Clinical Neurophysiology Practice MSc

The MSc in Clinical Neurophysiology is a level 7 postgraduate qualification designed for individuals already working in clinical neurophysiology or related services who want to progress in their role by developing a deeper understanding of the theory, methods, and practice in neurophysiology.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Part-time

Course format

No placements

Duration

3 years

UCAS code(s)

n/a

Start date

Key information and entry requirements

Mode of delivery:  Part-time, blended learning. While all teaching and learning materials are hosted online, students are expected to attend live activities (synchronously online or on-campus) such as lectures, seminars, and/or presentations according to the timetable.

Entry requirements:

  • Candidates should be employed in clinical neurophysiology departments or related services. It will be the candidate's responsibility to negotiate the study days and attendance to the program activities with his/her department.
  • A first or upper second class honours degree in clinical physiology or equivalent degree in a life sciences based subject (e.g. biology, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy, pharmaceutical technology, pharmacology, physiology, psychology). When the degree or qualification has been obtained outside the UK, it should be deemed 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. Candidates should have a minimum of six months of service within a Neurophysiology department before starting the programme with exposure to the investigations within the selected module. Applicants will need a recommendation/supporting letter from their head of department.
  • 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 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 before 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. 
     

Duration: 3 years

Start dates: September

Fees and scholarships

UK students (2022-23)
Annual tuition fees: £3,600

EU/International students
Annual tuition fees: £6,500

The fee can be paid in three parts at the start of each term.
 

Program outline and modules

You will receive an MSc degree after completing the three-year program. However, you can also exit the program after finalising any stage (i.e. the first year or the second year). This strategy enables you to be flexible with your level of commitment at the outset. If you withdraw from the program earlier, you can be awarded a postgraduate certification (PgCert) at the successful completion of the first year or a postgraduate diploma (PgDip) in the case you complete the second year.

The content of all modules is available by distance / blended learning, allowing you flexibility in how you study.

First-year - PgCert Level (60 credits)

Core modules 

  • Introduction to Healthcare and Professional Practice (15 credits)
  • Evidence-based Practice (15 credits)
  • Professional Communication in Healthcare (15 credits)

You will take one of these two specialist modules in year one and the second in year two:

  • Nerve Conduction and Evoked Potentials (15 credits)
  • Advanced EEG  (15 credits)

Second-year - PgDip Level (60 credits)

Core modules 

  • Leadership, Innovation and Quality (15 credits)
  • Research Methods and Research Proposal (30 credits)

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

  • Nerve Conduction and Evoked Potentials (15 credits)
  • Advanced EEG  (15 credits)

Third-year - MSc Level (60 credits)

  • Public Health, Inequalities and Disease (30 credits)
  • Research Project (30 credits)

Learning, teaching, assessment and staff

All teaching and learning materials are hosted on Blackboard – a virtual teaching environment - as you will be taught via a blended learning approach combining individual and directed learning with scheduled seminars and workshops to complement your learning. You will be provided with a clear plan per study module with assessments aligned to the module learning outcomes. 

Dedicated support systems are in place from across the University, and this program benefits from a guest lecture series. Your scheduled time on campus provides you with the opportunity to discuss learning, participate in group activities, and meet with your project supervisor.

Although this will depend upon the individual,  a typical student can expect to spend around 10 hours a week throughout the duration of the course, equivalent to 500 hours of study in total.

Modules are primarily assessed via coursework, so you can benchmark your abilities early on and develop your skills in managing your learning.

Programme director: Dr Valia Rodríguez-Rodríguez 

Teaching staff: 

Core Modules

•    Nisha Dhanda
•    Zahra Gill
•    Dr Amanda Hall
•    Saira Hussain
•    Dr Helen Pryce
•    Professor James Wolffsohn

Neurophysiology Modules

•    Peter Bill
•    Dr Andrew Lawley
•    William McDevitt
•    Dr Valia Rodríguez-Rodríguez 
•    Professor Stefano Seri

Research Modules

•    Dr Amanda Hall
•    Dr Helen Pryce
•    Dr Valia Rodríguez-Rodríguez 

Career prospects

This programme sits within the Department of Health's vision for the Healthcare Science workforce. It has been designed for individuals already in professional practice who want to advance their skills to enhance the diagnosis and treatment of patients and gain a deeper understanding of their clinical neurophysiology practice area or develop knowledge in new areas.

Demands 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 related research areas. Previous graduates have become advanced practitioners or service section leaders.

The programme is designed to meet the NHS's requirements and builds on Aston's established links and extensive experience in health education.
 

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