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Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Neuroscience / Neurobiology Physiology (Human)

Course type


Course Summary

This course is for you if you are an existing neurophysiologist and wish to obtain the skills and knowledge to become more autonomous in your role. You will gain an accredited qualification recognising your expertise and develop the ability to improve and evaluate services for patients - becoming an advanced practitioner. The programme provides existing practitioners with the skills and knowledge to become more autonomous in their roles and have the ability to improve and evaluate services for patients - to become an advanced practitioner. The modules are available by distance / blended learning, allowing you flexibility in the way that you study. The majority of the teaching and learning material is delivered via the virtual learning environment (Blackboard 9). Students are provided with a study guide for modules which ensures they are aware of what material needs covering when. The mandatory modules are mostly assessed via coursework so students are able to benchmark their abilities early on and to develop their skills in managing their learning. Students are on campus for short periods each term when they have the opportunity to participate in group activities, tutorials, skills laboratories and seminars.

This programme sits within the Department of Health’s vision for the Healthcare Science workforce. The aim is to develop practitioners who can improve the scientific profile within healthcare and who have the requisite skills to enhance both the diagnosis and treatment of patients in the NHS. It is also aimed at NHS neurophysiology practitioners who wish to undertake an academic qualification as part of their professional development. Individual modules can be undertaken as part of the School’s flexible credit accumulation system leading to a post-graduate certificate, diploma or master's qualification. The ageing population means that demand for assessment and treatment services is set to rise substantially over the coming years. Our graduates will be well placed to develop careers in hospitals, community-based practice and also relate to research areas. The programme is designed to formally meet the requirements of the NHS and builds on Aston’s established links and extensive experience of health education. Accredited by the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists under the Modernising Scientific Careers Accredited Scientific Practice programme.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


1 year

Start date



The overall aim of this introductory module is to provide a broad knowledge and understanding of science and scientific knowledge, contextualised to the practice of healthcare science and the services provided by their healthcare science division/specialism.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a first or upper second class honours degree in clinical physiology or equivalent in a life sciences based subject e.g., chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy, pharmaceutical technology, pharmacology, physiology, physical science subject is required or, when outside the UK, a degree or qualification deemed to be at least of equivalent standing. All students are considered on an individual basis based on their qualifications, experience, references and motivation.