Clinical Neurology MSc

Options: PG Diploma


Students will study at the world-renowned Queen Square, and will be taught by internationally recognised experts in the field. Students have the opportunity to interact freely with our neurologists, and undertake a specialist attachment during the second six months of their course.


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?

Students gain knowledge of the clinical features and scientific basis of the following neurological areas and disorders: nerve and muscle; epilepsy; pain; movement disorders and Parkinson's Disease; neuro-otology and neuro-ophthalmology; stroke; neuropsychiatry and cognition; infections of the nervous system; multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology; autonomic function and neuro-urology; neuro-oncology and ITU neurology.

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, we form the world-renowned Queen Square and promote the translation of research that is of direct clinical relevance to improved patient care and treatment.

Students are given the opportunity to experience the full range of activities of a world-famous specialist hospital.


Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A postgraduate diploma (120 credits, full-time six months) is offered.

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

Options

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project, which takes the form of a scientific investigation and culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, clinical teaching (including outpatients, inpatients, workshops, training for history taking and clinical examination, demonstrations and conferences) and subspecialist training in a single neurological speciality. Assessment is through written examination, MCQ, short case clinical examination, viva voce, continuous assessment and the research dissertation.

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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. 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 neurology.

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?

Students must have a medical degree and some postgraduate experience, with an interest in pursuing a professional career in clinical neurology. The programme is designed both for international and UK students, and will suit those who are planning to undertake or have completed specialist training in clinical neurology or neurosurgery.

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.


Career

This programme provides an excellent basis for a clinical or research career in clinical neurology and related disciplines.

First destinations of recent graduates of the programme include:

  • Neurological Centre am Rosenhügel: Neurology Resident
  • Apollo Hospital: Consultant Neurologist
  • Institute of Neurology, UCL: Research Fellow in Neurology
  • CHC Hospital: STI Doctorate
  • Institute of Medical Science: Doctor
  • University Hospital Coventry and Warwick NHS Trust: Specialist Registrar
  • University of Gremera: Doctor of Neurology
  • Direct Medics: Locum Consultant and Physician

Top career destinations for this programme

  • University of Missouri, Neurology Residency, 2012
  • National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Senior House Officer, 2012
  • UCL Institute of Neurology, Clinical Research Fellow (PhD), 2010
  • National Institutes of Health, USA, Postdoctoral Fellow, 2010
  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, Specialist Trainee Stroke Medicine, 2010

Employability

For students starting out on their clinical careers the programme will give them skills and experience to move towards specialist training. For more established clinicians it is an opportunity to refresh and refine their clinical practice. All students benefit from exposure to the scientific underpinning of neurology, and the opportunity to undertake an original research project, and a specialist attachment, studying alongside the internationally renowned neurologists at Queen Square.


Next steps

Contact

T: +44 (0)20 3448 4740

Department

Institute of Neurology

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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

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