UCL Graduate degrees


Clinical Neurology (by Distance Learning) PG Cert

The Clinical Neurology (by Distance Learning) PG Certificate, is led by experts based at Queen Square in London, a world-renowned centre for clinical neurology and neuroscience, and delivered fully online. This programme will enrich and enhance the knowledge and portfolio of doctors with an interest in neurology.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Flexible: up to 5 years
Distance learning: available

Application dates

Visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

£4,170 (FT)
£6,270 (FT)

Note on fees: The tuition fees in 2021/22 are £4,170 (UK) and £6,270 (Overseas). Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.

Location: Distance learning programme

Entry requirements

A first degree in Medicine (MBBS) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants must hold registration with the UK General Medical Council (GMC), or be fully registered in their home country.

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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About this degree

You will learn the fundamentals of neurological diseases, including:

  • stroke
  • epilepsy
  • movement disorders
  • headaches
  • dementia demyelinating
  • inflammatory and infectious disorders
  • neoplasms of CNS.

You will acquire skills for neurological examinations and diagnostics that are applicable in day-to-day clinical practice.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits.

The Postgraduate Certificate consists of;

  • four core basic modules (60 credits).
  • select a minimum of two modules within one academic year; this includes taking all assessments for those modules.

Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Clinical Neurology (by Distance Learning).

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.

Compulsory modules

  • Stroke, Epilepsy and Rehabilitation – Basic
  • Neurodegenerative, Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases of the Nervous System – Basic
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery – Basic
  • Common Problems in Neurological Practice – Basic

Optional modules

There are no optional modules for this course.


    Not applicable

    Teaching and learning

    Teaching and learning delivered;

    • through online sessions using multimedia and videos, interactive graphs, case scenarios, illustrations and forums
    • learning through real-world case examples is encouraged
    • assessments are by multiple choice questions and tutor assessments

    We suggest students dedicate 12-15 hours per week self-study time.

    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.


    Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble accessable.co.uk. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


    We do not have any scholarships for the distance learning programmes in Clinical Neurology.

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


    • This programme provides an excellent basis for a clinical career in clinical neurology and related disciplines.
    • 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)).


    • Qualified neurologists can enhance their international exposure
    • GPs or physicians and specialists in stroke, geriatrics, psychiatry, and paediatrics can develop their sub-specialist interest in neurology

    Why study this degree at UCL?

    Clinical Neurology PG Certificate by distance learning;

    • has been developed by neurology experts based at Queen Square
    • a world-renowned neurological centre
    • four of the top 12 most cited authors working worldwide in neuroscience and behaviour work

    The Queen Square Institute of Neurology provides; 

    • a national resource for postgraduate training and research in neurology
    • a focus on clinical and applied scientific activity

    • A Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neurology (by Distance Learning) has been running successfully since 2012 with over 80 students based across the world.
    • This flexible learning programme enables you to access teaching sessions at any time in any location online
    • With flexible timings, you can study this programme when it suits you
    • This online programme has contact with a programme tutor

    Department: UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

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    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.

    There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

    Who can apply?

    • Early career doctors aiming for neurology or neurosurgery training trainees,
    • Qualified neurologists looking to update their neurology skills,
    • GP's or physicians with background training in general or acute medicine, stroke, geriatrics, psychiatry, paediatrics to enhance their sub-speciality interest in neurology.

    Application deadlines

    Visa nationals
    31 May 2021
    Non-visa nationals
    30 July 2021

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. Candidates start the Certificate at three points of entry: January, April, or September.

    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 Clinical Neurology
    • What particularly attracts you to the programme
    • How you think you might manage the demands of a distance learning programme
    • How this qualification might help you in your future clinical career, bearing in mind that this degree is not a direct entry route into neurology training

    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.

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