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Neurorehabilitation MSc

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1-year full time

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Neurorehabilitation MSc


Please note that there is still time to apply for courses starting in September 2017, subject to course availability.


We regularly host online webinars to give you the chance to find out more about our courses and what studying at Brunel is like.
For a playback of our recent Neurorehabilitation webinar, click here

 Please note that the part-time mode is not currently recruiting.

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.


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.


Dr Cherry Kilbride
Course Director
Brunel University London
Email health-studies-courses@brunel.ac.uk
Tel +44 (0)1895 268813

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

The module examines clinical neurophysiology of movement control in health and disease as well as current research in rehabilitation of movement. The key aspects of the study of movement include: neuromuscular control, reflexes, posture and balance, as well as sensorimotor systems, motor control, the impact of aging, and neuroplasticity in recovery of function. Students will undertake several neurophysiological lab practicals relevant to the topics of the module.

Functional Neuroscience for Rehabilitation

The module examines functional neuroscience relevant to the field of rehabilitation. This includes detailed examination of synaptic physiology and plasticity, functional organisation of brain areas, new treatments in recovery of neural function, physiological basis of behaviour, development and aging, sensation and perception (e.g. vision and hearing) and cognitive brain function in health and disease. Particular emphasis is on current research and the use of modern techniques in the study of neurological conditions and diseases.

Approaches to Research

This module explores a wide range of research methods and deepens your understanding of the philosophy of science and the scientific method. Students are introduced to a number of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies applied in research.

Principles and Practice of Evidence-Based Healthcare*

The module offers students the opportunity to examine recent literature and to consider its contribution to evidence-based practice. Students will explore the types of information that are collected about health and clinical practice and will critically evaluate research material from a range of study designs.

Clinical Applications in Neurorehabilitation

Through exploring links between theory and practice, this module aims to enhance the health care professional's ability to reflect upon day-to-day practice as a rehabilitation specialist and critically evaluate interventions for the treatment and management of neurological conditions.

Cognitive and Behavioural Issues in Neurorehabilitation*

This module explores psychological processes underpinning perception, attention, memory, and motor planning. The module also investigates how these processes may be disrupted by a variety of neurological conditions. Subjective and behavioural aspects of neurological dysfunction are also discussed, with implications for rehabilitation.

Research Design

The module aims to develop critical understanding of the research process including a selective literature review and research proposal design. You will develop a critical understanding of research design relevant to their discipline. In this module, you will begin integrating conceptual and theoretical issues within a selected field of enquiry, which leads to the research proposal for the dissertation.

*These modules are also available as CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) courses. To find out more information and to apply, please click here.


The dissertation is undertaken after completion of the compulsory modules, and is a major element of the MSc. The dissertation project provides you with the opportunity to integrate and apply the concepts and principles developed throughout the course within your own particular area of interest or research.

  • The selected topic should reflect the needs for development in your own clinical area.
  • Full-time students will normally submit the dissertation by the end of the academic year following completion of the compulsory modules; for part time students this would normally be within one academic year of completion of compulsory modules.

Course Structure


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



Read more about the structure of postgraduate degrees at Brunel and what you will learn on the course.

Typical Dissertations

Recent examples of dissertations by students taking this course include:

  • 'How can the needs of people with multiple sclerosis be met in the community? The perspective of community rehabilitation professionals'.
  • 'Effect of a new physiotherapy concept on bone mineral density, muscle force and gross motor function in children with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy'.
  • 'Motor cortical excitability associated with interaction of a nodal transcranial Direct Current stimulation, graded functional electrical stimulation and voluntary motor control in wrist extensors of healthy adults'.

Entry Criteria 2017/18

  • 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.
  • The course will not further clinical skills, nor will it lead to registration from the UK professional governing bodies, but rather it focuses on developing the practitioner’s ability to conduct and evaluate neurorehabilitation research.

Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

International and EU Entry Requirements

If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions

This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 7 (min 6.5W, 6.5L, 6.5R, 6.5S)
  • Pearson: 64 (58 in all subscores)
  • BrunELT: 70% (65% in all areas)

Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.

However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.

Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English. Find out more information about English course and test options.

Teaching and Assessment


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 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.

Fees for 2017/18 entry

UK/EU students: £7,500 full-time

International students: £17,500 full-time

Additional course related costs

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).