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MRes in Translational Neurology

UCL Institute of Neurology 

Programme Convener: Dr Vincenzo Libri (vincenzo.libri@ucl.ac.uk)

Programme Administrator: Mr Daniel Cotfas (d.cotfas@ucl.ac.uk)

Duration of Programme: One (1) academic year, full-time, beginning September 2015

The MRes in Translational Neurology focuses on translating research into the clinic, and provides students with the unique opportunity to work with leaders in the field at the world-renowned UCL Institute of Neurology. As places are limited, we recommend that interested students APPLY TODAY to ensure their place. Application instructions are found at the bottom of this page

PROGRAMME AIMS

This programme will provide you with a world-class education for advanced training in translational research, from preclinical discovery through to first-time-in-human studies. We conduct clinical trials in healthy volunteers and patient across Neurology and Neurodegeneration. Students will be located in the internationally renowned UCL Institute of Neurology and the Leonard Wolfson Experimental  Neurology Centre (LWENC) within the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) at Queen Square, London.

The course combines theoretical and practical teaching on both the breadth of, and complexity in conducting clinical research.

Topics will include:

  • Clinical pharmacology
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Research governance
  • Medical statistics 
  • Fundamental principles for using the correct use of enabling technologies within the context of medical research and drug development (e.g. genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, clinical study designs, biomarkers, imaging, electrophysiology, etc.).

Students will be a part of the vibrant Neuroscience community at Queen Square and will have the opportunity to network with and undertake their research projects under the supervision of worldwide recognised experts in neurology and neurodegeneration (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lwenc/Investigators).

By the end of the course students will gain a thorough understanding of the challenges in setting up research projects, and learn how to design, implement, analyse and report clinical studies. Successful completion of the course is likely to enhance chances to pursue career opportunities in clinical research, as well as to progress to doctoral or clinical research programs (e.g. clinical PhDs and specialist medical training for MBBS graduates) or to enter the Medical School for those students who wish to do so.

CURRICULUM

  1. Research in Practice (15 credits)
  2. Translating Science into the Clinic (15 credits)
  3. Experimental Neurology (15 credits)
  4. Research Skills (15 credits)
  5. MRes Translational Neurology Research Project (120 credits)

Research Projects

For a list of researchers you can work with, visit: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/lwenc/Investigators

Current Research Project Abstracts (PDF)

Assessment

The programme is comprised of 180 MLevel credits: 120 credits extended research project and 4, 15-credit taught modules, comprising 60 credits;
The taught modules have mixed modes of assessment. Three are assessed by means of short answer unseen exam, taken in Moodle. One is assessed by means of coursework: simulated grant application & written clinical abstract, as well as a small component (30%) of further short answer exam.

Module
Assessment
Research in Practice OPHTGV07
Unseen short answer exam    
Translating Science into the Clinic OPHTGV08
Unseen short answer exam 
Experimental Neurology CLNEG048
Unseen short answer exam 
Research Skills BIOSG002
Poster design 10%.
Project protocol 50%.
Figure design 20%.
Project abstract 20%.      
Dissertation CLNEG097 The research project is assessed by means of a 15,000 word written thesis (70%) and presentation and viva (30%)

Students are required to obtain 180 MLevel credits to be awarded the Research Master’s degree.

Grades will be assigned per module, and an overall grade will be assigned based on the overall weighted average. Each module will be assigned a percentage score (Below 50% Fail, 50%-59% Pass, 60%-69% Merit, 70%-79% Distinction, 80%+ Clear Distinction). 

Handbook

The 2015/16 Handbook will be available soon. The current handbook is available by clicking the following link https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/education/home-tabs/studenthandbook2014

Timetable

The 2015/16 Timetable will be available on the first day of classes.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

  • "The MRes in Translational Neurology has opened my eyes to the importance of making this drug development process more efficient and economical in order to get new treatments to patients quickly and more cost efficiently. A highlight of the course to me was the first hand experience offered with opportunities to shadow procedures involved in clinical research and visit the institute's facilities. I have also thoroughly enjoyed the year-long clinical project with a leading group in Huntington's Disease research. This course has encouraged me to pursue medicine with the long term goal of heading my own clinical trials." -Lauren Byrne (2014-15)
  • "The lectures opened my eyes to exactly what goes on in clinical trials and drug development. This included being taught by leading doctors in their field, all of which were great presentations. The research component of this course allowed me to further my knowledge and skill base as a basic scientist. I really enjoyed this course and would recommend it. This course has encouraged me to attain a Research Assistant job and pursue a PhD. The atmosphere around Queen Square, where ION is based, was amazing!" -James Parrott (2014-15)
  • "The professors and lecturers, despite their accomplishments, are very humble and very helpful as well. The course with its research focus and practical skills equipped me to pursue further training with utmost confidence. It paved the way for plenty of career choices be it pursuing a PhD or pursuing my goal of a residency in child neurology. The course convener Dr. Libri  has a great way of simplifying difficult concepts into easy to understand concepts and facts. In addition to his constant support and supervision of our academics and projects, he has a very fatherly side to him for pastoral care as well. The class size was great for building rapport instead of having a large number of students which helped in increasing one on one didactic learning and small group discussions " -Hasan Hasan (2014-15)

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A degree in Medicine or at least an (2:1) in Life or Biomedical Science subject, i.e. Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences or equivalent international qualification.

English Language requirement

To be admitted onto this course you must provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is at the required level. You must achieve at least a standard level of proficiency on the IELTS English language test or an acceptable equivalent. For more information please visit UCL's English language requirement page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate-study/application/taught/english-language

FEES AND BURSARIES

Two (2) £2,000 bursaries are available to Home/EU students (awarded on academic merit based on applications/references provided). All accepted students will automatically be considered for the award. The course director will make the final decision soon after the application closing date (1st August).

More funding opportunities can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships

A full list of fees can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/education/fees

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

The UCL applications portal can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply. To begin begin your application:

  1. Select “Submit” at the bottom of the Applications page
  2. In the next page, search “MRes Translational Neurology” and select department “Institute of Neurology”. Our course code is “TMRIONSTRN01”. 
  3. You will be required to provide:

    1. A covering letter/statement of purpose
    2. Academic transcripts (incomplete transcripts are accepted for students in the process of completing their bachelor degree)
    3. The names and contact details for two (2) referees - do not upload reference letters. Please supply professional emails (i.e. professor@ucl.ac.uk) rather than personal emails (i.e. jim@gmail.com)
    4. You work and volunteer history (you may wish to provide your CV, but this is optional)

Successful applicants will be invited to an informal interview with Dr Libri, and will be offered a tour of the modern facilities, and of Queen Square. Your questions regarding student life, lectures, research, and facilities will all be answered!

We strive to guide you from the point of application through to the completion of your studies. Our goal is to ensure your success, and to help form the next generation of clinical and research leaders!


Closing date for applications: 31st July 2015
Contact: d.cotfas@ucl.ac.uk