UCL Institute of Neurology


Neuromuscular Disease (MSc/PG Dip/PGCert/MRes)

This Master's degree is designed for medical professionals and scientists wishing to specialise in neuromuscular diseases. The programme provides a comprehensive education in all aspects of neuromuscular disease ranging from anatomy and physiology of the neuromuscular system to genetic advances and research, as well as clinical aspects of treatments and identification of neuromuscular diseases.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2018

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Flexible: up to 5 years

Tuition fees (2018/19)

£10,740 (FT)
£26,250 (FT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 16 October 2017
Close: 27 July 2018

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

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in a relevant scientific or medical discipline, for example, medicine, biological or biomedical sciences (such as neuroscience, pharmacy, anatomy and physiology), nursing and physiotherapy, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with degrees in other disciplines and/or relevant work experience 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: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

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

Students will take modules in anatomy and physiology of the neuromuscular system, pathophysiology, genetic and clinical research and current clinical trends in neuromuscular disease. They will undertake projects in world-leading laboratories and attend clinical presentations given by clinical experts in the field. Students will also conduct their own research enabling them to acquire methodological, technical and theoretical understanding.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (90 credits), one optional module (15 credits), a literature review (15 credits) and a research project resulting in a dissertation/report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, five core modules (90 credits), one option (15 credits) and literature review (15 credits), full-time nine months, part-time two years, flexible five years is also available.

A Postgraduate Certificate, comprising four core modules (60 credits), full-time 12 weeks, part-time nine months, flexible two years, is also available.

Core modules

  • Basic Neuroscience and Investigation of Nervous System
  • Motoneurons, Neuromuscular Junctions and Associated Diseases
  • Peripheral Nerves and Associated Diseases
  • Research Methods and Introduction to Statistics
  • Skeletal Muscle and Associated Diseases
  • Neuromuscular Literature Review

Optional modules

Students choose one of the following:

  • Advanced Genetic Technologies and Clinical Applications
  • Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • Paediatric Neurodevelopmental Physiotherapy

Students can also choose the optional module more widely from across UCL, with the agreement of the programme organisers.


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words. The project can either be laboratory based, offered by scientists at the UCL Institute of Neurology, or a clinical research project offered by leading experts at Queen Square.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practical sessions, journal clubs, presentations, supervisory meetings and poster presentations.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Neuromuscular Disease MSc


For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.


The portfolio of taught graduate programmes at UCL Institute of Neurology offers research-embedded clinical teaching to enhance and expand the career progression and opportunities of our students. All of our graduates have reported that their degree enhanced their careers. Many of our MSc graduates have gone on to further study at PhD level, or successfully applied to medical school. Clinicians who took time out to obtain an MSc have returned to training and scientists have progressed to obtain research assistant posts. Those already established in their career have been promoted.


Whatever your chosen career pathway, (medicine, physiotherapy, biological or biomedical sciences, nursing, etc.) this programme will enable you to advance your career to a higher specialised level or help you get more established in your career. The programme will deliver specialised knowledge in the causality, management and treatment of neuromuscular diseases and introduce students to a wide variety of different clinical disorders in the clinics at Queen Square. Students studying for the full MSc will also gain extensive transferable research and critical evaluation skills working with principal investigators who are global experts in this field.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Neurology has a world-class reputation in the treatment and management of patients with neuromuscular disease. The aim of the programme is to educate the future generation of experts in all areas of neuromuscular disease.

Our peripheral nerve and muscle clinics are run by leading clinical experts in the field and students will attend clinics and clinical presentations and learn about the clinical management of a wide variety of neuromuscular diseases.

Students will also acquire specialised expertise in research by conducting cutting-edge clinical and basic science research projects under the supervision of world-renowned scientists in the field.

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?

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.

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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.

Contact information

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