Postgraduate study

Neurological Rehabilitation and Care (Online Learning) PgCert

Awards: PgCert

Study modes: Part-time

Online learning

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.

The purpose of the programme is to equip registered nurses working in neurological care and rehabilitation, through education and reflection on their own practice, with the resources and skills to develop person-centred, partnership focussed practice in the area of neurological care and rehabilitation of adults. Particular emphasis will be placed on individuals aged 18 to 40 years old, who are relatively neglected in this area.

The Postgraduate Certificate gives nurses the opportunity to return to educational study whilst working clinically. You will benefit from current theory, practice, research and innovation in nursing, health and social care practice to develop a critical understanding of contemporary health care, with a specific focus in neurological rehabilitation and care. As such, the programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills to be a critically reflective practitioner, able to provide evidence-based practice in both a local and international context.

All the teaching on the MSc is delivered entirely online. This allows for flexible and responsive approaches to learning, assessment and support of our students. It also enables us to reach a wide range of graduates and professionals from all over the world.

The online teaching methods include:

  • video lectures
  • online tutorials
  • discussion boards
  • online conferences
  • films and videos
  • independent study and research.

The University's full range of online learning resources will be available to students, for example:

  • web conferencing software
  • e-books
  • online academic journals

Please note that students enrolled on this programme would not be eligible to apply for a Tier 4 visa.

Compulsory Courses:

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

A maximum of 1 course per semester can be taken.

This programme helps 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.

This programme aims to:

  • equip our students, through education and critical reflection on their own practice, with the resources and skills to develop person-centred, partnership focussed, practice in the area of neurological rehabilitation and care
  • promote a person-centred approach to neuro-rehabilitation practice 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 nurses’ knowledge and skills in supporting the physical, cognitive and mental health needs of individuals who have experienced ABI or stroke
  • improve research enquiry skills and their application to evidence based clinical practice of neurological rehabilitation

In essence, the programme will produce cohorts of practitioners fit for practice, purpose, and award in this discipline.

Graduates of the University of Edinburgh and this programme recognise the vision, purpose and value of making the world a better place, ensuring their actions and activities deliver positive change locally, regionally and globally.

The degree also provides you with an excellent foundation for graduates 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 sectors. Nursing requires innovative practitioners working as part of a multi-professional team, across a range of health and social care settings, and 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 specialties 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. This will enable your professional journey towards senior roles in clinical:

  • practice
  • leadership
  • research
  • policy
  • management

In addition, the programme will equip you for further study. On completion of the programme, you have the opportunity to 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 will also be able to apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL).

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These entry requirements are for the 2023/24 academic year and requirements for future academic years may differ. Entry requirements for the 2024/25 academic year will be published on 2 October 2023.

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, and a nursing qualification.

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, or have access to, a Neurological Rehabilitation clinical practice environment during the programme. But we may consider those with wider Neurological clinical practice.

Applicants with a lower degree classification will be considered if you 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

We accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:

  • IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
  • TOEFL-iBT (including Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each component. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
  • C1 Advanced (CAE) / C2 Proficiency (CPE): total 176 with at least 169 in each component.
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
  • PTE Academic: total 62 with at least 59 in each component.

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, Trinity ISE or PTE, 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 (non-MESC).

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.

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Tuition fees

Search for scholarships and funding opportunities:

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

We encourage you to apply more than 1 month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible.

If possible, we recommend that one reference is from your line manager and one is an academic reference. If you have been out of education for a number of years and it is not possible to submit an academic reference, we will also accept a second professional reference.

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 Science
  • Old Medical School, Teviot Place
  • Central Campus
  • Edinburgh
  • EH8 9AG