MSc Advanced Professional Practice Musculoskeletal Neuroscience
Study the application of neuroscience in managing musculoskeletal conditions. Applications for 2018 are now closed. Applications will re-open for 2019 start in October 2018.
This is one of the specialised pathways of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice.
Applications for 2018 entry are now closed. Applications for 2019 entry will open on our online application portal from October 2018. To be kept up to date with how to apply to this postgraduate course please register your details on the form below.
Our MSc in Musculoskeletal Neuroscience enables you to be at the centre of neuroscience application, providing you with the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and understanding in neuroscience relevant to patient management. A self-directed course, this pathway includes three core clinical neuroscience units:
• Neuropathology and Pathophysiology
• Clinical Neuroscience and Diagnosis
• Clinical Neuroscience and Therapeutics
Neuroscience themes will also form the subject matter for other possible units within this course with the exception of the professional clinical practice unit.
Work independently at an advanced level and develop evidence-informed practices and the ability to appraise and conduct your own clinical research and audit.
- Course title:
- MSc APP Musculoskeletal Neuroscience
- MSc APP
- Normally 3 years (Part-Time)
BSc (Chiro), DC, PhD, FRCC, FHEA, FEAC - Senior Clinical Tutor and Senior Lecturer (Clinical Sciences)
George Rix is a Senior Lecturer in clinical sciences responsible for the development, delivery and assessment of clinical neurology in the undergraduate chiropractic curriculum.
Our MSc APP in Musculoskeletal Neuroscience offers you the opportunity to study modern neuroscience with a focus on the application in a clinical setting. This is particularly relevant at this time where there is a rapidly developing scientific interest and increasing application of modern clinical neuroscience in managing musculoskeletal* and related conditions.
The Musculoskeletal Neuroscience course is aimed at musculoskeletal healthcare professionals, such as chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths, working in clinical areas in which an in-depth understanding can inform their practice. If you are interested in advancing your knowledge and understanding of neuroscience and how this can be clinically applied, this new course will be of particular relevance. In addition to being a registered health professional you will need to have access to relevant patient base.
Neuroscience topics within the scope of this course must be relevant pathologically, diagnostically or therapeutically to the musculoskeletal practitioner, to typical patient presentations and to the scope of practice of this practitioner. We also require topics to be appropriate to developing and advancing professional practice in this field.
This is an academic course focused on reflective practice and critical appraisal of current evidence and application of neuroscience. The course is not a clinical skills training course in neurology.
The neuroscience units on this course adopt a self-directed approach. There is no taught material or attendance required on campus for the neuroscience units, however minimal attendance is required for some of the other units listed in our Unit Breakdown section.
For your self-directed learning, besides the clinical practice setting, you can utilise a variety of sources that may include formal CPD seminars and courses, conferences and the current knowledge base generated from both empirical and experiential evidence according to your own learning needs. There is an emphasis on the translation from basic science to clinical practice. You will also undertake an in-depth research or clinical audit project.
Our MSc APP Musculoskeletal Neuroscience course is flexible and can be tailored so that if you are in full-time practice, you can study almost entirely at a distance, seek out your own learning direction and sources, and gain a qualification that equips you with an increased knowledge and detailed understanding of neuroscience as applied to your own professional practice.
All of our MSc APP courses are split into three stages, and you have the chance to get a qualification even if you can’t commit to the entire MSc course of three or four years of study. At the end of stage one, you’ll qualify for a PgCert (60 Level 7 credits), at stage two you’ll qualify for a PgDip (120 Level 7 credits) and finally an MSc at the end of stage three (180 Level 7 credits).
*The term musculoskeletal used here encompasses relevant nervous system structure and function that serves and relates to the musculoskeletal system essentially what is sometimes defined as the ‘neuromusculoskeletal system.'
- Professional Clinical Practice
- Evidence-based Practice
- Neuropathology and Pathophysiology
- Clinical Neuroscience and Diagnosis*
- Clinical Neuroscience and Therapeutics*
and one optional unit either:
- Structured Learning Event
- Current Advances in Practice
*The Neuropathy and Pathophysiology unit is a prerequisite for these units.
- Research Methods and Dissertation
- Audit Methods and Clinical Audit
How do I apply?
What qualifications do I need?
In order to met the requirements of the course, in addition to being a registered health professional validated by the appropriate Professional, Statutory and Regulatory body (PSRB), and have access to a relevant patient base.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language we’d be looking for one of the following:
- IELTS (academic) overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each section
- TOEFL overall score of 79 with minimum scores of 17 in writing and listening, 18 in reading and 20 in speaking
- An undergraduate or postgraduate degree from a UK university
- A completed undergraduate or postgraduate degree which has been taught in a ‘majority English-speaking’ country. These are: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America
We may be able to consider other English language qualifications, so call or email our Admissions team and they will be happy to help. Try to book your language tests as early in the year as you can, just in case re-sits are needed.
If you’ve already successfully completed the PgCert Professional Development (Chiropractic) then you don’t have to complete the Professional Clinical Practice unit in stage 1. Talk to your Pathway Leader about any prior learning as this could count towards your credits.
If you have an undergraduate degree that’s not listed, it may still be considered - it all depends on the level of human biological science completed in the course. Talk to Admissions by email or calling us on 01202 436200 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.
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There are a lot of things to consider when applying for a degree, including course fees. Our current course costs for the MSc APP Musculoskeletal Neuroscience (2019/2020) entry are per annum and are shown below.
Full Fees Rate
Discounted rate when fees paid before 31 October 2019
*ELQ or EEA
*You are classed as an ELQ student if you have previously completed a Masters level (NQF level 7) or higher qualification before enrolment.
Please note that fees after your 1st year should not increase by more than RPI + 1% (UK Retail price index - RPI).
Potential discounts for APP applicants:
1. AECC University College Alumni receive 10% for the duration of their study
2. Recent graduates (2014 - 2019) receive 50% in the first year of study
For more information about any additional associated costs and our Student Agreement, please click here.
Note: For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). AECC University College is registered with the OfS. You can view the register here and search for our name.
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Popular questions on MSc APP Musculoskeletal Neuroscience.
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The MSc APP Musculoskeletal Neuroscience will enable busy primary care practitioners a practical, flexible and feasible route to study for an MSc qualification. This course is particularly relevant at a time when there is a rapidly developing scientific interest and increasing application of clinical neuroscience in managing musculoskeletal conditions.
The course will provide your with the opportunity to build your in-depth knowledge and understanding of neuroscience, helping to inform your practice. You will be able to demonstrate advanced professional practice with a defined focus that may enhance your career development and promotional opportunities.
The neuroscience units have a particular focus on neuropathology and the application of neuroscience in diagnosis and therapeutics as these apply to the musculoskeletal practitioner. You will also learn about critical appraisal of current evidence and application, research and audit methods, and undertake an in-depth research or clinical audit project.
The course adopts a self-directed approach with students learning from a variety of sources, including the clinical practice setting, formal CPD seminars and courses, conferences and the current knowledge base generated from both empirical and experiential evidence. Particular emphasis is given to the translation from basic science to clinical practice.
The course is flexible and can be tailored so that if you're in full-time practice you can study almost entirely at a distance, seek out your own learning direction and sources, and gain a qualification that equips you with an increased knowledge and detailed understanding of neuroscience as applied to your own professional practice.