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Contact details

ION Education Unit

Email: ion.educationunit@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3448 4740

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£7,000 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£14,250 (FT)

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

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Key facts

Research Assessment Rating

70% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
(What is the RAE?)

The programme information on this page relates to 2013 entry. 2014 content to appear here shortly. 

Clinical Neurology Postgraduate Diploma

This programme offers the opportunity to obtain clinical competence in history taking/examination, diagnosis, investigation and formulation of management plan and therapeutics in common neurological areas/disorders. Students gain a working knowledge of the scientific basis of common neurological disorders/areas and awareness of major recent research developments in this field.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The lecture course currently includes the following topics: genetics of CNS disorders; brain metabolism, neurotransmitters and neurodegeneration; autoimmune disease and repair mechanisms; peripheral nerve and muscle; neurotransmitters; epilepsy; nociception and pain; motor control; basal ganglia/movement disorders; hearing, balance, vision and eye-movements; stroke and head injury; cognition; 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 of Neurology is a unique national resource for postgraduate training and research in neurology.

The institute performed very strongly in the 2008 RAE. Overall 70% of our research was deemed to be internationally competitive or world leading.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 6 months

Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (120 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.


Not Applicable.

Teaching and Learning

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). Assessment is through unseen examination, 'short case' clinical examinations and unseen clinical scenarios, and coursework assignments (3,000-word essays).

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 in clinical 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 or academic neurology will benefit from this programme. It is designed both for international and UK students.

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.

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

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