UCL Graduate degrees


Clinical Neurology (by Distance Learning) MSc

The Clinical Neurology (by Distance Learning) MSc, 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 2020

Modes and duration

Flexible: up to 5 years
Distance learning: available

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 1 November 2019
Close: 11 August 2020

Tuition fees (2020/21)


Note on fees: The tuition fees in 2020/21 are £11,800 (UK/EU) and £16,280 (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 should 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

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

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, MSc students also learn about the principles of clinical research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The MSc consists of eight core modules (four basic and four advanced) (120 credits) and a research project (60 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 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

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

Optional modules

An option to take two advanced modules of 30 credits each is available, delivered by mixed mode. This is only available for the mixed mode option.

  • Diagnosis and Management of Nervous System Disorders - Advanced Mixed Mode
  • Neurology and Neurosurgery in Practice - Advanced Mixed Mode

Dissertation/research project

All MSc students undertake an independent research project that involves a literature search, writing a systematic review or meta-analysis, based on the principles of critical reading and analysis which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

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, case scenarios, as well as illustrations and text. Learning through real-world case examples is encouraged. For all routes, the assessments are through multiple choice questions, structured case reviews (written and online for mixed mode), tutor assessments and 10,000-word dissertation.

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. Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support & Wellbeing team.


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 or research career in clinical neurology and related disciplines.


Doctors can increase their chances 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. 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 MSc 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 Queen Square 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 and for the MSc, a research project supervisor based at Queen Square.

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.

Application deadlines

All applicants
11 August 2020

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.

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