Module Overview

This module will require you to carry out an independent piece of research; which is relevant to the practice of physiotherapy. There will be opportunities to refine the skills of research by engaging in a process of research and by participating in the lectures / small group work with masters students studying research modules in the School of Health Sciences. You will either be linked to existing research in the School of Health Sciences or will identify and develop their own research questions. You must also proactively identify any learning needs and develop strategies for addressing such deficits. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Identify, address and evaluate the achievement of clinical learning outcomes
  • Define problem lists for patients through analysis of assessment findings, in consultation with a physiotherapist
  • Select and apply effective treatment programmes
  • Maintain accurate and useful records of patients’ assessment, management and prognosis
  • Identify psychosocial, cultural and environmental issues in patient management
  • Demonstrate involvement in teamwork within the clinical area
  • Demonstrate organisational skills in the management of patients
  • Communicate effectively with patients and colleagues


60 credits

Module Attendance Required

600 hours of which 24 will be taught. The remainder will be self directed study including tutorial and supervisory meetings.

Module Dates

April year 1 – October year 2


A report of the research (8000 words) will be submitted towards the end of the second year (100%).

Academics involved in the delivery of this module

Dr Gill James