This programme will provide you with a world-class education for advanced training in translational research, from preclinical discovery through to first-time-in-human studies. We conduct clinical trials in healthy volunteers and patient across Neurology and Neurodegeneration.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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A medical degree (MBBS) or a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in life or biomedical sciences (for example, neuroscience, pharmacology or chemistry) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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
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.
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 study in the internationally renowned UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology and the Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre (LWENC) within the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) Queen Square, London.
The programme combines theoretical and practical teaching on both the breadth of, and complexity in conducting clinical research. Topics include clinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, research governance, statistics and the fundamental principle for using the correct enabling technologies within the context of medical research and drug development.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits), and a dissertation/report (120 credits).
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MRes in Translational 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.
- Research Integrity & Governance (15 credits)
- Experimental Neurology (30 credits)
- Research Methods and Introduction to Statistics (15 credits)
- Research Project (120 credits)
There are no optional modules for this programme.
All students undertake a research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme will combine lectures, workshops and tutorials. Tutorials will focus on the role of surrogate markers and emerging technologies in drug development e.g. preclinical discovery, first-time-in-man studies, and early phase clinical trials in healthy volunteers and patients. Assessment is through short answer unseen examinations, coursework and presentations..
International Students will bear any costs incurred in acquiring certification equivalent to DBS (Police check) in their home country. These checks are neccessary for any student who undertakes a clinical project based at University College London Hospitals.
For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.
Currently we do not have any scholarships for the MRes in Translational Neuroscience.
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 programme is designed to cater to graduates in medicine and biomedical sciences who wish to gain valuable training in clinical research before embarking on a clinical PhD programme, medical training, or professional work in clinical trials. The successful completion of the MRes may also enhance opportunities for graduates to enter medical school or for MBBS graduates to progress to specialist medical training.
Whatever your chosen career pathway, the MRes in Translational Neuroscience will equip graduates to either get a first step on the ladder, change career directions or help them become more experienced with a specific expertise.
95.5% of Queen’s Square Institute of Neurology postgraduate students are in graduate-level work or study 15 months after completion of their studies, with an average salary of £41,059. (Source Graduate Outcomes Survey published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)).
Why study this degree at UCL?
The programme is delivered by the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, a specialist postgraduate institute and a worldwide centre of excellence in clinical research across neurological diseases, including movement disorders (e.g. Parkinson’s disease), multiple sclerosis, neuro-inflammation, epilepsy, stroke, cognitive dysfunction, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Topics will include:
- Clinical pharmacology
- Research governance
- Medical statistics
- Fundamental principles for using the correct use of enabling technologies within the context of medical research and drug development (e.g. genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, clinical study designs, biomarkers, imaging, electrophysiology, etc.).
Students will be taught by experts in the field and have the opportunity to network with internationally recognised opinion leaders in neurology and neurodegeneration.
A list of researchers you can work with is available on the departmental website at: ucl.ac.uk/ion/research/centres/leonard-wolfson-experimental-neurology-centre.
By the end of the programme students will gain a thorough understanding of the challenges involved in setting up research projects, and learn how to design, implement, analyse and report clinical studies. Undertaking an extended piece of primary research alongside internationally recognised researchers is particularly attractive to students wishing to pursue doctoral or clinical research. The focus on translational neurology, from within the specialist research setting of the Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre, is also of note.
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.
Who can apply?
We welcome applications from prospective students who meet our entry requirements, biology-related graduates and/or professionals working in the field of clinical trials.
- All applicants
- 30 July 2021
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 Translational Neuroscience at graduate level
- why you want to study Translational Neuroscience at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
- how your personal, 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. Applicants who have a portfolio are strongly recommended to submit it when they apply.
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