Advanced Neuroimaging MSc


This MSc is specifically aimed at those pursuing a professional career in neuroimaging, either in clinical practice or in neuroscience research. This multi-disciplinary programme provides training in both the basic scientific and technological principles of modern neuroimaging methods, and in their application to the understanding of neurological function and neurological disorders.


Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £12,100
  • UK/EU Part-time: £6,200
  • Overseas Full-time: £23,000
  • Overseas Part-time: £11,600

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.


What will I learn?

Students will develop a good basic knowledge of neuroanatomy, understand the principles and main technical aspects of neuroimaging instrumentation and data acquisition, basic image processing and image analysis techniques, and gain a good working knowledge of modern methods for scientific and clinical investigation of the human nervous system using neuroimaging.

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 is a unique national resource for postgraduate training in neurology, its associated disciplines and the basic neurosciences.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), a library project (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Introductory Science and Methods
  • Imaging Modalities
  • Advanced Imaging
  • Introduction to Neuroanatomy, Systems and Disease
  • Pathology and Diagnostic Imaging I
  • Pathology and Diagnostic Imaging II

Options

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All students undertake a library project which is assessed by a 5,000-word project, and a laboratory research project which culminates in a 10,000-word dissertation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is taught using lectures delivered by experts in various fields of neuroimaging, and is supported by a series of half-day workshops/practical demonstrations of modern neuroimaging techniques. Assessment is through written examination, workshop and research training evaluation, a 5000-word project and the dissertation and viva.

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


Entry requirements

A first or second-class UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Students with other qualifications may also be admitted if they possess relevant experience in a field related to neuroradiology and/or medical physics.

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?

The programme is suitable for clinical graduates with some experience in neuroradiology, neurology or neurosurgery, and for non-clinical graduates with a degree in physics, engineering, radiography or related subjects, who wish to pursue a career in their chosen field of imaging neuroscience research or neuroradiology.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Advanced Neuroimaging at graduate level
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • in what ways you think your academic, clinical or professional background might help you meet the demands of this programme;
  • how you think this degree might fit into your academic, clinical or professional career plans
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.


Career

Graduates of the programme will have developed the necessary knowledge and skills essential for a future research career in the areas of neuroradiology, imaging neuroscience or neuroimaging technology.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • UCL Institute of Neurology, Full-time funded PhD student, 2012
  • UCL Institute of Child Health, Full-time PhD student, 2011
  • McGill University, Montreal, Full-time funded PhD student, 2012
  • University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Radiographer, 2011
  • King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Consultant Neurologist, 2009

Employability

Students will study in a world-class clinical and scientific environment, taught by leading experts in the field. For clinicians, and professions allied to healthcare, the programme will equip them with a sound understanding of neuroimaging techniques. For medical physicists it will enable them to embed their theoretical understanding in an internationally renowned centre. A number of high-achieving students on the programme will be offered the opportunity to undertake a paid internship at a London-based company which runs neuroimaging clinical trials.


Next steps

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Department

Institute of Neurology

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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

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Tara Noone

Degree: Advanced Neuroimaging MSc