Clinical Neurology PG Cert

Distance learning programme

The Clinical Neurology (by Distance Learning) PG Cert, 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.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2024/25)
This programme is only available to Distance Learning students and is only available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
This programme is only available to Distance Learning students and is only available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Not applicable
5 academic years
Programme starts
January 2024
September 2024
Applications accepted
January 2024 entry: 16 Oct – 15 Dec 2023

Applications closed

September 2024 entry: 16 Oct 2023 – 30 Aug 2024
Applications close at 5pm UK time

Applications open

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 1

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.

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

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.

Who this course is for

  • 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.

What this course will give you

The Clinical Neurology PG Cert by distance learning has been developed by neurology experts based at Queen Square - a world-renowned neurological research and education centre. It is home to four of the top 12 most cited authors working worldwide in neuroscience and behaviour.

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

The foundation of your career

  • 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


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


There are networking opportunities both with fellow students and with the course tutor. Students on the course are working doctors based around the world. Each one will have their own expertise and knowledge. We try and facilitate student-student interactions by providing, and encouraging use of, student forums. In addition, networking possibilities exist with and via the course tutor.

Teaching and learning

The teaching and learning methods on this course are very student centred, with considerable flexibility on when the online lectures on the course are studied in preparation for both MCQ and written case-based assessments.  Self-directed learning is therefore an important element on the course. In addition to this we promote the use of student-student interactions in learning via our course forum pages, encouraging involvement in learning opportunities with activities such as journal clubs.

Teaching and learning is 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.


You will undertake taught modules to the value of 60 credits. You can select your modules each year, throughout the five years of enrolment. You can choose when you wish to take modules throughout the five years of enrolment. The programme comprises more than 400 sessions covering a comprehensive range of neurological topics. Sessions cover a wide variety of neurological conditions, and include some sessions on neurosurgery, neurophysiology and neuropathology. There is great flexibility about when a student goes through the e-lectures of the module they are on. There is less flexibility with course assessments, which have set dates.

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 are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 60 credits. Upon successful completion of 60 credits, you will be awarded a PG Cert in Clinical Neurology.


Details of the accessibility of UCL buildings can be obtained from AccessAble Further information can also be obtained from the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing team.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2024/25) £5,100
Tuition fees (2024/25) £7,600

This programme is only available to Distance Learning students and is only available on a modular (flexible) basis.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

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

Queen Square IoN International Excellence Scholarship

Deadline: 8 April 2024
Value: £6,000 towards tuition fees (1yr)
Criteria Based on academic merit
Eligibility: EU, Overseas

UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology BAME Scholarship

Deadline: 8 April 2024
Value: £4,000 towards fees (1 year)
Criteria Based on academic merit
Eligibility: UK

UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology Stroke Academic Excellence Scholarship

Deadline: 8 April 2024
Value: £4,000 towards fees (1 year)
Criteria Based on academic merit
Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas

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 £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

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.

Applications are accepted throughout the year. Candidates can start the Certificate at two points of entry: January or September.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2024-2025

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