Clinical Neurology via Distance Learning (MSc/PG Dip/PGCert)
The world's first distance learning MSc in Clinical Neurology, is led by experts based at Queen Square in London, a world-renowned centre for clinical neurology and neuroscience, and delivered fully online. This programme will enrich and enhance the knowledge and portfolio of doctors with an interest in neurology.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £10,740 (FT)
- £14,790 (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. Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.
A first degree in Medicine with medical registration is required. MSc applicants should also have undertaken a research project, have co-authored a publication in the area of clinical neurology or neuroscience, and explicitly state that they have acquired research skills through an internship, elective placement or similar and submit a written proposal.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.
International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.
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About this degree
All students will learn the fundamentals of neurological diseases, including stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders, headaches, dementia demyelinating, inflammatory and infectious disorders, and neoplasms of CNS.
As well as acquiring skills for neurological examinations and diagnostics that are applicable in day-to-day clinical practice, MSc students also learn about the principles of clinical research.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The MSc consists of eight core modules (120 credits), and a research project (60 credits) and starts in September.
The Postgraduate Diploma consists of eight core modules (120 credits).
The Postgraduate Certificate consists of four core basic modules (60 credits).
- Stroke, Epilepsy and Rehabilitation – Basic
- Neurodegenerative, Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases of the Nervous System – Basic
- Common Problems in Neurological Practice – Basic
- Neurology and Neurosurgery – Basic
- Stroke, Epilepsy and Rehabilitation – Advanced
- Neurodegenerative, Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases of the Nervous System – Advanced
- Common Problems in Neurology Practice – Advanced
- Neurology and Neurosurgery – Advanced
Currently we do not have any optional modules
All MSc students undertake an independent research project that involves a literature search, writing a systematic review or meta-analysis, based on the principles of critical reading and analysis which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning is delivered through online sessions with a multimedia approach and interactive features such as videos, interactive graphs and tables, as well as illustrations and text. Learning through real-world case examples is encouraged. Assessment is through multiple choice questions, structured case reviews, tutor assessments and 10,000-word dissertation.
Currently we do not have any scholarships for the distance learning programmes in Clinical Neurology.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £9,290 or £4,645 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on academic merit
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on both academic merit and financial need
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
This programme provides an excellent basis for a clinical or research career in clinical neurology and related disciplines.
Doctors can increase their chances of getting into formal training or research. Qualified neurologists can enhance their international exposure. GPs or physicians and specialists in stroke, geriatrics, psychiatry, and paediatrics can develop their sub-specialist interest in neurology. The Postgraduate Diploma is one of the neurology specialist skills courses for Acute Internal Medicine trainees in the UK.
Why study this degree at UCL?
This unique Clinical Neurology MSc by distance learning has been developed by neurology experts based at Queen Square, a world-renowned neurological centre, where four of the top 12 most highly-cited authors working worldwide in neuroscience and behaviour work.
With its concentration of clinical and applied scientific activity the UCL Institute of Neurology is a unique national resource for postgraduate training and research in neurology.
A Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neurology (by Distance Learning) has been running very successfully since 2012 and has over 80 students enrolled from all over the world. This flexible learning programme enables students to access teaching sessions at any time in any location, through the internet. Flexible timing means that the programme can be completed at a speed suitable for the individual student. The online programme is supplemented by regular contact with a programme tutor and for the MSc, a research project supervisor based at Queen Square.
Department: Institute of Neurology
Student / staff numbers
› 185 staff
including 35 postdocs
› 230 taught students
› 310 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Neurology
83% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
Early career doctors aiming for neurology or neurosurgery training, trainees, as well as qualified neurologists looking to update their neurology skills are ideally suited to apply for this programme. The degree can help GPs or physicians with background training in general or acute medicine, stroke, geriatrics, psychiatry, paediatrics to enhance their sub-speciality interest in neurology.
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
Applications for the MSc are once a year, however applications for the Postgradutate Diploma and Postgraduate Certicate are accepted at any time throughout the year. Candidates for the PG Diploma and PG Certificate can start the programme at three points of entry: January or April, as well as in September. The MSc is September start only.
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 Clinical Neurology
- What particularly attracts you to the programme
- How you think you might manage the demands of a distance learning programme
- How this qualification might help you in your future clinical career, bearing in mind that this degree is not a direct entry route into neurology training
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.
- Ms Anna Foakes, Programme Administrator