Translational and Regenerative Neuroscience MSc

Neuroscientists are discovering exciting ways to modify neurodegenerative disorders using regenerative techniques, especially stem cell and gene therapies. In this new programme world-leading vision researchers teach the complete process of translating discoveries into clinical applications restoring sight. This knowledge will qualify students for careers in a breadth of translational disciplines.

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £9,550
  • Overseas Full-time: £23,000

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

The student will study the entire process of translating basic neuroscience discoveries into diagnostic and therapeutic applications. The programme focuses mostly (but not exclusively) on the visual process. Students will study the theoretical framework specific to translation, and have the opportunity to explore the entire field (molecular cell biology, pharmacology, and psychophysics), gaining hands-on experience in an original research project.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

UCL offers unique opportunities to study translational and regenerative neuroscience. UCL is the largest centre for biomedical research in the UK, and the Faculty of Brain Sciences contains the UK’s largest concentration of neuroscientists. The UCL Institute of Ophthalmology is an international leader in translational research, with a broad range of innovative therapies being developed in many different modalities, from genes to machines.

The eye offers a unique site for novel and highly experimental therapies, particularly in neuroscience. Approaches to repair defective vision include replacement of either genes or cells, and major advances in both these fields have been made by academics at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology.

The programme will include input from other departments in the faculty, including the UCL Institute of Neurology, and the UCL Ear Institute. There will be major opportunities for networking with academics and industry specialists teaching on the programme.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), three optional modules (45 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

Core Modules

  • Developing Translational Research
  • Masterclasses in Translational and Regenerative Neuroscience
  • Ocular Cell Biology
  • Research in Practice
  • Translating Science into the Clinic


  • Cost Benefit Analysis and Health
  • Genetics and Epidemiology of Ocular Disease
  • Introduction to Visual Neuroscience
  • Microvascular Biology
  • Modern Aspects of Drug Discovery
  • Ocular Development in Health and Disease
  • Pharmacogenomics, Adverse Drug Reactions and Biomarkers


All students will undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000–12,000 words and an oral presentation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and student group presentations. Assessment is through a mixture of unseen exams, coursework (essays, bioinformatic tasks, practicals), a major dissertation, and oral presentations.

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 or a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience, biomedical science, psychology or a related science discipline or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with a degree in another area, or experience in life sciences or pharmacology will be considered on an individual basis.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Good

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 best suited to people looking to further a career in translational neuroscience research, either in academia or in a pharmaceutical setting. Alternatively, the programme will be very useful for people looking to move into related areas such as research regulation and management.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Translational and Regenerative Neuroscience at graduate level
  • why you want to study Translational and Regenerative Neuroscience at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this 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 first cohort of students on the Translational and Regenerative Neuroscience MSc are due to graduate in 2015, therefore no informaton on graduate destinations is currently available.

However, the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology has been making headway against blindness and there is an anticipated need for highly trained generations of scientists to capitalise on these advances in the future.


Studying the fundamental methods underlying translational research will give students a deep understanding that is highly transferable to translational therapies in other organs. Participating in this programme is likely to prove highly valuable for those science graduates considering working in industry, clinical trials administration, and for regulatory bodies such as NICE, as well as for anyone wishing to pursue an academic research career in translational research.

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Institute of Ophthalmology

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Staff View

"In London, and at UCL in particular, I am surrounded by excellent colleagues who have helped me to shape my research in numerous ways. At least half of the techniques we use today in the laboratory were unknown to me until I joined UCL and started collaborating with colleagues."

Professor Matteo Carandini

Professor of Visual Neuroscience

Student View

"Participating in some observership clinics with my supervisor was extremely helpful for me, and writing the dissertation with all the new things I learned from this experience. Ophthalmology is one of the fastest evolving medical specialties, and dealing with vision was always my dream."

Abbas Fahem

Degree: Clinical Ophthalmology MSc