Translational Neurology MRes

This new MRes programme will provide a world-class education and advanced training in translational research, from basic science through to patient treatment in neurology and neurodegeneration. Students will be located in the internationally renowned locations of the UCL Institute of Neurology and the Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre within the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £12,100
  • Overseas Full-time: £23,000

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

The programme combines theoretical and practical teaching on both the breadth of, and complexity in conducting clinical research. Topics will include clinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, research governance, medical statistics and emerging technologies in medical research and drug development (e.g. genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, clinical and molecular imaging).

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The programme is delivered by the UCL Institute of Neurology, a specialist postgraduate institute and a worldwide centre of excellence in clinical research across neurological diseases, including movement disorders (e.g. Parkinson’s disease), multiple sclerosis, neuro-inflammation, epilepsy, stroke, cognitive dysfunction, Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias.

Students will be taught by experts in the field and have the opportunity to network with internationally recognised opinion leaders in neurology and neurodegeneration.

By the end of the programme students will gain a thorough understanding of the challenges involved in setting up research projects, and learn how to design, implement, analyse and report clinical studies. Undertaking an extended piece of primary research in a clinical trials setting is particularly attractive to students wishing to pursue doctoral or clinical research. The focus on translational neurology, from within the specialist research setting of the Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre, is also of note.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), and a dissertation/report (120 credits).

Core Modules

  • Developing Translational Neurology
  • Experimental Neurology
  • Research in Practice
  • Translating Science into the Clinic


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation. Students will have the opportunity to work with internationally recognised researchers from the UCL Institute of Neurology, and the Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre.

Teaching and Learning

The programme will combine lectures, workshops and tutorials. Practicals will focus on the role of surrogate markers and emerging technologies in drug development e.g. pre-clinical discovery, first time in man studies, and early phase clinical trials in healthy volunteers and patients.

Further details available on subject website:

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

A medical degree (MBBS) or a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in life or biomedical sciences (for example, neuroscience, pharmacology or chemistry) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

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.

The deadline for applications is 1 August 2014.

Who can apply?

We welcome applications from prospective students who meet our entry requirements, and/or professionals working in the field of clinical trials.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Translational Neurology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Translational Neurology at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your personal, academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
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.


The programme is designed for medical and biomedical sciences graduates who wish to gain valuable training in clinical research before embarking on a clinical PhD programme. Successful completion of the MRes should also enhance opportunities for graduates to enter medical school or for MBBS graduates to progress to specialist medical training.


The programme intends to develop highly skilled and motivated researchers and cultivate the next generation of physician-scientists involved in the design and execution of conventional and experimental medicine trials. Successful completion of the programme is likely to enhance opportunities for recruitment by academic/industrial institutions beyond traditional organisational boundaries.

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