“My research is in signal analysis. If adopted, detection at an early stage will mean patients can gain a better quality of life.”
Marc Rayan, Course leader
Neuroscience is concerned with investigations of the central and peripheral nervous system. Our specialist degree prepares you for a rewarding research career in human neurosciences, investigating pathological conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy.
Why study BSc Medical Physiology (Neuroscience) at Middlesex?
The research conducted by medical physiologists informs healthcare scientists in the diagnosis and treatment of the full spectrum of neurological conditions. You will graduate from our degree armed with expert knowledge of normal and abnormal physiology and the skills to carry out a range of investigative techniques in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of human disease.
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 will work with ECG machines, EMG (nerve and muscle testing), EEG, audiology (brain-stem potentials), stress and fitness testing in our bespoke science centre
We are at the cutting-edge of research findings that impact on how disease is diagnosed and we encourage our students to enhance their reports with new research
We provide excellence in teaching, ensuring you receive a first-class learning experience, with high levels of tutor support, including lab help by specialist technicians
Our supportive tutors will help to guide you towards research tailored to your interests and you can tailor your learning towards your career aspirations through our unique independent learning module in the final year
Our specialist skills lab for multi-disciplinary clinical physiology is run by professional practitioners and is available for both taught lectures and independent research
What are the career options with a degree in Medical Physiology (Neuroscience)?
Our degree is the ideal step towards postgraduate study, which includes taking a diploma, masters or PhD in a relevant science discipline. This can lead to a career in the NHS as a clinical physiologist, healthcare scientist, physiotherapist, nurse or medical doctor. Fast-track training programmes are available for many NHS professions.
This degree is also an excellent grounding for a variety of careers within research, academia and teaching (within a school, college or university); science communications (journalism or publishing); and scientific sales and marketing (specialising in diagnostic equipment).
Healthcare Science 1
The module introduces students to the scientific basis of healthcare science and aims to provide them with a solid foundation upon which to build the knowledge and skills required to work as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.
Healthcare Science 2
The module aims to provide students with a basic knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis related to healthcare science and with a solid foundation upon which to build the knowledge and skills required to work as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.
The module provides the student with basic theory and practice of neurosensory sciences.
The module provides the student with insight into the organisation and roles of the health and social services in providing patient-centred care, understand what roles and responsibilities of a Healthcare Science Practitioner. In addition, it aims to help students develop their communication, study and teamworking skills.
This module aims provide the student with a solid foundation in neurophysiological recording systems, theory and practice of electroencephalography EEG and visual evoked potentials VEP .
Medical Instrumentation and Imaging
The module aims to provide the student with knowledge and understanding of principles and properties of measurement techniques used in carrying out physiological measurements.
The module provides students with an insight into common neurological conditions and their aetiology, pathological processes, relevant investigations and medical, surgical and palliative treatments. In addition, the module aims to provide students with framework for understanding different types of diseases, which are rare and may encounter in practice or in their studies.
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the biological basis of EEG and pathological processes and the role of EEG in their investigations. The module will also support and develop the work-base training by providing a description of normal and abnormal EEG.
This module aims further deepen the student s understanding of neurophysiological recording systems, theory and practice of electroencephalography EEG and visual evoked potentials VEP . The module will also support and develop the work-base training by providing a description of normal and abnormal EEG. The module also provides student with an overview of other investigative procedures used in clinical practice.
Your knowledge and understanding will be assessed by a variety of assessment methods, including peer presentations, laboratory reports, practical examinations, online quizzes, unseen theory examinations and assessment of clinical practice.
What are the entry requirements for the BSc Medical Physiology (Neuroscience) degree?
Typical offers for this course:
A Levels Three subjects, one of which must be a science
Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma Must be in a science based subject
A-levels (including two A2s with at least one science subject, preferably in biology or chemistry at grade C or better)
GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above are also required
Or Two AVCEs or one double award in Science
Or EDEXCEL National Diploma or Certificate in biology, chemistry, forensic science, laboratory and industrial science, or medical science
Or Access course in applied science, clinical physiology, human or life sciences, medical or paramedical science, or science
Or high school equivalent, such as an International Baccalaureate
DBS (formerly CRB) and health clearances are also required, which must be achieved before the start of the placement. Students do not pay for the DBS and health checks. Students, who do not get either a DBS or health clearance, will be allowed to transfer to another degree, e.g. biomedical science.
New UCAS Tariff
The UCAS Tariff has changed for courses starting in September 2017. The points awarded to each qualification have been lowered in comparison to the previous UCAS Tariff. Our entry requirements are displayed as the grades you will require, however if you wish to find out the equivalent tariff points please use the UCAS calculator.
UK/EU and International students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another university, you may be able to enter a Middlesex University course in year two or three. For further information please visit our Transfer students page.
If you have relevant work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University qualification. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry requirements
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.
Visas and immigration
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.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.0 (with minimum 5.5 in all four components). Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted English tests and qualifications. If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition.
On graduation, you can either continue your studies at postgraduate level by taking a diploma, masters or PhD or seek employment in a variety of careers.
A graduate can undertake further studies for a career in the NHS as a clinical physiologist, healthcare scientist, physiotherapist, nurse or medical doctor. Fast-track training programmes are available for many NHS professions.
A career in education at a school, college or university is also an option. Other science related careers include research and development industry or academia, science communication journalism or publishing, and scientific sales and marketing in particular diagnostic equipment.
“My research is in the area of signal analysis. One example of this involves recording electrical signals from the brain or spinal cord and analysing them with the aim of increasing their diagnostic potential. As a result of this work, we should start to see more effective early diagnosis of various conditions.
“An application of this is in liver disease, where toxins are released from the liver and enter the brain causing neurological symptoms, often before there are any other manifestations of the disease. This research is ongoing but if adopted, detection at an early stage will mean patients can gain a better quality of life sooner.”