Cognitive rehabilitation is a rapidly emerging field that integrates research and clinical practice within the field of cognitive neuropsychology and neuroscience and applies it to the development and evaluation of evidence-based assessment and intervention.
This course has been carefully designed to provide graduates from psychology, the life sciences and allied health professions with the theoretical knowledge and practical experience to develop their clinical skills, academic rigor, and research expertise. The interdisciplinary nature of the course will provide you with a strong background in brain anatomy and function, clinical neuroscience, cognitive neuropsychology and cognitive rehabilitation ensuring that you have training and practice in assessment, targeted rehabilitation and the ethical and professional aspects of working in a clinical setting.
The course team has extensive clinical expertise in Cognitive Rehabilitation, Cognitive Neuroscience, Clinical Psychology, and Neuropsychology with excellent clinical and research links with teaching hospitals, charities, and community organizations that support individuals with long-term health conditions.
The focus on professional learning is supported by a work experience module that offers you the opportunity to gain valuable experience in a clinical setting. A range of innovative assessments has been designed to reflect the real world demands of clinical settings and to provide students with applied skills for professional life. An independent research project provides you with a chance to develop your specific areas of interest with the supervision of a member of staff with relevant clinical, academic and research expertise.
The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience
This module gives you the opportunity to investigate in some depth the neuroscience of a range of clinical disorders, and to think critically about how this contributes to our overall understanding of cognition. You are encouraged to think critically about research in this field, with emphasis on treatment strategies. Cognitive Neuropsychology You will examine the theory and practice of developing a deeper understanding of cognitive neuroscience through the observation and assessment of cognitive functioning in patients with various forms of brain pathology.
Cognitive Rehabilitation Interventions
This module will give you the opportunity to critically examine the literature with a view to developing a sophisticated understanding of the theoretical rationale and evidence-based approaches to working with individuals in a real-world setting. You will be encouraged to explore the impact of developmental changes and individual differences across the lifespan and discuss the implications for intervention and education.
Data Handling for Applied Psychology
This module addresses the theoretical and practical issues involved in acquiring and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data for research practice in the field of applied psychology. The main topics covered include: Experimental designs - hypotheses, models, and theories; Anova, Manova, and Ancova; regression, discriminant, factor and cluster analysis; survey and questionnaire design and psychometrics; interview techniques; qualitative analysis; content analysis; focus groups and grounded theory.
Principles of Cognitive Rehabilitation
This module provides you with an understanding of the relevant models of healthy cognition, the biological basis of cognitive impairments and their impact on everyday functioning. Within this module, you will explore historical and current methodologies and approaches to targeted cognitive rehabilitation techniques.
Research-Based Project and Portfolio
The Project in applied cognitive neuroscience is an extended piece of work on a relevant topic that you will select with the approval of the Course Leader. The topic will draw on knowledge, skills and methodological techniques covered by the course. This may involve an in-depth exploration of one aspect of the taught course or a related aspect not formally covered in depth. On completion of the project, you are required to submit a journal-style paper, a reflective commentary, and a research portfolio.
Specialist Topics in Applied Psychology
This module will cover the areas of writing skills, systematic review protocol, design critique, and grant application writing skills. Relevant professional issues will also be explored, including inter-professional working; research ethics; presentation skills; careers; portfolio development for project research; national and international perspectives on applied psychology; and practice specific issues.
Work Experience in a Psychological Setting
This module provides the opportunity for students to source work experience in voluntary or paid positions in health-related settings and applies psychology and cognitive rehabilitation in the real world. Students will gain valuable work experience and develop professional skills, to prepare them for the workplace. Students who take this optional module will then take a 40 credit Research-Based Project.
This course is particularly suited to pursuing a career in a clinical setting, preparation for further psychology training (eg clinical psychology) or clinical research or meeting the requirements for appointment or promotion with certain employers. The course also develops generic higher education and career management skills that would be of use in a wide range of careers.
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