Translational Neuroscience MRes

London, Bloomsbury

This programme will provide you with a world-class education for advanced training in translational research, from preclinical discovery through to first-time-in-human studies.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£12,550
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£30,690
Duration
1 academic year
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications open

Entry requirements

A medical degree (MBBS) or a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree in life or biomedical sciences (for example, neuroscience, pharmacology or chemistry) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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.

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

Students study in the internationally renowned UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology and the Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre (LWENC) within the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) Queen Square, London.

The programme combines theoretical and practical teaching on both the breadth of, and complexity in conducting clinical research. Topics include clinical pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, research governance, statistics and the fundamental principle for using the correct enabling technologies within the context of medical research and drug development.

Who this course is for

We welcome applications from prospective students who meet our entry requirements, biology-related graduates and/or professionals working in the field of clinical trials.

What this course will give you

The programme is delivered by the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, a specialist postgraduate institute and a worldwide centre of excellence in clinical research across neurological diseases, including movement disorders (e.g. Parkinson's disease), multiple sclerosis, neuro-inflammation, epilepsy, stroke, cognitive dysfunction, Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Topics will include:

  • Clinical pharmacology
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Research governance
  • Medical statistics 
  • Fundamental principles for using the correct use of enabling technologies within the context of medical research and drug development (e.g. genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, clinical study designs, biomarkers, imaging, electrophysiology, etc.).

Students will be taught by experts in the field and have the opportunity to network with internationally recognised opinion leaders in neurology and neurodegeneration.

A list of researchers you can work with is available on the departmental website at: ucl.ac.uk/ion/research/centres/leonard-wolfson-experimental-neurology-centre.

By the end of the programme students will gain a thorough understanding of the challenges involved in setting up research projects, and learn how to design, implement, analyse and report clinical studies. Undertaking an extended piece of primary research alongside internationally recognised researchers is particularly attractive to students wishing to pursue doctoral or clinical research. The focus on translational neurology, from within the specialist research setting of the Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre, is also of note. 

The foundation of your career

Whatever your chosen career pathway, the MRes in Translational Neuroscience will equip graduates to either get a first step on the ladder, change career directions or help them become more experienced with a specific expertise.

Employability

The programme is designed to cater to graduates in medicine and biomedical sciences who wish to gain valuable training in clinical research before embarking on a clinical PhD programme, medical training, or professional work in clinical trials. The successful completion of the MRes may also enhance opportunities for graduates to enter medical school or for MBBS graduates to progress to specialist medical training.

Teaching and learning

The programme will combine lectures, workshops and tutorials. Assessment is through short answer unseen examinations, coursework, presentations and dissertation.

There will be typically between 20-30 hours of contact time for each 15 credit module, with 120 hours of self directed study.

Modules

Full-time

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of three core modules (60 credits), and a dissertation/report (120 credits).

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MRes in Translational Neuroscience.

If you choose to undertake a research project that requires you to be present in a clinical setting, you will need to prove, as part of UCL occupational health checks, that you have been vaccinated against Covid-19. You will not be able to undertake a project that requires contact with patients in a clinical setting if you have not been vaccinated.

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.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MRes in Translational Neuroscience.

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.

Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £12,550
Tuition fees (2022/23) £30,690

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 partial fees only scholarships worth £6000 each for overseas fee paying students. We would like to celebrate the rich history of the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology in welcoming students from across the globe who have contributed so much to the success of our Institute and programmes of study. In 2021/22 academic year we have students from 54 countries currently studying for a masters. The scholarship is offered on the basis of academic merit. The scholarships are only available to students who have applied to study one of the eligible degree programmes (all QSIoN programmes except 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.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Translational Neuroscience at graduate level
  • why you want to study Translational Neuroscience at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your personal, 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. Applicants who have a portfolio are strongly recommended to submit it when they apply.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible. The programme may remain open if places are still available after 31 March 2022 and will be closed as soon as it is full or by 30 June 2022.

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This page was last updated 28 Sep 2021