Physiotherapy PhD

 
  

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Qualification
PhD Physiotherapy
Duration
3-4 years full-time; 6-8 years part-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) at undergraduate level and a minimum of a merit (or international equivalent) at masters level.
IELTS
6.5 (no lower than 6.0 in any element) If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
1st October
Campus
Medical School
School/department
School of Health Sciences
Other requirements

Research overview

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

Find out more about specific staff research expertise in the School.

 

Facilities

All research students have access to outstanding facilities, with an exceptional ICT and Learning Resource Centre, personal workstations with computers for full-time MPhil/PhD students and a dedicated drop-in work centre for part-time students.

 

Flexible study options

Fitting study into a busy professional life isn't easy, which is why we offer flexible part-time courses with a range of study options. As well as face-to-face interactions, contact with students can be maintained via email, video-conferencing, telephone and post. In addition, the library's electronic facilities can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

Libraries

All students have access to the full range of University libraries. All students who are connected to the internet will be able to access the library's electronic services via a given username.

An Inter-Library Loan Service is available to all registered students. On joining the library, you will be automatically allocated a quota from the library UNLOC catalogue.

The Graduate School

As a leading research-intensive institution, we believe that postgraduates are central to our research mission. At Nottingham we are committed to working with you to ensure you receive all the support and skills training you need to fulfil your full potential.

On joining the University, you will receive automatic membership of the Graduate School, a unique facility for our postgraduate students, which provides a range of facilities, training opportunities and support, as well as workshops and events to enhance the postgraduate experience and help you to develop a range of transferable skills. In addition to the main facility in University Park, School of Health Sciences students have access to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Graduate Centre.

IT resources

Information Services provide computer resource areas across the University. Most are available 24-hours a day and contain a large number of PC workstations. The campus network connects workstations, central services and national networks - providing access to email, file transfer and the web. Students in University study bedrooms can access the network from their rooms.

Online learning and teaching resources for many courses are provided through virtual learning environments and accessed via the student portal, a web-based one stop shop for student information.

Library and Information Services

You will also have access to a wide range of library and information services. Each of our Education Centres has its own dedicated library with access to the University's computer network.

The University of Nottingham operates the libraries at our Centres in Derby, Mansfield and Nottingham. The libraries at Boston (with Grantham) and Lincoln are managed by the United Lincolnshire Hospital NHS Trust. These libraries provide facilities for staff of the Trust and for staff and students of the School of Health Sciences.

Teaching methods and facilities

The School uses a number of different learning and teaching strategies across our various courses and programmes. Often there is emphasis on assisting students to reflect on the relationship between their learning in the University and their learning in nursing practice, and to transfer their learning from one situation to another.

Teaching methods and facilities used can include: 

  • Enquiry-based learning
  • Formal lectures
  • Demonstrations and skills workshops
  • Discussion groups
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Computer-assisted learning
  • Portfolio learning

For students who have to complete practical placements, there will be learning in live hospital and community settings alongside qualified practitioners.

 

Research support

In addition to School-based training and support, there are a number of additional services available to you during your time at Nottingham. The following are particularly important sources of support:

The School offers an extensive research seminar programme open to staff and students. In addition, the School runs doctoral student 'Research Saturdays' three times per year to enable part-time students to participate more fully in research events.

The University and School also provide a wide range of funding opportunities for research networking activities, conference attendance and internships.

 

Find a supervisor

Use our search to find a supervisor whose expertise matches your own research interests.
 

Funding

Home/EU students

For UK students, there are numerous funding opportunities from the NHS, NIHR, government research councils (such as the ESRC or MRC) and healthcare charities or foundations.

The School also offers limited bursaries for those wishing to study for a full-time doctorate.

Information about funding opportunities is kept up to date on the School website.

The University's Graduate School operates two schemes of its own to help support current postgraduate research: The Graduate School Travel Prize and Universitas21 funding.

The Graduate School holds a list of other sources of funding. Studentship opportunities are also available.

International and EU students

The University of Nottingham offers a range of research scholarships for outstanding international and EU students.

Applicants must receive an offer of study before applying for our scholarships. Please note the closing dates of any scholarships you are interested in and make sure you submit your research course application in good time so that you have the opportunity to apply for them.

The International Office also provides information and advice for international and EU students on financing your degree, living costs, external sources of funding and working during your studies.

Find out more on our scholarships, fees and finance webpages for international applicants.

 
 

Careers

Visit the School page for additional opportunities.

Average starting salary and career progression

In 2015, 93% of postgraduates from nursing, midwifery and physiotherapy taught courses and research courses who were available for employment had secured work or further study within six months of graduation.* 

* Known destinations of full-time home and EU postgraduates, 2014/15. 

Recent graduates have gone on to work for NHS trusts (eg. clinical specialists, advanced practitioners, modern matrons), universities (eg. lecturers and senior academics, lecturer practitioners, researchers) and in private practice.

Career prospects and employability

The University of Nottingham is consistently named as one of the most targeted universities by Britain’s leading graduate employers* and can offer you a head-start when it comes to your career.   

Those who take up a postgraduate research opportunity with us will not only receive support in terms of close contact with supervisors and specific training related to your area of research, you will also benefit from dedicated careers advice from our Careers and Employability Service.

Our Careers and Employability Service offers a range of services including advice sessions, employer events, recruitment fairs and skills workshops – and once you have graduated, you will have access to the service for life.

* The Graduate Market 2013-2016, High Fliers Research  

 
 
 
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This online prospectus has been drafted in advance of the academic year to which it applies. Every effort has been made to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content) are likely to occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for the course where there has been an interval between you reading this website and applying.

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