The School of Physiotherapy at Dalhousie University offers an MSc degree in Physiotherapy. The research activities of faculty members include studies in musculoskeletal, neurological and cardiovascular areas, as well as in health promotion, aging, pain, and ergonomics in the electronic workplace. The research degree program in the School of Physiotherapy accommodates a wide range of research interests in the study of physical function in health and disability, and has fully equipped laboratories for research in human movement analysis, muscle mechanics, exercise testing, psychophysical assessment, and health promotion. This research environment is also supported through faculty cross-appointments and collaborations with other departments and clinical associations resulting in a wide range of interdisciplinary opportunities.


The program is designed to provide physiotherapists and those in related fields with advanced education and research training in the rehabilitation sciences. The specific objectives of the course of study for graduate students are: pursue an in-depth study of specialty areas in physiotherapy synthesize relevant knowledge to identify and define a question of significance in the field of physiotherapy develop the necessary skills to successfully design, conduct and interpret a series of studies which provide answers relevant to physiotherapy develop skills necessary to disseminate new knowledge via scientific publications, presentations, and teaching

Thesis (2 Credits) The student undertakes a research project and defends the thesis under the guidance of a faculty member and advisory committee. Students are encouraged to present their findings at national or international scientific meetings.

Fenety, A., Assistant Professor. Teaching area: Orthopedics. Research area: Ergonomics in the electronic workplace, sitting comfort, knee stability, and work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Harman, K., Associate Professor. Teaching area: Musculoskeletal with a focus on Pain. Research area: Workrelated musculoskeletal disorders, pain & professional development. Kozey, C., Professor. Teaching area: Kinesiology, Biomechanics, Instrumentation, Electromyography. Research area: Skeletal muscle electrophysiology and dynamic stability associated with low back pain and osteoarthritis. MacKay-Lyons, M., Associate Professor. Teaching area: Neurologic Rehabilitation. Research area: Neurologic rehabilitation. Rennie, S., Associate Professor and Director, School of Physiotherapy. Teaching area: Electrophysical agents. Research area: Electrophysical agents, learning styles Turnbull, G., Professor. Director of the Maritime Parkinson Clinic. Teaching area: Neurology. Research area: Gait, balance, and physical management of Parkinson’s disease


It is expected that students will complete the coursework in the first year of study; an additional year is expected for completion of the thesis requirement. Students are normally expected to be oncampus, but may be given permission to take classes or complete research elsewhere.



The MSc Student will be required to complete 5 credits from coursework and completion of a thesis. Coursework (3 Credits) Students will complete three required half-credit courses in Research Design and Biostatistics, Instrumentation and Measurement in Physiotherapy Research and a Foundations Seminar. The remaining three half credit courses can be selected from courses both within and outside the School to be determined by the student’s supervisory committee and approved by the Graduate Program Coordinator.

Curwin, S., Associate Professor. Teaching area: movement science, biomechanics, musculoskeletal. Research area: injury prevention, chronic tendon injuries, health status joint replacement patients. Dechman, G., Assistant Professor. Teaching area: Exercise physiology, Cardiorespiratory care and Research methods. Research area: Using exercise to improve function in people with cardiopulmonary and chronic disease, development of performance-based, functional outcome measures. Earl, M., Assistant Professor. Teaching area: Geriatrics, Rheumatology, and Amputations. Research area: Balance, sensory-motor control of posture & movement, aging, and therapeutic exercise.

Revised September 2008 Faculty of Graduate Studies Website: http://dalgrad.dal.ca/


Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree from a university of recognized standing with honours or the equivalent of honours standing (B average) as granted by Dalhousie University, in their undergraduate program and a B average or higher in each of 4 undergraduate Physiotherapy-related courses taken at the university level in the area they wish to specialize.


Applicants who wish to be considered for scholarships are strongly urged to have their applications completed by:

January 1 for University Scholarships March 1 for School of Physiotherapy
Scholarships A limited amount of money is available from the School of Physiotherapy and this will be distributed on a competitive basis. Applicants are encouraged to seek external funding. Further information for sources of funding may be obtained from the Graduate Studies office. In order to qualify for scholarship consideration a student is expected to hold a first-class honours degree in an appropriate field and to enter a full-time graduate program.


Applicants must: a) complete the application form for admission to the Faculty of Graduate Studies b) complete the School of Physiotherapy Research Interest form c) meet the English language competency requirements as outlined by The Faculty of Graduate Studies d) include two academic references. A work reference from someone who may comment objectively on your goals may be included in addition to the two required academic references. In addition applicants are strongly advised to: a) include a copy of a recent paper authored in the area in which the applicant is planning to pursue studies (if available) b) submit a recent GRE score (if available)


Graduate Program Coordinator School of Physiotherapy Dalhousie University Halifax, NS Canada, B3H 3J5 Tel: (902) 494-1947 Fax: (902) 494-1941 E-Mail: physiotherapy@dal.ca www.physiotherapy.dal.ca