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Physiotherapy PhD courses

Studying a PhD lets you actively engage in a range of physiotherapy research that aims to bring improvements to clinical practice and patient care.

Be a part of an actively engaged team involved in a range of research that aims to bring improvements to clinical practice and patient care. You can help develop better understanding of the experience and needs of people living with long term conditions, creating and testing novel approaches to rehabilitation, refining and improving existing clinical approaches and to enhancing the standard of physiotherapy education.

The Physiotherapy division at Brunel University London aim to develop a better understanding of the experience and needs of people living with long term conditions, to develop and test novel approaches to rehabilitation, to refine and improve existing clinical approaches and to enhance the standard of physiotherapy education.

Key themes of the division’s research include:

  • Evaluating the effectiveness of contemporary and novel rehabilitation strategies for long term conditions.
  • The refinement of contemporary rehabilitation, preventative and health promotion strategies used to enhance the wellbeing of people with stroke, cerebral palsy, cardiac disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and people in critical care.
  • The use of electronic and assistive technologies.
  • Peoples’ experiences of physiotherapy and/or living with long term health conditions.
  • The use of principles from sports psychology to help older adults overcome fear of falling and improve mobility and to reduce gait deficits (such as freezing of gait) in people with Parkinson’s disease.
  • The use of principles from sports psychology.
  • Investigating participation and pedagogy to enhance the learning experience of student physiotherapists.
  • We have established a substantial and growing body of published research in this area and we welcome PhD applications relevant to these themes. Visit our staff page for more detail of the research interests of our individual members of staff.

Fully-funded studentships

Our funded studentships become available at different times of the year. Please keep checking our page regularly to see the latest funded opportunities. We also advertise all our funded studentships as soon as they become available on the @BrunelResearch twitter account.

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