Neurology MSc

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If you are a healthcare professional ready to upskill and develop expertise in the field of neurology, our MSc neurology could form the perfect next step in your career. This MSc neurology course is designed to equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to diagnose, treat and manage a wide range of neurological disorders, in addition to developing critical research and analytical skills with a professional project based around an area of interest in the field of 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. The study of our MSc neurology with Learna | Diploma MSc will allow you to address the rising demand for neurological specialists, all the while enhancing your career, opening up new opportunities for progression and development.

MSc Neurology

Next intake: September 2024Key Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
Commitment
Part-time
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
30th August 2024
Course start date
2nd September 2024 (view full module dates)
Format
100% Online
Total Fees
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By pursuing our neurologist courses, 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 your msc clinical neurology is undeniable. Studying acute 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 master in neurology, 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 neuroscience education with a PhD to continue to deepen their understanding of the field of neurology and develop critical research skills.

Studying our MSc neurology distance learning programme 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.

This MSc in neurology is delivered through a combination of immersive discussions around clinical scenarios and reflective practice on a part-time basis. There is also the opportunity to deepen your research skills by completing a professional project in year 2, focusing on a topic of interest in this field.

Next intake: September 2024 Key Facts

Awarding University
University of Buckingham
Commitment
Part-time
Format
100% Online
Duration
24 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
30th August 2024
Course start date
2nd September 2024 (view full module dates)
Total Fees

Why Study a Neurology Master's with Learna

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Who is this course for?

Our master in neurology 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:

  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Therapists
  • Neurological rehabilitation specialist
  • Geriatricians
  • Primary care physicians
  • Neurodiagnostic technologist
  • 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 through our interactive online learning platform, log in daily whenever and wherever you want. No fixed timetable empowers you to study when it suits you

These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.

Curriculum

The online Neurology MSc is a two-year course, consisting of seven modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the Postgraduate Diploma.

Year 1

Module Aims
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.

Module Content

  • Acute headache (including migraine)
  • Acute central nervous system infections (including meningitis)
  • Acute weakness, paraplegia, paraparesis
  • Acute encephalopathy
  • Neurology in cancer
  • Acute confusion and delirium

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the presentation, diagnosis, and management of a range of acute neurological conditions
  2. Critically evaluate the evidence and guidance relating to the diagnosis, investigation, and management of acute neurological conditions
  3. Synthesise the evidence and critically apply it to the management of patients presenting with acute neurological symptoms

Module Aims
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.

Module Content

  • Definition/classification
  • Acute management
  • Semiology of seizures
  • Management and investigation of chronic epilepsy
  • Epilepsy mimics

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically apply a systematic understanding of the presentation, diagnosis, and management of epilepsy and conditions which mimic epilepsy
  2. Critically evaluate the evidence and guidance relating to the diagnosis, investigation, and management of epilepsy
  3. Construct management strategies for the investigation and clinical management of presentations of epilepsy to strategically enhance team performance in complex situations

Module Aims
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.

Module Content

  • Classification and identification of transient ischaemic attack
  • Stroke presentations
  • Investigation and management of stroke
  • Primary and secondary prevention of stroke
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Stroke mimics

Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop a systematic understanding of the presentation, diagnosis, and management of transient ischaemic attacks, stroke, and stroke mimics
  2. Critically evaluate the evidence and guidance relating to the diagnosis, investigation, and management of transient ischaemic attacks and stroke
  3. 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

Module Aims
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.

Module Content

  • 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)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the diagnosis, treatment, and management of multiple sclerosis and other neuroinflammatory conditions
  2. 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
  3. 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

Module Aims
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.

Module Content

  • 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

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a systematic knowledge of the assessment, classification, and management of a range of peripheral neurological disorders
  2. Critically evaluate the evidence and guidance relating to the diagnosis, investigation, and management of peripheral neurological disorders
  3. Synthesise the evidence and critically interpret this into the care of patients presenting with a range of peripheral neurological disorders

Module Aims
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.

Module Content

  • 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)

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the diagnosis, treatment, and management of a range of neurodegenerative conditions
  2. Critically evaluate the evidence and guidance relating to the diagnosis, investigation, and management of neurodegenerative conditions
  3. Synthesise the evidence and critically interpret this into the care of patients presenting with neurodegenerative conditions

Year 2

Module Aims
To develop students’ ability to critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and/or organisational practice and develop skills in independent research, study, and writing for publication.

Module Content
This module will depend on the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific clinically related project relevant to the student’s practice. This project may comprise:

  • Literature review and appraisal of the evidence
  • Audit of practice including organisational or clinical
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice
  • Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated)
  • Case(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal
  • Case report, review of the literature and organisational assessment

Assessment Methods

This neurology master's programme 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 first six modules of the master's in neurology 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.

For the final module of the neurology msc will be require you to produce a piece of work based on a clinically-related project that is relevant to your practice. Once you have selected a specific project, you will submit a project summary/proposal of approximately 1,000 words.

Following the approval of your proposal, you will then complete an 11,000-word professional project. To produce the professional project you will continue to study online. Much of the work is self-directed, however, you will receive guidance from your tutor throughout the module.

Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly log in 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.

Year 1

  • Every week students are presented with two/three clinical case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Tutors will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
  • These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.

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.

The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:

  • Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
  • Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

Year 2

This module runs over an 8 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the Professional Project module.

  • Students will work with their supervisor to submit a professional project proposal for their chosen topic.

  • Students will deliver an abstract (1000 words) outlining their proposal and, if deemed necessary, develop and submit documentation for the University’s ethical committee approval.

  • Students will create a dissertation, the theme of which has been developed in discussion with their tutor.
  • Supervision will normally involve direct online support involving planned progress, supporting research activity and reading student work.
  • Supervisors and students will agree on a communications plan, which may involve emails or online chats. Some students may employ the use of freely available chat or audio conferencing facilities for live discussion with supervisors.
  • Students will have access to online forums where they can develop their research capabilities together.
  • All communications with tutors will be logged on the Professional Project forum by the student, and consist of brief summaries of discussion.

Entry requirements

Since our master in neurology 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 for the MSc in neurology 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 postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

Documents Required

  • 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 overall score of 6.5 (with 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 on admissions@diploma-msc.com for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for September 2024:
£8,880
Application deadline - TBC

Option 1: Upfront Payment in full. Option 2: Interest free payments every other month for the duration of the course.

DateInstalmentsUp-Front Payments
Deposit£830£8,880
1st November 2024£830
1st January 2025£830
1st March 2025£830
1st May 2025£830
1st July 2025£830
1st September 2025£650
1st November 2025£650
1st January 2026£650
1st March 2026£650
1st May 2026£650
1st July 2026£650

† Deposits are non-refundable
†† Prices are subject to review following each intake

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