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Translational Neurology - MRes

Course Description

This programme will provide a world-class education for advanced training in translational research, from preclinical discovery through to first-time-in-man studies in human and clinical trials in healthy volunteers and patients across neurology and neurodegeneration.

Degree information

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, medical statistics and the fundamental principle for using the correct enabling technologies within the context of medical research and drug development.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), and a dissertation/report (120 credits). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Cellular & Molecular Mechanisms of Disease (15 credits)
-Experimental Neurology (30 credits)
-Research Skills & Statistics (15 credits)
-MRes Translational Neurology Research Project (120 credits)

Students will have the opportunity to work with internationally recognised researchers from the UCL Institute of Neurology, and the Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre as they undertake their research projects, which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme will combine lectures, workshops and tutorials. Practicals will focus on the role of surrogate markers and emerging technologies in drug development e.g. pre-clinical discovery, first time in man studies, and early phase clinical trials in healthy volunteers and patients. Assessment is through short answer unseen exams, coursework, simulated grant applications and written clinical abstract as well as a small component with a short answer exam.


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 should also enhance opportunities for graduates to enter medical school or for MBBS graduates to progress to specialist medical training.

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

Why study this degree at UCL?

The programme is delivered by the UCL 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.

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

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 in a clinical trials setting 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.

Visit the Translational Neurology - MRes page on the University College London website for more details!

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Bursaries for MRes Translational Neurology at UCL Institute of Neurology - 2 Awards

Two £2000 bursaries are available to Home/EU students (awarded on academic merit based on applications/references provided).

Value of Scholarship(s)



Awarded on academic merit based on applications/references provided

Application Procedure

All applicants who apply for this course through UCL will be considered for these bursaries.

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.

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