MSc in Motion Analysis

MSc in Motion Analysis

This Master of Science degree at the University of Dundee is the first postgraduate degree in the field of motion analysis and clinical gait analysis worldwide.

The MSc in Motion Analysis was launched in 2006 and is designed to provide an understanding of the principles of musculoskeletal movements and the methods to measure and analyze movements based on clinical applications by leading experts in Foot Pressure Analysis (Professor Rami Abboud), Clinical Gait Analysis (Dr Sheila Gibbs), Simulation and Modelling (Dr Weijie Wang), and Instrumentation and Modeliing (Dr Graham Arnold).

The course focuses on the application of motion analysis to activities such as clinical gait analysis, foot pressure analysis, clinical biomechanics, sports performance, ergonomics, rehabilitation, animal locomotion, film special effects and activities of daily living. As an interdisciplinary course, it is suitable for students at graduate level from medicine, podiatry, physiotherapy, physiology, sports, science, engineering, sports exercise, and clinical health professions.

Graduates of the course will be able to contribute to team work with a more profound knowledge of the inter-relationship between anatomy, biomechanics, movement mechanism of human performance at all levels and clinical outcome. You will be able to use these skills and knowledge to successfully increase your level of integration of anatomy, motion and biomechanics within your respective professions and disciplines at an advanced teaching and research level.

On graduation, you will be able to demonstrate the following:

  • The ability to analyze the relationship between movements, anatomy, and biomechanics
  • The assessment of patient gait in clinical practice, for example, cerebral palsy, stroke, amputee and orthopaedics
  • The evaluation of foot deformity, shoe design and pressure for patients, for example, clubfoot children, young football players, and for shoe manufacturers
  • The modelling of a musculoskeletal system such as a multi-segment foot/hand
  • The techniques of modelling a musculoskeletal system, for example, a musculoskeletal model of lower limb during movements
  • The analysis of musculoskeletal movement with rehabilitation device such as wheelchair propulsion or crutch supported walking
  • The assessment of muscle activities in various rehabilitation and sport exercises such as cricket, climbing and rowing
  • The need for continuing education for higher degree in motion analysis
Above is an example of biomechanical analysis of modern dance carried out at the Institute of Motion Analysis & Research (IMAR), using 3D motion capture.