Denisa Rijal, Clinical Neuroscience MSc
Why did you choose to study your programme and what made you choose the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology?
The programme offered a multi-disciplinary education from a wide range of specialists, which was unique and exciting. It allowed the freedom to focus on areas of interest and provided substantial content by leading professionals. I choose UCL because the Institute of Neurology has a profound reputation for being at the top of the field, with extensive research in clinics and publication in top scientific journals.
What do enjoy most about your programme?
The sheer passion with which the lectures taught and were thrilled to discuss their research. The professors were open and encouraged students to seek knowledge, inviting open discussions or observation in clinics and labs. We were constantly challenged to take a wider perspective when dealing with patients.
What impact has receiving the scholarship had for you?
The scholarship allowed me to pay off part of my course fees. Relieving this financial burden allowed me to take advantage and enjoy everything UCL has to offer. This included going to clubs and societies and making new groups of friends since I had not studied at UCL before.
What advice would give prospective students thinking of studying at the Queen Square Institute of Neurology?
Networking with the faculty and staff within ION will allow you to shape this programme to meet the requirement of your career goals.
You will be in a room full of students, clinicians or researchers from different backgrounds, so interact, listen and learn from each other.
Be open to conducting research outside of your comfort zone because not only will you gain additional skills but be inspired to explore different career paths.
What are your plans for the future once you have completed your degree?
I plan to work as a stoke research assistant, and I have also applied for the NHS Scientist Training Programme to translate academic experiences into clinical work.
Is there anything else you would like to say about your time at the Queen Square Institute of Neurology?
My time at IoN has been sociable and enjoyable, meeting a distinct group of peers throughout the various modules with whom I am now co-organising fundraising for people living with Epilepsy in Africa. The staff members and tutors were also supportive, providing immense opportunities to network and seek career guidance.