Research course


University of Nottingham · School of Nursing and Academic Division of Midwifery

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Entry requirements

2:1 (or international equivalent) at undergraduate level and a minimum of a merit (or international equivalent) at masters level.

Months of entry


Course content

Physiotherapy staff have a variety of research interests that can be concentrated into three main areas:

Movement Analysis

The Human Performance Laboratory is well equipped to analyse many aspects of human movement. It contains dual-force plates linked to a three-dimensional CODA analysis system, electromyography and isokinetic dynamometry. Current research focuses on the analysis of sit-to-stand in relation to falls, and sit-to-walk, analysing forces and balance in subjects with knee pain, and the gait of children with cerebral palsy.

Chronic Pain

We welcome applications for research into the management of chronic pain, both from the electro-physical modalities and the cognitive behavioural aspects.

Mobility and Disability in Chronic Disease and the Elderly

Ongoing research includes balance and other therapeutic interventions in patients with long-term disease processes (vascular amputations, Parkinson's Disease, falls in the elderly) and management of problems associated with fibromyalgia.

We also welcome research into other areas of physiotherapy practice.

We welcome applications from enthusiastic, talented and highly motivated individuals with a passion for research and for using research to make a difference.

A Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree is the highest academic degree anyone can study, requiring extended study and intense intellectual effort. To earn a PhD, students must accomplish three things:

  • Master a specific subject completely
  • Extend the body of knowledge about that subject
  • Become a successful independent researcher

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    72-96 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5559