Clinical Science (Neurosensory Sciences) MSc

Embark on the career pathway for Healthcare Scientists, accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science by studying the MSc Clinical Science (Neurosensory Sciences) at Aston University. The scheme aims to provide an appropriately trained workforce to work in the NHS through clinical science training.


Location: Aston University, Birmingham

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Course format


3 years

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Course outline and modules

The Department of Health has introduced a new career pathway for Healthcare Scientists. Students are employed within NHS Departments and released to undertake academic study. Please note, this course is commissioned by the National School of Healthcare Science, therefore, you do not apply directly to the Aston University for this course. 

This includes clinical science training to provide an appropriately trained workforce to work in the NHS. This requires the education and training of practitioners in the division of neurosensory science. This division is made up of 3 pathways:

  • Audiology
  • Neurophysiology
  • Ophthalmic and Vision Sciences.

Students undertake common learning throughout the programme but also have specialist topics in year two and three.


Core Modules (75 credits)
  • Introduction to Healthcare and Professional Practice (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Sensory Sciences (30 credits)
  • Evidence-based Practice (15 credits)
  • Leadership, Innovation and Quality (15 credits).
Audiology Pathway (45 credits)
  • Adult Audiology: Assessment and Management (15 credits)
  • Paediatric Audiology: Assessment and Management (15 credits)
  • Vestibular Assessment and Management (15 credits).
Neurophysiology Pathway (45 credits)
  • Nerve Conduction and Evoked Potentials (15 credits)
  • Paediatric EEG (15 credits)
  • Neurophysiology Practice (15 credits).
Ophthalmic and Vision Science Pathway (45 credits)
  • Ophthalmic and Vision Science (30 credits)
  • Ophthalmic Imagining (15 credits).
Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Dissertation: Research Methods and Research Proposal (30 credits)
  • Dissertation III - Research Project (30 credits).


Key information, entry requirements and fees

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, and students normally complete a series of block sessions on campus each term. Full details of 2022 entry dates will be released in due course.

Criminal Records Check (DBS) and Fitness to Practise information:

Students enrolling onto this course will be required to undertake an Enhanced Level Criminal Records Bureau check (known as a DBS check) - this will be completed via your employers. 

In line with national requirements for courses leading to a health professional qualification, this course is also subject to Fitness to Practise Regulations.

Discover more about DBS Checks & Fitness to Practice.

Entry requirements:

Entry requirements are set by the NHS. Applicants must possess a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a pure or applied science subject.

For applicants who obtained their degree outside the UK, the degree/qualification must be deemed to be at least of equivalent standing. 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. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

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. 

Duration: 3 years

Start dates: September

Intake: Approximately 20 students per year

Fees: This course is funded by the NHS.

How to apply:

Applications are made to the NHS. Information and applications for the Scientist Training Programme (STP) are available on the NHS Careers website. Once you have been selected by the NHS to take this course you will be required to complete an Aston University online application form.

UK postgraduate loans are now open

If you’re starting a masters course on or after 1 August 2021, you can apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £11,570 to help with course fees and living costs.

UK postgraduate loans are now open


At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

20 per cent postgraduate alumni scholarship

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science.

Learning, teaching, assessment and staff

Learning and teaching

You will be taught via a blended learning approach, where you will have online materials hosted on our virtual learning environment (Blackboard), as well as scheduled seminars and workshops to complement your learning. You’ll be provided with a clear plan per module of study with assessments aligned to the module learning outcomes, and will develop your skills per year as well as having the opportunity to carry out a range of research projects. 

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


The first year is mostly assessed via coursework, so you are able to benchmark your abilities early on and to develop your skills in managing your own learning. In the second and third years of the course you will undertake a research project, with an associated research methods module to develop your skills in this area.

Key staff

Programme director: Saira Hussain

Teaching staff

Career prospects

This course 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. 

Our graduates will be well placed to enter careers in hospitals, community-based practice and also related research areas. Previous graduates have become advanced practitioners or gone on to lead a section of service.

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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