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MSc / PGDip / PGCert / MRes Neuromuscular Disease

University College London
London, England, UK
Courses in UKCourses in England1 year full-time; up to 5 years flexible

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.

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.

Programme starts
September 2019

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.

Core modules

– Basic Neuroscience and Investigation of Nervous System
– Motoneurons, Neuromuscular Junctions and Associated Diseases
– Peripheral Nerves and Associated Diseases
– Research Methods and Introduction to Statistics
– Skeletal Muscle and Associated Diseases
– Neuromuscular Literature Review

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.

Short courses
The Institute of Neurology also offers a series of short courses to professionals interested in further education in neuromuscular diseases. These four short courses can be used for CPD activities by professionals and are recognised by the Royal College of Physicians.

Courses take place over one week, consisting of lectures and masterclasses. There are two options:

Short course: attending the week of lectures and masterclasses, after which we will issue a Certificate of Attendance

Taster course: as well as attending the lectures and masterclasses, you will also complete the coursework and exam. Participants of our taster courses can use their exam results towards a postgraduate qualification in Neuromuscular Diseases at UCL if they enrol within 5 years, or can be used for CPD activities by professionals and are recognised by the Royal College of Physicians.

For more information please see our 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.

Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for candidates with a background in medicine, biology, biomedical sciences, nursing, physiotherapy, or related disciplines.

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 Neuromuscular Disease at graduate level
– why you want to study Neuromuscular Disease at UCL
– what particularly attracts you to this programme
– how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
– where you would 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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