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Professional Health Sciences

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As a postgraduate student in either podiatric medicine or physiotherapy, two key elements within professional health sciences, you will be ideally placed to develop your skills in research and critical evaluation before taking them back into your practice.

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    Our professional health sciences research made a major contribution to our superb performance in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, in which 86 per cent of our Allied Health submission was rated either ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. This makes us the top modern university in London for our area of research and eighth in the country.

  • SUPERB facilities

    UEL has one of the largest and best equipped podiatry teaching clinics in London on its Stratford site, as well as top-quality gait laboratories.


    In the 2014 Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES), 95 per cent of our students said they were satisfied with the resources at UEL, compared to a sector average of 84 per cent.

Why us?

We deliver our courses in a way that acknowledges the commitment of busy professionals, offering teaching in the evening and online learning options.

You will develop your skills in research, which you can then take back and apply to enrich your clinical practice.

The emphasis at postgraduate level is on looking into contemporary healthcare and fostering a research culture. We develop research practitioners.

There is, however, a strong element of clinical practice in our new PHS course, the PGCert in Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography, which is also aimed primarily at those already in practice who wish to enhance their knowledge and professional standing.

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The expertise of our academic team, the low student-to-staff ratios and the sheer breadth and depth of research topics available makes these courses particularly attractive to overseas students.

“We’re looking to expand your ability to analyse evidence and to increase your clinical skills because of your ability to apply that knowledge,” says Graham Copnell, Senior Lecturer for the MSc courses in Podiatric Medicine and Physiotherapy.

Learning By Doing


I chose the School for its stellar reputation in physiotherapy, the variety of modules and, of course, the opportunity to live in such an incredible city. I couldn’t be happier with my choice. Classes are focused on building skills and inspiring us to explore and broaden our minds.

Ngozi Cynthia Monye , MSc Physiotherapy
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What we’re researching

We are making a major contribution to evidence-based rehabilitation through our work with the Human Motor Performance Research Group (HMPG).

This brings together a multi-disciplinary team of clinical scientists with backgrounds in physiotherapy, podiatry, neuroscience, biomechanical research, sports science and sociology.

Examples of our work include a major, eight-year research project on the impact of haemophilia on young children, led by Professor Wendy Drechsler in collaboration with the Canterbury and Kent Haemophilia Centre.

The research has shown that young haemophiliac children with a history of ankle joint bleeding have smaller, weaker muscles and walk differently to healthy children. The work has had a direct impact on clinical evaluation and the delivery of services across the country

In 2013, Dr David Stephensen established a UK Haemophilia Physiotherapy Advisory Board which has developed a ‘Train the Trainer’ programme based on UEL research to educate UK physiotherapists in the assessment and treatment of people with haemophilia.

Dr Stewart Morrison and colleagues are researching the biomechanical function of the foot and lower limb in children with obesity. They have advanced the understanding of movement dysfunction in young overweight children and are helping to translate their research into clinical ways of dealing with the problem.

Dr Kellie Gibson’s doctoral project involved developing and testing highly personalised orthotics for early rheumatoid arthritis patients. She has since been awarded £200,000 by the Dr Scholl Foundation to compare the effectiveness of prefabricated foot orthotics to bespoke ones.

Dr Graham Copnell, Senior Lecturer for the Podiatric Medicine and Physiotherapy MSc courses, is researching professional practice. It is qualitative, as opposed to quantitative research, ranging from education through to professional roles, negotiations, ethics, boundaries and professional development.

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