In many research and clinical careers, a research degree is a considerable asset, if not a necessity. Neurology MPhil/PhD is also the entry point for the four-year Clinical Neurosciences PhD programmes
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £No match (FT) £No match (PT)
- £No match (FT) £No match (PT)
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.
A first or an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate subject, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, or a recognised taught Master’s degree, is required. In some areas of clinical research, General Medical Council (GMC) registration may also be required.
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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The UCL Institute of Neurology, together with the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, form the renowned national and international research and clinical centre known simply as 'Queen Square'. The institute is also a key member of the UCL neuroscience community which is currently ranked second in the world, and first in Europe for neuroscience research (Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators). This means you'll be studying at a world-leading institution, with access to some of the best minds working in the field today, with established opportunities for progression from Master's to PhD study, and on to careers in neuroscience and neurology research and clinical practice.
Research is focused within the following eight departments:
- Brain Repair and Rehabilitation
- Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy
- Clinical Neuroscience (Royal Free campus)
- Molecular Neuroscience and the Reta Lila Weston Institute
- Neurodegenerative Disease
- The Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders
- The Wellcome Department of Imaging 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.
Students at the institute go on to further study at doctoral level, begin medical studies, start careers in basic science, combine study with paid research or clinical fellowships, and continue their medical careers through core and speciality training.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Biological Scientist, Eli Lilly
- Scientist, Headspace
- Clinical Lecturer in Neurology, King's College London
Students at the UCL Institute of Neurology are ideally placed to exploit the opportunities for career progression which arise from studying in a well-funded national and international centre of excellence. Doctoral students go on to become early career researchers. Clinicians combine research fellowships with PhD studies and enter core or specialty training in the London, or other Deaneries on completion. It is the possibility of transition from postgraduate student to early career researcher or specialist neurologist which makes studying at Queen Square so attractive.
Students are given the opportunity to present their research, alongside their peers studying for PhDs, at the well-regarded annual Queen Square Symposium. Doctoral students are all encouraged to attend national and international conferences during their studies, with their travel funded by grants, awards or bursaries. Students at all levels are supervised by, and work alongside internationally renowned scientists and clinical academics, who are often leaders in their field.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The Institute of Neurology offers a traditional three-year full-time (or flexible options) PhD, a four-year PhD in Clinical Neurosciences, and a Leonard Wolfson four-year PhD in Neurodegenerative Disease is also offered.
Department: Institute of Neurology
Student / staff numbers
› 185 staff
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.
The four-year PhD starts in September. Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit (contact listed in Next steps, right) to see if you need to consider these in your application preparation. In most cases you should identify and contact potential supervisors before making your application. For more information see our How to apply page. To gain entry on to Clinical Neurosciences PhD applications are invited in October/November each year with interviews in January.
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
- Mr David Blundred