The world's first distance learning Diploma in Clinical Neurology, 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.
Covid-19 programme updates
Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
Note on fees: The tuition fees in 2020/21 are £8,010 (UK/EU) and £10,860 (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.
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
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
All students will learn the fundamentals of neurological diseases, including stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders, headaches, dementia demyelinating, inflammatory and infectious disorders, and neoplasms of CNS.
As well as acquiring skills for neurological examinations and diagnostics that are applicable in day-to-day clinical practice.
Students undertake modules to the value of 120 credits.
The Postgraduate Diploma consists of eight core modules (120 credits). A minimum number of two modules need to be selected within one academic year, this includes taking all assessments for those modules.
Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip 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.
- 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
- Stroke, Epilepsy and Rehabilitation – Advanced
- Neurodegenerative, Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases of the Nervous System – Advanced
- Neurology and Neurosurgery – Advanced
- Common Problems in Neurology Practice – Advanced
Currently we do not have any optional modules
Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning is delivered through online sessions with a multimedia approach and interactive features such as videos, interactive graphs and tables, as well as illustrations and text. Learning through real-world case examples is encouraged. Assessment is through multiple choice questions, structured case reviews and tutor assessments.
Currently 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.
Doctors can increase their chances of getting into formal training. 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. The Postgraduate Diploma is one of the neurology specialist skills courses for Acute Internal Medicine trainees in the UK.
Why study this degree at UCL?
This unique Clinical Neurology Diploma by distance learning has been developed by neurology experts based at Queen Square, a world-renowned neurological centre, where four of the top 12 most highly-cited authors working worldwide in neuroscience and behaviour work.
With its concentration of clinical and applied scientific activity the UCL Institute of Neurology is a unique national resource for postgraduate training and research in neurology.
A Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neurology (by Distance Learning) has been running very successfully since 2012 and has over 80 students enrolled from all over the world. This flexible learning programme enables students to access teaching sessions at any time in any location, through the internet. Flexible timing means that the programme can be completed at a speed suitable for the individual student. The online programme is supplemented by contact with a programme tutor.
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.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
Early career doctors aiming for neurology or neurosurgery training, trainees, as well as qualified neurologists looking to update their neurology skills are ideally suited to apply for this programme. The degree can help GPs or physicians with background training in general or acute medicine, stroke, geriatrics, psychiatry, paediatrics to enhance their sub-speciality interest in neurology.
- September 2020 entry
- 11 August 2020
Applications are accepted throughout the year. Candidates can start the Diploma at three points of entry: January, April, or September.
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 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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