Research Degrees in


in the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Do you want to advance or change your career, focus your knowledge or enhance your clinical speciality? Then perhaps a full-time or part-time research degree is for you.

Exciting opportunities are available in Physiotherapy to study for the research degrees of:

  • MRes
  • MPhil
  • Professional Doctorate
  • PhD
  • PhD by Published Work

Physiotherapy research is based within the Research Institute for Health, Psychology and Social Change (RIHSC), however collaborations between institutes within the University are common. During your research degree you will have the opportunity to be part of the Annual Conference and benefit from the wide variety of postgraduate research development programme activities and postgraduate research passport.

Physiotherapy research at Manchester Met takes place in a friendly and supportive environment centred around key themes which reflect the strengths of core members of the research team:

  • Knee dysfunction 
  • Spinal dysfunction 
  • Musculoskeletal interventions
  • Simulation
  • Neurology
  • Clinical and Economic Outcomes

Current research projects include:

  • The sympathetic nervous system effects of spinal mobilisations in those with and without chronic low back pain
  • An assessment of quality management systems/practices in General Hospitals in KSA
  • What pre-existing trait anxiety and sensory processing disorder characteristics do patients with NSCLBP with central sensitisation have?
  • The development of a spinal simulator to teach manual therapy skills
  • Long-Term Outcomes Associated with Chronic Conditions: Evidence from Real World Data
  • Heatwaves and their impacts on health of the elderly population in rural Bangladesh
  • Keep/refer decision making abilities of European undergraduate physiotherapy students: Is Austria keeping up with international standards and how can we further develop those abilities?
  • The Development and use of Low-intensity Blood-flow Restriction Training within Lower-limb Injury Rehabilitation


We would like to hear from applicants with their own research questions as well as those who are interested in any of the above.
Before applying for a research degree, applicants should have a preliminary discussion with a member of staff to discuss a proposed research project. 
For an informal chat, please contact:
Professor James Selfe
Tel: +44 (0)161 247 2965

For application queries please contact:

How to Apply

The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

Apply online

Please complete the additional Postgraduate Research Degree Supplementary Information document and upload it to the Student documents section of your online application. This collects important information about your research application and there may be delays if you do not submit this document.

Before you apply, we recommend that you:

  • Contact the relevant Research Degrees Co-ordinator within your chosen area of interest to discuss the project or your ideas.
  • Ensure that you have gathered the necessary supporting documents required and submit them along with your application where possible: references, passport copy, qualification transcripts and certificates, English language proficiency evidence where relevant.
Next Stages of Your Application

We will contact you to let you know the initial outcome of your application, and invite you to attend an interview where appropriate.

Once the university is satisfied with the following, we will send you an offer letter informing you that you have been offered a place of study:

  • Your research proposal
  • The entry requirements have been met
  • You have satisfactory references
  • We have the expertise and resources to be able to supervise you
  • And you have had a successful interview

Some offers may be conditional upon achieving certain grades in your examinations, or successfully completing a particular programme. You must satisfy these conditions before we can confirm your unconditional place.

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