Peripheral Nerves and Associated Diseases

  • 25-30 hours
  • 5 days
  • 04 November 2019


On this five-day short course for healthcare professionals you'll study the peripheral nervous system (PNS) and conditions which may affect it.

You'll learn about:

  • anatomy, development, physiology and function of the peripheral nervous system
  • symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of peripheral nerve diseases
  • current research trends

Lectures are given by world leading experts in the field of neuromuscular diseases.

This course is run by the UCL Institute of Neurology in Queen Square.

Course content

Lecture topics will include:

  • Embryonic development and pathfinding of peripheral nerves
  • Biology of Schwann cells
  • Nerve injury and regeneration
  • Biophysical properties of peripheral axons
  • Nerve biopsies and hitopathology
  • Diabetic and small fibre neuropathies
  • Acute inflammatory neuropathies
  • Chronic inflammatory neuropathies

You'll attend masterclasses on using and interpreting techniques in histopathology, electrophysiology and live imaging (using MRI) for diagnosis and clinical trials.

You'll also be able to attend lectures at the British Peripheral Nerve Society meeting.

Who this course is for

This course is for healthcare students and professionals working in:

  • biological sciences
  • medicine
  • neuroscience
  • pharmacy
  • occupational therapy
  • nursing
  • physiotherapy

You should have an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree or equivalent or relevant work experience.

Teaching and structure

The course takes place over five days (Monday to Friday).

You can take this course as either:

  • a standalone short course for CPD purposes
  • a 'taster module' that allows you to earn UCL credits which can be used towards a postgraduate qualification at UCL if you enrol within five years

You can find out more about the MSc/PGDip/PGCert Neuromuscular Diseases courses, including entry requirements, on the Institute of Neurology's website.

Assessment, certificates and accreditation

You'll receive a certificate of attendance if you complete the course.

The short course isn't assessed. If you're taking the course as a taster module you'll need to complete coursework and an exam.

The course is accredited for CPD by the Royal Colleges of Physicians.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • understand the anatomy, development and functional characteristics of the peripheral nervous system
  • describe and explain the clinical presentation of several conditions affecting the peripheral nervous system
  • understand and interpret neurophysiological and neuropathological assessments in peripheral neuropathies
  • recognise diagnostic criteria using tissue histology and clinical assessment data
  • critically evaluate the validity of disease models for the development of future therapies


The fees are:

  • £700 - short course 
  • £950 - module 

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Course team

Previous short course participant:

“Thank you for a really good week. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and found all staff/ lecturers etc very warm, friendly, passionate about their subject/ work and accessible. I would highly recommend the course.”

Course information last modified: 21 May 2019, 11:38