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Neuromuscular Diseases - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Course Description

This Master’s degree is designed for medical professionals and scientists wishing to specialise in neuromuscular diseases. The programme provides a comprehensive education in all aspects of neuromuscular disease ranging from anatomy and physiology of the neuromuscular system to genetic advances and research, as well as clinical aspects of treatments and identification of neuromuscular diseases.

Degree information

Students will take modules in anatomy and physiology of the neuromuscular system, pathophysiology, genetic and clinical research and current clinical trends in neuromuscular disease. They will undertake projects in world-leading laboratories and attend clinical presentations given by clinical experts in the field. Students will also conduct their own research enabling them to acquire methodological, technical and theoretical understanding.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of five core modules (75 credits), one optional module (15 credits), a library project (30 credits) and a research project resulting in a dissertation/report (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma, five core modules (75 credits), one optional (15 credits) and library project (30 credits), full-time nine months, part-time two years, flexible five years, is also available. A Postgraduate Certificate, comprising four core modules (60 credits), full-time 12 weeks, part-time nine months, flexible two years, is also available.

Core modules
-Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Disease
-Motoneurons, Neuromuscular Junctions and Associated Diseases
-Peripheral Nerves and Associated Diseases
-Research Methods and Introduction to Statistics
-Skeletal Muscle and Associated Diseases

Optional modules - students choose one of the following:
-Advanced Genetic Technologies and Clinical Applications
-Paediatric Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy
-Paediatric Neurodevelopmental Physiotherapy
-Students can also choose the optional module more widely from across UCL, with the agreement of the programme organisers.

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words. The project can either be laboratory based, offered by scientists at the UCL Institute of Neurology, or a clinical research project offered by leading experts at Queen Square.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, practical sessions, journal clubs, presentations, supervisory meetings and poster presentations.


The portfolio of taught graduate programmes at UCL Institute of Neurology offers research-embedded clinical teaching to enhance and expand the career progression and opportunities of our students. All of our graduates have reported that their degree enhanced their careers. Many of our MSc graduates have gone on to further study at PhD level, or successfully applied to medical school. Clinicians who took time out to obtain an MSc have returned to training and scientists have progressed to obtain research assistant posts. Those already established in their career have been promoted.

Whatever your chosen career pathway, (medicine, physiotherapy, biological or biomedical sciences, nursing, etc.) this programme will enable you to advance your career to a higher specialised level or help you get more established in your career. The programme will deliver specialised knowledge in the causality, management and treatment of neuromuscular diseases and introduce students to a wide variety of different clinical disorders in the clinics at Queen Square. Students studying for the full MSc will also gain extensive transferable research and critical evaluation skills working with principal investigators who are global experts in this field.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The UCL Institute of Neurology has a world-class reputation in the treatment and management of patients with neuromuscular disease. The aim of the programme is to educate the future generation of experts in all areas of neuromuscular disease.

Our peripheral nerve and muscle clinics are run by leading clinical experts in the field and students will attend clinics and clinical presentations and learn about the clinical management of a wide variety of neuromuscular diseases.

Students will also acquire specialised expertise in research by conducting cutting-edge clinical and basic science research projects under the supervision of world-renowned scientists in the field.

Visit the Neuromuscular Diseases - MSc/PGDip/PGCert 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 (such as neuroscience, pharmacy, anatomy and physiology), nursing and physiotherapy, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants with degrees in other disciplines and/or relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

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