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ION Education Unit

Email: ion.educationunit@ucl.ac.uk

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Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£11,750 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£22,250 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Prospectus Entry

Neurology

Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

70% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
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The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Clinical Neuroscience MSc

This MSc provides specialised training in the basic scientific principles of modern neuroscience and in the application of these principles to the understanding of a wide variety of neurological disorders. Neuroscience includes any or all of the sciences dealing with the structure and function of the nervous system and brain.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

Participants gain knowledge of the clinical features and scientific basis of the following: genetics of CNS disorders; brain metabolism, neurotransmitters and neurodegeneration; autoimmune disease and repair mechanisms; peripheral nerve and muscle; epilepsy; nociception and pain; motor control; basal ganglia/movement disorders; hearing, balance, vision and eye-movements; stroke and head injury; cognition and dementia.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The mission of the 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, the institute promotes the translation of research that is of direct clinical relevance into improved patient care and treatment.

With its concentration of clinical and applied scientific activity the institute is a unique national resource for postgraduate training in neuroscience, and this MSc enhances the scientific skills of clinicians and provides non-clinical graduates with insight into clinical problems that will allow them to work alongside clinicians in clinical research projects.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), a library project (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Disease
  • Diseases of the Nervous System: Epilepsy, Pain, Tumours & Infection
  • Peripheral Nerve, Muscle and Special Senses
  • Motor Systems and Disease
  • Higher Functions of the Brain
  • Research Methods: Critical Appraisal and Introduction to Statistics

Options

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake a library project which is assessed by a 5,000-word essay, and an independent research project, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through basic and clinical lectures, seminars and practical and interactive workshops. Lectures are supported by audio-visual aids and supplementary materials including hand-outs, reading lists and references to original papers. Assessment is through unseen and multiple-choice examination, essay, continuous assessment, library project, dissertation and oral examination.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

A first or second-class UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 2 August 2013. 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?

This MSc is suitable for clinical graduates with some experience in the neurosciences, and for non-clinical graduates with a degree in neuroscience or related subjects. The programme is aimed at those pursuing a professional career in neuroscience, and provides training for a future research career in basic and clinical neuroscience.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Clinical Neuroscience at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the programme
  • how you think your previous academic and/or research experience might help you meet the demands of the programme
  • how the degree might fit into your future career plans
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.

Career

First destinations of recent graduates include:

  • University Clinical Centre Maribor: Neurology Registrar
  • St Helier Hospital: Lobotomist
  • Health Partners Alzheimers Research Centre: Volunteer Research Assistant
  • Northampton General Hospital: Foundation Year Two Doctor
  • University College Hospital in Nigeria: Consultant Ophthalmologist
  • UCL: Technician
  • Norwich NHS: Specialist Registrar
  • St George's Hospital: Consultant

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:


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