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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.
September 2023
3 years full-time
£9,250 (UK) *
£15,100 (INT) *
Course leader
Marc Rayan

This course has reached full capacity and will no longer be recruiting for September 2023. The next course entry will be September 2024.

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.

In our partnership with Saracens Rugby Club, you’ll have access to the fantastic resources at StoneX Stadium, including the brand new £23 million redevelopment project of the West Stand which offers state-of-the-art facilities as a top educational and high performance centre for teaching and research excellence. With some of the most advanced equipment in the UK, you will be able to utilise the new specialist spaces, simulation suites, specialist labs, plus much more.

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.


  • Year 1 - Compulsory

    • Professional Practice (15 credits)

      The module is designed to ensure that you acquires 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 will help you develop your communication, study and team working skills.

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

      The module provides you with the basic theory and practice of neurosensory sciences. On successful completion of this module you will be able to describe the structure and functions of the auditory, visual, and central and peripheral nervous system and outline pathophysiology of common diseases of these systems. You will also be able to choose the appropriate equipment to record physiological data or make recordings following standard operating procedures.

    • Physics and Measurements (15 credits)

      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.

    • Clinical Technology and Mathematics (15 credits)

      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.

    • Social Aspects of Healthcare (15 credits)

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

    • Biological Basis of Healthcare (30 credits)

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

  • Year 2 - Compulsory

    • Research Methods and Professional Practice (30 credits)

      The module aims to provide you with 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. Finally, it will also prepare you for a career as a Healthcare Science Practitioner.

    • Applied Clinical Neurophysiology (30 credits)

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

    • Medical Instrumentation and Imaging (15 credits)

      The module aims to provide you with the 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)

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

  • Year 3 - Compulsory

    • Professional Practice (30 credits)

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

    • Applied Clinical Neurophysiology II (30 credits)

      This module aims 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 your work-based training by providing a description of normal and abnormal EEG. The module also provides you with an overview of other investigative procedures used in clinical practice.

    • Neuroanatomy and Pathology (30 credits)

      This module aims to equip you with a detailed understanding of neuroanatomy including the physiological functions of the anatomic structures of the brain and spinal cord and in relation to the most common neurological conditions. You will explore the use of EEG for investigating the dysfunction of brain structures in neurological conditions.

    • Dissertation

      This module will build on the skills and knowledge the apprentice has gained throughout the programme. Further development of analysis, critical thinking and scientific literary style will be promoted. The apprentice will be enabled to pursue areas of individual interest in the subject area appropriate to their 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.

More information about this course

See the course specification for more information:

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!

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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