Master of Science in Clinical Biomechanics

Master of Science in Clinical Biomechanics

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Course title Master of Science in Clinical Biomechanics
Course code PMSCCBMFTR9
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 3 Semesters
Mode of attendance Full-time (by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Alfred Gatt
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
This programme of study is also offered on a part-time basis. Please consult the Registrar’s website for more information pertaining to courses offered by the University.

This course is aimed at those professionals who are involved in the assessment of musculoskeletal function. This programme will be delivered through two main aspects: a 10 ECTS Research Methods study unit together with an 80 ECTS supervised independent research as per Faculty of Health Sciences bye-laws that govern this type of programme. This will ensure that students will attain the expertise necessary to perform clinical biomechanics data acquisition and analysis related to their speciality-research.

Applicants interested in pursuing a Master of Science (by Research) are strongly advised to refer to the instructions available here.

A list of potential research topics and potential supervisors for academic year 2021/22 can be accessed here.

It is also advisable for applicants to submit a completed Expression of Interest form, which can be found here, by the end of June 2021.

Guidelines for the formulation of a research proposal can be found here.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of one of the following qualifications:

(a) the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) obtained with at least Second Class (Honours) from the Faculty of Health Sciences in an area of study which should be directly related to the area in which the research is to be carried out or

(b) a Bachelor’s degree obtained with at least a Second Class (Honours) in a discipline deemed by the Board as being closely related to the area of study in which the research is to be carried out or

(c) a qualification deemed by Senate, on the recommendation of the Board, to be equivalent to the qualifications listed in (a) and (b) above,

provided that for the Clinical Biomechanics area of study, applicants in possession of a first degree obtained with at least Second Class (Honours) in a discipline deemed by the Board as being related to the area of study in which the research is to be carried out shall be considered as eligible.

During the first year of the Course, students may be required to undergo an occupational health assessment so as to ascertain that they are fit for work which may bring them in contact with the clinical environment. Students who do not fulfil this requirement may be barred from progressing with their studies. Failure to disclose information about a physical or mental health problem that could affect patient safety is considered to be a serious breach of the University Suitability to Practise Regulations.

Further information, including a schedule of interviews for applicants for courses with a limited number of students and for 'adult learners/mature applicants' (in the case of undergraduate courses), as well as important information on the occupational health protocol can be accessed here. Prospective students are encouraged to go through these documents carefully as early as possible.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2021.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

Access more information about our admission process and English language requirements.

After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Annual Enrolment Fee: Eur 400

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 13,400 - Yr 2: NIL
By the end of the programme, students will be able to:

- relate theoretical to practical aspects;
- critically evaluate research in the field;
- develop research protocols utilizing biomechanical tools;
- develop and justify examination protocols based on understanding of the biomechanics of the human body;
- define and carry out an appropriate literature search critically published relevant literature;
- develop and conduct a research project by applying scientific principles, methods and knowledge pertaining to clinical biomechanics;
- apply knowledge of clinical biomechanics to specific pathologies related to the musculo-skeletal system;
- reliably use innovative biomechanical acquisition and measurement bodies during the research process to translate this knowledge - skill to their relevant clinical practice;
- communicate effectively between multiple healthcare professionals the findings which they would have achieved from their research findings.
This programme is intended for registered professionals wishing to work within a specialized area in the field of Clinical Biomechanics or those professionals who wish to perform quality research in this field, which can be combined with other special interests such as paediatrics, geriatrics, diabetes and sports medicine, amongst others.
This master programme provides expertise in a very specific research area in which there is a worldwide lack of available professionals, thus increasing employability prospects both locally and internationally.

Successful students would have the opportunity to proceed to a PhD in a related area of study both locally and abroad.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2021/2.

Last Updated: 22 April 2021

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