This well-established and highly competitive MSc provides students with 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. Students benefit from studying in an internationally renowned and research-intensive environment at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2021/22)
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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.
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
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.
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
Participants gain knowledge of the clinical features and scientific basis of both common and unusual neurological disorders.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of five core 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.
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.
- Basic neuroscience and investigation of Nervous system
- Paroxysmal disorders, Tumours and Special Senses of the Central Nervous System
- Research Methods: Critical Appraisal and Introduction to Statistics
- Motor Systems and Disease
- Higher Functions of the Brain
Students can choose to take two 15-credit options from the list below or the 30-credit Library Project
- Library Project
- Clinical Neuroscience of Dementia
- Skeletal Muscle and Associated Diseases
- Peripheral Nerves and Associated Diseases
- Clinical Manifestations of Stroke
- Treatment (HASU and Service Delivery)
- Advanced Genetic Technologies and their Clinical Applications
- Stroke: Risk factors, Pathophysiology and Imaging
- Genetic Therapies for Neurological Diseases
- Motoneurons, neuromuscular junctions and associated diseases
- Applied experimental approaches to studying neuronal circuits in health and disease
All students undertake an independent research project, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
Some students will have the opportunity to undertake clinical research projects.
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.
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.
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 offers an established entry route into both PhD studies in the UK and internationally, and to medicine at both undergraduate and graduate level.
95.5% of Queen’s Square Institute of Neurology postgraduate students are in graduate-level work or study 15 months after completion of their studies, with an average salary of £41,059. (Source Graduate Outcomes Survey published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)).
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.
Why study this degree at UCL?
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.
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.
This programme only requires one reference in support of your application. Your reference should be academic unless you have been out of university education for more than four years. 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?
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.
- All applicants
- 31 May 2021
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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 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.
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