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 PMSCCBMPDT4
Postnominal M.Sc.(Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Day (mainly by Research)
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Alfred Gatt
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
This course is aimed at those professionals who are involved in the assessment of musculoskeletal function. Students will be equipped with the tools necessary to become professionals in Clinical Biomechanics, including basic and advanced skills in motion capture, force/pressure and muscle function analysis.

The course consists of 90ECTS divided into 3 study units of 10 ECTS each and a research project that includes a dissertation of 60 ECTS. This ensures that once the fundamental principles are understood and skill levels are enhanced, they can be applied to a substantial project that would further consolidate the various data acquiring skills acquired during the course.

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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, accepted applicants may be required to undergo an occupational health assessment, as detailed in the Occupational Health Protocol approved by the Board, 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, to be submitted by the 30 October 2019, 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 2019.

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 6,700 - Yr 2: Eur 6,700 - Yr3: NIL
This 3-year programme will be delivered through a variety of methods, including lectures, laboratory-based practical sessions and supervised independent research.
This will ensure that the students will attain the expertise necessary to perform reliable human motion analysis.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

- Relate theoretical to practical aspects of clinical biomechanics
- Critically evaluate research in the field
- Develop research protocols utilizing a range of specialized biomechanical tools
- Develop and justify examination protocols based on an understanding of the biomechanics of the human body.
- Define and carry out an appropriate literature search, critically appraising published relevant literature
- Develop and conduct research projects by applying scientific principles, methods and knowledge pertaining to clinical biomechanics.
- Apply knowledge of biomechanics to pathologies of the musculoskeletal system.
- Reliably use innovative biomechanical acquisition and measurement methods during both research and clinical practice
- Critically evaluate the importance of innovative treatment modalities with regards to human movement in health and disease.
-communicate effectively between multiple health care professionals and engineers due to the nature of the structure of the course.

At the end of this course of study, students should be able to competently perform motion analysis acquisition, including kinematic and kinetic examinations utilizing the latest technology available for clinical biomechanics. Other practical competencies include the writing and interpretation of clinical biomechanics reports, including electromyographic data, foot pressure mapping and force measurement data, which are integrated within kinematic reports.
This programme is intended for registered professionals wishing to work within areas relevant to the field of Clinical Biomechanics or those professionals aiming to incorporate the concepts and principles of biomechanics to their professional practice.
The Masters programme provides expertise in a very specialized area in which there is a worldwide lack of available professionals, thus increasing employability chances, both locally and internationally. It is an emergent profession, for which this programme provides the relevant academic and professional credentials.

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 2019/0.

Last Updated: 28 June 2019

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