proposed in his book. Through practise and clinical reflection using your own clinical data and other people’s you will develop a mastery of this. You will also be encouraged to apply what you have learnt to improve your personal and institutional clinical practice.

Year 3

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.

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).

Good information literacy (for e-mail, word-processing, data manipulation and basic operation of clinical gait analysis software).

Access to:

  • 3D instrumented gait analysis system and EMG
  • Necessary technical support to operate equipment
  • Healthy subject volunteers
  • Clinical gait data
  • Internet and sufficient information technology to support distance learning activities

We strongly advise prior to commencing this course to be able to independently collect standard kinematic, kinetic and EMG data. The purpose of this is to both develop own skills in data capture and have regular access to a lab.

We assume that from your undergraduate degree and experience you will have a good technical and clinical understanding. However, upon application preliminary suggested reading will be made available to you.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English - IELTS 6.5 band score or above with 6 in any component are proof of this. Or a Pearson test – a minimum of 61 with 56 in any component.

Suitable For

The course is designed for professionals working in clinical gait analysis services with either a technical or clinical background. It is expected that most students will come with support from their employers who will be actively encouraged to participate.

Applicant profile

Most students will already work within a clinical gait analysis facility and have a desire to broaden and deepen their knowledge. We are particularly interested in encouraging students with a clinical or technical background who wish to develop complementary skills to be able to take full responsibility for the entire gait analysis process.

Students will be computer literate and willing to engage with a range of software and hardware for clinical data capture and interpretation and for collaborative distance learning.

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee
Distance Learning£1,410 per 30 credit module
International Distance Learning£1,778 per 30 credit module

Scholarships and Bursaries

We offer awards to help you study through our:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Excellence Scholarship
  • University of Salford student loyalty discount
  • Country bursary scheme for International students only

There are also other sources of funding available to you.

For more information please see our funding section.

The Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships for 2017-18 entry are currently under review and subject to change. A revised schedule of scholarships and bursaries will be published in Spring 2017.


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.


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.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Course leaders

Professor Richard BakerMrs Linda Hollingworth

Admissions tutor

Mrs Julie Reay

Teaching team

Professor Richard Baker
Professor of Clinical Gait Analysis

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. He has published over 70 peer-reviewed research papers and his book Measuring Walking – A Handbook of Clinical Gait Analysis has just been published by MacKeith Press. Richard is the leader for modules one and four.

Professor Rich Jones
Professor of Biomechanics

Rich has taught Gait and Biomechanics for 12 years both at an undergraduate and postgraduate level. Rich is particularly interested in using three dimensional analysis to determine the impairments of an individual’s performance and also the impact of assistive devices on gait and functional parameters. Rich leads the knee biomechanics and injury rehab programme and set up the clinical gait analysis service at Salford University. Rich is the leader for module two.

Dr Kris Hollands
Research Fellow

Kris’s background is biomechanics and neuromuscular control. Her research aims centre around establishing a better understanding of the underlying principles of the control of walking to rehabilitation.

Linda Hollingworth
Senior lecturer and programme lead for BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy

Linda is a senior member of the Physiotherapy teaching team at Salford. She is involved in delivering the MSc Advanced Physiotherapy in addition to being joint programme leader for the MSc in Clinical Gait Analysis. Linda’s background is specialist paediatric physiotherapy with considerable experience in gait analysis for children with Cerebral Palsy. Linda is the leader for module three.

Dr Anmin Liu
Research Fellow

Anmin has a background of mechanical engineering. His research has mainly focused on the biomechanics of foot and ankle based on in vitro dynamic simulation and in vivo bone pin and skin marker tracking techniques. Anmin has also worked in gait analysis services involving cerebral palsy, knee osteoarthritis gait tests and biomechanical modelling.

Dr Steve Preest
Research Fellow

Steve has worked on a range of projects relating to knee osteoarthritis, the biomechanics of running and foot and ankle biomechanics. As part of his work studying gait, he has set up a running gait analysis service at the University.


The course is aimed at professionals already working within clinical gait analysis services. It will give them a strong foundation for further professional development and career advancement. The aim of the CMAster programme is to educate Europe’s next generation of clinical movement analysts.

Career Prospects

The course is aimed at professionals already working within clinical gait analysis services. It will give them a strong foundation for further professional development and career advancement. The aim of the CMAster programme is to educate Europe’s next generation of clinical movement analysts.

Alumni Profile

"As a physiotherapist involved in starting the first clinical gait analysis service for patients locally on the small sunny island of Malta, this course has been a major game changer in the way the service is being set up.  Prior to starting the MSc in Clinical Gait Analysis at Salford University I had already attended the ESMAC basic gait course and visited at the oxford gait laboratory which has been instrumental in helping us get on our feet.  When I asked about more training I could do, this course was what was recommended by the lead physiotherapist there.

I’ve just completed the second year (and all the taught modules) which has been a great accomplishment, and the personal support and encouragement offered both by staff and my classmates was second to none. The distance learning setup was the only way I would have been able to do this, and the course structure and content could not have been more comprehensive covering more than every imaginable aspect. The fact that the learning materials and tasks were provided weekly allowed me to pace myself throughout the year, although it also kept me on my toes but thankfully the summer months are free.

The virtual learning environment software meant that I was in touch at least weekly with our lecturers and other students with similar interests from all over the world and given the support and benefits of the virtual classroom learning experience, as well as making close friends, it honestly feels like you are actually attending the University for a Class. Just saying that I have had the honour to correspond with some top researchers while engaging with this course is quite humbling, and the help and advice provided was such that you are supported, and makes you want to work harder to produce quality work."

Mark Farrugia, MSc Clinical Gait Analysis, 2015

Links with Industry

The School owns VICON and Qualisys gait analysis systems and a range of equipment from other manufacturers with excellent communication with the parent companies.

Further Study

The School of Health Sciences has a strong research programme with specific courses in Clinical Gait Analysis, Foot and Ankle Biomechanics, Osteoarthritic Conditions and Rehabilitation. There are routes to progress from this course to both PhD and Professional Doctorate qualifications.

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