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Stroke Medicine - MRes

Course Description

This is the first MRes in Stroke Medicine in the UK which provides a comprehensive education and research training for the next generation of researchers and clinical providers of expert stroke care.

Degree information

Students on this programme will undertake modules in the clinical manifestations of stroke; treatment and service delivery; and epidemiology and prevention of stroke and statistical methods in health research. They also acquire substantial research skills and techniques whilst undertaking a project with leading researchers in the field.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), and a substantial research project (120 credits). There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Clinical Manifestations of Stroke
-Epidemiology and Prevention of Stroke
-Research Methods and Introduction to Statistics
-Treatment and Service Delivery

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 words.

Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, workshops/practical sessions, journal clubs, presentations, supervisory meetings, journal clubs, presentations and posters. Taught modules are assessed by short-answer multiple choice question examinations and timed essays. The research project requires a written dissertation, oral and a poster presentation at the Queen Square Symposium or conference.


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 Master's graduates have gone on to further PhD-level study, 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, the Stroke Medicine MRes 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 cutting-edge knowledge in this specialised field, the extended research project will enable you to gain many transferable skills in conducting research in clinical and medical science and give you an up-to-date perspective on trends in the causality, diagnosis, management and innovative treatment of stroke.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL has a world-class reputation in stroke research and treatment and hosts the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) North Thames Stroke Research Network. Our service treats over 2,500 suspected strokes every year in our Hyperacute Stroke Unit (HASU). Areas of excellence include carotid disease, stroke recovery and neurorehabilitation, neuroimaging cerebral haemorrhage and small vessel disease.

We are a major endovascular centre at the forefront of stroke treatment with a highly developed multidisciplinary neuro-critical care pathway.

Whatever your anticipated career goals, this MRes will provide opportunities to carry out research with global experts in the field of stroke and network with world-renowned clinicians.

Visit the Stroke Medicine - MRes page on the University College London website for more details!

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Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelors degree in a relevant subject, for example medicine, psychology, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, biological or biomedical sciences, nursing or a related degree, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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