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MSc Dementia: Causes, Treatments and Research (Neuroscience)

University College London
London, England, UK
Courses in UKCourses in England1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Course description
The new Dementia MSc is offered jointly by the UCL Institute of Neurology and the Division of Psychiatry and tackles one of the biggest global health problems facing society today. It provides research-oriented and cutting-edge training in the study of dementia and its scientific basis, led by international leaders in the science and practice of dementia. Two specialised pathways, in neuroscience and in mental health, are offered.

The neuroscience pathway brings the latest bench-top research findings to the bedside, develops and integrates basic and clinical neuroscience skills, and equips students for future careers in the clinical practice or basic neuroscience of dementia. A Mental Health pathway is also available.

Programme starts
September 2019

Why study this degree at UCL?
This programme is unique in linking neuroscientific foundations with specialist clinical skills and knowledge in dementia.

The programme integrates the expertise of UCL Institute of Neurology with affiliated departments at the forefront of the global mission to defeat dementia, and is taught by international leaders working closely together to link bench and bedside as part of UCL’s Dementia Strategy.

The programme builds on UCL’s global perspective, targeting students in developing as well as developed countries to drive future training opportunities. The programme emphasises active student participation and enquiry, develops practical skills, and offers unparalleled exposure to laboratories and patients.

Core modules

– Clinical Neuroscience of Neurodegenerative Diseases
– Current Research in Dementia
– Neurobiology of Degeneration and Repair
– Higher Functions of the Brain
– Research Methods and Critical Appraisal
– Practical Neuroscience of Dementia

Optional modules

Students can choose one or two of the following, up to the value of 30 credits:

– Advanced Neuroimaging
– Advanced Treatment and Management of Dementia
– Statistical Methods in Mental Health
– Introduction to Biological Research in Mental Health
– Quality Improvement in Health Care
– Basic Neuroscience and Investigation of Nervous System

Students can also choose one elective module from across UCL, subject to approval by the Programme Director.

All students undertake an independent research project which may take the form of a critical literature synthesis or collection and analysis of original data, depending on project availability and student background. The project culminates in a dissertation of approximately 10,000 words and a viva voce examination.

For more information on course content please visit the programme website.

How to apply
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.

Application fee: There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.

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. The academic merit of the CV and application will be considered in awarding bursaries, which are potentially available to any student applying for this degree.

For more information see our Applications page.

What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:

– why you want to study Dementia Neuroscience at graduate level?
– why you want to study Dementia Neuroscience at UCL?
– what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
– how do your academic and professional background and skills meet the demands of this challenging programme?
– where would you like to go professionally with your degree?

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.

Contact information
Sophie MacLeod, Course Administrator
+44 (0) 20 344 84109

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