Clinical Neurology MSc
Students will study at the world-renowned Queen Square, and will be taught by internationally recognised experts in the field. Students have the opportunity to interact freely with our neurologists, and undertake a specialist attachment during the second six months of their programme.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £13,630 (FT)
- £26,250 (FT)
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 Current Students website.
A UK medical degree (MBBS) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Applicants must hold registration with the UK General Medical Council (GMC), or be fully registered in their home country, and have at least two years of postgraduate experience in clinical medicine, at least six months of which is neurology.
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
Students gain knowledge of the clinical features and scientific basis of the following neurological areas and disorders: nerve and muscle; epilepsy; pain; movement disorders and Parkinson's disease; neuro-otology and neuro-ophthalmology; stroke; neuropsychiatry and cognition; infections of the nervous system; multiple sclerosis and neuroimmunology; autonomic function and neuro-urology; neuro-oncology and ITU neurology.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of five core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (full-time six months is offered).
- Epilepsy, Pain, Tumours and Special Senses
- Motor Systems and Disease
- Higher Functions of the Brain
- Practical Neurology
- Theoretical Neurology
Optional modules include
Students can choose one 15-credit module from the available options below:
- Clinical Neuroscience of Neurodegenerative Diseases
- Skeletal Muscle and Associated Diseases
- Peripheral Nerves and Associated Diseases
- Clinical Manifestations of Stroke
- Treatment (HASU and Service Delivery)
All MSc students undertake an independent research project, which takes the form of a scientific investigation and culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, seminars, clinical teaching (including outpatients, inpatients, workshops, training for history taking and clinical examination and case demonstrations). Assessment is through written examination, MCQ, short case clinical examination, viva voce, continuous assessment and the research dissertation.
Students are offered the opportunity to undertake a clinical attachment with one or two consultants at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery from April to September each year.
Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.
- £9,290 or £4,645 (1 year)
- UK, EU, Overseas
- Based on academic merit
- UK, EU, Overseas
- 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.
This programme provides an excellent basis for a clinical or research career in clinical neurology and related disciplines.
Recent career destinations for this degree
- Doctor, Government of Cameroon
- Doctor, Indraprastha Apollo Hospital
- Specialist Registrar in Neurology, Tikrit Teaching Hospital
- Neurologist, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHS)
- Neurology Resident, University of Missouri
For students starting out on their clinical careers the programme will give them skills and experience to move towards specialist training. For more established clinicians it is an opportunity to refresh and refine their clinical practice. All students benefit from exposure to the scientific underpinning of neurology, and the opportunity to undertake an original research project, and a specialist attachment, studying alongside the internationally renowned neurologists at Queen Square.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The mission of the UCL Institute of Neurology is to carry out high-quality research, teaching and training in basic and clinical neurosciences. Together with our associated hospital, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, we form the world-renowned Queen Square and promote the translation of research that is of direct clinical relevance to improved patient care and treatment.
Students are given the opportunity to experience the full range of activities of a world-famous specialist hospital.
Department: Institute of Neurology
Student / staff numbers
› 185 staff
including 35 postdocs
› 230 taught students
› 310 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Neurology
83% rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
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.
Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
Students must have a medical degree and at least two years' postgraduate experience, with an interest in pursuing a professional career in clinical neurology. The programme is designed both for international and UK students, and will suit those who are planning to undertake or have completed specialist training in clinical neurology or neurosurgery.
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
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 at the UCL Institute of Neurology
- what particularly attracts you to the programme
- in what way you think your academic and professional background might help you meet the demands of the programme
- how this qualification might help you in your future clinical career, bearing in mind that this course is not a direct entry route into Neurology training in the UK
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.