Neurophysiology PgCert

Study the Neurophysiology Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) at Aston University to become more autonomous in your role and to develop the ability to evaluate and improve services for patients.

 

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Part-time, Online / distance learning

Course format

No placements

Duration

1 year

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
     
  • A first or upper second class honours degree in a life sciences based subject. 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 or 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: 1 year

Start dates: September 2023
 

Fees

(2023-24) Total: £3,650 

Program outline and modules

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

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:

•    Nerve Conduction and Evoked Potentials (15 credits)
•    Advanced EEG  (15 credits) – to take this module it is mandatory previous knowledge of basic EEG as the topics in this module are on advanced EEG.
 

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. 

It will be the candidate's responsibility to negotiate the studies days and attendance to the program activities with his/her department.
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 and participate in group activities.

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

Neurophysiology Modules
•    Peter Bill
•    Dr Andrew Lawley
•    William McDevitt
•    Dr Valia Rodríguez-Rodríguez
•    Prof. Stefano Seri
 

Career prospects

This programme 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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