Neurophysiologists diagnose and monitor disorders of the brain and nervous system, from epilepsy, strokes, multiple sclerosis, dementia and Parkinson's disease right down to problems with the tiniest nerves. It's an intellectually challenging, practical and rewarding specialism which can bring you into direct contact with the patients you'll be helping. There is currently a shortage of suitably qualified neurophysiologists in the NHS- which is where our course comes in.
Our Biomedical and Biological Science courses have a burgeoning international reputation, due to our world-class research in areas including biomarkers, public health and biomodelling. Neurophysiology course leader Marc Rayan has conducted groundbreaking research into signal analysis, which involves recording and analysing electrical signals from the brain and spinal cord and is expected to make earlier diagnosis of several conditions possible.
Our course will provide you with both in-depth practical experience and comprehensive, up- to-date theoretical knowledge. Our teaching and research facilities surpass those at some UK medical schools and are the perfect place to work on your own research project. We have a specialist clinical physiology laboratory, which houses a wide range of diagnostic equipment and is run by experienced practitioners. As well as attending practical classes in the lab, you'll be able to use it for independent study and research; you'll also have access to specialist journals.
Please Note: this programme will not lead to a qualification as a Healthcare Scientist (Cardiac Physiologist/Neuro Physiologist). For further information please follow the links below:
You’ll gain a sound understanding of potential problems and diseases of the brain and nervous system, the equipment and techniques that can be used to diagnose them and possible treatments. You’ll study three core modules, common to all our postgraduate biomedical and biological science courses: biomedical ethics and law, laboratory leadership and management, and experimental design and statistics. Alongside these you’ll study five specialist cardiac physiology modules: advanced signal processing; paediatric neurophysiology; peripheral neurophysiology; neurophysiology in intensive care; and intraoperative monitoring in neurophysiology.
The core modules will cover how to design and carry out experiments and statistical analyses; literature searching, referencing and citation; aspects of managing a laboratory, from people management to business plans and budgets; safety, regulations and quality management; and ethical and legal issues, such as those surrounding research on animals and humans, assisted reproduction and genetics.
The specialist modules will cover physiological signal sampling and analysis, including EMG and EEG; neurophysiology in children; peripheral neurophysiology and different NCV recording techniques; neurophysiological monitoring in intensive care; and neurophysiological monitoring during operations.
You’ll then work on a dissertation, which will involve planning and carrying out your own independent, analytical research project and critically evaluating your results. You can choose to do either an experimental or observational study, and can base your project at your workplace if you’re in relevant employment. As part of your project, you’ll research relevant literature and carry out a literature review. You’ll present your findings through a written report and a verbal presentation.
If you don’t want to or aren’t able to complete the full MSc, you can also obtain a PG Cert or PG Dip, studying four modules for a PG Cert and eight for a PG Dip, omitting the dissertation.
Module aims to develop students' skills in planning and execution of an analytical, laboratory-based study and critical evaluation of real research results drawing on their acquired knowledge from other modules. In addition, the module aims to develop students' communication skills to enable them to communicate their findings in written and oral form.
You will attend practical laboratory sessions, lectures and seminars, and carry out your own study and research in your spare time, which will include the use of online resources.
As well as practical and theoretical exams and your research project and dissertation, methods of assessment will include written assignments, including laboratory reports, and presentations. You’ll receive regular feedback on your work, including your assessed work, and will also be asked to evaluate your own work.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
Our course will provide qualified cardiac physiologists with advanced knowledge and skills required to work in the NHS. You'll be equally well-qualified to do a PhD and move onto a career in research (for which an MSc is increasingly becoming a requirement), developing new diagnostic techniques and treatments. If you're already working in neurophysiology, our MSc will help you progress to a more senior position.
As well as in-depth knowledge of your subject, our course will provide you with many transferable skills. It will improve your research, data collection and interpretation, IT, numeracy, communication, presentation, teamwork and problem-solving skills, as well as your confidence and your ability to work under your own initiative and manage your own time.
Find out about our postgraduate scholarships worth up to 50% of the tuition fee.
MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Clinical Physiology
This course is offered full time or part time. You can choose to study the full Masters or a PG Diploma or PG Certificate. The fees below refer to the 2017/18 academic year unless otherwise stated.
|Full time course fees 2017||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Part time course fees 2017*||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Masters (120 taught credits|
+ 60 credits for dissertation)
|PG Dip (120 taught credits)||TBC||TBC|
|PG Cert (60 taught credits)||TBC||TBC|
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.