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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Medicine

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    03 January 2018

Course content

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.

About this degree

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; epilepsy; nociception and pain; motor control; basal ganglia/movement disorders; hearing, balance, vision and eye-movements; cognition and dementia.

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).

Core modules

  • Basic neuroscience and investigation of Nervous system
  • Epilepsy, Pain, Tumours and Special Senses
  • Research Methods: Critical Appraisal and Introduction to Statistics
  • Motor Systems and Disease
  • Higher Functions of the Brain

Optional modules

Students can choose to take two 15-credit options from the list below or the 30-credit Library Project

  • Library Project
  • Clinical neuroscience of neurodegenerative diseases
  • Skeletal Muscle and Associated Diseases
  • Peripheral Nerves and Associated Diseases
  • Clinical Manifestations of Stroke
  • Treatment (HASU and Service Delivery)
  • Neurorehabilitation

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project, which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through basic science and clinical lectures, 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 (if applicable), dissertation and oral examination.

Placement

All students will have the opportunity to attend lectures and meetings in the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Some students will have the opportunity to undertake clinical research projects.

International Students will bear any costs incurred in acquiring certification equivalent to DBS in their home country.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Clinical Neuroscience MSc

Careers

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.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Clinical Research Assistant, NHS National Institute for Health Research
  • PhD in Clinical Medicine, University of Oxford
  • MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) Graduate Entry, University of Warwick
  • PhD in Clinical Neuroscience, UCL

Employability

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.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

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.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Institute of Neurology

83% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.


Visit the Clinical Neuroscience (MSc) page on the University College London website for more details!

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