Neurology MD(Res)

Research areas:

Research is focused within the following eight departments:
  • Brain Repair and Rehabilitation
  • Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy
  • Clinical Neuroscience (Royal Free campus)
  • Molecular Neuroscience and the Reta Lila Weston Institute
  • Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Neuroinflammation
  • The Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders
  • The Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience.

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IRIS department: Institute of Neurology

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the MD(Res) programme, applicants must have obtained the MBBS degree or some other registerable primary qualification in medicine, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, and be eligible for full registration with the UK General Medical Council (GMC).

MD(Res) applicants are normally hospital clinicians undertaking research associated with their employment.

English level expected: Standard


Research degrees may start at any time of the year, but typically start in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page.


  • UK/EU Full-time: £4,500
  • UK/EU Part-time: £2,250
  • Overseas Full-time: £20,900
  • Overseas Part-time: £10,450

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


Students at the institute go on to further study at doctoral level, begin medical studies, start careers in basic science, combine study with paid research or clinical fellowships, and continue their medical careers through core and speciality training.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • UCL, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2011
  • Max Planck Institute, Germany, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2011
  • Medical Research Council, Investigative Scientist, 2011
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Consultant Neurologist, 2011
  • King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Neurologist, 2011


Students at the UCL Institute of Neurology are ideally placed to exploit the opportunities for career progression which come from studying in a well-funded national and international centre of excellence. Master's students often stay at the institute to complete a funded PhD. Doctoral students go on to become early career researchers. Clinicians combine research fellowships with PhD studies and enter core or specialty training in the London, or other Deaneries on completion. It is the possibility of transition from postgraduate student to early career researcher or specialist neurologist which makes studying at Queen Square so attractive.


Master's students are given the opportunity to present their research, alongside their peers studying for PhDs, at the well-regarded annual Queen Square Symposium. Some go on to publish their MSc theses in conjunction with their supervisors. Doctoral students are all encouraged to attend national and international conferences during their studies, with their travel funded by grants, awards or bursaries. Students at all levels are supervised by, and work alongside internationally renowned scientists and clinical academics, who are often leaders in their field.

Next steps


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Brain Sciences


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Alumni View

"I was able to collaborate with a great international faculty as part of my research project. The collaborative efforts continue even to this day, for which I am eternally grateful to UCL."

Dr Suraj Rajan

Neurology PG Resident, University of Missouri, USA, 2012

Student View

"The neurology cluster at Queen Square means you can bump into world leaders in your field just by crossing the road."

Tara Noone

Degree: Advanced Neuroimaging MSc