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 Institute of Neurology.
Participants 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; peripheral nerve and muscle; epilepsy; nociception and pain; motor control; basal ganglia/movement disorders; hearing, balance, vision and eye-movements; stroke and head injury; cognition and dementia.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), a library project (30 credits) and a research project (60 credits). There are no optional modules for this programme.
-Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Disease
-Diseases of the Nervous System: Epilepsy, Pain, Tumours & Infection
-Peripheral Nerve, Muscle and Special Senses
-Motor Systems and Disease
-Higher Functions of the Brain
-Research Methods: Critical Appraisal and Introduction to Statistics
All students undertake a library project which is assessed by a 5,000-word essay, and an independent research project, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through basic and clinical lectures, seminars and practical and interactive workshops. 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, dissertation and oral examination.
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.
Top career destinations for this degree:
-Research Assistant, Duke-NUS
-Research Assistant, UCL
-MBBS in Medicine, Barts Health NHS Trust and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry
-PhD in Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford
-PhD in Clinical Neuroscience, University College London
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 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.
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) or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required.