UCL Institute of Neurology


MSc/PGDip in Advanced Neuroimaging (TMSIONSADN01)


UCL Institute of Neurology

Programme Conveners

Professor Tarek Yousry/Dr Adam Liston

Study Modes, Duration of Programme & Entry Points

We now offer a Distance Learning mode of study which allows students to carry out the course online without any requirement to come to London. A Blended Learning mode is also available should the student wish to attend some modules in person or to carry out part or all of their Research Project in Queen Square. Meanwhile we continue to offer the option to study Full Time or Part Time on Face-to-Face study modes.
FULL TIME: One calendar year, September entry
PART TIME: Two calendar years, September entry
DISTANCE LEARNING & BLENDED LEARNING: Flexible 12 months up to five years, September and January entry

Programme Aims

This multidisciplinary programme aims to give students a strong working knowledge of neuroanatomy and an in-depth understanding of standard and advanced Neuroimaging techniques for image acquisition, processing and analysis in the diagnosis, treatment and study of a full range of neurological diseases. During their time at Queen Square, students will have the opportunity to contribute to world-leading research and have access to cutting edge Neuroimaging facilities.

In addition, students are given opportunities to develop key skills essential for research, in particular the critical appraisal of journal articles, experimental design and scientific communication. The course appeals particularly, but not exclusively to those from clinical, radiography or physics, biomedical engineering and neuroscience backgrounds who wish to pursue a career in Neuroimaging research.


There are eight modules in total, six taught and two self-directed.

The lecture course is scheduled as below and comprises 6 modules, all of which are compulsory. The Modules are listed below and described in more detail in the Content & Learning Outcomes PDF.

Physical Science module 1: Introductory Science and Methods (15 credits) [code ANIMGN07 / ANIMGN18]
Physical Science module 2: Imaging Modalities (15 credits) [code ANIMGN12 / ANIMGN19]
Physical Science module 3: Advanced Imaging (15 credits) [code ANIMGN11 / ANIMGN20]
Clinical module 1: Introduction to Neuroanatomy, Systems & Disease (15 credits) [code ANIMGN08 / ANIMGN24]
Clinical module 2: Pathology & Diagnostic Imaging I (15 credits) [code ANIMGN09 / ANIMGN17]
Clinical module 3: Pathology & Diagnostic Imaging II (15 credits) [code ANIMGN10/ANIMGN23]
Library project (30 credits) [code ANIMGN05/ANIMGN21]
Research Project (60 credits) [code ANIMGN06/ANIMGN22]

Lectures are supported by a series of half-day workshops/practical demonstrations of modern neuroimaging techniques, and students will have access to a mini MRI scanner for self-directed learning.

Students will have to obtain 180 credits to be awarded the MSc degree.


  • The six taught modules will each be examined both by one 2-hour written paper (May/June), and by evaluation of students’ participation in workshops throughout the taught modules.
  • The Library project module will be assessed by a 5,000 word essay (submitted December) and by evaluation of students’ participation in Research Training sessions run throughout the taught modules.
  • The Research project will be assessed by a 10,000 word dissertation and a viva.


Full Time

  • Lectures on Tuesdays & Thursdays for first two terms
  • Library Project carried out in first term
  • Research Project carried from mid-January until the end of July
  • Exams mid January and April/May

Part Time

  • (Science) Lectures on Tuesdays in Year One
  • Library Project carried out in first Term
  • (Clinical) Lectures on Thursdays in Year Two
  • Research Project carried out throughout Year Two
  • Exams mid January and April/May in both years

Distance Learning

  • All lectures will be available throughout enrolment but there are suggested timelines of 12-months, 18-months and 24-months to keep Distance Learning students in sync with Face-to-Face students for the sake of Webinars, Discussion forums and Exams.
  • Library Project carried out in first and second Terms.
  • Research Project carried out throughout Year Two
  • Exams synchronous with Face-to-Face learners.

Entry Requirements

First or second class Honours degree from a UK university or equivalent qualification from a recognized overseas institution, in which the following or related disciplines form major components:

  • Clinical Medicine
  • Radiography
  • Physics
  • Biomedical engineering/Neuroscience/Computer Science


  • A qualification in Mathematics to UK Advanced Level (A-Level) or equivalent standard.
  • Relevant experience in a field related to neuroradiology and/or medical physics


To read past students experiences of the programme, please navigate through the Prezi (click 'Start Prezi' and use the left and right arrows to scroll through the presentation).


English Language requirement

To be admitted onto this course you must provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is at the required level. You must achieve at least a standard level of proficiency on the IELTS English language test or an acceptable equivalent. For more information please visit UCL's English language requirement page

Internships and Clinical attachments

IXICO is a London based company running Neuroimaging clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies. As well as offering research projects, they offer an internship position each year to one or more successful graduates from the MSc in Advanced Neuroimaging*. A paid opportunity, this would provide interns with insight into how current technologies are applied in a commercial setting, advancing the drug development process particularly in Alzheimer’s Disease. There are also opportunities for clinicians on the programme to undertake a four month specialist attachment in the final months of their studies.

*after a selection process


Course fees and funding opportunities can be found using the links below.

Course Fees

UCL Scholarships

Postgraduate studentships

Prospective studentships

Advanced Neuroimaging 2014/15 Flyer

Closing date for applications: 29th July 2016

Contact: ion.educationunit [at] ucl.ac.uk