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Neurology (for Clinical Trainees) (MSc)

Course Description

Clinical neurology is an exciting, complex and fast-moving field. This unique MSc programme aims to provide trainees with a thorough grounding in the practice of modern neurology, and in the scientific underpinnings of the subject.

See the website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/degrees/neurology-clinical-trainees-msc

Key Information

- Application dates
All applicants:
Open: 5 October 2015
Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year, as the programme has a flexible structure. Candidates can start the programme in September of each year.

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
Further information can be found on http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/life/international/english-requirements .

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international .

Degree Information

This MSc aims to provide:
- Clinical competence in diagnosis, investigation and formulation of management plan and therapeutics in a broad range of neurological areas/disorders
- A working knowledge of the scientific basis of these neurological disorders/areas
- Awareness of major recent developments in research in clinical neuroscience
- Generic competences as defined in the national clinical curriculum

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of academic lectures (60 credits), research training (15 credits), optional modules from a range of clinical programmes (45 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

- Core Modules
A range of modules on basic clinical neurology and the neuroscience underpinning neurological disorders from CALMAN day teaching
Research Training

- Options
Students take optional modules to a total value of 45 credits from the following programmes:
Stroke Medicine MSc
Neuromuscular Disease MSc
Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neurology (by Distance Learning)

- Dissertation/report
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which is assessed by a dissertation of 10,000 words and an oral examination.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and clinical teaching. Assessment is through four 3,000-word essays, online quizzes, oral examination, critical appraisal of papers and the research dissertation.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Neurology (for Clinical Trainees) MSc http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion/education/courses/mscneurologyforclinicaltrainees


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships .


This MSc will help prepare trainees for their future consultant positions, and clinical and research careers in neurology and psychiatry.

- Employability
The research project and seminars on thesis writing skills will provide a grounding for future research work. The programme will be of benefit to applicants' CVs, job prospects and future careers, and will enhance the standard of neurological practice in Britain.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Clinical neurology is an academically challenging subject for clinical trainees, not least due to the many advances in genetics, physiology, imaging and therapy which have transformed the subject in the past few decades.

The mission of thUCL 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 into improved patient care and treatment.

With its concentration of clinical and applied scientific activity the institute is a unique national resource for postgraduate training and research in neurology, its associated disciplines and the basic neurosciences.

Student / staff ratios › 150 staff › 160 taught students › 400 research students

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.

- Who can apply?
This programme is designed for those pursuing a professional career in the UK in clinical neurology or related disciplines, either as a clinical academic or a clinician. It is open to candidates with a medical degree, MRCP (or equivalent) and who already have a national training number in neurology, psychiatry or related disciplines.

What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to undertake a higher degree during your clinical training
- why you think a scientific underpinning to the practice of neurology may be important

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.

For more information see the Applications page http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/apply .

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

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree in an appropriate subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard is required. Candidates must hold a national training number in neurology, neurophysiology, psychiatry or other related discipline, and have an MRCP or equivalent professional body membership.

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