Postgraduate Diploma in Neurology
As the population ages, the prevalence of neurological conditions such as headaches, migraines, stroke, dementia and Parkinson’s disease continues to rise, creating an increased demand for neurological specialists. Our comprehensive online Postgraduate Diploma in Neurology is designed to equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to diagnose, treat and manage a wide range of neurological disorders.
If you have a background in medicine, nursing or another allied health profession, studying a neurology postgraduate course with Learna | Diploma MSc will allow you to upskill and address the rising demand for neurological specialists, all the while enhancing your career, opening up new opportunities for progression and development.
Next intake: 2024 MarchKey Facts
By pursuing a neurology postgraduate course, you embark on a rewarding career journey where you can make a tangible impact on the lives of patients. Whether aiding patients in their recovery from neurological injuries, providing relief from chronic pain, or assisting with adjustments to life with a neurological disorder, the transformative difference you can make after completing a clinical neurology course is undeniable. Studying neurology allows you to develop a deep understanding of the human brain and nervous system, and use this knowledge to help patients to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives.
Upon successfully completing this neurology course, graduates will have the expertise needed to provide high-quality care to patients with neurological conditions, and may be eligible to apply for specialist roles in neurology or other related fields. Graduates may choose to further their education in neuroscience with a neurology master’s degree or a PhD to continue to deepen their understanding of the field of neurology and develop critical research skills.
Studying our neurology courses online means that you can study from anywhere in the world at a time that suits you, balancing full-time work and family commitments with your studies and career progression.
University of Buckingham
The University of Buckingham is the only independent university in the UK with a Royal Charter, and also one of the smallest with around 2,700 students, who study for honours degrees in two intensive years of study. The University houses it's own medical school and was ranked first for student satisfaction in 2018, 2019 and 2020 by the Complete University Guide.
Next intake: 2024 March Key Facts
Why Study a Neurology Postgraduate Diploma with Learna
We have over 10 years’ experience delivering online courses, giving you access to flexible, affordable distance learning in partnership with world-leading educators.
Our courses are 100% online. No fixed study times mean you can log in and learn whenever and wherever.
Multidisciplinary - study in a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.
All of our programmes are authored and developed by world leading experts in their field.
Our faculty are selected due to their subject expertise, experience and teaching abilities to ensure the highest standards of educational excellence.
Get a University Validated postgraduate qualification in just 1 calendar year instead of 2 academic years.
40% of our alumni reported an increase in salary 2 years after studying with us.
Who is this course for?
Our neurology degree is designed for healthcare professionals who have a background in medicine, nursing, or allied health professions, and who wish to specialise in the field of neurology. These include:
- Neurological rehabilitation specialists
- Primary care physicians
- Neurodiagnostic technologists
- Nurse practitioners
- Specialists in related fields including stroke, acute medicine, paediatrics and psychiatry.
How Will I Learn?
You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.
Our courses are conducted entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios.
These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.
CurriculumThe Neurology Diploma is a one-year course, consisting of six modules (120 credits).
To provide a systematic understanding of the knowledge and skills required to identify, diagnose, treat, and manage a range of acute neurological conditions in a variety of settings using the latest evidence-based knowledge and stimulating discussion on different diagnoses.
- Acute headache (including migraine)
- Acute central nervous system infections (including meningitis)
- Acute weakness, paraplegia, paraparesis
- Acute encephalopathy
- Neurology in cancer
- Acute confusion and delirium
- Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the presentation, diagnosis, and management of a range of acute neurological conditions
- Critically evaluate the evidence and guidance relating to the diagnosis, investigation, and management of acute neurological conditions
- Synthesise the evidence and critically apply it to the management of patients presenting with acute neurological symptoms
To develop a comprehensive understanding of the presentation, investigation, and management of patients with epilepsy or epilepsy mimics, while increasing the knowledge surrounding the semiology of seizures and the management of chronic epilepsy in a variety of settings.
- Acute management
- Semiology of seizures
- Management and investigation of chronic epilepsy
- Epilepsy mimics
- Critically apply a systematic understanding of the presentation, diagnosis, and management of epilepsy and conditions which mimic epilepsy
- Critically evaluate the evidence and guidance relating to the diagnosis, investigation, and management of epilepsy
- Construct management strategies for the investigation and clinical management of presentations of epilepsy to strategically enhance team performance in complex situations
To develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the presentations, investigations, and management of patients experiencing transient ischaemic attacks and strokes, including methods of prevention and rehabilitation that would involve multidisciplinary team approaches in a variety of settings.
- Classification and identification of transient ischaemic attack
- Stroke presentations
- Investigation and management of stroke
- Primary and secondary prevention of stroke
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Stroke mimics
- Develop a systematic understanding of the presentation, diagnosis, and management of transient ischaemic attacks, stroke, and stroke mimics
- Critically evaluate the evidence and guidance relating to the diagnosis, investigation, and management of transient ischaemic attacks and stroke
- Develop an ability to synthesise the evidence and critically interpret this into the care of patients presenting with transient ischaemic attacks and strokes including the role of the multidisciplinary team
To develop an understanding of multiple sclerosis including the presentations, classification, investigation, and management of patients with multiple sclerosis and other neuro-inflammatory conditions in a variety of settings.
- Multiple sclerosis presentation and classification
- Multiple sclerosis investigation strategies
- Multiple sclerosis specific management
- Long-term management and rehabilitation of multiple sclerosis
- Other neuro-inflammatory conditions
- Other neuro-inflammatory conditions (continued)
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the diagnosis, treatment, and management of multiple sclerosis and other neuroinflammatory conditions
- Develop an ability to critically evaluate and synthesise the evidence relating to the diagnosis and management of a patient presenting with multiple sclerosis and other neuro-inflammatory conditions
- Synthesise the evidence and implement the knowledge into clinical practice to improve the management of patients presenting with multiple sclerosis and other neuro-inflammatory conditions
To develop an in-depth understanding of the diagnosis, classification, and management of peripheral neurological disorders utilising current findings and guidance in a variety of settings.
- Acute Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) and GBS like disorders
- Mononeuritis multiplex and differential diagnoses
- Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
- Entrapment neuropathies
- Chronic neuropathies
- Genetic neuronopathies
- Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the assessment, classification, and management of a range of peripheral neurological disorders
- Critically evaluate the evidence and guidance relating to the diagnosis, investigation, and management of peripheral neurological disorders
- Synthesise the evidence and critically interpret this into the care of patients presenting with a range of peripheral neurological disorders
To develop a comprehensive understanding of the classification, diagnosis, and management of neurodegenerative conditions in a variety of settings, through the analysis of the latest guidance and findings.
- Presentation and differential diagnosis in movement disorders
- Parkinson’s disease and multisystem atrophy
- Parkinson’s disease evidence-based management
- Classification, identification, and diagnosis of cognitive impairment
- Investigation and management of cognitive impairment
- Motor neurone disease (MND)
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the diagnosis, treatment, and management of a range of neurodegenerative conditions
- Critically evaluate the evidence and guidance relating to the diagnosis, investigation, and management of neurodegenerative conditions
- Synthesise the evidence and critically interpret this into the care of patients presenting with neurodegenerative conditions
The Neurology Postgraduate Diploma course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis, and evidence-based care. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.
The modules on the Diploma in Neurology course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor.
Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing, and marking your work throughout. You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module.
These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your everyday work and practice.
Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies.
Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.
- Case problems reflective of day-to-day practice/research will be presented for the students to consider and answer every week.
- Students discuss the concepts being presented in the case within their online group discussion forum, facilitated throughout the module by their tutor and marked by them at the end of the module.
- The content of the academic forum is based on the learning outcomes for the module.
The online reflective journal is a learning portfolio that requires students to record and critically reflect on their learning. Reflection is an important aspect of the programme since the professionals will be able to spend time considering how their practice compares to the themes being discussed in the module. The tutor provides feedback to the student weekly and marks it at the end of the module. Reflective practice is a requirement for healthcare professionals for professional re-validation and professional development.
For this assessment, students will work on a group assignment and/or an individual assignment.
- Group assignments are designed to hone skills in the multidisciplinary, holistic approach to modern treatments and patient management by requiring group participation in a single piece of work.
- Individual assignments are designed to hone skills in academic career progression through such tasks as reviewing papers, developing scientific posters or abstracts, peer-reviewing, social media activities, patient information leaflets and essays.
- Case problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination with multiple-choice questions directly test the reasoning and knowledge objectives of the module.
- The online exam is marked automatically.
- The examination tests related theory and problem-solving skills.
Since our neurology courses are conducted entirely online, they are accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.
Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare field, such as a medical or nursing degree.
Registered healthcare professionals without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at a postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.
- A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
- A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
- The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer, or former tutor.
- A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
- A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).
English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS (with an overall score of 6.5 and a minimum of 6.0 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.
If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry, you can also contact our admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the qualifications we accept.
Option 1: Upfront Payment in full. Option 2: Interest free payments every other month for the duration of the course.
|1st May 2024||£830|
|1st July 2024||£830|
|1st September 2024||£830|
|1st November 2024||£830|
|1st January 2025||£830|
† Deposits are non-refundable
†† Prices are subject to review following each intake
Option 3: Lower your monthly payments by spreading the cost for between 2 and 8 years with a loan from our lending partner Lendwise*.
*Subject to eligibility criteria.
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