UKAP Level 7 Diploma in Clinical Neurology

 

Why study this program at UKAP?

 

The mission of the UKAP Neurology department is to carry out high-quality research, teaching and training in basic and clinical neurosciences. Together with our associated hospital, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, we form the world-renowned Queen Square and promote the translation of research that is of direct clinical relevance to improved patient care and treatment.

 

Students are given the opportunity to experience the full range of activities of a world-famous specialist hospital.

 

Programme Aims

Students should obtain clinical competence in history taking/examination, diagnosis, investigation and formulation of management plan and therapeutics in common neurological areas/disorders; a working knowledge of the scientific basis of common neurological disorders/areas; awareness of major recent developments in research in these areas of clinical neuroscience; experience in preparing and writing a research dissertation.

Lectures are supported by case presentations, bedside teaching, and research training sessions; a series of seminars on clinical topics, and attendance at clinical activities on site (i.e. teaching rounds, clinical conferences, outpatient clinics). During the latter part of the course students undertake a research project (Jan/Feb onwards), as well as a specialist attachment in a clinical firm (April onwards).


UKAP Level 7 Diploma in Clinical Neurology

 

Duration of Programme

12 months

 

Programme Aims

Students should obtain clinical competence in history taking/examination, diagnosis, investigation and formulation of management plan and therapeutics in common neurological areas/disorders; a working knowledge of the scientific basis of common neurological disorders/areas; awareness of major recent developments in research in these areas of clinical neuroscience; experience in preparing and writing a research dissertation.

Lectures are supported by case presentations, bedside teaching, and research training sessions; a series of seminars on clinical topics, and attendance at clinical activities on site (i.e. teaching rounds, clinical conferences, outpatient clinics). During the latter part of the course students undertake a research project, as well as a specialist attachment in a clinical firm.

Students gain knowledge of the clinical features and scientific basis of the following neurological areas and disorders: nerve and muscle; epilepsy; pain; movement disorders and Parkinson's Disease; neuro-otology and neuro-ophthalmology; stroke; neuropsychiatry and cognition; infections of the nervous system; multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology; autonomic function and neuro-urology; neuro-oncology and  neurology.

 

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (full-time six months is offered).

CORE MODULES

·                Diseases of the Nervous System: Epilepsy, Pain, Tumours and Infection

·                Peripheral Nerve, Muscle and Special Senses

·                Motor Systems and Disease

·                Higher Functions of the Brain

·                Practical Neurology

·                Theoretical Neurology

 
OPTIONS

·                There are no optional modules for this programme.

 
DISSERTATION/REPORT

All students undertake an independent research project, which takes the form of a scientific investigation and culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

 
TEACHING AND LEARNING

 

The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, clinical teaching (including outpatients, inpatients, workshops, training for history taking and clinical examination, demonstrations and conferences) and subspecialist training in a single neurological speciality. Assessment is through written examination, MCQ, short case clinical examination, viva voce, continuous assessment and the research dissertation.

Careers

This programme provides an excellent basis for a clinical or research career in clinical neurology and related disciplines. 

EMPLOYABILITY

 

For students starting out on their clinical careers, the programme will give them skills and experience to move towards specialist training. For more established clinicians it is an opportunity to refresh and refine their clinical practice. All students benefit from exposure to the scientific underpinning of neurology, and the opportunity to undertake an original research project, and a specialist attachment, studying alongside the internationally renowned neurologists at Queen Square.

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