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
Aston is ranked 2nd in the UK for Health Professions (Guardian University Guide, 2023).
All modules can be taken independently as continuing professional development
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.
- 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
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Fees and scholarships
UK students (2023-24)
Annual tuition fees: £3,650
Annual tuition fees: £6,650
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)
- Introduction to Healthcare and Professional Practice (15 credits)
- Evidence-based Practice (15 credits)
- Professional Communication in Healthcare (15 credits)
- Leadership, Innovation and Quality (15 credits)
- Public Health, Inequalities and Disease
- Nerve Conduction and Evoked Potentials (15 credits)
- Advanced EEG (15 credits)
Dissertation (60 credits)
- Dissertation: Research Methods and Research Proposal (30 credits)
- Dissertation III –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
• Nisha Dhanda
• Zahra Gill
• Dr Amanda Hall
• Saira Hussain
• Dr Helen Pryce
• Professor James Wolffsohn
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.