MSc Clinical Neurophysiology Practice / PGDip in Neurophysiology / PGCert in Neurophysiology 

Why choose this course? 

  • As an experienced neurophysiologist, this course will enable you to gain an accredited qualification recognising your expertise. 
  • The PGCert is accredited by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists under the Modernising Scientific Careers Accredited Scientific Practice programme. 

A first or upper second class honours degree in clinical physiology or equivalent in a life Sciences based subject e.g., chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy, pharmaceutical technology, pharmacology, physiology, physical science subject is required or, when outside the UK, a degree or qualification deemed to be at least of equivalent standing. 

UK applications are welcome from in-service neurophysiology staff who do not meet the academic requirements.  Applicants must be registered with RCCP and will need a recommendation/supporting letter from their head of department. Candidates should have a minimum of 6-months service within a Neurophysiology department prior to starting the programme with exposure to the investigations within the selected module.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements   

Duration of programme: Part-time over 3 years

Application deadline:

31st August for UK/EU students

If you are applying close to the deadline, please ensure you have all supporting documentation ready for the application. If the deadline has passed, we may still be able to consider you, so please contact us.

Start date: September 2016

Intake: 15

£550 per 10 credits

The programme provides existing practitioners with the skills and knowledge to become more autonomous in their roles and have the ability to improve and evaluate services for patients – to become an advanced practitioner.

The PG Certificate in Neurophysiology is a post-graduate training programme for the NHS Accredited Specialist Scientific Practice Programme (ASSP).  This provides the neurophysiology workforce with the ability to meet specific workforce needs in nerve conduction and EMG as well as paediatric and intensive care EEG.

The modules are available by distance or blended learning, allowing you flexibility in the way that you study.



Mandatory modules:

NS1HS1 – Introduction to Healthcare Science. The overall aim of this introductory module is to provide a broad knowledge and understanding of science and scientific knowledge, contextualised to the practice of healthcare science and the services provided by their healthcare science division/specialism.

NS1PP1 – Professional Practice.  This module provides students with an opportunity to learn about healthcare science practice and its ethical and legal requirements. 

Optional modules:

Students will select one of the following two modules:

NS2NE1 – Nerve Conduction and Evoked Potentials.  This module will introduce students to the underlying theory of carrying out nerve conduction studies and evoked potentials and their role in clinical practice.

NS2EE1 – EEG in Practice.  This module will enable students to understand the role of EEG in the management of adults and children.  


Mandatory modules:

NS2EB1 – Evidence Based Practice.  This module aims to provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of evidence-based practice in healthcare and its role in service improvement.  Students are required to undertake NS2RM1.

NS2RM1 (Dissertation I) – Research Methods. The overall aim of this module is to ensure that the trainee has the underpinning knowledge of the importance of research, development and innovation across the NHS and in healthcare science and in particular to provide the underpinning knowledge for the research project.

NS2RP1 (Dissertation II) – Research Project.  The module aims to develop students’ skills in evaluating research, research design, analysis and interpretation.  The student will be encouraged to acquire an in-depth practical understanding of work that is at the forefront of research into healthcare science.  Students are required to undertake NS2RM1.

Optional Modules:

Students will select one of the following two modules:

NS2NE1 – Nerve Conduction and Evoked Potentials.  This module will introduce students to the underlying theory of carrying out nerve conduction studies and evoked potentials and their role in clinical practice.

NS2EE1 – EEG in Practice.  This module will enable students to understand the role of EEG in the management of adults and children. 



NS3RP2 (Dissertation III) – Research Project.  In this module students will complete a research project that shows originality, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in neurosensory sciences.  It will build on the learning from the second year research modules. Students are required to undertake NS2RP1 and NS2RM1.

CHMBLI – Leadership for Health Management.  This module aims to explore leadership within the context of clinical health.

CHMSI – Quality Improvement.  This module aims to introduce students to the principles of quality improvement required for the delivery of high quality, safe healthcare.  The content reflects the World Health Organisation Patient Safety Multi-Professional Curriculum Guide 2011.

All modules can also be undertaken independently as continuing professional development.

Students are primarily taught in recently refurbished lecture theatres, which make use of latest AV technology.

The virtual learning environment, Blackboard, is used throughout the course in all areas of teaching from revision to assessment.

Students can obtain course texts and relevant journals from the library either electronically or in book form.

All teaching and learning materials are hosted on Blackboard as this is a blended learning programme.  Students are on campus for 3 weeks in the first term of the first year then at Aston 3 days a term for the remainder of the programme.

The majority of the teaching and learning material is delivered via the virtual learning environment (Blackboard 9).  Students are provided with a study guide for modules which ensures they are aware of what material needs covering when.  The mandatory modules are mostly assessed via coursework so students are able to benchmark their abilities early on and to develop their skills in managing their learning. 

Students are on campus for short periods each term when they have the opportunity to participate in group activities, tutorials, skills laboratories and seminars.

Career prospects

This programme 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.  It is also aimed at NHS neurophysiology practitioners 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 develop careers in hospitals, community-based practice and also relate research areas. 

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.

Personal development

Students will develop a wide range of skills to support personal development.  These include study and IT skills.

Course Director:

Mr Wahid Zaman, Admissions Tutor, Tutor in Clinical Audiology. 

  • 2006-date: Tutor in Clinical Audiology, Aston School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University. 2008- date: Admissions Tutor Audiology programmes. 2011-date: Programme director MSc Clinical Science
  • 2003-2006: Senior Audiologist (Children and Adults) Gloucestershire royal Hospital
  • 2000-2003: Clinical Specialist Cochlear Ltd Australia

Teaching staff

Prof. Stefano Seri

  • Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology, Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Medical Director, Aston Brain Centre
  • Director of the Aston MRI Research Centre

Prof Paul Furlong

  • Professor of Clinical Neuroimaging
  • Director, Aston Brain Centre
  • Director, Clinical Neurophysiology Unit, Aston University

Mrs. Amanda Casey

  • Director of Audiology Programmes, Aston University
  • Hearing Therapist
  • Chair Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists

Dr Helen Pryce

  • Senior Lecturer in Audiology


Course director
Mr Wahid Zaman
Tel: 0121 204 4093
email: zamanw1@aston.ac.uk

LHS Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 3000      
email: lhspgt@aston.ac.uk

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