Abi, MSc Clinical Science (Neurosensory Sciences), NHS
A first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a life sciences based subject
This course is for you if you wish to embark on the new Department of Health career pathway for Healthcare Scientists. The scheme aims to provide an appropriately trained workforce to work in the NHS through clinical science training.
Mode of delivery: Part time, blended learning. Students are employed within NHS Departments and released to undertake academic study. All teaching and learning materials are hosted online. You will attend on-campus teaching for:
Duration: 3 years
Intake: Approximately 20 students per year
Start dates: October
How to apply:
Students enrolling onto this course will be required to undertake an Enhanced Level Criminal Records Bureau check (known as a DBS check).
In line with national requirements for courses leading to a health professional qualification, this course is also subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations.
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The Department of Health has introduced a new career pathway for Healthcare Scientists. Students are employed within NHS Departments and released to undertake academic study.
This includes clinical science training to provide an appropriately trained workforce to work in the NHS. This requires the education and training of practitioners in the division of neurosensory science. This division is made up of 3 pathways:
Students undertake common learning throughout the programme but also have specialist topics in year two and three.
The majority of the teaching and learning material is delivered online via a virtual learning environment (known as Blackboard). You will be provided with a study guide for each module which ensures that you are aware of what material needs covering when. The first year is mostly assessed via coursework, so you are able to benchmark your abilities early on and to develop your skills in managing your own learning. In the second and third years of the course you will undertake a research project, with an associated research methods module to develop your skills in this area. You are on campus for short periods each term where you have the opportunity to participate in group activities, tutorials, skills laboratories and seminars.
This course is accredited by the Department of Health via the Modernising Scientific Careers programme.
This course sits within the Department of Health’s vision for the Healthcare Science workforce. The aim is to develop practitioners who can improve the scientific profile within healthcare and who have the requisite skills to enhance both the diagnosis and treatment of patients in the NHS. As such it is predominantly aimed at graduates employed within the Scientist Training Programme. It is also aimed at NHS practitioners within the disciplines who wish to undertake an academic qualification as part of their professional development. Individual modules can be undertaken as part of the School’s flexible credit accumulation system leading to a post-graduate certificate, diploma or masters qualification.
The ageing population means that demand for assessment and treatment services is set to rise substantially over the coming years. Our graduates will be well placed to enter careers in hospitals, community-based practice and also related research areas. Previous graduates have become advanced practitioners or gone on to lead a section of service.
The programme is designed to formally meet the requirements of the NHS and builds on Aston’s established links and extensive experience of health education.
The exceptional quality of research in the School of Life and Health Sciences (LHS) has been confirmed in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) results – with research in Allied Health Professions and Studies ranked 5th out of 97 UK higher education institutions. 94% of our research was rated as being internationally excellent or world leading.
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