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Clinical Neuroscience MSc

Learn about the course below
Code
PGB142
Start
October 2022
Duration
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
Attendance
Full-time
Part-time
Fees
£9,600 (UK) *
£14,800 (EU/INT) *
Course leader
Marc Rayan

This programme focuses on the areas of pathology and clinical diagnostics and so provides an alternate to a postgraduate landscape dominated by computational and imaging aspects of neuroscience. In addition to Neuroscience and Psychology with Neuroscience graduates, the content of this programme also provides CPD opportunities for Health Service practitioners in their first years of clinical practice.

Why study MSc Clinical Neuroscience at Middlesex University?

Our Biomedical and Biological Science courses have a burgeoning international reputation, due to our research in areas including biomarkers, public health and biomodelling. Neurophysiology course leader Dr Marc Rayan has conducted research into signal analysis, and as a former practitioner has clinical experience in the recording and analysis of  electrical signals from the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerves.

Our course will provide you with both in-depth practical experience and comprehensive, up- to-date theoretical knowledge. Our teaching and research facilities are comparable to 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 (Neurophysiologist). For further information please follow the links below:

Course highlights

  • Our staff are supportive and hands-on – ever-ready with advice on your studies, they're also known for their strong pastoral care and for going the extra mile for their students. All our teaching staff are involved in research and many are pioneers in their own field.
  • As well as a sound knowledge of how different problems affect the brain and nervous system, and modern diagnostic and research techniques, you'll develop the critical analysis skills needed for literature reviews and an understanding of relevant ethical issues.
  • Our unique Biomedical Ethics and Law module will give you additional skills to help you progress up the career ladder. You'll cover professional ethics, regulatory frameworks and a range of legal frameworks.
  • The course will also improve your IT, numeracy, research, communication, teamwork, managerial, presentation and problem-solving skills.
  • A dedicated research and statistical methods module.
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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What you will study on the MSc Clinical Neuroscience?

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 two core modules, common to all our postgraduate biomedical and biological science courses: biomedical ethics and law and experimental design and statistics. Alongside these you’ll study six specialist physiology modules: neurobiology; neuropathology; paediatric neurophysiology; peripheral neurophysiology;  acquisition and analysis of neural data; specialised techniques in clinical neurophysiology.

The core modules will cover how to design and carry out experiments and statistical analyses; literature searching, referencing and citation; 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 diagnostic methods.

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. It may be possible 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.

  • Modules

    • Neurobiology - (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide you with current theories of the anatomy, molecular and cellular mechanisms of the nervous system. The emphasis is to provide you with knowledge of the key concepts and the latest theories in neurobiology so that you can understand neurological conditions, critique the neuroscience literature and can model neurological systems.

    • Neuropathology - (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The module reviews our current understanding of the epidemiology, aetiology, pathology, diagnostic investigations and treatment interventions of a range of neurological conditions that are of great public interest today. A primary aim of the module is to enable you to interpret clinical and neuropathological data for the purpose of either research or clinical diagnosis.

    • Peripheral Neurophysiology - (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with a specialised body of current knowledge in the field of peripheral neurophysiology, exploring the concepts of equipment, recording parameters, patient diagnosis and appropriate investigation. You will gain confidence in the interpretation of diagnostic information in peripheral neurophysiology, leading to theories of treatment strategies, and become familiar with specialised and advanced techniques and technologies.

    • Paediatric Neurophysiology - (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with a specialised body of current knowledge in the use of a range of neurophysiological investigations in paediatric patients, exploring the concepts of department design, equipment specification, patient investigation and waveform analysis. You will gain confidence in the interpretation of diagnostic information and become familiar with the specialised techniques and technologies associated with the neurophysiological investigation of very young patients, and with the needs of such patients and their parents / carers.

    • Specialised Techniques in Clinical Neurophysiology - (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with a specialised body of current knowledge in the field of clinical neurophysiology. The emphasis however, will be on acquiring familiarity with the practical skills involved with specialist technologies and investigations. Investigative procedures include evoked potentials, nerve conduction and EMG, with emphasis on interpreting diagnostic information acquired in surgical and ITU environments.

    • Analysis and Parameter Extraction of Neural Data - (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide you with specialised knowledge of current theories and concepts used to acquire and analyse neurological signals. Research methodologies for clinical neurology, neurophysiology and neuroimaging applications will be addressed. It will examine the analysis methods employed in Functional / magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI/fMRI) , Electromyography (EMG), Magnetoencephalography (MEG) and Electrical impedance Tomography (EIT) and enable the development of better analysis tools for neural data.

    • Biomedical Ethics and Law (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide insight into a range of ethical and legal issues that relate to professional practice, to research with human and animal subjects and to human reproduction, particularly various forms of reproductive technology. It will also aim to give students a broad overview of the relevant current UK ethical and legal regulations for research using human tissues. The module will further explore the ethical issues present in the rapidly developing area of genetic technology, including genetic testing and selection, genetic engineering, and the concept of genetic disease. After an introduction to basic ethical theory and legal principles, the focus of the module will be on exploring ways in which, by applying theoretical considerations to practice, ethical and legal issues can be critically analysed and addressed.

    • Experimental Design and Statistics (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide students with the tools required to design effective and efficient experiments and to test scientific hypotheses. The module will also equip students with the tools necessary for statistical analysis in a hypothesis testing context.

    • Research Project (60 credits) - Compulsory

      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 can find more information about this course in the programme specification.

How will the MSc Clinical Neuroscience be taught?

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.

Assessment

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.

  1. Standard entry requirements
  2. International (inc. EU)
  3. How to apply
  1. UK
  2. EU/International
  3. Additional costs
  4. Scholarships and bursaries

How can our MSc in Clinical Neuroscience support your career?

If you're already working in neurophysiology, our MSc will help you progress to a more senior position.. 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.

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.


We’ll carefully manage any future changes to courses, or the support and other services available to you, if these are necessary because of things like changes to government health and safety advice, or any changes to the law.

Any decisions will be taken in line with both external advice and the University’s Regulations which include information on this.

Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.

At all times we’ll aim to keep you well informed of how we may need to respond to changing circumstances, and about support that we’ll provide to you.

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