MSc Advanced Professional Practice Musculoskeletal Neuroscience*

*Subject to validation. You can still apply while it is being approved.

Course overview

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

Scheduled to start in September 2018, our new MSc in Musculoskeletal Neuroscience puts you at the centre of neuroscience application, enhancing your knowledge 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

You will benefit from a detailed understanding of advances in modern day neuroscience and integration of these advances into clinical practice. Work independently at an advanced level and develop those evidence-informed practices, and the ability to appraise and conduct your own clinical
research and audit. 

Register your interest in this pathway below and a member of our team will get back to you.

Key Information

Course title:
MSc APP Musculoskeletal Neuroscience
Normally 3 years (Part-Time)
AECC University College

Course leader

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.

Course details

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 M credits), at stage two you’ll qualify for a PgDip (120 M credits), and finally an MSc at the end of stage three (180 M credits).

The neuroscience units have a particular focus on neuropathology and the application of neuroscience in diagnosis and therapeutics as these apply to the Musculoskeletal practitioner. You will also learn about critical appraisal of current evidence and application, research and audit methods and undertake an in-depth research or clinical audit project.

Our course offers an 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 conditions.

The course adopts a self-directed approach with students learning from a variety of sources including the clinical practice setting, formal CPD seminars and courses, conferences and the current knowledge base generated from both empirical and experiential evidence. Particular emphasis is given to the translation from basic science to clinical practice. Our 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.

Unit breakdown

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

Entry Requirements

Our course is aimed at MSK healthcare professionals working in clinical areas in which an in-depth understanding of neuroscience informs their practice. You should normally be a registered health professional holding a first qualification recognised by the appropriate Professional, Statutory and Regulatory body (PSRB) and in line with our admissions regulations. If English is not your first language, we’d be looking for the following:

  • IELTS 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

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. Talk to Admissions by email or calling us on 01202 436200 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.


For more information about our admissions policies and procedures please click here
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Course Fees

There are a lot of things to consider when applying for a degree, including course fees. Take a look at the current course fees for the MSc APP in Musculoskeletal Neuroscience (2018/2019) entry.

Fee status


Full Fees Rate


Discounted rate when fees paid before 31 October 2018






















*You are classed as an ELQ student if you have previously completed a Masters level (NQF level 7) or higher qualification before enrolment.

Please note that fees after your 1st year should not increase by more than RPI + 1% (UK Retail price index - RPI). 

Potential discounts for APP applicants: 
1. AECC University College Alumni receive 10% for the duration of their study
2. Recent graduates (2013 - 2018) receive 50% in the first year of study 


For more information about any additional associated costs and our Student Agreement, please click here


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