UCL Institute of Neurology


Translational Neurology MRes (TMRIONSTRN01)

Department: UCL Institute of Neurology

Final Award: MRes in Translational Neurology

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

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

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 Structure

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Degree Information

The programme combines theoretical and practical teaching on both the breadth of, and complexity in conducting clinical research. Topics include clinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, research governance, statistics and the fundamental principle for using the correct enabling technologies within the context of medical research and drug development.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits), and a dissertation/report (120 credits).

Core modules
  • Research Integrity & Governance (15 credits)
  • Experimental Neurology (30 credits)
  • Research Methods, including Critical Appraisal, and Introduction to Statistics (15 credits)
  • Translational Neurology MRes Research Project (120 credits)
Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this programme.


All students undertake a research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme will combine lectures, workshops and tutorials. Practicals will focus on the role of surrogate markers and emerging technologies in drug development e.g. preclinical discovery, first-time-in-man studies, and early phase clinical trials in healthy volunteers and patients. Assessment is through short answer unseen examinations, coursework and presentations..

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Translational Neurology MRes

Programme Description

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 designimplementanalyse 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.

Handbook and Timetable


The 2016/17 Handbook is available here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/education/home-tabs/StudentHandbook2017-18.pdf 

The 2017/18 Handbook will be available on the first day of classes.


The 2017/18 Timetable will be available on the first day of classes.

Research Project

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

Current Research Project Abstracts (PDF)

Assessment and Examinations

The programme is comprised of 180 MLevel credits: 120 credits extended research project and 60 credits from taught modules;
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 Methods and Introduction to Statistics including Critical Appraisal CLNEG023 (15 credits) Unseen short answer exam     
Experimental Neurology CLNEG049 (30 credits)

Unseen short answer exam

2,000 word essay

Research Integrity and Governance ANIMGN26 (15 credits)
Unseen short answer exam  
Research Project & Dissertation CLNEG095 (120 credits) The research project is assessed by means of a 15,000 word written thesis (70%) and an oral presentation/VIVA examination (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). 

Entry Requirements

A BSc degree in Life or Biomedical Science subject, i.e. Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biomedical Sciences or equivalent international qualification with a minimum 2.1 grade overall. Alternately, you may have a medical degree.

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/life/international

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)
  • "Dr. Libri is a passionate and inspiring promoter of advancement in medicine, who has consistently supported us through the course, and clearly cares for each individual's success. At the stimulating, bustling neurology hub that is Queen's square, what more could a "brain inclined" masters student long for?" -Natalie Dayan (2015-16)
  • The MRes in Translational Neurology is an excellent opportunity to develop research skills in rare diseases. The broad Biomedical spectrum involving this area is essential to potentiate current- as well as develop new diagnoses, tracking pathways and treatments for neurodegenerative diseases. The content of the course, together with the knowledge of lecturers and their excellent ability to impart, were paramount to generate basic concepts about preclinical and clinical trials, the importance of a good biomarker to analyze diseases and the legislation behind these processes. From my point of view, this course fulfilled my expectations about gaining knowledge and opportunities to research a vast terrain in the biomedical area, from the basics of the laboratory to its application in humans. -Javier Gilbert (2015-16)
Funding and Fees

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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?

We welcome applications from prospective students who meet our entry requirements, biology-related graduates and/or professionals working in the field of clinical trials.

Application deadlines
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 Translational Neurology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Translational Neurology at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen 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. Applicants who have a portfolio are strongly recommended to submit it when they apply.

You have 2 routes to apply: 

Option 1 (quickest) - Direct link to apply: Click here to apply, or copy-paste https://evision.ucl.ac.uk/urd/sits.urd/run/siw_ipp_lgn.login_enc?0qhYzuG1h9udTFM8i9sPhtGiUgIR6D6iRoZRvou-DM_ZG1FVcmxGoRDmc3LlBtzaVi6cWmaNYWo=

Option 2 (if option 1 does not work): The UCL applications portal can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply, or by clicking the "Apply" button above. 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”

You will be required to provide:

    1. 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. Your 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!

Your Career

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Location: London, Bloomsbury


The programme is designed to cater to graduates in medicine and biomedical sciences who wish to gain valuable training in clinical research before embarking on a clinical PhD programme, medical training, or professional work in clinical trials. The successful completion of the MRes may also enhance opportunities for graduates to enter medical school or for MBBS graduates to progress to specialist medical training.


Whatever your chosen career pathway, the MRes in Translational Neurology will equip graduates to either get a first step on the ladder, change career directions or help them become more experienced with a specific expertise.

Contact: d.cotfas@ucl.ac.uk

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Tuition Fees (2018/19)
£10,740 (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.

Location: London, Bloomsbury