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Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma / Masters of Science in

Epilepsy Practice 3 - 5 Years Flexible Learning

Entry Requirements - Standard

The MSc Epilepsy Practice course is open to applicants who already hold (or will hold on entry) a degree or equivalent in a biological, behavioural science, or health or social care professional subject, or a related health or social care professional qualification, such as Professional Diploma awards completed at Leeds Metropolitan University.

For international (non-UK) qualifications, equivalency can be established through the National Academic Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom – UK NARIC.

AND HAVE a minimum of two years professional experience.

Individuals who do not have English as their first language must have IELTS at level 6.5.

Non-Certificated Entry Requirements to Year 1 of the M Level Programme

Applicants may demonstrate prior non-certificated learning equivalent to that identified above - please apply to the University for further details.

Admission with Advanced Standing on the Basis of Prior Certificated or Non-Certificated Learning

Applicants may claim advanced standing for study previously completed at Masters level - please apply to the University for further details.

Further Admissions Criteria

In addition to the requirements set out above, all applicants must demonstrate:

  • A high level of interest and insight into the profession. This can be gained through work experience and /or by researching the profession
  • Evidence of excellent communication skills
  • Evidence of self directed study skills
  • Evidence of recent personal/academic development e.g. normally in the last 5 years
  • Evidence of an understanding of the research process

Applicants must be prepared to bring or develop knowledge and understanding of the following:

  • Knowledge of human anatomy, physiology and psychosocial issues relating to health care
  • Basic IT skills

Selection Procedure

It is a central feature of the University's philosophy and a stated aim of its mission to "increase and widen access to the programmes of study within the University." In particular the University has objectives to increase the proportion of students from ethnic minority backgrounds and to increase the proportion of students who declare disabilities.

Applications are normally made directly to the University, via the course administrator and scrutinised by the admissions tutor. Applicants are asked to submit written evidence that clearly demonstrates their ability to meet the criteria above.

In addition, two referees are sought per applicant.

Places are offered in proportion to the number of applications, i.e. male: female, who meet the criteria on initial enquiry.

The applicants who meet both the threshold requirements and the further admissions criteria are then offered a place on a first come first served basis.

Applicants are asked to confirm acceptance within a fixed deadline ahead of the course or module workshop.

The course team, in line with the general Faculty policy on course admissions has a non-interviewing policy.

The selection process will be reviewed every year.

The course team is committed to the principles of equal opportunities. The process for admissions has been adopted taking into account the University's commitment to equal opportunities in order to address issues relating to direct and indirect discrimination.

The above selection procedure will be applied in the circumstances where the number of applicants exceeds the number of places available.

Course Content

The Masters courses offer three awards at Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and Masters level as follows:

Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / Masters of Science (MSc) Epilepsy Practice

A total of nine 20-credit modules are required to complete the Masters programme, by registering for three modules in each of three years. Each year does not necessarily have to follow continuously from the previous year i.e. it may be possible to take a 6-month or longer break between each year of study within the overall 5-year maximum registration period.

Postgraduate Certificate

It is not possible to directly register onto the MSc. Initially you will be registered for the award of Postgraduate Certificate, comprising two specialist subject modules and one core module Understanding and Evaluating the Evidence . On successful completion of all three modules you will be asked if you wish to accept the award of Postgraduate Certificate, or if you wish to register for a further three modules leading to the Postgraduate Diploma.

Postgraduate Diploma

The Postgraduate Diploma requires the addition of the core module Applying the Evidence and two subject specific modules. On successful completion of these modules you will be asked if you wish to accept the award of Postgraduate Diploma, or if you wish to register for the equivalent of a further three modules leading to the MSc.

Masters of Science (MSc)

In addition to the Certificate and Diploma modules detailed above, the MSc is obtained by successfully completing the 60-credit extended study module Contributing to Practice Development.

Pattern of Attendance and the Student Experience

The courses will be delivered using the standard University structure, based on two fifteen week Semesters from October to June and additional study time in July and August. Normally, students will enrol in September/October in advance of Semester One, and in December in advance of the Semester two start in February.

Part-time students will usually complete the MSc in three years, although the courses are designed to accommodate a flexible pattern of study and students may proceed at a slower pace and complete the MSc over four or five years. The maximum period of registration for part-time attendance is normally five years. Students may also enrol onto individual modules in the Faculty CPD Scheme as part of developing their CPD portfolio. These modules may build to one of the named awards in the CPD Scheme, subject to satisfactory completion within the maximum registration time for that award.

Typical attendance patterns for part-time students are illustrated below:

Students may negotiate their pattern of attendance and selection of modules to meet their specified needs appropriate to an award.

Year 1 - Postgraduate Certificate Epilepsy Practice

Diagnosis and assessment of epilepsy - 20 credits
Management of epilepsy - 20 credits
Understanding and evaluating the evidence (core) - 20 credits

Year 2 - Postgraduate Diploma Epilepsy Practice

Psychosocial implications of epilepsy - 20 credits
Negotiated learning - 20 credits
Applying the evidence (to epilepsy practice; core) - 20 credits

Year 3 - MSc Epilepsy Practice

Dissertation - Contributing to Practice Development - 60 credits