The MSc programme provides a solid foundation in the principles, practice, lived experience and service delivery of clinical neurosciences. It is open to learners from a diverse range of academic and clinical backgrounds including psychology graduates, doctors in core and higher specialist training, nurses and allied health professionals. As such, you and your fellow students will reflect the multidisciplinary nature of modern neurosciences healthcare. The programme will be strongly values-oriented, emphasising the equal contribution of the different health professions to clinical care, the inclusion of lived experience in learning and caring and structural factors such as patriarchy and coloniality that bias neuroscience research and care. The course will be delivered by an outstanding faculty of academics and clinicians. Research-active academics from the University’s Neuroscience Research Section and Centre for Biomedical Education will teach the Foundations of Clinical Neuroscience module. Our clinical teachers include senior members of Atkinson Morley Regional Neurosciences Centre - St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (stgeorges.nhs.uk) who have commissioned, designed, delivered and quality assured state of the art clinical services. They will share their experience of working with NHS England, NICE, CQC, the British Psychological Society, and the medical royal colleges. Clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists from the hospital’s renowned Clinical Neuropsychology and Clinical Health Psychology team will teach the psychology content and supervise clinical placements. At every stage of the programme, students will also have the opportunity to learn from experts by experience including people living with neurological and related illnesses as patients or carers. The programme has a modular structure. Mandatory components consist of the Foundations of Clinical Neuroscience module, at least one research support module, and a research dissertation, plus one or both specialist modules on Clinical Neuropsychology or Health Services Delivery for the Neurosciences. Clinical placement is mandatory for those with a pre-clinical psychology background and optional for qualified healthcare professionals. Optional elements include a range of exciting modules from across the University, including from programmes in Personalised Medicine, Global Health and Genomic Medicine.
The programme has a modular structure. To graduate with an MSc, students must accrue 180 credits, and the necessary combination of modules varies slightly depending on your academic and career background. Advice on module choice is available from your allocated personal tutor. In summary, the requirements for the full MSc programme are as follows: All students will take the following Modules: Module 1 (Foundations in Clinical Neuroscience, 30 credits) Dissertation (60 credits) One or both of the following must be completed depending on academic and clinical background: Module 2 (Clinical Neuropsychology, 30 credits) Module 3 (Health Services Delivery for the Neurosciences, 30 credits) At least one research support course within Module 4 will be taken: Practical Data Analysis: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches (15 credits), Research Methods (15 credits) Statistics (15 credits) Critical Appraisal (15 credits) A clinical placement (15 credits) is compulsory for psychology track students, and optional for qualified clinicians. Students may accrue their remaining credits from Module groups 5-7. Module group 5: Modules from Global Health MSc (subject to availability) Culture and Mental Health (15 credits) Global Health and Comparative Health Systems (15 credits) Module group 6: Modules from Genomic Medicine MSc (subject to availability) Fundamentals of Human Genetics and Genomics (15 credits) Module group 7: Modules from Translational Medicine MSc (subject to availability) Clinical Trials (15 credits) Personalised Medicine (15 credits) Population Health Research (15 credits), Case Studies in Drug Discovery & Development (15 credits) To graduate with a PGCert, you must complete module 1 plus either module 2 or 3.
Assessment on the programme is both formative and summative, with continuous and discrete modes, to allow students to show their mastery of the subject matter. Formative assessments will be included into clinical placement and dissertation supervision, group presentations, role play, poster presentations and reflective analysis. Regular contact with supervisors and personal tutors is provided, allowing a relationship of trust to develop, which facilitates wide-ranging formative assessment that goes beyond the strictly academic considerations in summative assessment. Peer-to-peer feedback is also facilitated e.g. following presentations. Our summative assessments are also broad in range, as befits the variety in our learning outcomes. Summative assessments include written exams, a dissertation proposal and final report, essays, presentations, reflective accounts, and clinical placement performance. Where written outputs are required, we offer a range of topics which will enable students to make study choices appropriate to their learning needs and aims. Summative assessments are distributed rather than clustered, as far as possible, to facilitate the student learning experience and enable timely marking and delivery of feedback.
How to apply
You can find extensive information about the support St George's provides for International students on our website: https://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/offer-holders/international-student-support. This includes guidance on the visa application process, preparing for your studies, enrolment, support during your studies, and English language requirements.
There are two routes to meeting our entry criteria. *Psychology graduates* You should have or be expected to achieve, a minimum of a second class degree (2:2) in a psychology degree. All degrees must be awarded before 1st August on the year of entry. Or *Healthcare professionals* You should have all of the following: Honours degree (2:2 or above) or primary medical degree (MBBS or equivalent). All degrees must be awarded before 1st August on the year of entry. Recognised health-related professional qualification and current professional registration. Minimum of two years’ full-time clinical experience (or the equivalent in part-time hours) in health or social care employment, within a clinical service area relevant to Clinical Neuroscience Practice. Be employed at Agenda for Change Band 6 or higher or be in Core or Higher medical training or above in a relevant speciality.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£14000||Whole course|
|Channel Islands||£14000||Whole course|
|Republic of Ireland||£14000||Whole course|
Additional fee information
Information on our PG Scholarships can be found on our website: https://www.sgul.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-scholarships
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