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Clinical Neurology (Distance Learning) - MSc/PGDip/PGcert

Course Description

The world's first distance learning MSc in Clinical Neurology, 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.

Degree information

All students will learn the fundamentals of neurological diseases, and acquire skills for neurological examinations and diagnostics that are applicable in day-to-day clinical practice. MSc students also learn the principles of clinical research, including statistics.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits), and a research project (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma exit award - eight core modules (120 credits) - is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate exit award - four core basic modules (60 credits) - is offered.

Core modules
-Stroke, Epilepsy and Rehabilitation – Basic
-Neurodegenerative, Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases of the Nervous System – Basic
-Common Problems in Neurological Practice – Basic
-Neurology and Neurosurgery – Basic
-Stroke, Epilepsy and Rehabilitation – Advanced
-Neurodegenerative, Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases of the Nervous System – Advanced
-Common Problems in Neurology Practice – Advanced
-Neurology and Neurosurgery – Advanced

Optional modules - MSc students have the option of taking Research Training and Statistics instead of one of the four Advanced core modules listed above.

All MSc students undertake an independent research project that involves a literature search, writing a systematic review or meta-analysis, based on the principles of critical reading and analysis which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning is delivered through online sessions with a multimedia approach and interactive features such as videos, interactive graphs and tables, as well as illustrations and text. Learning through real-world case examples is encouraged. Assessment is through multiple choice questions, structured case reviews, tutor assessments and 10,000-word dissertation.


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

Early career doctors increase their chances of getting into formal formal training or research. Qualified neurologists can enhance their international exposure. GPs or physicians and specialists in stroke, geriatrics, psychiatry, paediatrics can develop their sub-specialist interest in neurology. The Postgraduate Diploma is one of the neurology specialist skills courses for Acute Internal Medicine trainees in the UK.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This unique programme is an MSc in Clinical Neurology via distance learning. It has been developed by neurology experts based at Queen Square, a world-renowned neurological centre, where four of the top 12 most highly-cited authors working worldwide in neuroscience and behaviour work.

With its concentration of clinical and applied scientific activity the Institute of Neurology is a unique national resource for postgraduate training and research in neurology.

A Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neurology (by Distance Learning) has been running very successfully since 2012 and has over 80 students enrolled from all over the world. This flexible learning programme enables students to access teaching sessions at any time in any location, through the internet. Flexible timing means that the programme can be completed at a speed suitable for the individual student. The online programme is supplemented by regular contact with a course tutor and a research project supervisor based at Queen Square.

Visit the Clinical Neurology (Distance Learning) - MSc/PGDip/PGcert page on the University College London website for more details!

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(Student Profile)

Siyam Strait

"I work full-time and have a young family, so UCL's offer of an online distance learning diploma suited me very well. Neurology is a field that is not routinely offered in my rotation of acute medicine as a postgraduate trainee. However it is a speciality that I encounter daily on a medical admissions ward. The range of learning opportunities offered at UCL, in addition to the online e-lectures, is impressive."


Entry Requirements

A UK medical degree (MBBS) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Applicants must hold registration with the UK General Medical Council (GMC), or be fully registered in their home country.

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