As a research degree, the research component is greater than the taught part of the course. The course is made up of four taught modules in the early part of the course, and a supervised clinical research project.
The taught component involves a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops, and the research component is supported by a series of workshops and individual tutorials.
Areas of study
A wide-ranging introduction to qualitative and quantitative research design and analysis in healthcare is covered. In addition to this, you will choose to study specific research methodologies in depth, allowing you to focus on those of most relevance to your clinical practice and research interests.
In order to undertake and lead research in the NHS and social care, one of the core modules focuses on areas such as public and patient involvement in research, the production of evidence to support decision-making by policy makers, the legislative requirements of undertaking clinical trials and the ethical and economic issues influencing clinical research.
You will have the opportunity, via a supervised research project, to undertake a piece of clinical research within your own clinical area. This allows the research undertaken to directly contribute to your current clinical practice and feeds directly into service provision.
- Research Methods for Healthcare
- Taking Research Forward in Health and Social Care
- Clinical Research project
Plus one from:
- Qualitative Research
- Quantitative Research Methods
- Statistics in Health and Medical Research
- Analysis of Function
- One module from the large portfolio of health-related modules offered in the School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme
School of Health Sciences postgraduate education
This course is part of our School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme. The programme allows you to sign up for one module at a time and build your qualification as you go. It also gives you access to interdisciplinary modules across a broad selection of health and social science subjects.
The Centre for Health Research is a vibrant research environment for staff and students and embraces research activities of occupational therapists, physiotherapists, podiatrists and osteopaths.
We aim to produce research that is sustainable and improves the quality of life for the individual and society, while supporting and sustaining the health professions that we represent.
The human movement laboratory
The human movement laboratory is used widely for research and teaching within the school, as well as commercial consultancy activities. You will benefit from our state of the art resources, which include:
Force plates or force platforms are instruments designed to detect forces and movements applied to their top surface. Traditionally they are used to assess forces during walking or running. They are a very versatile piece of equipment and can be used to measure a number of other effects such as balance. By using custom made jigs their usefulness can be further extended for example they can be used to measure forces applied during manual therapy.
The CODA (Cartesian Opto-electronic Dynamic Anthropometer) is a three dimensional movement-measuring system developed over the course of the last 20 years by Charnwood Dynamics Limited. The CODA has been used for a wide range of three dimensional analysis applications and is now an accepted method of determining the spatial and temporal parameters of movement. The system allows rapid and accurate measurement of human movement using light weight markers attached to the skin.
Fastrak is an electromagnetic tracking system suitable for measuring human movement. The system comprises up to four sensors whose position and orientation in space can be monitored in real time. Example clinical and research applications included monitoring the range of movement of joints, evaluating sitting or standing posture and monitoring the transition between the two, for example the sit to stand movement.
Xsens is another instrument suitable for measuring 3D human movements, and is based on inertial sensor technology, for example miniature accelerometers and gyroscopes. It is relatively small, light and very portable and therefore can be used outside the laboratory setting such as in homes and offices.
Electromyography (EMG) is used to measure the activity of muscles. Electrodes are placed on the skin over the muscle to be measured and the electrical activity of that muscle is recorded. This data can be used to look at the time at which the muscle turns on and off, the amount of electrical activity it is producing and whether the muscle is becoming fatigued.
The isokinetic dynamometer can be used for muscle and joint function assessments for either performance or rehabilitation purposes. Being initially developed for rehabilitation purposes, isokinetic dynamometry is one of the safest forms of exercise and testing. The isokinetic dynamometer measures muscular torque during isolated joint movements.
Ultrasound is used for the scanning of soft tissue structures within the body. Originally developed for foetal scanning, it is now used for scanning a wide array of structures including internal organs, muscle and joint structures and nerves. It utilises high frequency sound waves which pass into the underlying tissues and reflect back to produce an image of the underlying tissue.
F-Scan Insole system for studying foot pressure.
Electrogoniometers are designed for the measurement of joint angular movements. The sensors are attached across the joint with double-sided medical adhesive tape. The joint angles can be stored or displayed using various pieces of equipment. The sensors and instruments are lightweight, allowing data of human activity to be displayed or recorded while leaving the subject to move freely in the normal environment.
GAITRITE for studying walking patterns.
The Vibrameter is used to assess the nerve conduction of specific sensory nerve fibres. It is often used in a clinical setting to test for conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome or repetitive strain injury (RSI). A probe is placed on the area to be tested and a vibration stimulus is produced, the subject is asked to let the operator know when they first feel the sensation of vibration. The vibration stimulus is then turned down and the subject is asked to report when the sensation disappears.
Electronic algometer - Pressure algometry is well documented in scientific literature as an efficient, objective physical component for evaluating point tenderness, pain syndromes and patients' pain perceptions. JTECH algometry systems enable you to objectively quantify pressure pain thresholds and tolerances for establishing a diagnosis, evaluating efficacy of pain-relieving modalities and medications, tracking progress, and evaluating pain perception.
The laboratory also has equipment required for conducting cardio-pulmonary investigations including Cosmed metabolic system and spirometry.
Dr Anne Mandy – Associate Professor
Dr Anne Mandy is an Associate Professor within the Centre for Health Research, School of Health Sciences and Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research Studies of Brighton Doctoral College.
Her role includes management of doctoral students within our life, health and physical science subjects, the development of doctoral research training and responding to the needs of supervisors and students.
In her role as associate professor she is actively researching in the field of assistive technology working closely with colleagues in the local trusts in the development of a Neater Uni-wheelchair, Neater Eater and collaborates with colleagues at Chailey Heritage in the field of postural management.