MSc Clinical Neurology
Duration of Programme
One calendar year full time
Students should obtain clinical competence in history taking/examination, diagnosis, investigation and formulation of management plan and therapeutics in common neurological areas/disorders; a working knowledge of the scientific basis of common neurological disorders/areas; awareness of major recent developments in research in these areas of clinical neuroscience; experience in preparing and writing a research dissertation.
Lectures are supported by case presentations, bedside teaching, and research training sessions; a series of seminars on clinical topics, and attendance at clinical activities on site (i.e. teaching rounds, clinical conferences, outpatient clinics). During the latter part of the course students undertake a research project (Jan/Feb onwards), as well as a specialist attachment in a clinical firm (April onwards).
For information on clinical training within the NHS please refer to:
- Degree Summary
Why study this degree at UCL?
The mission of the UCL Institute of Neurology is to carry out high-quality research, teaching and training in basic and clinical neurosciences. Together with our associated hospital, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, we form the world-renowned Queen Square and promote the translation of research that is of direct clinical relevance to improved patient care and treatment.
Students are given the opportunity to experience the full range of activities of a world-famous specialist hospital.
Student / staff ratios › 150 staff including 30 postdocs › 220 taught students › 300 research students
Department: Institute of Neurology
- Degree Structure
Students gain knowledge of the clinical features and scientific basis of the following neurological areas and disorders: nerve and muscle; epilepsy; pain; movement disorders and Parkinson's Disease; neuro-otology and neuro-ophthalmology; stroke; neuropsychiatry and cognition; infections of the nervous system; multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology; autonomic function and neuro-urology; neuro-oncology and ITU neurology.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (full-time six months is offered).
- Diseases of the Nervous System: Epilepsy, Pain, Tumours and Infection
- Peripheral Nerve, Muscle and Special Senses
- Motor Systems and Disease
- Higher Functions of the Brain
- Practical Neurology
- Theoretical Neurology
- There are no optional modules for this programme.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project, which takes the form of a scientific investigation and culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, clinical teaching (including outpatients, inpatients, workshops, training for history taking and clinical examination, demonstrations and conferences) and subspecialist training in a single neurological speciality. Assessment is through written examination, MCQ, short case clinical examination, viva voce, continuous assessment and the research dissertation.
Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Clinical Neurology MSc
- Diseases of the Nervous System: Epilepsy, Pain, Tumours & Infection (15 credits) - CLNEG020
- Peripheral Nerve, Muscle and Special Senses (15 credits) - CLNEG019
- Motor Systems & Disease (15 credits) - CLNEG018
- Higher Functions of the Brain (15 credits) - CLNEG017
- Practical Neurology (30 credits) - CLNEG011
- Theoretical Neurology (30 credits) - CLNEG006
- Research Project (60 credits)- CLNEG098
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
Leonard Wolfson Academic MSc Scholarships for Dementia Causes, Treatments and Research (Neuroscience) MSc
- Variable depending on pathway (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas students
- Based on academic merit
More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website
- Your Career
This programme provides an excellent basis for a clinical or research career in clinical neurology and related disciplines.
First destinations of recent graduates of the programme include:
- Neurological Centre am Rosenhügel: Neurology Resident
- Apollo Hospital: Consultant Neurologist
- Institute of Neurology, UCL: Research Fellow in Neurology
- CHC Hospital: STI Doctorate
- Institute of Medical Science: Doctor
- University Hospital Coventry and Warwick NHS Trust: Specialist Registrar
Top career destinations for this degree
- Neurology Residency, University of Missouri
- Neurologist, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
- Consultant Neurologist, International University of Africa
- Senior Home Officer, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
- Doctor, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton
For students starting out on their clinical careers the programme will give them skills and experience to move towards specialist training. For more established clinicians it is an opportunity to refresh and refine their clinical practice. All students benefit from exposure to the scientific underpinning of neurology, and the opportunity to undertake an original research project, and a specialist attachment, studying alongside the internationally renowned neurologists at Queen Square.
Application and next steps
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
Who can apply?
Students must have a medical degree and some postgraduate experience, with an interest in pursuing a professional career in clinical neurology. The programme is designed both for international and UK students, and will suit those who are planning to undertake or have completed specialist training in clinical neurology or neurosurgery.
- All applicants
- 29 July 2016
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
What are we looking for?When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Clinical Neurology at the UCL Institute of Neurology
- what particularly attracts you to the programme
- in what way you think your academic and professional background might help you meet the demands of the programme
- how this qualification might help you in your future clinical career, bearing in mind that this course is not a direct entry route into Neurology training in the UK
Medical qualifications (graduate medical degree), at least 2 years postgraduate experience in clinical medicine, registration with the GMC (or equivalent national authority for overseas students), and at least 6 months previous clinical experience in clinical neurology.