Skeletal Muscle and Associated Diseases

  • 25-30 hours
  • 5 days
  • 02 December 2019


On this five-day short course for healthcare professionals you'll study skeletal muscles and muscle diseases.

You'll learn about the anatomy, development, physiology and function of skeletal muscles.

You'll learn about the causes, treatment and management of paediatric and adult muscle diseases including:

  • muscular dystrophies
  • myopathies
  • muscle channelopathies

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:

  • Adaptations of healthy muscles to physiological stresses, such as exercise overload and disuse
  • Muscle atrophy and regeneration
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • Periodic paralysis
  • Acquired myopathies and inclusion body myositis
  • Physiotherapy assessment of neuromuscular diseases in children
  • Rehabilitation and physiotherapy

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

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 how normal muscle function is altered in various pathological conditions that affect muscles
  • critically assess muscle function measurements used in the clinical setting
  • understanding about current research trends in paediatric and adult onset muscle diseases


The fees are:

  • £700 - short course 
  • £950 - module 

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Course information last modified: 21 May 2019, 11:32