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Advanced Clinical Practice (Neurological Rehabilitation) PgCert, PgDip and MSc

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Subject area

Advanced Clinical Practice

Mode of study

3 years part-time

1 year (staged study) part-time



UK £11,550

International £23,615

Entry requirements

Degree in a relevant health profession with at least one year of clinical work experience

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Are you an experienced allied health professional? Do you want to develop your expertise as a clinician in the area of neuroscience? This part-time programme will enhance your clinical knowledge and develop your research skills to enable you to critically reflect on your practice in neurorehabilitation, thereby optimising your clinical practice and enhancing service delivery.

Additionally, through exploration of links between research, theory, policy and practice, you will become an effective leader and advanced practitioner in the field of neurorehabilitation.

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. The full master's course can be studied 3 years part-time starting in September.

If you don’t want to commit to 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) after one year of study, Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) after two years of study and full Masters (MSc) after three years of study.

Each stage can be studied 1 year part-time starting in September. You could even just take one or more CPPD modules for your professional development and return to complete your course at a later date.

You can explore our campus and facilities for yourself by taking our virtual tour.

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Course content

You will 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 (now NHS England).

You will study key modules in clinical leadership, teaching and learning and research. Alongside this, you will study specialist modules specific to neurological rehabilitation broadening your knowledge relating to neurophysiology and functional neuroscience for rehabilitation of movement, cognitive and behavioural issues experienced in neurorehabilitation, as well as critically evaluating neuroscientific research in the treatment and management of neurological conditions.

This course can be studied 3 years part-time or 1 year (staged study) part-time, starting in September.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Please note that all modules are subject to change. Our exciting range of modules are currently under review and may be updated for 2024.

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Careers and your future

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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UK entry requirements

All applicants must have a pre-registration degree in relevant allied health profession and the following of relevant experience as a minimum:

1. Students currently working in the UK - At least 1 year of post qualification clinical work experience in the specialism they have applied for. Typically this should be work experience from a ‘Band 6’ level role.
2. Students currently working outside of the UK – At least 2 years post qualification clinical work experience, ideally including at least 1 year in the specialism you have applied for.

You must have met the minimum work experience requirement at the point you apply for the programme. For example, if you submit your application in February 2023, you must have 2 years experience by February 2023 (depending on whether you are working in or outside the UK). This is to make sure that you will definitely have enough experience when you join the course. This does not include internships as they are supervised and therefore technically still part of your training. You should aim to provide documented evidence of your clinical work experience. All applicants should include a detailed CV as part of their application. Applicants who are working outside of the UK should could include letters of recommendations and/or confirmation of employment (we appreciate that what you can provide will vary from one person to another and be dependent on your specific background and employer, so please aim to provide as much documentary evidence when you apply).

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Fees and funding

2024/25 entry


£11,550 full-time

£5,775 part-time


£23,615 full-time

£12,000 part-time

UK Staged Master £3,850 per stage.

International Staged Master £7,870 per stage.

More information on any additional course-related costs.

Fees quoted are per year and are subject to an annual increase. 

See our fees and funding page for full details of postgraduate scholarships available to Brunel applicants.

Scholarships and bursaries

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Teaching and Learning

How the course will be delivered

Required equipment

How you'll learn on your course

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Assessment and feedback

The course uses a range of flexible and engaging approaches to assessment. Forms of assessment will include written assignments, online multiple choice, and oral presentations.

Feedback is a crucial part of the learning cycle and is part of an ongoing process as you learn through interaction with tutors and fellow students, as well as through more formal mechanisms.

The dissertation provides demonstration of an ability to synthesise and critically evaluate current research underpinning clinical practice, and to develop and undertake relevant research in an area of your choice as well as its dissemination. Some of our students have undertaken research in their own trusts or have joined research projects with Brunel members of staff.

Read our guide on how to avoid plagiarism in your assessments at Brunel.