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MSc Advanced Professional Practice Musculoskeletal Neuroscience

Study the application of neuroscience in managing musculoskeletal conditions. Applications for September 2020 are now closed.

Course overview

This is one of the specialised pathways of the MSc Advanced Professional Practice.

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. 

This course is closed for applications for 2020 entry, for general questions on the MSc APP Musculoskeletal Neuroscience qualification or to register your interest in the course for 2021, please use the contact form below. 

Key Information

Course title:
MSc APP Musculoskeletal Neuroscience
Normally 3 years
Study mode:
Part Time
AECC University College

Course leader

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George Rix

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.

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Course details

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.

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Important dates: for all MSc Advanced Professional Practice courses

16 Sep 2020: Induction and Professional Clinical Practice (Year/Stage 1)
17 Sep – 20 Sep 2020: Evidence Based Practice (Year/Stage 1)
23 Sep 2020: Audit Methods (Year/Stage 2 or Year/Stage 3)
24 Sep – 26 Sep 2020: Research Methods (Year/Stage 2 or Year/Stage 3)

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 Research Methods and Audit Methods units can now be completed at stage 2/year 2 or stage 3/year 3. 

*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.'

Unit breakdown

Putting you at the centre of neuroscience application, enhancing your knowledge and patient management.

Entry Requirements

How do I apply?

Applications for September 2020 are now closed.

The deadline for receipt of applications was July 31st 2020. Any applications received after this date will not be considered.

Applications for 2021 to the MSc APP Musculoskeletal Neuroscience will be open soon through our online application system. You will need to provide your educational history, a personal statement and a satisfactory reference.

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. Get in touch with the Admissions team on the form below or call them on 01202 436200 and they will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

For more information about our admissions policies and procedures, including our Admissions Complaints and Appeals Policy, please click here.
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Course Fees

Our current course costs for the MSc APP Musculoskeletal Neuroscience part time course for 2020 entry are per annum and are shown below.


£3,600.00 per annum based on students undertaking 60 credits per academic year. For students undertaking additional 20 credit units an additional payment of £1,200.00 will be payable for each additional unit.


£6,000.00 per annum based on students undertaking 60 credits per academic year. For students undertaking additional 20 credit units an additional payment of £2,000.00 will be payable for each additional unit.

Discounted rates may be available.


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 and search for our name.

Our tuition fees policy can be found here on our latest policies page.

Please visit our student finance pages for more information on additional costs and fees/funding.

Should you have any questions on course fees please contact our admissions team on the form below. 

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