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Neuromuscular Diseases - MRes

Course Description

This specialised postgraduate degree provides expert knowledge in all aspects of neuromuscular diseases and is aimed at professionals wishing to pursue a research career. Students undertake an extended research project in the areas of the pathomechanisms of disease and developing new treatment strategies in the field.

Degree information

Students on this programme will benefit from the cutting-edge research conducted at the UCL Institute of Neurology and take modules in anatomy and physiology of the neuromuscular system; pathophysiology, genetic and clinical research; and clinical trends in neuromuscular diseases. Students will carry out substantial projects in world-leading laboratories engaged in neuromuscular diseases and attend clinical presentations given by clinical experts.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of two core modules (30 credits), two optional modules (30 credits), and an extended research project resulting in a dissertation/report (120 credits).

Core modules
-Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Disease
-Research Methods and Critical Appraisal

Optional modules - students choose two of the following:
-Advanced Genetic Technologies and Clinical Applications
-Motoneurons, Neuromuscular Junctions and Associated Disease
-Peripheral Nerves and Associated Diseases
-Skeletal Muscle and Associated Diseases
-One module from across UCL, as an optional module. The choice of module needs to be agreed by the Programme Director.

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words. Many of our MRes projects lead to publication of results in peer-reviewed international journals.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practical sessions, journal clubs, presentations, meetings with supervisor, both oral and poster presentation. Assessment of the taught modules will be a mixture of short-answer multiple choice question examinations and timed essays. The research project will be assessed by a written dissertation, oral and a presentation.


Our portfolio of taught postgraduate programmes at UCL Institute of Neurology has continued to expand in recent years. Past experience suggests that a postgraduate degree obtained from UCL significantly enhances career and promotion prospects. Many of our graduates have undertaken further study at PhD level, or have successfully applied to medical school. Some clinicians who took time out to obtain an MRes have returned to training, and scientists have progressed to their first research assistant post.

Whatever your chosen career pathway, this programme will enable you to advance your career to a higher specialised level or help you get more established in your career. As well as gaining knowledge in the specialised field of neurological disease, the extended research project will enable you to gain many transferable skills in conducting research in the clinical and medical science area. Exposure to the cutting-edge research being carried out in this area at UCL will give you an up-to-date perspective on trends in the causality, management and treatment of neuromuscular disease.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Neurology has a world-class reputation in the treatment and management of patients with a wide range of neuromuscular diseases. Our specialised peripheral nerve and muscle clinics are run by leading clinical experts in the field.

Students will have a unique opportunity to attend clinics and presentations, and learn about the clinical management of a wide variety of neuromuscular diseases.

Students will also acquire specialised expertise in research into neuromuscular disease by conducting cutting-edge clinical and basic science research. We aim to educate the future generation of experts in the area of neuromuscular disease.

Visit the Neuromuscular Diseases - MRes page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree in a relevant scientific or medical discipline, for example, medicine, biological or biomedical sciences, neuroscience, pharmacy and physiology, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with degrees in other disciplines will be considered on an individual basis.

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