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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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Clinical Neurology MSc

The Clinical Neurology MSc provides specialised training in the clinical and scientific basis of a wide range of neurological disorders. The programme will equip students with a deep understanding of disorders of the nervous system and provides an excellent basis for a clinical or research career in the field.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

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.

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.

This MSc offers students the opportunity to obtain clinical competence alongside a working knowledge of the scientific basis of common neurological disorders. It introduces students to major recent research developments in clinical neuroscience; and includes a research project which will provide a grounding for future research work.

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 (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • 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 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. Applicants must be medically qualified, hold registration with the UK General Medical Council (GMC), or be fully registered in their home country, and have at least two years of postgraduate experience in clinical medicine, at least six months of which is neurology.

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?

Students with a medical degree and some postgraduate experience who are interested in pursuing a professional career in clinical neurology will benefit from this programme. It is designed both for international and UK students, and will suit those who are planning or have completed SpR training in clinical neurology or neurosurgery.

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
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.


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
  • University of Gremera: Doctor of Neurology
  • Direct Medics: Locum Consultant and Physician

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

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