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Neurorehabilitation - MSc


Course Description

About the course

This advanced academic course is designed for new graduates as well as professional practitioners in occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and other rehabilitation sciences with a special interest in neurorehabilitation.

The course focuses on developing practitioner’s ability to conduct and evaluate neurorehabilitation research. It offers the opportunity to acquire advanced theoretical knowledge, a deeper understanding of research and the ability to critically appraise scientific literature.

Brunel also offers some modules from this programme as a CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development). To find out more and to apply, please click here.

*Please note, this course does not provide clinical skills training or lead to registration from the UK professional governing bodies.

Aims

If you are interested in evaluating neurorehabilitation practice, or co-ordinating research in clinical settings, this MSc provides an in depth examination of research and practice in neurorehabilitation.

The course explores the neurosciences in health and disease, and takes a research-based approach to encourage critical and analytical thinking about current theory and practice in neurorehabilitation

It encourages you to critically evaluate how theoretical knowledge informs professional practice in neurorehabilitation and to integrate knowledge with your clinical experience and skills - providing the academic training necessary to advance your career or further post-graduate study in rehabilitation sciences.

Course Content

The course explores the neurosciences in health and disease, and takes a research-based approach to encourage critical and analytical thinking about current theory and practice in neurorehabilitation.

The course consists of seven compulsory modules, plus the dissertation. The modules under the CATS are rated M level. Taught modules are 15 and 30 credits and the dissertation is 60 credits.

Following the successful completion of the taught modules of the programme, students are expected to undertake a research project for the dissertation relevant to their specialist areas within neurorehabilitation.

Compulsory modules:

Neurophysiological Basis for Rehabilitation of Movement
Functional Neuroscience for Rehabilitation
Approaches to Research
Principles and Practice of Evidence-Based Healthcare
Clinical Applications in Neurorehabilitation
Cognitive and Behavioural Issues in Neurorehabilitation
Research Design
Dissertation

Course structure

Full-time

Term One

Neurophysiological Basis for Rehabilitation of Movement
Clinical Applications in Neurorehabilitation
Functional Neuroscience for Rehabilitation
Research Methods
Principles and Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care
Research Design

Term Two

Neurophysiological Basis for Rehabilitation of Movement
Clinical Applications in Neurorehabilitation
Research Methods
Principles and Practice of Evidence-Based Health Care
Cognitive and Behavioural Issues in Neurorehabilitation
Reseach Design

Term Three

Dissertation

Teaching

The MSc programme in Neurorehabilitation has been designed to encourage reflection, self-reliance and in depth learning, preparing students for the challenges of employment within a changing health and social care system.

Teaching, learning and assessment are designed to ensure that successful students are able to:

Search and critically appraise appropriate sources of knowledge and expertise within their specialist academic areas.
Apply academic and key transferable skills.
Reflect on own learning experience.

The taught modules are offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays of each week during the two 12-week university teaching terms, with students undertaking the dissertation following successful completion of the modules. Full-time mode of study requires two days per week, while part-time mode of study requires one day per week attendance on campus.

Student learning is supported by web-based resources on Blackboard Learn with provision of lecture and reading links and relevant resources to support learning.

Programme, and module descriptors delineate learning outcomes to ensure clarity and promote the active preparation of students.

All module blocks are compulsory to the programme and are tailored to the requirements of practitioners in neurorehabilitation.

Assessment

Assessment is normally a mixture of written assignments, exams and the dissertation.

Special Features

The College of Health and Life Sciences is one of the largest colleges in the University, and attracts funding from a range of national and international sources.

Students on the course benefit from our:

Research and teaching that is recognised by the government as being amongst the highest for health and social care in the UK
Well established links with the research conducted within the College of Health and Life Sciences research centres.
Insight from specialist guest lecturers
The evaluation of clinical and experimental research in neurorehabilitation.
Emphasis on interdisciplinary and integrated education.

Visit the Neurorehabilitation - MSc page on the Brunel University London website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Pei Fen Chia

An opportunity to pursue further studies arose after many years of working as a clinician in Singapore.

My interest and clinical specialisation as an occupational therapist has been in Neurorehabilitation and therefore the MSc in Neurorehabilitation at Brunel University was a natural choice. This program, which is run over 1 year instead of the usual 1 and a half or 2 years, meant less time away from - and getting out of touch with - clinical work.

The course is very challenging without a doubt, however the support from lecturers has been praiseworthy. The emphasis on neuroscience and neurophysiological research in the course helped me understand in much more depth the various pathologies I have seen in patients. I am sure the knowledge gained will go a long way in the future, enhancing the quality of patient education and communication with the multidisciplinary team back home.

Other modules such as clinical applications in Neurorehabilitation had sought deeper application of latest research in a comprehensive range of relevant and specific areas in Neurorehabilitation. This motivated and challenged me to put on new lenses in viewing the familiar aspects of day-to-day clinical work.

Brunel University has a great learning environment - the library is open 24 hours a day, and there are also many books and journals which can be retrieved online. The support team for academic writing has also been helpful.

Undertaking the MSc in Neurorehabilitation was never boring and always stimulating. This experience at Brunel University will influence my practice in a positive direction in the future.


(Scholarship)

Brunel launches scholarship scheme for first class graduates - No. of awards TBC

Brunel University is offering scholarships covering 15 percent of tuition fees to holders of first class degrees from any UK university who choose to pursue postgraduate studies at Brunel.The scholarships are available to any student who has an unconditional offer to study a taught Master's course, including full-time, part-time or distance learning courses, starting in September 2013.The offer extends to those who earned their first degrees at UK university institutions overseas. For these students, the scholarships could be worth up to £2,250 a year.In addition, graduates who earned first degrees at Brunel are now being offered a 15 percent discount off the tuition fee for any taught postgraduate course, up from 10 percent. This discount is available to Brunel graduates who are paying all their fees themselves.Professor Julia Buckingham, Brunel’s Vice-Chancellor, said: “It is important that we do what we can to encourage high quality students to take their studies to the next level. These scholarships and discounts will help to remove any fears they may have about the cost of a Master's degree.”

Value of Scholarship(s)

offering scholarships covering 15 percent off fees to holders of first

Eligibility

Available to high calibre PG students and our alumni who wish to undertake further PG study. It is available to both Home/ EU and International students.We offer a discount of 15% off the fees for anyone who has obtained a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.
Whilst Brunel has always offered a reduction in PG fees for Brunel alumni we intend to further incentivise Brunel students to take up postgraduate education by increasing the discount to 15%.
These two discounts are not exclusive and therefore a Brunel alumnus who has a first class undergraduate degree can receive both.

Application Procedure

Scholarships are open to all students with first class honours degrees from a UK university, who have an unconditional offer to study a taught Master's programme at Brunel University (including MBA, MRes and CPE/Graduate Diploma in Law) and who are not being funded either partly or in full by the National Health Service, or the Teacher Development Agency.For further details, please contact the Brunel University Press Office:
[email protected],

Further Information

http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/pg/funding/scholarships-bursaries


(Scholarship)

Postgraduate Academic Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

In order to attract high calibre students and encourage them to undertake postgraduate study we intend to offer a discount of 15% off the fees for anyone who has obtained a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.

Value of Scholarship(s)

Discount of 15% off the fees

Eligibility

Those entering a Brunel postgraduate taught course with a first class undergraduate degree from a UK University, either in the UK or abroad.

Application Procedure

Automatic - part of the Brunel postgraduate taught application process

Further Information

http://www.brunel.ac.uk/courses/pg/funding/scholarships-bursaries



Entry Requirements

A UK first or second class Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a related degree. Applicants with five months or more relevant clinical experience is desirable.Other subjects and qualifications with relevant work experience ie. be a registered practitioner in the field of Neurorehabilitation (or occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing, exercise and rehabilitation sciences) or from professions allied to medicine will be considered on an individual basis and applicants will be required to attend an interview.

Last Updated

06 June 2017

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