About your course
Study Sport and Clinical Biomechanics in the world-leading School of Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University. This Masters degree features extensive training in lab-based skills plus analysis of contemporary issues.
- Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2-3 years)
- Developed by world-leading researchers from our pioneering School of Sport and Exercise Science
- Modules complement the specific expertise of the biomechanics staff and include: clinical gait analysis and virtual rehabilitation, muscle and tendon mechanics and biomechanical assessment and injury prevention
- Access to state-of-the-art biomechanics laboratories in the award-winning Tom Reilly Building, including the Movement Function Research Laboratory
- Exciting career opportunities in clinical or sports biomechanics and/or academic and professional development
- Ideal for physiotherapists who wish to deepen their biomechanical expertise
I would highly recommend the MSc programme to anyone interested in pursuing future academic study or industry work in biomechanics. The classes are small and there is excellent communication with lecturers who are passionate about their research.
Introduction to the School
The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences delivers innovative, research-led and employability-focused postgraduate programmes that are supported by world-class academics and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.
In the 2014 REF, 97% of research submitted by LJMU’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences was either considered world- leading, or as internationally excellent. This research helps ensure that our postgraduate courses are positioned at the vanguard of developments in the field and that you have an opportunity to study alongside leading experts.
The School is proud of its long-standing tradition in innovation and excellence in the field of Sport Science. We initiated the first undergraduate honours degree course in the UK for Sport Science in 1975, and have since developed a world-wide reputation for leading edge sport science teaching and research.
Our five taught postgraduate degrees in Sport Psychology, Sport and Clinical Biomechanics, Sport Physiology, Clinical Exercise Physiology and Sport Nutrition offer excellent career prospects within elite sport, the health sector, education and other areas.
A supportive postgraduate community
We also offer opportunities to complete MPhil and PhD research across a wide range of sport science disciplines, where you would be working alongside nationally and internationally respected academics based in our acclaimed research groups.
The currency of our postgraduate programmes is achieved through the national and international standing and expertise of our academic staff for both research and applied work. The enables us to deliver high quality teaching and supervision to our students, built around research-informed and vocationally-relevant curricula and supported by world leading ‘state-of-the-art’ facilities.
Our internationally recognised research activity, long-standing commitment to high quality teaching and active role in the public engagement and promotion of the subject areas with our key external partners makes us the perfect choice for anyone looking to forge a career in this exciting field.
We offer you a fantastic and supportive environment in which to study a sport and exercise science-related postgraduate course. Our postgraduate community is thriving and fully integrated into wider School activities. That’s why we are so highly rated by our postgraduate students. We hope that you too will soon be joining our dynamic team of staff, students and researchers.
Why study this course at LJMU?
Sport and Clinical Biomechanics MSc at LJMU opens up a world of scientific innovation, research and the application of clinical treatments that can achieve functional consequences for the human body in sports performance contexts.
Our world-recognised research centre, and academic staff apply their teaching, research and practice in state-of-the-art biomechanics laboratories. These specialist facilities helped to support work submitted in the 2014 REF that saw 97% of the School of Sport and Exercise Science’s research considered world-leading or internationally excellent. The School is now ranked 2nd of all submitted universities in the UK and this research helps ensure that our postgraduate courses are positioned at the forefront of developments in the field.
In this setting, your own research and the application of muscoskeletal treatment practices will benefit from unique access to a wide-range of biomechanical equipment including: multiple force platforms, four 3D motion capture systems, wireless EMG, high speed video cameras, ultrasound, isokinetic dynamometry and the latest analysis methods and software (e.g. Visual 3D, SIMImotion).
You will receive applied training in the use of the equipment and advanced techniques to facilitate independent usage.
Our dedicated Movement Function Research Laboratory is worth a separate mention. It was established to assess movement function, dysfunction, and rehabilitation with a focus on movement re-training.
Programme outline and structure
Study under the guidance of world-leaders in biomechanics and take your own knowledge into our state-of-the-art facilities. We welcome applications from those interested in the movement and mechanism of the human body, and dedicated to the application and advancement of this field of study.
Biomechanics is the study of the mechanical functioning of the biological system. This course applies biomechanical knowledge in both a sporting and clinical context.
The curriculum is research-led with a number of core modules being directly informed by the current research activity of staff. Extensive training is provided in laboratory-based skills and in the interpretation of biomechanical findings and there is comprehensive coverage of contemporary issues in biomechanics.
The course is taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorial support, practical sessions and workshops which encourage critical, reflective engagement with a range of theoretical and applied topics.
You will also be exposed to a wide range of research questions in biomechanics and learn how to critically appraise and interpret the literature. The diversity of assessment methods, including written coursework and oral viva assessment, are innovative and well received by students.
What you will study on this degree
Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Technical Training in Biomechanics: provides technical training in laboratory techniques appropriate to sport and clinical biomechanics. It will enable you to develop laboratory skills including 2D, and 3D motion analysis, force analysis and biomechanical modelling so that you can collect and interpret biomechanical measurement and protocols to benchmark standards. The topic is taught in the laboratories in a hands-on, interactive manner.
Research Methods: provides mastery and expertise in quantitative research strategies, methods and techniques, specifically focussed on quantitative data so that you can undertake postgraduate research. It aims to encourage critical understanding of how quantitative data should be handled and analysed using a variety of approaches. The module enables you to develop critical analysis of statistical concepts and procedures, trains you to use statistical analysis software and extend your knowledge of the experimental and research design process.
Current Issues in Biomechanics: develops and extends your opportunity to investigate issues of current importance in Biomechanics. You will be presented with a variety of cutting-edge research topics in biomechanics applied to sport, exercise and clinical applications. You will need to read up-to-date literature in the appropriate fields and to evaluate past and current directions. Laboratory content will involve using measurement skills developed in the Technical Training module to replicate an experimental study from the literature.
Muscle-tendon mechanics: introduces the main biomechanical characteristics of human muscles and tendons and the implications for human movement, performance and biomechanical testing. The mechanical parameters and behaviour of these tissues of the human body in-vivo will also be examined in response to chronic loading and disuse to understand basic, musculoskeletal mechanisms and adaptations underpinning changes in whole-body function and performance.
Biomechanical assessment in sport and exercise: provides the conceptual and practical knowledge base that develops and extends understanding of biomechanical assessment. With continuous developments of equipment, software, and knowledge, there is a growing need for biomechanical assessment in sport and exercise. This has a role both in performance evaluation, in injury prevention, and in injury rehabilitation. You will be exposed to a large variety of tools, each time first gaining a better understanding of the theoretical framework that justifies the use of such tool.
Clinical Movement Analysis: provides the conceptual and practical knowledge base that develops and extends your understanding of clinical movement analysis. You will learn how to interpret gait analysis results in a clinical context through exposure to the current literature, specialised methods, and clinical case studies. You will also be exposed to the latest research developments in the unique area of virtual rehabilitation.
Further guidance on modules
The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.
Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further guidance or clarification.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including:
- interactive problem solving exercises
- oral presentations in front of a peer group
- essays, in some cases combined with oral defence
The Dissertation is a substantial piece of research, submitted in a written thesis format, followed by a viva voce before Biomechanics staff.
Staff research interests
LJMU’s multidisciplinary team has an exceptional mix of expertise covering biomechanics, gait analysis, musculoskeletal injuries, and motor control.
Equipment includes a software-driven moving platform together with a virtual reality video screen, and a complete clinical motion analysis system. The lab also hosts a fully instrumented staircase with embedded force platforms and customisable step height and widths.
All of the biomechanics staff are highly research active across a range of disciplines, including:
- Dr Gabor Barton: Clinical gait analysis, virtual rehabilitation
- Prof. Costis Maganaris and Dr Tom O’Brien: Muscle and tendon mechanics
- Dr Mark Lake: Musculo-skeletal biomechanics, footwear
- Dr Jos Vanrenterghem and Dr Mark Robinson: Dynamic sports activities, lower limb loading & injury
Entry requirements (Home)
We would normally expect:
- A minimum of an upper second class (2.1) BSc (Hons) degree in physiotherapy, physical sciences, sport or other relevant discipline which has a substantial biomechanics component at level 6.
- Degree classification: (2.1) BSc (Hons) degree.
- Other relevant discipline which has a substantial biomechanics component at Level 3
Industry experience: Please refer to Admission Hub.
International qualification: Please refer to Admission Hub
Overseas students whose first language is not English will further require an IELTS score of 6.5 or above
Entry requirements (International)
LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website.
For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.
6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)
58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.
All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.
Sources of funding
Postgraduate loans for students from England, Wales and the EU
Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.
Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:-
Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland
The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.
The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.
LJMU Alumni Award
Alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).
Postgraduate International Scholarships
LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants.
English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary
A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.
Earn While You Learn
Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.
LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.
Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)
Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs.
Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.
Support for disabled students
Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.
Council tax exemption
All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.
This Sport and Clinical Biomechanics course is underpinned by a number of learning outcomes designed to align with the Department of Health Knowledge and Skills Framework (KSF).
Many careers will be available to you on graduation. You may choose to continue in education, research or a health-related applied setting. Several students have gone into teaching and lecturing in schools, colleges and universities. Some will continue their studies with a Doctoral research programme. Practicing physiotherapists will be able to enhance service provision by applying their biomechanical knowledge and skills and others will be able to use their expertise as applied practitioners.
Specific examples of careers for LJMU MSc graduates include: Lecturer, PhD Student, Gait Analyst, English Institute of Sport Biomechanist, UK Representative for Biomechanical Equipment, Research Assistant and Post-Doctoral Researcher. Some graduates have also moved into Medicine.
International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.
Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.
Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.
Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.
LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.
These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.
You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international
Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:
- new international applicants
- current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
- LJMU international alumni
The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes