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Healthcare Science (Neurophysiology) BSc Honours

With a skillset that’s in high demand, there’s never been a better time to study neurophysiology.
Code
B140
Start
October 2020
Duration
3 years full-time
Attendance
Full-time
Fees
£9,250 (UK/EU) *
Course leader
Marc Rayan

Why study healthcare science (neurophysiology) with us

Neurophysiology skills are in short supply, and our specialist neurophysiology course equips you with the most demanded expertise, experience and skillset to make an impact as a healthcare scientist.

Through a mix of analysis, lab work and a 50 week industry placement, you’ll develop the knowledge, skills and experience to confidently investigate, diagnose, treat and monitor a range of neurological disorders, including epilepsy, strokes, dementia, nerve and muscle dysfunction and multiple sclerosis.

This course is accredited by the National School of Healthcare Science.

Get hands-on experience with us

Our excellent relationships with local NHS Trusts give you access to work placements at some of London's most prestigious healthcare institutions.

You’ll get to grips with the latest equipment as you put your skills into practice in our state-of-the-art laboratories. You'll use EEG, EMG, and NCS, learning how to execute specialist procedures.

We’ve developed our course to meet the demands of the Department of Health's Modernising Scientific Careers programme. This means you’ll develop the specific skills that are in short supply – and high demand – within the field. You'll be qualified to work at the heart of the NHS as a healthcare scientist in neurophysiology.

We’ll give you the support you need to succeed

You also get the support you need to succeed. From your Personal Tutor to your Graduate Academic Assistant, each one has studied your subject and will provide the support you need based on their own experience. If you need a little help with writing, numeracy or library skills, we can help with that too.

The NHS has recognised a skills shortage in the field of neurophysiology, and our specialist healthcare science courses are designed to equip you with a skillset that meets the growing demands of the healthcare sector.


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What will you study on the BSc Healthcare Science (Neurophysiology)?

Learning to apply scientific principles of healthcare science to patient care will be at the heart of all you study. You will develop the understanding and confidence to execute specialist procedures in neurophysiology, including: EEG (electroencephalography) - recording the electrical activity of the brain; evoked potentials – measuring brain responses to specific stimuli; and EMG (Electromyography) and NCS (Nerve Conduction Studies) - assessing nerve and muscle function.

You will learn to perform a wide range of clinical procedures competently, in accordance with health and safety guidelines, and within the scope of practice and professional codes of conduct.

What will you gain?

You will graduate with the ability to critically evaluate research evidence in the context of current theory and practice and will have the confidence to solve clinical problems under pressure. You will also have gained the communication skills to provide an excellent standard of patient care.

Modules

  • Year 1

    • Professional Practice (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The module is designed to ensure that you acquire the knowledge, gain the skills and develop the attitude required for a career as a Healthcare Science Practitioner. It also provides an insight into the roles and responsibilities of the practitioner and helps you develop your communication, study and team working skills.

    • Biological Basis of Healthcare (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module aims to provide you with basic knowledge and understanding of the biology related to healthcare, with a solid foundation upon which to build the knowledge and skills required to work as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

    • Social Aspects of Healthcare (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The module introduces you to the principles and core concepts of the sociology of health & illness, plus the importance of epidemiology, health prevention & protection and public health function.

    • Clinical Technology and Mathematics (15 credits) - Compulsory

      The module introduces you to the basic principles of both physics and mathematics that are related to healthcare and ensures that you have a good range of the mathematical and statistical skills that underpin the practice of healthcare science.

    • Physics and Measurements (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with an introduction to the physical and mathematical principles that underpin the concepts of instrumentation used in the Neurosensory Sciences and measurements.

    • Anatomy and Physiology of the Nervous System (30 credits) - Compulsory

      The module provides you with basic theory and practice of neurosensory sciences.

  • Year 2

    • Research Methods and Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the importance of research, development and innovation in clinical practice. In addition, it provides the underpinning knowledge required to undertake a research project. A final aim is to prepare you for a career as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

    • Medical Instrumentation and Imaging (15 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you with knowledge and understanding of principles and properties of measurement techniques used in carrying out physiological measurements.

    • Pathophysiology of the Central and Peripheral Nervous System (45 Credits) - Compulsory

      The module provides you 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 you with framework for understanding different types of diseases, which are rare and may encounter in Neurophysiology practice or in your studies.

    • Applied Clinical Neurophysiology 1 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims provide you with a solid foundation in neurophysiological recording systems, theory and practice of electroencephalography (EEG) and visual evoked potentials (VEP).

  • Year 3

    • Professional Practice (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module provides you with consolidate knowledge and technical skills gained earlier in the programme. In addition, the module provides an opportunity to undertake a full range of practice required to work effectively as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

    • Dissertation (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will build on the skills you have acquired when undertaking previous research modules, and from the knowledge gained throughout the programme. Further development of analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted. You will be enabled to pursue areas of individual interest in the subject area appropriate to your target award and will have the opportunity of gaining increased theoretical and practical knowledge in a chosen specialist field. Individual research experience will be gained in an area that may provide future employment opportunities. Personal responsibility for own learning through self-directed study and supervised preparation will be fostered. It is an integral part of the degree programme, furthering the development of skills in critical analysis and reflection.

    • Neuroanatomy and Pathology (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to provide you 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-based training by providing a description of normal and abnormal EEG.

    • Applied Clinical Neurophysiology 2 (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module aims to further deepen your understanding of neurophysiological recording systems, theory and practice of electroencephalography (EEG) and visual evoked potentials (VEP). The module will also support and develop the placement-based training by providing a basis for description of normal and abnormal EEG features. The module will provide you with an overview of other investigative procedures used in clinical practice.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.

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How can BSc Healthcare Science (Neurophysiology) support your career?

The NHS is one of the largest employers in the world and this degree provides you with the skills, knowledge and experience to work at the heart of the NHS as a healthcare scientist in neurophysiology. The NHS has recognised a skills shortage in this area and our course is designed to meet the requirements of the sector.

As a Healthcare Scientist you will work directly with inpatients and outpatients of all ages (babies, children and adults) and your investigations may include:

EEG (electroencephalography)
A recording of the electrical activity of the brain from the scalp which is mainly used in the diagnosis of epilepsy and monitoring of people with this condition

Evoked potentials
These are potentials produced by the brain in response to specific stimuli, for example a flashing light or sounds. Evoked Potential are used in diagnosis of various conditions including Multiple Sclerosis and eye conditions like night blindness.

EMG (electromyography) and NCS (nerve conduction studies)
These assess function of the nerves and muscles within the body. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is commonly diagnosed using NCS. EMG is used in conditions affecting nerve and muscle function including myasthenia gravis, motor neurone disease among others.

You can also find useful information about medical engineering careers on the NHS Careers website.

Marc Rayan
Programme Leader

Marcstarted teaching clinical neurophysiology in 2002 and continued to practice professionally while also undertaking research projects - all helping to guide the next generation of neurophysiologists.

Would you like to look inside someone's head? Would you like to support a team of NHS healthcare professionals to diagnose diseases of the nervous system? If the answer to either of these questions is yes, you should consider a career in neurophysiology.

80% of all clinical decisions are influenced by opinions and results determined by healthcare scientists; neurophysiologists using a test such as the EEG is one example of this. After studying with us you will be using state-of-the-art equipment in a highly specialised environment to screen and help diagnose a wide range of patients; you may even assist in surgical procedures to help your patients on the road to recovery.

You will become experts in conditions affecting brain, spinal cord and even the smallest nerves in your fingers and toes!

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