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ION Education Unit

Email: ion.educationunit@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3448 4740

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£9,250 (Pro-rata)

Overseas 2013/14:

£22,250 (Pro-rata)

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

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

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Neurology (for Clinical Trainees) MSc

Clinical Neurology is an exciting, complex and fast-moving field. This unique MSc programme, with no equivalent in the UK or abroad, aims to provide trainees with a thorough grounding in the practice of modern neurology, and in the scientific underpinnings of the subject.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

This MSc aims to provide:

  • Clinical competence in diagnosis, investigation and formulation of management plan and therapeutics in a broad range of neurological areas/disorders
  • A working knowledge of the scientific basis of these neurological disorders/areas
  • Awareness of major recent developments in research in clinical neuroscience
  • Generic competences as defined in the national clinical curriculum

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

Clinical Neurology is an academically challenging subject for clinical trainees, not least due to the many advances in genetics, physiology, imaging and therapy which have transformed the subject in the past few decades.

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 and research in neurology, its associated disciplines and the basic neurosciences.

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Degree structure

Availability: Flexible 2-4 years

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of academic lectures (60 credits), research training (15 credits), MRCP (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Basic Neurology of Diseases of the Peripheral Nervous System and Muscle: Diagnosis
  • Basic Neurology of Diseases of the Central System: Diagnosis
  • Investigation and Basic Management of Neurological Disease
  • Research Training


  • Optional courses from the CALMAN Day Lecture series


All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words and an oral examination.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and clinical teaching. Assessment is through four 3,000-word essays, online quizzes, oral examination, critical appraisal of papers 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. Candidates must hold a national training number in neurology, neurophysiology, psychiatry or other related discipline, and have an MRCP or equivalent professional body membership.

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

Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year, as the programme has a flexible structure. The candidate can start the programme at any point in the year.

Who can apply?

This programme is designed for those pursuing a professional career in the UK in clinical neurology or related disciplines, either as a clinical academic or a clinician. It is open to candidates with a medical degree, MRCP and who already have a national training number in neurology, neurophysiology, psychiatry or related disciplines.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to undertake a higher degree during your clinical training
  • why you think a scientific underpinning to the practice of Neurology may be important
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 MSc will help prepare trainees for their future consultant positions, and clinical and research careers in neurology. The research project and seminars on thesis writing skills will provide a grounding for future research work. The programme will be of benefit to applicants' CVs, job prospects and future careers, and will enhance the standard of neurological practice in Britain.

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