Nerve Conduction and Evoked Potentials - standalone module

This course is for you if you are looking to develop your knowledge in nerve conduction studies and evoked potentials in clinical practice. You will explore topics such as nerve conduction studies and evoked potential measurements.

Course type
Online / distance learning

Course format

No placements


20 weeks

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Key information, entry requirement and fees

  • Credit value: 20 masters level credits
  • Mode of delivery: Distance learning
  • Course type: Standalone module
  • Start date: October
  • Duration: 20 weeks
  • Time commitment: Although this will depend upon the individual, you a typical student is can expect to spend around 10 hours a week studying throughout the duration of the course, equivalent to 200 hours of study in total
  • Fees (2023/24): £620 per 10 credits.
  • Entry requirements: None

Course outline and what you will study

This module will introduce you to the underlying theory of carrying out nerve conduction studies, evoked potentials and your role in clinical practice. It will enhance your understanding of relevant physiology, how different assessments are used to arrive at a differential diagnosis and build critical thinking.

Following successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the applied anatomy and physiology of the peripheral nervous system
  • Understand the types of electrodes, and their characteristics used in electromyography and nerve conduction studies and evoked potentials
  • Describe the non-pathological sources of error and non-pathological effects on nerve conduction studies
  • Describe the pathological changes in nerve conduction studies, clinical presentation and nerve conduction and electromyography changes in diseases of the peripheral nerves and skeletal muscle
  • Describe the potentials associated with electromyography
  • How to recognise, measure and label, using the correct nomenclature, the major components of all modalities of evoked potentials used in the assessment of patients attending neurophysiology
  • The causes of error encountered and the non-pathological effect in the recording of evoked potentials and their elimination
  • Present clinical presentations and uses of evoked potentials
  • Visual: Flash and Pattern Reversal techniques
  • Understand Auditory brainstem and Auditory Cortical Evoked Potentials Understand somatosensory: Upper and Lower limb assessment
  • Understand the diagnostic value and limitations of evoked potential techniques.

Learning, teaching, assessment and staff

This course is delivered via distance learning. You will access learning materials for general study, revision and assessment via our virtual learning environment, Blackboard. This platform allows you to access a comprehensive range of study materials, scientific journals, e-journals, databases and much more.

Assessment is by coursework submitted throughout the course and will take the form of a poster submission & presentation as well as a final written exam.

Your future career prospects

Our courses offer you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in order to develop your career. In addition, our ethos is to equip you to make a real difference in your field.

Our courses are written and delivered by staff at the forefront of Health and Life Sciences teaching and research. Members of staff practise/have practised professionally. In the recent Teaching Excellence Framework assessment, Aston University was awarded Gold, the highest award possible. In addition, our courses are regularly reviewed by relevant professional experts.

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

Dr Andrew Lawley

Clinical Neurophysiology, Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation


Peter Bill

Clinical Neurophysiology, Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation


Dr Valia Rodriguez-Rodriguez

Lecturer in Neurophysiology 
Medical Doctor. Specialist in Clinical Neurophysiology

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