The Dementia (Neuroscience) MSc offered by the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology tackles one of the biggest global health problems facing society today. It provides research-oriented and cutting-edge training in the study of dementia and its scientific basis, led by international leaders in the science and practice of dementia.
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Tuition fees (2021/22)
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A degree in medicine or a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university of an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in psychology, biological sciences, biology, neuroscience, biomedical sciences, anatomy and physiology. Graduates from other scientific disciplines will be considered on an individual basis.
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: Good
UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses
Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.
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About this degree
The neuroscience pathway brings the latest bench-top research findings to the bedside, develops and integrates basic and clinical neuroscience skills, and equips students for future careers in the clinical practice or basic neuroscience of dementia.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), one or two optional modules (up to the value of 30 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Dementia: Causes, Treatments and Research (Neuroscience).
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
- Clinical Neuroscience of Dementia
- Current Research in Dementia
- Neurobiology of Degeneration and Repair
- Higher Functions of the Brain
- Research Methods and Introduction to Statistics
- Practical Neuroscience of Dementia
Students can choose one or two of the following, up to the value of 30 credits:
- Physical Sciences Module 3: Advanced Imaging
- Advanced Treatment and Management of Dementia
- Practical Statistics for Mental Health Research
- Neuroscience of Mental Health
- Basic Neuroscience and Investigation of Nervous System (30 credits)
Students can also choose one elective module from the Faculty of Brain Sciences, Life Sciences and Population Health, subject to approval by the Programme Director.
All students undertake an independent research project which may take the form of a critical systematic literature review or collection and/or analysis of original data, depending on project availability and student background. Dissertation projects on a range of clinical neuroscience topics. The project culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of online lectures, tutorials, seminars, journal clubs, and patient-based teaching sessions supplemented by self-directed learning. Assessment is through ongoing formative assessments (for example interactive discussions and presentations), timetabled summative assessments (including unseen short-answer examinations, essays, and oral presentations) and a written research project dissertation.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
UCLFAA MSc in Dementia Scholarship
This scholarship is available to US domiciled students applying to the Neuroscience or Mental Health pathways of the MSc Dementia: Causes, Treatments and Research at UCL. The $20,000 award, funded by UCLFAA, will support fees or maintenance costs for full-time study over a year, commencing September 2021. It is awarded to students based on academic merit and financial need.
To be considered, apply to the MSc Dementia programme via the UCL graduate study application pages and separately send a statement that includes:
1. Summary of your interest in dementia research (250 words)
a. Why do you feel dementia research is important?
b. What are your reasons for choosing the programme?
c. How do you envisage dementia research being part of your future career?
2. Summary of your financial need with evidence supplied.
The deadline is 31 July 5pm. Email your statement to firstname.lastname@example.org
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
For scientists and psychologists, the programme can lead to future placements in clinically oriented research environments or clinical training. For clinicians, this is an excellent opportunity to gain a higher qualification at a world-leading centre of excellence in neurodegeneration research, which could be tailored to a variety of future roles in clinical, research and management fields. Many students have gone on to pursue PhDs and research careers in the fields of dementia and neurodegeneration.
This unique programme will equip graduates with in-depth knowledge of dementia diseases and their treatments; strong, practical research skills that could facilitate doctoral or postdoctoral research in the field; and transferable scientific communication skills. This experience could support further doctoral studies and applications for fellowships. 100% of our students are in graduate-level work or study 15 months after completion of this programme (Source Graduate Outcomes Survey published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)).
Why study this degree at UCL?
This programme is unique in linking neuroscientific foundations with specialist clinical skills and knowledge in dementia.
The programme integrates the expertise of UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology with affiliated departments at the forefront of the global mission to defeat dementia, and is taught by international leaders working closely together to link bench and bedside as part of UCL's Dementia Strategy.
The programme builds on UCL's global perspective, targeting students in developing as well as developed countries to drive future training opportunities. The programme emphasises active student participation and enquiry, develops practical skills, and offers unparalleled exposure to laboratories and patients.
Department: UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
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.
This programme only requires one reference in support of your application. Your reference should be academic unless you have been out of university education for more than four years. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
- All applicants
- 31 May 2021
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. The academic merit of the CV and application will be considered in awarding bursaries, which are potentially available to any student applying for this degree.
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 Dementia Neuroscience at graduate level?
- why you want to study Dementia Neuroscience at UCL?
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how do your academic and professional background and skills meet the demands of this challenging programme?
- where would you 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.
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