MSc Clinical Science (Neurosensory Sciences)

Aston University MSc Clinical Science (Neurosensory Sciences)
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MSc Clinical Science (Neurosensory Sciences), NHS 

Entry requirements

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 career pathway for Healthcare Scientists, accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science. The scheme aims to provide an appropriately trained workforce to work in the NHS through clinical science training.

Accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science
A firm basis for a career as a clinical scientist in NHS hospitals, community-based practice and also related research areas
2nd in Subjects Allied to Medicine (2017 Sunday Times University Guide)
Research in Allied Health Professions and Studies ranked 5th out of 97 UK higher education institutions (REF 2014)

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:

  • First year: three weeks in term 1, three days in term 2, three days in term 3
  • Second year: one week in term 1, three days in term 2, three days in term 3
  • Final year: one week in term 1, three days in term 2, three days in term 3

Duration: 3 years

Intake: Approximately 20 students per year

How to apply:

Entry requirements:

  • Entry requirements are set by the NHS.
  • Applicants must posses a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a life Sciences based subject e.g.
    • chemistry, 
    • biochemistry, 
    • pharmacy, 
    • pharmaceutical technology, 
    • chemical engineering, 
    • pharmacology, 
    • physiology, 
    • physical science subject
  • For applicants who obtained their degree outside the UK, the degree / qualification must be deemed to be at least of equivalent standing.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. English language test requirements may be waived where students’ undergraduate degree was studied in an English speaking country. Find out more about our English language requirements.
  • The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor. 

Start dates: September

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.

Discover more about DBS Checks & Fitness to Practice.

This course is funded by the NHS.

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:

  • Audiology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Ophthalmic & Vision Sciences

Students undertake common learning throughout the programme but also have specialist topics in year two and three.

First year modules:

  • NS1HS1 Introduction to Healthcare Science (15 credits)
  • NS1PP1 Professional Practice (15 credits)
  • NS1NS1 Introduction to Neurosensory Sciences (15 credits)
  • NS1CS1 Clinical Science (15 credits)

Second year modules:

  • NS2RM1 Research Methods (10 credits)
  • NS2EB1 Evidence Based Practice (10 credits)
  • NS2RP1 Research Project (20 credits)
  • Audiology pathway: NS2AR1 Adult Rehabilitation (20 credits)
  • Neurophysiology pathway: NS2NE1 Evoked Potentials (20 credits)
  • Vision Science pathway: NS2VS1 Ophthalmic & Vision Science (20 credits)

Third year module (Neurophysiology pathway only)

  • Neurophysiology Practice (30 credits)

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 National School of Healthcare Science.

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.

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