MSc Advanced Clinical Practice (Neurological Rehabilitation)

Brunel University London

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Program Overview

Are you an experienced allied health professional? Do you want to develop your expertise as a clinician in the area of neuroscience? This course will develop and enhance your clinical expertise, and teach you the fundamentals of research so that you can critically reflect on your practice in neurorehabilitation, your patients and yourself. You’ll explore links between research, theory, policy and practice, and how to apply them to optimise practice and service delivery. You'll become an effective leader and practitioner in the field of neurorehabilitation.
The full master's course can be studied 1 year full-time or 3 years part-time starting in September. If you don’t want to commit to full or part-time study of the entire master's, you can develop your educational portfolio over a longer period of time by undertaking staged study that leads to the award of Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) and MSc in separate stages. Each stage can be studied 1 year part-time starting in September. You can also study the combined PgDip (PgCert and PgDip) as a 2 year part-time course starting in January. The MSc stage (dissertation) can also be studied 1 year part-time starting in May.
All incoming health and social care students must be double vaccinated against Covid-19 before the start of the course. More information can be found on the Immunisation Checking web page. ***Please note Brunel is aware that the mandatory vaccine policy is under Ministerial review and we will add an update here in due course.***




LondonUnited Kingdom

  Course Duration

12 Months

  Tuition Fee

£ 20,450




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Course content
You’ll benefit from a course designed to incorporate a multidisciplinary perspective, that’s mapped against the Advanced Clinical Practice framework as set out by Health Education England. You’ll study key modules in clinical leadership and research. Alongside this, your specialist modules will cover areas specific to neurological rehabilitation; from broadening your knowledge relating to functional neuroscience for rehabilitation of movement, through to critically evaluating neuroscientific research in the treatment and management of neurological conditions.
You'll also be able to support your study learning portfolio by choosing from a range of optional modules from our Advanced Clinical Practice named specialist pathways; Cardiovascular Health, Critical Care, Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy and Pelvic Health.
At Brunel, we understand the challenges of fitting study around work and family life. For this reason, we have designed this course to be flexible, so that it can fit around your current commitments. You can study full-time, part-time or even just take one or more CPPD modules for your professional development and return to complete your course at a later date.
This course can be studied 1 year full-time, 3 years part-time or 1 year (staged study) part-time, starting in September. Or this course can be studied 2 years (PgCert + PgDip) part-time, starting in January. Or this course can be studied 1 year (staged study) part-time, starting in May.
Year 1

  • PH5612 - Advanced Clinical Leadership
  • This module aims to develop advanced knowledge, skills, qualities and behaviours of leadership for clinical healthcare professionals working in a range of roles in healthcare settings in the NHS. This knowledge and skills literacy will nurture and enhance existing team-working skills and clinical leadership requirements in order to evidence advanced level skills.
  • PH5604 - Qualitative Research in Health and Social Care
  • This module aims to critically explore, reflect upon and develop qualitative research skills and knowledge in health, and to explore qualitative approaches in research in the context of their philosophical, societal, and cultural underpinnings.
  • PH5603 - Quantitative Methods and Design for Health Science Research
  • This module aims to critically explore, reflect and develop understanding of statistical approaches to the analysis of quantitative data in health science research, and to gain practical skills in analysing key research designs using standard statistical software package appropriate to biomedical and health research.
  • PH5611 - Dissertation
  • The dissertation aims for students to learn about research by working with an academic supervisor on a topic relevant to their clinical specialist practice, to demonstrate their ability to integrate conceptual and theoretical issues within their clinical specialist practice or discipline, and to learn how to design and conduct an original piece of research in an area relevant to their clinical specialist practice or discipline.
  • PH5631 - Clinical Applications in Neurorehabilitation
  • By exploring the link between theory and practice, and through critical evaluation of current evidence for the effectiveness of selected rehabilitation techniques in common use, this module aims to enhance the students’ ability to critically reflect upon their day to day practice and to objectively rationalise and justify their clinical decision making, their choice of techniques and approaches, and how to critically evaluate their effect when working with people with neurological disorders.
  • PH5632 - Cognitive and Behavioural Issues in Neurorehabilitation
  • This module aims to broaden knowledge of theories relating to motor learning and control, including concepts relating to performance breakdown and skill re-acquisition in neurorehabilitation, and to gain insight into theoretical models relating to anxiety and stress management and their implications for neurorehabilitation.
  • PH5615 - Facilitating Learning and Teaching in Clinical Practice
  • This module aims to provide practitioners with advanced knowledge and skills for the planning, organisation, delivering, teaching and evaluation of effective programmes for clinical training in specialist practice. Current research and theory underpinning the educational process which support a challenging and supportive teaching and learning environment for clinical practice will be explored aiming to enhance practitioners’ individual ability to critically appraise and augment their skills, knowledge and actively contribute to the education awareness for members of their healthcare team, patients, service users and carers.
  • PH5629 - Functional Neuroscience for Rehabilitation
  • This module aims to develop and update student’s knowledge of functional neuroscience underpinning neurorehabilitation, to critically evaluate neuroscientific research in health and treatment of neurological disorders, and to explore how advances in basic and clinical neuroscience research impact on professional practice in neurorehabilitation.
  • PH5630 - Neurophysiological Basis for Rehabilitation of Movement
  • This module aims to develop student’s knowledge of clinical neurophysiology relevant to rehabilitation of movement, to explore current research in neural and muscular components of movement using both a cellular- and systems- based approach, and to critically examine research into movement disorders and how the research informs clinical practice in neurorehabilitation.

Must have a pre-registration degree in a relevant allied health profession with at least one year of post-graduation specialist clinical work experience. You should already hold the minimum of one years’ postgraduation experience at the point you apply.

2022/23 entry
£8,735 full-time
£4,365 part-time
£20,450 full-time
£10,225 part-time
UK Staged Master £2,910 per stage.
International Staged Master £6,815 per stage.
Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 
Fees for EU applicants – For entry in 2022/23 academic year, eligible EU applicants will have the same tuition fees as UK students to continue our support during this transition period. These fees will be applied for the duration of the course.

On this course you’ll have learnt to analyse complex information, manage uncertainty, deal with abstract concepts and use critical reflective practice. These are all skills that will advance your career within the health and social care environment. You’ll have acquired the expertise to improve the lives of people with disease, trauma or disorders of the nervous system in a multi-disciplinary and holistic way.
This programme is ideal for clinicians with one or more years of experience, clinical leads, managers and research academics who are looking to develop and improve their expertise in neurology and rehabilitation.


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