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Clinical Neuroscience: Neuromuscular Disease MSc

This Master's degree is designed for medical professionals (clinicians and allied health professionals) and scientists wishing to specialise in neuromuscular diseases. The programme provides a comprehensive education in all aspects of neuromuscular disease ranging from anatomy and physiology of the neuromuscular system to genetic advances and research, as well as clinical aspects of treatments and identification of neuromuscular diseases.

Key information

Programme starts

September 2021

Modes and duration

Full time: 1 year
Part time: 2 years

Application dates

Visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
Open: 9 November 2020
Close: 30 July 2021
Notification
Applications may close earlier if all places on the programme are filled.

Tuition fees (2021/22)

UK:
£16,000 (FT)
£8,000 (PT)
Overseas:
£31,200 (FT)
£15,600 (PT)


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 Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Location: London, Bloomsbury

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.

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

Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English

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.

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

Students on this programme will benefit from the cutting-edge research conducted at UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology and take modules covering anatomy and physiology of the neuromuscular system; pathophysiology, genetic and clinical research; and clinical trends in neuromuscular diseases. Students will carry out substantial projects with world-leading experts engaged in neuromuscular diseases and attend clinical presentations given by clinical experts.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (165 credits) including the 60 credit research project, and one optional module (15 credits).

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

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

  • CLNE0022 Skeletal Muscle and associated diseases
  • CLNE0023 Peripheral Nerves and associated diseases
  • CLNE0020 Motoneurons, neuromuscular junctions and associated diseases
  • CLNE0021 Advanced genetic technologies and clinical applications
  • CLNE0007 Research methods and introduction to statistics
  • CLNE0032 Research project
  • CLNE0009 Basic neuroscience and investigation of Nervous system

Optional modules

  • CLNE0010 Neuromuscular Literature review
  • CHLDGC24 Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
  • CHLDGC21 Paediatric Neuro-Physiotherapy
  • CLNE0003 Higher Functions of the Brain
  • CLNE0004 Motor Systems and Disease
  • CLNE0005 Paroxysmal disorders, Tumours and Special Senses of the Central Nervous System
  • CLNE0029 Clinical Neuroscience of Dementia
  • CLNE0024 Neuroimaging, Pathophysiology & Epidemiology
  • CLNE0025 Clinical Manifestations of Stroke
  • CLNE0026 Treatment (HASU and Service Delivery)
  • CLNE0028 Neurorehabilitation
  • CLNE0046 Genetic Therapies for Neurological Diseases

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words. Some of our MSc projects lead to publication of results in peer-reviewed international journals.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practical sessions, journal clubs, presentations, meetings with supervisor, both oral and poster presentation. Assessment of the taught modules will be a mixture of short-answer/multiple choice question examinations and timed essays. The research project will be assessed by a written dissertation, oral and a presentation.

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.

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.

Funding

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

Careers

Our portfolio of taught postgraduate programmes at UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology has continued to expand in recent years. Past experience suggests that a postgraduate degree obtained from UCL significantly enhances career and promotion prospects. Many of our graduates have undertaken further study at PhD level, or have successfully applied to medical school. Some clinicians who took time out to obtain a higher qualification have returned to training, and scientists have progressed to their first research assistant post.

Employability

This programme will enable you to advance your career to a higher specialised level or help you get more established in your career. As well as gaining knowledge in the specialised field of neurological disease, the extended research project will enable you to gain many transferable skills in conducting research in the clinical and medical science area.100% of our students are in graduate-level work 15 months after completion of this programme (Source Graduate Outcomes Survey published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)).

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology has a world-class reputation in the treatment and management of patients with a wide range of neuromuscular diseases. Our specialised peripheral nerve and muscle clinics are run by leading clinical experts in the field who teach on this masters.

Students will have a unique opportunity to attend clinical meetings and presentations, and learn about the clinical management of a wide variety of neuromuscular diseases.

Students will also acquire specialised expertise in research into neuromuscular disease by conducting cutting-edge clinical and basic science research. We aim to educate the future generation of experts in the area of neuromuscular disease.

Department: UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

Application and next steps

Applications

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?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Clinical Neuroscience: Neuromuscular Disease 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.

Application deadlines

Visa nationals
31 May 2021
Non-visa nationals
30 July 2021

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 Neuroscience: Neuromuscular Disease at graduate level
  • why you want to study Clinical Neuroscience: Neuromuscular Disease at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree

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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