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MRes in Translational Neurology

Programme Convener: Dr Vincenzo Libri

Duration of Programme: One calendar year, full time

Programme Aims

This programme will provide a word-class education for advanced training in translational research, from preclinical discovery through to first-time-in-man studies in humans and 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 within  the National Hospital for Neurological and Neurodegenerative diseases.
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 and the fundamental principle 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.).

They will 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.
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.


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


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.

Research in Practice
Unseen short answer exam    
Translating Science into the Clinic Unseen short answer exam 
Experimental Neurology Unseen short answer exam 
Developing Translational Research
Simulated Grant Application – 60%
One abstract (pre-clinical or clinical) – 10%
Unseen short answer exam -  30%      
Dissertation The research project is assessed by means of written thesis (70%) and Viva (30%)

Students will have to obtain 180 MLevel credits to be awarded the Research Master’s degree.

Entry Requirements

A degree in Medicine or at least an (2:1) in Life or Biomedical Science subject, i.e. Neuroscience, Pharmacology, 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 £2000 bursaries are available to Home/EU students (awarded on academic merit based on applications/references provided). Course fees and funding opportunities can be found using the links below.

Closing date for applications: 1st August 2014
Contact: ion.mrestranslationalneurology@ucl.ac.uk

The UCL Institute of Neurology promotes teaching and research of the highest quality in neurology and the neurosciences. The Institute of Neurology and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery are members of  UCL Partners, Europe's largest academic health science partnership.