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.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £13,630 (FT) £N/A (PT)
- £26,250 (FT) £N/A (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject (neuroscience or related biological science e.g. physiology, psychology, pharmacology, biochemistry; or a medical degree from a UK university) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
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; epilepsy; nociception and pain; motor control; basal ganglia/movement disorders; hearing, balance, vision and eye-movements; cognition and dementia.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of five core modules (90 credits), either a library project or two optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
- Basic neuroscience and investigation of Nervous system
- Epilepsy, Pain, Tumours and Special Senses
- Research Methods: Critical Appraisal and Introduction to Statistics
- Motor Systems and Disease
- Higher Functions of the Brain
Students can choose to take two 15-credit options from the list below or the 30-credit Library Project
- Library Project
- Clinical neuroscience of neurodegenerative diseases
- Skeletal Muscle and Associated Diseases
- Peripheral Nerves and Associated Diseases
- Clinical Manifestations of Stroke
- Treatment (HASU and Service Delivery)
All students undertake an independent research project, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through basic science and clinical lectures, and practical and interactive workshops. Lectures are supported by audio-visual aids and supplementary materials including handouts, reading lists and references to original papers. Assessment is through unseen and multiple-choice examination, essay, library project (if applicable), dissertation and oral examination.
All students will have the opportunity to attend lectures and meetings in the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Some students will have the opportunity to undertake clinical research projects.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
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 degree
- Clinical Research Assistant, NHS National Institute for Health Research
- PhD in Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford
- MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) Graduate Entry, University of Warwick
- PhD in Clinical Neuroscience, UCL
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.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The mission of the UCL 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 to 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.
Department: Institute of Neurology
Student / staff numbers
› 185 staff
including 35 postdocs
› 230 taught students
› 310 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Neurology
83% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
Application and next steps
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.
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 (psychology, biological sciences). 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.
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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.