Research course

Clinical Kinaesiology

Cardiff University · School of Healthcare Science

Entry requirements

Suitable for graduates in a field relevant to the particular project. A good Honours degree, or equivalent is required.

Note: International students pursuing part-time programmes of study are not eligible for Tier 4 General Student) visas and must have alternative leave to remain in the UK if they intend to study at the University in person.

Months of entry


Course content

The programme aims to offer knowledge and expertise for those wishing to pursue advanced research in Clinical Kinaesiology.

Special Features

  • The School has an active Research Student Seminar Series where research students of the School are encouraged to present and discuss their research with fellow students and staff of the School
  • The School is an integral part of the successful bid to the Arthritis Research Campaign to establish the Cardiff Institute of Biomechanics and BioEngineering Research. A cross-University, multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence

Programme Description

The Research Centre for Kinaesiology (RCCK) is a well-equipped facility for biomechanical and physiological measurement. The laboratory is used for answering clinical questions predominantly in the area of rehabilitation. The three thematic areas identified by the School for its research are:

  • Rehabilitation - measurement of efficacy, progression and outcome of acute and chronic conditions
  • Promoting and maintaining a healthy active lifestyle
  • Evaluation of healthcare service delivery and development of professional practice

The research carried out at the RCCK is integral to these themes and aims to have an impact on clinical practice as well as management. Therefore, research is not only carried out in the laboratory but also in the clinical setting applying the expertise and principles developed in the laboratory.

Our main interests focus on functional movements that are part and parcel of regular daily activities. The aim is to understand functional movement in healthy people and the changes that occur in the presence of acute and chronic conditions. Some of these changes will be helpful adaptations and other changes will lead to further complications and we aim to understand the difference.

In general, we are interested in how exercise can help to improve movement disorders, fitness and functional performance in a variety of conditions, including musculoskeletal, neurological, endocrine and respiratory conditions. Physical exercise is considered a healthy activity to maintain fitness but can also cause injuries. Avoiding the negative effects of exercise and preventing re-injury is therefore an important component of our research as well.

Another topic of interest is the effect of exercise and activity on rehabilitation patients in relation to their mobility and health-related quality of life; including assessing basic capabilities for mobility are sit-to-standing, quiet standing, walking and negotiating steps and stairs. Ultimately, our aim is to inform rehabilitation practitioners and generate evidence on the effectiveness of treatment. This should provide guidance for clinical treatment objectives and innovation.

The lab is equipped with an 8 camera Vicon MX computerised kinematic system, two Kistler force platforms, 24 channels of surface electromyography, multiple digital video cameras with editing equipment, a Biodex and KinCom isokinetic dynamometer, a Pedar in-shoe pressure measurement system, an EMED pressure platform, a GAITRITE gait measurement system, a KT1000 knee arthrometer diagnostic ultrasound scanner, K4B2 portable gas analysis system and ADL monitoring equipment.

In addition the School has recently installed a MOTEK V Gait system. This system measures and displays in real-time gait parameters that include stride length, width, frequency, symmetry, joint kinetics, kinematics and many Gait related parameters.

Details of Current Research and full Entry Requirements can be found on our website.

Department specialisms

Specialisms include Biomechanics of lower limb complications due to diabetic neuropathy; Rehabilitation of joint instability after knee and ankle injury; The effect of exercise on osteoarthritis; Low back pain and proprioception; Quantitative assessment of functional weakness in neurological patients; and Measurement of walking mobility in neurology patients.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24 months


part time
60 months
full time
36 months

Course contact details

Mrs Liz Harmer-Griebel
+44 (0)29 2068 7552