UCL Graduate degrees


Neurology MPhil/PhD

In many research and clinical careers, a research degree is a considerable asset, if not a necessity.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021, February 2022, April 2022

Modes and duration

Full time: 3 years
Part time: 5 years

Application dates

September 2021 entry
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021
February 2022 entry
Close: 1 December 2021
April 2022 entry
Close: 25 February 2022
For students who require a Tier 4 visa, we recommend applying at least three months in advance of your preferred start date to allow adequate time for application processing.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£5,525 (FT)
£2,765 (PT)
£26,680 (FT)
£13,350 (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 Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

Entry requirements

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

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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The UCL Queen Square 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 that you will 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 areas

About this degree

Additional costs

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.


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Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

UCL Research Opportunity Scholarship

UK rate fees, a maintenance stipend, conference costs and professional development package (3 years)
Based on both academic merit and financial need

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.


Students at the UCL Queen Square 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.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Queen Square Institute of Neurology offers a traditional three-year full-time PhD or a flexible five-year part-time option. The students are supported via Thesis Committees throughout the PhD and report their progress on the Research Log. This method provides the student with wider intellectual contribution, access to copious expertise and an overview of the student’s development at specific points during the degree.

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 requires two references. Further information regarding references can be found in our How to apply section.

Application deadlines

September 2021 entry
30 July 2021
February 2022 entry
1 December 2021
April 2022 entry
25 February 2022

For students who require a Tier 4 visa, we recommend applying at least three months in advance of your preferred start date to allow adequate time for application processing.

There are three specific enrolment points per year where post-graduate research students can join UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology. The start dates are as follows:

  • Start of academic year (end of September)
  • 1 February
  • 25 April

The application deadline is approximately two months prior to the start date. For students who require a Tier 4 visa, it is recommended to apply at least three months prior to the start date to allow sufficient time for application processing.

Deadlines and start dates are usually dictated by funding arrangements so check with the department or academic unit 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. 

For more information see our Applications page.

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