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PgCert Neurophysiology

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Entry requirements

See below for full details

This course is for you if you are an existing neurophysiologist and wish to take the first step towards obtaining the skills and knowledge to become more autonomous in your role. You will gain an accredited qualification recognising your expertise and develop the ability to improve and evaluate services for patients – becoming an advanced practitioner.

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Accredited by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists under the Modernising Scientific Careers Accredited Scientific Practice programme
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Flexible: gain a post-graduate certificate, diploma or masters qualification
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2nd in Subjects Allied to Medicine (2017 Sunday Times University Guide)
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All modules can be taken independently as continuing professional development

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

Duration: 1 year

Intake: Up to 15 students per year

Entry requirements:

  • We welcome applications from candidates interested in our course who have the skills and capability to excel. All candidates are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications, experience, references and motivation.
  • 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. 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.

Start dates: September (13 September 2017 for international and EU students; 18 September 2017 for UK students).

How to apply: 

  • Apply here 
  • The application deadline for UK and EU students is 31 August 2017.
  • 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.

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

You have the option of taking each of the three stages of this course in order (PgCert, PgDip then MSc), or it is possible to exit the course at any of the stages, enabling you to be flexible with your level of commitment at the outset. It is also possible to take all modules independently as continuing professional development.

The PgCert in Neurophysiology is a postgraduate 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.

You have the option of taking each of the three stages of this course in order (PgCert, PgDip then MSc), or it is possible to exit the course at any of the stages, enabling you to be flexible with your level of commitment at the outset. It is also possible to take all modules independently as continuing professional development.

PgCert Neuropysiology:

Mandatory modules:

  • 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.
  • Professional Practice:  This module will provide you with an opportunity to learn about healthcare science practice and its ethical and legal requirements.

You will also choose to take one of the following optional modules:

  • Nerve Conduction and Evoked Potentials: This module will introduce you to the underlying theory of carrying out nerve conduction studies and evoked potentials and their role in clinical practice.
  • EEG in Practice: This module will enable you to understand the role of EEG in the management of adults and children.

You will benefit from:

  • A virtual learning environment used for general study, revision and assessment. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more
  • Course texts and relevant journals are available from the library either electronically or in book form
  • Whilst on campus, you will benefit from refurbished lecture theatres and seminar rooms with modern audio-visual equipment, a large computer laboratory and the newly refurbished and extended Aston University Library. The Library is open 7 days a week all year round, and at key times of the academic year, it is open 24 hours a day on 6 days a week.

All teaching and learning materials are hosted on Blackboard as this is a blended learning course.  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 course.

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.

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.

Course Director:

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

  • 2011 - present: Programme director MSc Clinical Science
  • 2008 - present: Admissions Tutor Audiology programmes
  • 2006 - present: Tutor in Clinical Audiology, Aston School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University. 
  • 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
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