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COURSE TITLE Master of Science in Clinical Biomechanics









Second Cycle

Level 7

6 Semesters

Part-time Day (mainly by Research)


Alfred Gatt

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.
LEARNING OUTCOMES 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.
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AND ACCESS TO FURTHER STUDY 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.
COURSE INTENDED FOR 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 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.

The maximum number of applicants that can be admitted into the course is 6 students.

When the number of places is so limited and the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of places available, applicants shall be selected using the following criteria, the weighting of which shall be published at the time of the call for applications:

(a) degree type and class
(b) experience in the area of the proposed study and
(c) performance during an interview, if deemed necessary.

Interviews, if necessary, shall be conducted by a board composed of at least three members appointed for the purpose.

For the purpose of selection, applicants who fully satisfy the entry requirements by 31st August preceding the commencement of the Course shall be considered first.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2017.

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



Last Updated: 17 January 2018
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The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.

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Applications shall be received between the 27th November and the 1st December 2017.


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