UCL Institute of Neurology



UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square

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 specialist hospital, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, the Institute promotes the translation of research that is of direct clinical relevance into improved patient care and treatment.With its concentration of clinical and applied scientific activity the Institute is a unique national resource for postgraduate training and research in neurology, its associated disciplines and the basic neurosciences.

Is there an application fee?

Yes, UCL has a non-refundable application processing fee for graduate taught programmes. The 2016-17 application fees are £75.00 for online applications and £100.00 for paper applications. Please note that online applications will not be submitted, and paper applications will not be processed, until the application fee has been paid in full and two references have been received.

The only programmes exempted from the application fee are the Dual MSc Brain and Mind Sciences, MRes and MPhil/PhD programmes.

When/How do I apply?

The general deadline for applications for entry in September 2017 intake is 5pm on 28th July 2017. Please refer to the specific programme you are applying to as this date may differ.

What is an academic transcript?

 An academic transcript is an official summary of your academic record to date and should include marks your final marks. Further details on this can be found here

If your university is unable to provide you with an electronic academic transcript you are advised to upload a Word document in its place in your application and state that you are sending this via post.

Can I apply to more than one course?

You can apply to as many programmes as you wish, but you will have to submit a separate application for each one. If you receive multiple offers you will only be able to accept one. 

How do I know if my application has been received by UCL?

Applicants are able to check the status of their application via the Application Portal

What are the entry requirements?

This will differ depending on the programme you are applying to. You are encouraged to visit UCL prospectus and select your programme for further details. If applying from outside the UK, you will also be able to find the academic equivalence for entry.

Those with an insufficient background in neuroscience are advised to take the "Medical Neuroscience" (Coursera) MOOC.

What level of English language proficiency do I need for admission?

For admission to most of our taught programmes, applicants need to demonstrate English language proficiency at UCL’s “Standard” level as a minimum. UCL's English language proficiency levels, and the various ways to meet them, can be found by visiting UCL's English language requirements page. Please check the requirements for the course you are applying to.

I haven't taken an English language test yet. Can I still apply now or do I have to wait for my test result?

You can still submit an application to study at the Institute of Neurology if you have not yet taken an English test. We are able to make decisions on applications without an English test providing all other documents have been submitted (transcripts, personal statement and references). If you are made an offer, it may be conditional upon meeting the English language requirements (and any other requirements if necessary).

How long should my personal statement be?

The personal statement should be no more than 1 to 2 pages long. We do not impose a specific word limit. (Please note that the field in the application will allow up to 3000 characters only. If your statement is longer than this, you will need to upload it as an additional document.) 

When does the programme start and how long does it last for?

The programme usually starts during the last week of September each year. The programme is run over a full calendar year, from September to September. The number of calendar years you are in attendance will depend on your study mode: full-time, part-time, flexible-modular or distance learning. Teaching generally finishes at the end of term two, allowing students time to work on their research project. 

For the Diploma/Certificate in Clinical Neurology via Distance Learning students can start this programme at three points of entry during the academic year (September, January and April). The MSc is only available for September start. Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year, as the programme has a flexible structure. For further details about this programme please click here.

Can I transfer between to another programme in the department?

Yes you may transfer to another programme subject to approval by the Course Directors. You will need to inform the Course Administrator within the first few weeks of term.

How much are the tuition fees, and when are they due?

Tuition fees and student money matters in general are outlined UCL Current Students webpage.

Students must pay at least 50% of their tuition fees upon enrolment (or by 31st October at the very latest), and the remainder by the following 1st February. For those applying to study on a flexible/modular mode please contact fees@ucl.ac.uk or call +44 (0)20 7679 7742.

Will I have to pay a deposit when I accept my offer?

No, you will not be required to make any payments towards your fees until you have enrolled.

How do I find out about scholarships?

Details can be found by visiting UCL Scholarships and Funding. Consideration for departmental scholarships is made when we make decisions on applications for admission. There is no separate application process for departmental scholarships. Only those shortlisted for departmental scholarships are notified.

How is performance assessed on the programmes?

The assessment criteria on each programme will differ. We would encourage you to visit the Student Handbook for details on your specific programme.

Can I defer my place if I am unable to start?

Yes you may defer your offer only once to the next academic year. You will receive a revised offer letter from the Graduate Admissions Office later in the year. 

When is your Open Day?

Details of the next Open Day will be made available here once known.

MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Clinical Neurology by Distance Learning

Further information on this programme including details on the structure of the programme and recommended textbooks can be found by clicking here.


UCL does offer accommodation for its students but priority is given to undergraduate students. We would encourage you to visit the UCL Accommodation website for further details. 

If you decide to choose private accommodation we strongly recommend that you refer to the UCLU site for helpful advice before entering into a binding agreement. 

Research Degrees

Interested in studying for a research degree at the Institute of Neurology? Click here for further details on the process.

Where can I find information and advice for EU students following the EU referendum result?

Please find a link below to frequently asked questions and answers about the EU referendum and its potential impact on UCL research, staff, students and prospective students, as well as links to further information.


International Student Support

We understand that moving to a new country to begin a programme can be a very daunting and terrifying experience! This is why UCL has designed several pages to guide you through your journey as a learner at UCL. These can be viewed by clicking here.

I am interested in the Elective programme

Please click here for details on the elective programme and to apply.

UCL Academic Manual

The new UCL Academic Manual is available to view here.

Data Protection and FOI

Details on data protection and Freedom of Information requests at UCL can be found here.

The UCL Institute of Neurology Education Unit has collaborations with three leading European Universities. Information on our partners can be found below:

Berlin School of Mind and Brain

Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) and Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS)


Fees 2017-18

All fees quoted are for the session 2017-18, and relate to the whole session. https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/fees-and-funding

Weekly Teaching Programme

IoN Room bookings

Queen Square Symposium

Internships and work experience

The Education Unit does not arrange work experience or internship opportunities at the UCL Institute of Neurology or the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Any person interested in arranging a work experience/internship will need to contact a researcher at the UCL Institute of Neurology and obtain their agreement for a placement to commence. It is not possible to accept people under the age of 18 for work experience/internships.