Clinical Neuroscience MSc

London, Bloomsbury

This well-established and highly competitive MSc provides specialist training in the basic scientific principles of modern neuroscience, and in the application of these principles to the understanding of a wide variety of neurological disorders. You will benefit from studying in an internationally renowned and research-intensive environment at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
£14,100
£7,050
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
£35,000
£17,500
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 31 Mar 2023

Applications open

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject (neuroscience or related biological science e.g. physiology, psychology, pharmacology, biochemistry; or a medical degree from a UK university), Bachelor's degree in a profession allied to medicine (e.g. nursing, physiotherapy, occupational health) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.

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. International Preparation Courses

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 gain knowledge of the clinical features and scientific basis of both common and unusual neurological disorders.

Who this course is for

This MSc is suitable for clinical graduates with some experience in the neurosciences, and for non-clinical graduates with a degree in neuroscience or related subjects (psychology, biological sciences). The programme is aimed at those pursuing a professional career in neuroscience, and provides training for a future research career in basic and clinical neuroscience.

What this course will give you

The mission of the UCL Queen Square 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, the Institute promotes the translation of research that is of direct clinical relevance to improved patient care and treatment.

With its concentration of clinical and applied scientific activity the institute is a unique national resource for postgraduate training in neuroscience, and this MSc enhances the scientific skills of clinicians and provides non-clinical graduates with insight into clinical problems that will allow them to work alongside clinicians in clinical research projects.

The foundation of your career

Students are given the opportunity to take an original research project in a world-renowned centre of excellence. Publications routinely result from the best MSc projects. 

Employability

This programme offers an established entry route into both PhD studies in the UK and internationally, and to medicine at both undergraduate and graduate level.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through lectures both basic science and clinical. Lectures are supported by audio-visual aids and supplementary materials including handouts, reading lists and references to original papers. Assessment is through unseen and multiple-choice examination, essay, library project (if applicable), dissertation.

It is recommended for every one hour of teaching you receive you should undertake up to three hours of self-study.

Modules

You will undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five compulsory modules (90 credits), either a library project or two optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Clinical Neuroscience.

You will gain knowledge of the clinical features and scientific basis of both common and unusual neurological disorders including a study of: genetics of CNS disorders; brain metabolism, neurotransmitters and neurodegeneration; autoimmune disease and repair mechanisms; epilepsy; nociception and pain; motor control; basal ganglia/movement disorders; hearing, balance, vision and eye-movements, cognition and dementia.

The programme is delivered through basic science and clinical lectures.

Teaching is organised in sequence for the compulsory modules; optional modules may result in some overlap in teaching/assessment and students are review modules at the beginning of the Academic Year.

Lectures are supported by audio-visual aids and supplementary materials including handouts, reading lists and references to original papers.

You will undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of five compulsory modules (90 credits), either a library project or two optional modules (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

You will complete modules over two years. In Year 1 you will complete all compulsory taught modules and in Year 2 you will complete the Research Project. You can choose to complete optional modules in either year.

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 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience.

Placement

Some students will have the opportunity to undertake clinical research projects.

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.

Online - Open day

An Introduction to Postgraduate Programmes at the UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences

Join the UCL Faculty of Brain Sciences to find out more about studying one of our postgraduate courses. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about studying for a Master's degree at one of the world's leading universities in the fields of psychology, language sciences, psychiatry, neuroscience, ophthalmology and audiology.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £14,100 £7,050
Tuition fees (2023/24) £35,000 £17,500

Pathways include:
Neuromuscular Disease (TMSIONCLND01)
Stroke (TMSIONESTR01)

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees 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: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

International Students will bear any costs incurred in acquiring certification equivalent to DBS (Police check) in their home country. These checks are neccessary for any student who undertakes a clinical project based at University College London Hospitals.

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

UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology International Excellence Scholarships - we are delighted to announce four fee reduction scholarships (worth £6,000 each) for overseas fee-paying students. These are offered in celebration of Queen Square’s rich history of welcoming students from across the world who have contributed much to our community and wider society. In 2021-22 we had students from over 50 countries enrolled. These scholarships are offered based on academic merit and are available for all our eligible postgraduate programmes (except for the MSc/Dip/Cert 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.

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 Neuroscience at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the programme
  • how you think your previous academic and/or research experience might help you meet the demands of the programme
  • how the degree might fit into your future career plans

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.

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: 2023-2024

UCL is regulated by the Office for Students.