Research in Physiotherapy

During this elective course it is possible to spend four weeks in an acknowledged research environment

The future expectations and demands for documentation of services in the healthcare system put considerable demands on the physiotherapy profession. As a part of the strategy at the Department of Physiotherapy at University College Northern Denmark it is essential to collaborate with research environments within physiotherapy.


Activities and concrete content will depend on the current research activities in the research units.

Purpose and learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the students should have achieved the following outcomes:

  • Be able to account for specific knowledge of and insight into one or more relevant research areas within physiotherapy
  • Be able to apply and critically relate to national/international research-based knowledge
  • Have insight into and experience with relevant scientific qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection, data processing and data description
  • Have knowledge of the basic concepts within research/philosophy/theory and scientific methods to be able to develop and document physiotherapy
  • Have insight into and understanding of the importance of including research ethical principles when working with development and research
  • Be able to take part in a critical discussion of the field of research, the methods and relevance for the physiotherapy profession and the Danish healthcare system
  • Be able to take part in discussions of the international coherence and perspective of the research  
  • Be able to relate to and include the above learning outcomes in the bachelor project and in the future performance of the profession
Learning activities

The students are expected to be enterprising and participate actively in the module as the students are involved in the concrete planning and running of the elective module. The students must be able to work independently and be active in their studies. It will be possible to act as a ”research assistant”, participate in various types of data collection/analyses and methods as well as discussions concerning ongoing research projects and possibly the student’s own bachelor project.


Portfolio examination. The evaluation takes place at the students' home institution using the 7-point grading scale.

Evaluation will follow the guidelines at the students’ own education programme.


Compulsory literature for the physiotherapy education at the University College of Northern Denmark is expected to read. In addition there will be some extra literature and information searching included in the module.

Research literature recommended by lecturers.

Learning prerequisites

Physiotherapy students must have passed 6 semester of the Danish education programme in physiotherapy and international students must have corresponding qualifications.

Time schedule

Spring:  weeks 8-11, both weeks included.
Autumn: weeks 37-40, both weeks included.

The elective module runs for four weeks and can be combined with other elective modules.


6 2/3 ECTS

Number of participants

1-2 students


The department of Physiotherapy at UCN
Selma Lagerløfsvej 2
9220 Aalborg SØ

In collaboration with:

  • Department of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy, Aalborg University Hospital.
  • Center of Sensory-Motor Interaction, Aalborg University
  • Orthopedic Surgery Research Unit, Research and Innovation, Aalborg University Hospital.


Lise Eckardt Hansen, curriculum coordinator
Department of physiotherapy, UCN

Jane Andreasen, Research Responsible, physiotherapist
The Research Unit, Aalborg University Hospital

Thomas Graven-Nielsen, Professor
Center for Sensory-Motor interaction, Aalborg University

Birgitte Rusborg Jensen, Associated Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chief Surgeon/secretary
Orthopaedic Surgery Research Unit, Research and Innovation Center Aalborg University hospital


Lise Eckardt Hansen
Lecture / Study Coordinator
Department of Physiotherapy
+45 72 69 09 57