Neuroscience and Translational Medicine

Postgraduate Certificate ( 1 year Part-time )



The aim of the programme is to train a new generation of physicians and scientists able to successfully transfer scientific neurological discoveries from the bench to the bedside. The course emphasizes a true translational approach by teaching basic science in an academic environment, involving you in current research techniques and also offering the opportunity to meet patients suffering from neurological diseases.

The topics covered range from drug design and development to clinical application, providing training and essential skills for translational research. The clinical component is unique to this course and ties together the scientific, clinical and personal aspects of neurological disease.

This programme will give you a thorough training in the main concepts and methods of translational medicine, with a particular focus on unmet needs in diseases of the nervous system and the challenge of developing better therapies. At the end of your studies you will have a detailed knowledge of the drug discovery and development process, and of clinical trial design and methodology and the regulatory environment.

The formal teaching includes lectures, seminars, clinical workshops and a research project. Our lecturers are specialists in their field and are pre-clinical scientists and clinicians. There are also invited speakers for you to meet and learn from - leading researchers from other UK or international academic institutions and senior scientists from the pharmaceutical industry.

This programme will:

  • Give you a thorough grounding in the principles underlying translational medicine
  • Focus on diseases of the nervous system and developing better therapies
  • Teach you to understand the principles of laboratory methodologies applied to clinical trials
  • Give you an understanding of the steps involved in developing and implementing new treatments and how to apply this knowledge in your professional role.

Why study your MSc in Neuroscience and Translational Medicine at Queen Mary?

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. We were one of the top five in the UK for medicine in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

  • As well as background lectures several modules also have a clinical component. This unique element allows you to meet patients and therefore get a better understanding of their illnesses and treatment options
  • At the end of your studies you will have a detailed knowledge of the drug discovery and development process, and of clinical trial design and methodology and the regulatory environment, which will enhance your career opportunities
  • There is still a huge unmet need for new treatments of neurological disease. This programme provides a thorough training in the main concepts and methods of translational medicine, with a particular focus on these unmet needs in diseases of the nervous system and the challenge of developing better therapies
  • We have a large number of specialists teaching on the course, many of which who are leaders in their fields. These include academics from other institutions, clinicians, and people from the pharmaceutical industry.


You will have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource.

Specialist resources include:

  • The Blizard Building. At the heart of the Whitechapel development is the Blizard Building, which houses state of-the-art facilities for students and staff: open-plan research laboratories, office space, a 400-seat lecture theatre and a cafe
  • You will have access to a large collection of basic medical and dental texts in the main library at Mile End. The Library is open seven days a week. This resource is complemented by the two large medical and dental archives based at the Royal London and at Barts in older, architecturally distinguished buildings that are well worth a visit just to experience their atmosphere.


Neuroscience and Translational Medicine is available to study at MSc (over one year full-time) and PGCert level (over one year part-time).


Undertaking a masters programme is a serious commitment, with weekly contact hours being in addition to numerous hours of independent learning and research needed to progress at the required level. When coursework or examination deadlines are approaching independent learning hours may need to increase significantly. Please contact the course convenor for precise information on the number of contact hours per week for this programme.

Timetables are likely to be finalised in September but you may be able to gain an expectation of what will be required, by contacting the course administrator


The programme is structured with a compulsory module in Semester 1 and a choice of 1 elective in Semester 2.

Semester 1 - Compulsory taught modules (Lectures on Tuesday and Wednesday):
1. Fundamentals of Drug Discovery and Drug Development module - ICMM926 (45 credits)


Semester 2 - Choice of 1 taught elective module (15 credits):

Neuroscience Options:
Neurotrauma and Stroke module - ICMM927 
Neuroinflammmatory and Autoimmune diseases module - ICMM928 
Neurodegenerative Diseases module - ICMM929 
Chronic Pain and Epilepsy module - ICMM930 
Neuro-oncology module - ICMM931 

Regenerative Medicine Options:
Tissue-specific Stem Cells module - ICM7144 
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells and Genome Engineering module - ICM7145 

For more information

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For more information about this programme, please contact Ms Samantha Rose-Bucknor at the School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2288
For informal academic enquiries, please contact ProfessorAdina Michael-Titus, Programme Director.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2290

Entry requirements

It is essential to note that the candidates require a background in neuroscience and/or pharmacology.

The background of the applicants could be a 2.1 degree (we may consider marks lower than 2.1 based on individual basis) in Pharmacology, Physiology, Neuroscience, Biochemistry or Biomedical Sciences, a medical or pharmacy degree, or any similar international qualification, at degree level.

If you are a medical graduate, dentistry graduate, pharmacist or nurse, or scientist in the public or private sector, and are currently employed, the Postgraduate Certificate may appeal more to you, if you want a shorter programme of study, more compatible with full-time professional activity.If you are a recent graduate in medicine, pharmacy or biomedical science, you are more likely to want to follow the full-time MSc programme.


International applicants

Students from outside of the UK help form a global community at Queen Mary University of London. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements here

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the Masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance or the MSc Course Administrator.


Deadline for applications: Saturday 31st August 2019


Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be employed including; seminars, laboratory practice sessions, self-directed learning, one–to-one tutorials, case presentations, reading lists of books and journal papers. You are assigned aPersonal Mentor who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Your modules are assessed using a combination of final written examinations and a series of in-course assessments. The in-course assessments consist of literature reviews, oral presentations, case analyses and clinical trial protocols. They are designed as a learning experience as well as a test of knowledge. 



Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time £3,053

Tuition fees for International students

2019/20 Academic Year

Part time £5,460

Part time fees are charged per annum over two years for a two year programme and per annum over three years for a three year programme. A percentage increase may be applied to the fees in years two and three.

This increase is defined each year and published on the intranet and in the Tuition Fee Regulations. A 3% increase was applied to the unregulated university fees in 2019/20. Further information can be viewed on our University Fees webpage, including details about annual increases.


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717


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