Clinical Neuroscience MSc


This well-established and highly competitive MSc provides students with specialist training in the basic scientific principles of modern neuroscience, and in the application of these principles to the understanding of a wide variety of neurological disorders. Students benefit from studying in an internationally renowned and research intensive environment at the UCL Institute of Neurology.


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?

Participants gain knowledge of the clinical features and scientific basis of both common and unusual neurological disorders including a study of: genetics of CNS disorders; brain metabolism, neurotransmitters and neurodegeneration; autoimmune disease and repair mechanisms; peripheral nerve and muscle; epilepsy; nociception and pain; motor control; basal ganglia/movement disorders; hearing, balance, vision and eye-movements; stroke and head injury; cognition and 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 is a unique national resource for postgraduate training in neuroscience, and this MSc enhances the scientific skills of clinicians and provides non-clinical graduates with insight into clinical problems that will allow them to work alongside clinicians in clinical research projects.


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

  • Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Disease
  • Diseases of the Nervous System: Epilepsy, Pain, Tumours & Infection
  • Peripheral Nerve, Muscle and Special Senses
  • Motor Systems and Disease
  • Higher Functions of the Brain
  • Research Methods: Critical Appraisal and Introduction to Statistics

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 essay, and an independent research project, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through basic and clinical lectures, seminars and practical and interactive workshops. Lectures are supported by audio-visual aids and supplementary materials including hand-outs, reading lists and references to original papers. Assessment is through unseen and multiple-choice examination, essay, continuous assessment, library project, dissertation and oral examination.

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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 subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.

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?

This MSc is suitable for clinical graduates with some experience in the neurosciences, and for non-clinical graduates with a degree in neuroscience or related subjects. The programme is aimed at those pursuing a professional career in neuroscience, and provides training for a future research career in basic and clinical neuroscience.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Clinical Neuroscience at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the programme
  • how you think your previous academic and/or research experience might help you meet the demands of the programme
  • how the degree might fit into your future 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

This programme offers an established entry route into both PhD studies in the UK and internationally, and to medicine at both undergraduate and graduate level.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • University of Oxford, Funded PhD student, 2012
  • UCL Institute of Neurology, Funded PhD student, 2011
  • Imperial College London, Medicine (MBBS), 2011
  • Stanford Medical School, California, Research Assistant, 2011

Employability

Students are given the opportunity to take an original research project in a world-renowned centre of excellence. Publications routinely result from the best MSc projects.


Next steps

Contact

T: +44 (0)20 3448 4740

Department

Institute of Neurology

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Prospectus subject

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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