Postgraduate study

Neurological Rehabilitation and Care (Online Learning) PgCert

Awards: PgCert

Study modes: Part-time

Funding opportunities

Every 5 seconds someone in the world will die of a stroke (World Stroke Campaign 2016). In England and Wales, a total of 1 million stroke survivors need post-acute care (Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party 2015). Although the incidence of stroke increases with age, 1 in 4 people that have a stroke are younger than 65 years old.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is being developed in response to a commission by the Royal College of Nursing Foundation (RCN) Foundation (part of the Royal College of Nursing Group) in partnership with the Charity SameYou for Nursing Studies, Health in Social Science.

The programme provides a Postgraduate Certificate in Neurological Rehabilitation for Registered Nurses (Home and International).

The purpose of the programme is to equip registered nurses working in neurological care and rehabilitation, with the resources and skills to develop person centred, focussed, practice in the area of neurological care and rehabilitation of adults. This is achieved through education and reflection on your own practice.

How will I learn?

The programme is delivered online and part-time.

The programme will cover the whole lifespan; particular emphasis will also be placed on individuals aged 18 to 40 years old, who are relatively neglected in this area.

The Postgraduate Certificate enables nurses the opportunity to return to educational study whilst working clinically, to benefit from current theory, practice, research and innovation in nursing, health and social care practice.

You will develop a critical understanding of contemporary health care with a specific focus in neurological rehabilitation and care. As such, the programme will equip you to start developing knowledge and skills to be a critically reflective practitioner, able to provide evidence-based practice in both a local and international context.

Year 1

Compulsory Courses:

  • Person Centred Care in Practice: Relationships and Emotion
  • Research Methods in Health
  • Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) and Stroke Rehabilitation

The programme supports nurses to return to educational study, whilst working clinically.

You will benefit from current theory, practice, evidence base and policy that will leverage substantial contribution to the advancement of knowledge, practice and care in neurological rehabilitation and care.

The aim of the programme is to equip you, through education and critical reflection of your own practice, with the resources and skills to develop person centred, partnership focussed, practice in the area of neurological rehabilitation and care. In essence the programme will produce practitioners fit for practice, fit for purpose, and fit for award in this discipline.

The programme will:

  • promote a person centred approach to neuro-rehabilitation practice across the lifespan as well as focussing on the expressed needs of the younger adult (18 – 40) who has experienced ABI or stroke, and that of their family and carers
  • enhance your knowledge and skills in supporting the physical, cognitive and mental health needs of individuals who have experienced ABI or stroke
  • enhance research enquiry skills and their application to evidence based clinical practice of neurological rehabilitation.

As a graduate of the University of Edinburgh and this programme, you will recognise the vision, purpose and value of making the world a better place, ensuring your actions and activities deliver positive change locally, regionally and globally.

The degree also provides an excellent foundation for you to step onto the MSc Advanced Nursing programme to further advance your professional career.

Career opportunities are vast for nurses in public, independent and voluntary sector. Nursing today and in the future requires innovative practitioners working as part of a multi-professional team across a range of health and social care settings in partnership with people, families and carers.

Nurses working in neuroscience care for people with a variety of neurological conditions and disorders across the lifespan and community. There are a number of specialities encompassed with this field of practice.

This programme will facilitate career progression for those working in nursing to begin the development of advanced nursing knowledge, skills and understanding. Thereby enabling your professional journey towards senior roles in:

  • clinical practice
  • leadership
  • research
  • policy
  • management

In addition, the programme also equips you for further study. On completion of the programme you have the opportunity return to studies here at the University of Edinburgh and apply to the Masters in Advanced Nursing programme to extend your advanced nursing competency. You can apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

Further information on nursing careers can be found at on the Royal College of Nursing website.

Following successful completion of the PG Certificate, you can apply to transfer your university credits to University of Edinburgh programmes.

The University of Edinburgh calls this Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). You may wish to consider applying for RPL to study the Masters in Advanced Nursing.

Recognition of Prior Learning

All applications for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) must be supported by evidence that your prior learning:

  • is closely similar in content to the course(s) from which exemption is sought
  • is at the same SCQF academic level as the course(s) from which exemption is sought
  • is sufficiently recent that your knowledge remains active and up to date. Normally the time elapsed since completing the prior learning should not exceed five years
  • has been undertaken at other universities or institutions of comparable standing recognised for this purpose by the University Court

Additional RPL information

For programmes owned by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, the maximum number of credits for which RPL may be granted is one-third of the amount necessary to complete the programme applied for. This means:

  • a diploma programme - 40 credits
  • a masters programme - 60 credits

Applications for RPL must conform to the guidelines above and must be approved by the relevant Programme Director and the convener of the relevant Board of Studies.

Written confirmation of this support must accompany the application submitted by the School for approval at College level. College approval will normally be forthcoming on such applications.

The programme is open to nurses only. A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent and a nursing qualification is required. Applicants must hold a current registration or licence with the licensing authority or registration body in the country in which they qualified or have been practising and provide this evidence. For UK applicants, this will be a current recordable qualification with UK Nursing & Midwifery Council [NMC]), please include your NMC registration number in your personal statement.

Applicants must be currently working in a Neurological Rehabilitation or have access to a Neurological Rehabilitation clinical practice environment during the programme. But we may consider those with wider Neurological clinical practice.

There are limited places available on this programme and as such preference will be given to those with the most relevant work experience and that have qualifications above the minimum requirements. Applicants with a lower degree classification will be considered if they can demonstrate extensive relevant work experience and present a strong personal statement.

We may also consider your application if you have other qualifications or experience; please contact us to check before you apply.

Students from China

This degree is Band C.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.

English language tests

For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS: total 7.0 (at least 6.5 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 (at least 23 in each module).We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • CAE and CPE: total 185 (at least 176 in each module)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components

Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.

Degrees taught and assessed in English

We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:

We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.

If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.

Find out more about our language requirements:

Read our general information on tuition fees and studying costs:

PG Certificate in Neuro-rehabilitation and Care students are funded through RCN Foundation.

You are responsible for any other costs incurred for the duration of the programme.

No self-funded places are currently available.

*(Revised 10 November 2020 with updated featured funding information)

Other funding opportunities

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

  • Nursing Studies, School of Health in Social Sciences
  • Old Medical School
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG

We operate a gathered field approach for the Postgraduate Certificate in Neurological Rehabilitation.

A gathered field approach means that all complete applications which meet our minimum entry requirements will be held until the deadline at which point applications received will be considered on a competitive basis.

You do not need to wait until the deadline to apply, we will accept applications up until the deadline.

All communication about your application will be sent through the online admissions system. Please ensure you check your application inbox regularly and particularly after the deadline date.

Round Application deadline
1 21 December 2020
2 5 March 2021

(*Revised 16 October 2020 with updated application deadlines.)

A complete application includes evidence of meeting the recognition of prior learning requirements submitted on forms RPE1, RPE2, RPE3, RPE4.

Find out more about the general application process for postgraduate programmes:

Further information

  • Nursing Studies, School of Health in Social Sciences
  • Old Medical School
  • Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG