Accredited by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists under the Modernising Scientific Careers Accredited Scientific Practice programme
Flexible: gain a post-graduate certificate, diploma or masters qualification
Research in Allied Health Professions and Studies ranked 5th out of 97 UK higher education institutions (REF 2014)
All modules can be taken independently as continuing professional development
Key information, entry requirements and fees
Mode of delivery: Part-time, blended learning. Students are employed in Clinical Neurophysiology Departments or related services and released to undertake academic study. All teaching and learning materials are hosted online. You will attend on-campus teaching for:
- First year: three days in term 1, three days in term 2, three days in term 3
- Second year: three days in term 1, three days in term 2, three days in term 3
- Final year: three days in term 1, three days in term 2, three days in term 3.
Duration: 3 years
Start dates: October
Fees (2022): UK students £3,600, International students £6,500
- 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. biology, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy, pharmaceutical technology, pharmacology, physiology, psychology, physical science subject is required or, when outside the UK, a degree or qualification deemed to be at least of equivalent standing, find out more on our Aston in your country pages.
- 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 six 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.
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.
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Course outline and what you will study
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.
- Introduction to Healthcare and Professional Practice: 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. This module will provide you with an opportunity to learn about healthcare science practice and its ethical and legal requirements.
- Professional Communication in Healthcare
You will take one of these two specialist modules in year one and the second in year two*:
- 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.
- Advanced EEG*: This module will enable you to understand the role of EEG in the management of adults and children.
- 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.
- Dissertation – Research Methods and Research Proposal: 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.
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.
- Dissertation III – Research Project: In this module you 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.
- Leadership, Innovation and Quality: This module aims to explore leadership within the context of clinical health.
- Public Health, Inequalities and Disease
Details provided are intended to give an overview of the proposed aims and content in modules, they are not a complete exhaustive and definitive description of module content.
Learning, teaching, assessment and staff
All teaching and learning materials are hosted on Blackboard as this is a blended learning course. The majority of the teaching and learning material is delivered via the virtual learning environment (Blackboard 9). You will be provided with a study guide for modules which ensures you are aware of what material needs covering when.
Mandatory modules are mostly assessed via coursework so you are able to benchmark your abilities early on and to develop your skills in managing your learning.
When on campus for short periods each term, you will have the opportunity to participate in group activities, tutorials, skills laboratories and seminars.
Course Director: Dr Valia Rodríguez- Rodríguez
Your future 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.
The ageing population means that demand for assessment and treatment services is set to rise substantially over the coming years. As a graduate of this course, you will be well placed to develop careers in hospitals, community-based practice and also related 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.
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