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Clinical Neurology (by Distance Learning) MSc

This MSc, is aimed at doctors who are looking to further their knowledge and skills in clinical neurology. The fully interactive course provides scientific and clinical knowledge through online lectures, several opportunities of clinical case discussion, case-based learning through online forums and video conference with tutors and research supervisors. This program is delivered online and an option of mixed mode (online and face to face teaching/research) is available.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Flexible: up to 5 years
Distance learning: available

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Notification
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

UK:
£12,500 (FT)
Overseas:
£18,800 (FT)


Note on fees: The tuition fees in 2021/22 are £12,500 (UK) and £18,800 (Overseas). Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's 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. Applicants must a) have undertaken a research project; b) have co-authored a publication in the area of clinical neurology or neuroscience, and explicitly state that they have acquired research skills through an internship, elective placement or similar and; c) submit a written research proposal to be reviewed for their application.

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

Students on this course acquire skills for neurological examinations and diagnostics that are applicable in day-to-day clinical practice and the principles of clinical research.  The teaching on the course focuses on clinical approach and scientific basis of common neurological conditions such as headache, epilepsy, stroke, nerve and muscle disorders, demyelinating disorders, and CNS infections. The course covers interpretation of investigations used in neurological practice such as neuroimaging and electrodiagnosis. Basic aspects of neurosurgery, neuro-ophthalmology, neuro-otology, paediatric neurology, and neuropsychiatry are covered.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The MSc has180 credits that are acquired

• Four compulsory fully distance learning modules  of 15 credits each (60 credits)

• Four optional fully distance learning modules of 15 credits each (60 credits)
  OR
  Two optional blended learning modules of 30 credits each (60 credits)
• Research project (60 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc 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

Compulsory modules (fully distance learning modules)

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

Optional modules

Mixed mode option (Blended learning modules).

  • Diagnosis and Management of Nervous System Disorders - Advanced Mixed Mode
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery in Practice - Advanced Mixed Mode
  • Stroke, Epilepsy and Rehabilitation – Advanced Distance Learning
  • Neurodegenerative, Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases of the Nervous System – Advanced Distance Learning
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery – Advanced Distance Learning
  • Common Problems in Neurological Practice - Advanced Distance Learning
  • Diagnosis and Management of Nervous System Disorders - Advanced Mixed Mode
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery in Practice - Advanced Mixed Mode

Dissertation/research project

Students undertake an independent research project that leads to 10,000 words online submission can either be;

  •  A systematic review or meta-analysis done by distance learning with a Queen Square based supervisor.
  •  A lab or clinical research project based at Queen square by mixed mode.

Teaching and learning

Teaching on this course is led by experts based at Queen Square in London, a world-renowned centre for clinical neurology and neuroscience 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, essays, structured case reviews (written and online for mixed mode), tutor assessments and 10,000-word dissertation

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.

Accessibility

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.

Funding

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.

Careers

  • This programme provides you an excellent basis for a clinical or research career in clinical neurology and related disciplines.
  • 100% of our students are in graduate-level work or study 15 months after completion of this programme (Source Graduate Outcomes Survey published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)).

Employability

  • You can increase your chance of getting into formal training or research.
  • 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 MSc by distance learning;

  • Allows you to enhance the knowledge in neurology through learning from experts based at Queen Square
  • Enhances the chances of getting into further education or training
  • Allows cross disciplinary learning in neurology for doctors looking to sub-specialise

 

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 and a research project supervisor based at Queen Square

Department: UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

Application and next steps

Applications

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?

  • Any practicing doctor or general physician looking to update their knowledge and skills in  clinical neurology
  • Early career doctors aiming for further training or research in neurology or neurosurgery
  • Overseas trained doctors, physicians and neurologists 
  • Trained specialists in related fields such as acute medicine, stroke, geriatrics, psychiatry, paediatrics to enhance their sub-speciality interest in neurology.

 

Application deadlines

All applicants
31 May 2021

Applications for the MSc are once a year in 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.

  • What previous research experience you demonstrate (for MSc intake)
  • How you plan to complete the mixed mode teaching and research project

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