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MSc / PGDip/ PGCert Clinical Neurology via Distance Learning

University College London
London, England, UK
Courses in UKCourses in England1-3 years flexible

Course description
The world’s first distance learning MSc in Clinical Neurology, is led by experts based at Queen Square in London, a world-renowned centre for clinical neurology and neuroscience, and delivered fully online. This programme will enrich and enhance the knowledge and portfolio of doctors with an interest in neurology.

All students will learn the fundamentals of neurological diseases, including stroke, epilepsy, movement disorders, headaches, dementia demyelinating, inflammatory and infectious disorders, and neoplasms of CNS.

As well as acquiring skills for neurological examinations and diagnostics that are applicable in day-to-day clinical practice, MSc students also learn about the principles of clinical research.

Programme starts
September 2019

Why study this degree at UCL?
This unique Clinical Neurology MSc by distance learning has been developed by neurology experts based at Queen Square, a world-renowned neurological centre, where four of the top 12 most highly-cited authors working worldwide in neuroscience and behaviour work.

With its concentration of clinical and applied scientific activity the UCL Institute of Neurology is a unique national resource for postgraduate training and research in neurology.

A Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Neurology (by Distance Learning) has been running very successfully since 2012 and has over 80 students enrolled from all over the world. This flexible learning programme enables students to access teaching sessions at any time in any location, through the internet. Flexible timing means that the programme can be completed at a speed suitable for the individual student. The online programme is supplemented by regular contact with a programme tutor and for the MSc, a research project supervisor based at Queen Square.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The MSc consists of eight core modules (120 credits), and a research project (60 credits) and starts in September.

The Postgraduate Diploma consists of eight core modules (120 credits).

The Postgraduate Certificate consists of four core basic modules (60 credits).

Teaching and learning
Teaching and learning is delivered through online sessions with a multimedia approach and interactive features such as videos, interactive graphs and tables, as well as illustrations and text. Learning through real-world case examples is encouraged. Assessment is through multiple choice questions, structured case reviews, tutor assessments and 10,000-word dissertation.

Core modules

– Stroke, Epilepsy and Rehabilitation – Basic
– Neurodegenerative, Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases of the Nervous System – Basic
– Common Problems in Neurological Practice – Basic
– Neurology and Neurosurgery – Basic
– Stroke, Epilepsy and Rehabilitation – Advanced
– Neurodegenerative, Infectious and Inflammatory Diseases of the Nervous System – Advanced
– Common Problems in Neurology Practice – Advanced
– Neurology and Neurosurgery – Advanced

All MSc students undertake an independent research project that involves a literature search, writing a systematic review or meta-analysis, based on the principles of critical reading and analysis which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Optional qualifications
This degree is also available as a PG Diploma and a PG Certificate with fees set accordingly.

Distance learning programme

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

Entry requirement
A first degree in Medicine with medical registration is required. MSc applicants should also have undertaken a research project, have co-authored a publication in the area of clinical neurology or neuroscience, and explicitly state that they have acquired research skills through an internship, elective placement or similar and submit a written proposal.

English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places.

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.

Who can apply?
Early career doctors aiming for neurology or neurosurgery training, trainees, as well as qualified neurologists looking to update their neurology skills are ideally suited to apply for this programme. The degree can help GPs or physicians with background training in general or acute medicine, stroke, geriatrics, psychiatry, paediatrics to enhance their sub-speciality interest in neurology.

Application deadline
27 July 2018

Applications for the MSc are once a year, however applications for the Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certicate are accepted at any time throughout the year. Candidates for the PG Diploma and PG Certificate can start the programme at three points of entry: January or April, as well as in September. The MSc is September start only.

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 Clinical Neurology
– What particularly attracts you to the programme
– How you think you might manage the demands of a distance learning programme
– How this qualification might help you in your future clinical career, bearing in mind that this degree is not a direct entry route into neurology training

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
Ms Anna Foakes, Programme Administrator

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