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MSc Advanced Professional Practice Musculoskeletal Neuroscience

Study the application of neuroscience in managing musculoskeletal conditions.

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. 

Our MSc APP Musculoskeletal Neuroscience course is open for applications via our online application system. 

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For general questions on the MSc APP Musculoskeletal Neuroscience qualification or to register your interest in the course, 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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Michelle Holmes

MRes, BSc (Hons), Lecturer in Research Methods

Michelle is a Lecturer in Research Methods at AECC University College and Postgraduate Framework Lead for the School of Chiropractic. She is also the convenor for the Centre of Clinical and Applied Service Provision Research responsible for steering and reporting on research activity on patient outcomes and delivery of health service.

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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 2020: 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 2021 to the MSc APP Musculoskeletal Neuroscience course are open through our online application system. You will need to provide your educational history, a personal statement and a satisfactory reference. The deadline for receipt of applications is late August 2021.

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For general questions on MSc APP Musculoskeletal Neuroscience entry requirements or to register your interest in the course please use the contact form below. 

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.

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.

Is there anything else that is required?

If you live in the UK, we’ll need a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. It’s standard for all UK students and we’ll be there to guide you through the process once you’ve applied. To gain a place on the course applicants must also successfully undergo an interview process. In light of the current Covid-19 situation these interviews will be undertaken remotely via Skype. More information about this process will be provided if/when applicants are invited to the interview stage.

If you’re not sure about anything listed here, talk to our Admissions team on the form below or call us on 01202 436200 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. 

International Students

Please note to be accepted onto this course; you will also need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum standards of English. For further information on English language requirements, please see the dedicated English language requirements page. More information on permission to study in the UK, can be found here: Visas and immigration.

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

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.

UK/ROI/Channel Islands

£3,686.00 per annum based on students undertaking 60 credits per academic year. 


£6,144.00 per annum based on students undertaking 60 credits per academic year.

International students will be required to pay a non-refundable £1,000 tuition fee deposit to secure their place on the course. These deposits will need to be paid by August 31st 2021 and more details will be provided in your offer email. Further details about how to make this payment can be found on our Fees and Funding Information page. 



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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