UCL Institute of Neurology


Neuromuscular Diseases MSc/MRes/PG Dip/PG Cert

Department: UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square
Final award:  MSc (code TMSNEUSMUD01)/ MRes (code TMRNEUSMUD01)/ PG Diploma/ PG Certificate
Programme Directors: Dr Bernadett Kalmar and Dr Jasper Morrow

Programme Administrator: Mrs Sophie MacLeod

Duration of programme: Optional, One year full-time, part-time over 2 years and flexible over 5 years

Short courses in Neuromuscular Diseases

We recognize that a full postgraduate degree might be too much commitment and therefore, from 2016-17 we are inviting professionals to take up 3 of our core modules as part of their CPD activities.

The curriculum of the course covers topics on all aspects of the neuromuscular system and its diseases. Our students will understand the anatomy, physiology of neuromuscular system and what pathological changes occur in these elements in a range of neuromuscular diseases. Genetic advances, basic and clinical research aspects, development of therapeutics and treatment options are also taught to our students in the form of formal lectures, tutorials and practical sessions.

MSc and MRes Students are expected to undertake practical research in their fields of interest. The Institute of Neurology has a range of high quality clinical and basic science research projects in which students can participate , producing their own set of results while being supervised by leading clinical and basic science experts. You can read about further information about research projects and hear examples from our current students for a laboratory based and a clinical project here.

The MRes programme consists of 180 MLevel credits:
120 credits for extended research project;
4 x 15-credit taught modules, comprising 60 credits

The MSc programme is comprised of 180 MLevel credits:
60 credits research project
6 x 15-credit taught modules, comprising 90 credits and 1 x 30 credit library project module.

The Post-graduate Diploma is comprised of 120 MLevel credits, as above excluding the research project.

The Post-Graduate Certificate is comprised of 60 MLevel credits, 4 x 15 credit taught modules.

The Neuromuscular MSc programme will be most suitable for applicants with a minimum of 2:1 undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences, Biology, Medicine, Neuroscience, Pharmacy, Biomedical Sciences and Anatomy and Physiology. We also consider applications from professionals with an undergraduate degree in occupational therapy, nursing or physiotherapy. Applications from other backgrounds will be considered on a case by case basis.

English Language requirements:

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.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Tuition Fees (2018/19)
£10,740 (FT)
£26,250 (FT)

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.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Bloomsbury

Degree last modified on 14 November 2017 at 15:03 by UCL Student Recruitment Marketing.

 Muscular Dystrophy UK Scholarship

Muscular Dystrophy UK

We are pleased to announce that one fully funded scholarship is available to one of our students enrolled for the academic year 2017/18. The scholarship is generously funded by Muscular Dystrophy UK, a leading charity organization for patients and professionals to support the most able and committed student on the Neuromuscular programme. The Scholarship can be awarded to accepted EU/UK applicants on the Neuromuscular Diseases MSc course. Applications for the Muscular Dystrophy UK Fellowship will be evaluated by the Neuromuscular Diseases MSc Course committee and the decision will be made on the basis of academic excellence and commitment of applicants to pursue their career in the field of Neuromuscular diseases.

Potential applicants:

For more information about other scholarships, please visit the UCL scholarships page.

 Methods of teaching/learning:

  • Lectures
  • Workshops
  • Journal clubs
  • Consultations with research supervisor
  • Practicals
  • All students will attend the UK Neuromuscular Translational Research Conference and the Update in Neuromuscular disorders course

Examples of skills gained throughout the programme:

  • Formulation and testing of hypotheses using appropriate experimental design, in line with statutory and other regulations
  • Interpretation of research data (clinical and scientific)
  • Planning, execution and writing-up of an extended piece of original research
  • Diagnostic criteria and testing in a wide range of diseases
  • Novel clinical practices used in patient care and clinical research

The taught modules have mixed modes of assessment. They are assessed by means of either short answer unseen exam, multiple choice exam, taken in Moodle, an essay or by means of coursework.
The research project is assessed by means of written thesis in the form of an article suitable for submission to a journal (70%) and Project presentation (30%).

All courses include the following optional modules to choose from:

Alternatively, students can choose any UCL modules, provided:

  • It is agreed with course organizers
  • It is agreed with Module lead
  • Modules timetable fits into the timetable of all other modules taken

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.
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?

The programme is suitable for candidates with a background in medicine, biology, biomedical sciences, nursing, physiotherapy, or related disciplines.

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 Neuromuscular Disease at graduate level
  • why you want to study Neuromuscular Disease at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your 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.

Degree last modified on 14 November 2017 at 15:03 by UCL Student Recruitment Marketing.

Aims of the Neuromuscular Programme:  

This programme is built on the expertise available at the MRC Centre for Neuromuscular diseases, a well-established internationally renowned clinical and scientific research centre of excellence. The education that we provide is aimed at professionals in medicine and scientists wishing to specialize in neuromuscular diseases.

Contact: Course organizers (Bernadett Kalmar b.kalmar@ucl.ac.uk)
Or Sophie MacLeod 

Structure & Curriculum:

The programme can be tailored to each individual applicant’s needs depending on the amount of time they can commit to. We offer the course at PG Certificate, PG Diploma, MSc and MRes levels.
For a full MSc/ All courses include the following modules (at a compulsory or optional level)

Course Modules

Muscle Module Peripheral Nerves Motor Neurons Cell Mechanisms of Disease

Skeletal Muscle and associated diseases

Peripheral Nerves and associated diseases Motor Neuron Disease and Diseases of Neuromuscular Junctions
Basic Neuroscience and Investigation of Nervous System
Advanced Genetic Technologies Research Methods Library Project Research Project

Advanced genetic technologies and clinical applications

Research Methods and Introduction to Statistics
Literature Review

Research Project

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