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MSc / PGDip / PGCert / MRes Stroke Medicine

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

Course description
This is the first programme in stroke medicine in the UK to provide a comprehensive education and training for the next generation of researchers and clinical providers of expert stroke care. Students will be taught by clinical and research experts in the field of stroke medicine at Queen Square.

Students will study modules in the pathophysiology and neuroimaging relating to cerebrovascular disease; clinical manifestations of stroke; treatment and service delivery; neurorehabilitation; epidemiology and prevention of stroke and statistical methods in health research.

Programme starts
September 2019

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 per 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 MSc will provide opportunities to carry out research with global experts in the field of stroke and network with world-renowned clinicians.

Core modules

– Neuroimaging and Pathophysiology
– Clinical Manifestations of Stroke
– Treatment (HASU and Service Delivery)
– Epidemiology and Prevention of Stroke
– Neurorehabilitation
– Research Methods and Introduction to Statistics

Optional modules
There are no optional modules for this programme.

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words.

Short courses
The Institute of Neurology also offers a series of short courses to professionals interested in further education in stroke medicine. These five short courses and the one day course can be used for CPD activities by professionals and are recognised by the Royal College of Physicians.

Lectures take place on a Wednesday over several weeks. There are two options:

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

Taster course: as well as attending the lectures, you will also complete a summative assessment.

Participants of our taster courses can use their exam results towards a postgraduate qualification in Stroke Medicine 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 on course content please visit the programme website.

Stroke Association MRes Scholarship

Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas
Criteria: based on both academic merit and financial need

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding 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, nursing, psychology, physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, biology, biomedical sciences, or related backgrounds. Applicants with a degree in another discipline and relevant work experience will be assessed on an individual basis.

Application deadline
5 September 2018

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 Stroke Medicine at graduate level
– why you want to study Stroke Medicine at UCL
– what research experience you have
– which specific areas of research you would like to do a project in
– where you would like to go professionally with your degree
– what computer skills you have.

Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to elaborate on your reasons for applying to this programme and how your interests match what the programme will deliver.

Contact information
Alex Addo, Programme Administrator
+44 (0)20 3448 4460

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