Neurosurgery MRes

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About the course

About the course

Delivered by leading specialists at UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, the Neurosurgery MRes will provide you with the ground knowledge and skills to undertake meaningful novel research and participate in advancing the neurosurgical field. 

We understand the competitive and constantly evolving neurosurgical landscape and adapt to it by creating relevant material with modern resources that will give you a competitive edge. The MRes was designed in accordance with the UK Neurosurgical Intercollegiate Surgical Curriculum Programme (ISCP) and validated neurosurgical training programmes worldwide. 

Who this course is for?

The Neurosurgery MRes is aimed at junior doctors, intercalating medical students and other healthcare professionals who are interested in pioneering advancements in neurosurgery, through both academic research and clinical practice.

This course isn't merely a stepping stone; it's a significant stride towards realising your career aspirations in neurosurgery. It aligns seamlessly with your pursuits in scientific inquiry, clinical excellence, and leadership within this high-stakes, ever-evolving specialty.

What this course will give you

We offer hands-on skills training, cutting-edge facilities, and unparalleled research opportunities. You will be immersed in a truly stimulating and supportive environment.

We aim to prepare our students for the rigour of a career in neurosurgery (and affiliated specialties) by imparting useful everyday neurosurgical knowledge and enabling you to develop both your clinical and surgical skills. This will help you safely and comfortably navigate this complex, high-risk, specialty. We also hope to equip you with the research skills that allow you to produce and practice evidence-based neurosurgery and become critical appraisers of your own and others’ work.


This course offers a potential entry route into British neurosurgical training programmes, allied clinical neurosurgical posts (e.g., specialist or advanced nurse practitioners) and PhD studies in the UK and internationally.

It is our ambition that our students will become future leaders, academic neurosurgeons or specialist nurses, in clinical and research neurosurgical fields such as hydrocephalus, traumatic brain injury and pituitary surgery.


The Queen Square Institute of Neurology is home to some of the world's most influential academics. By studying with us, you will have the opportunity to be part of the next generation of experts in neuroscience. We are home to some of the world's most influential researchers and offer a wealth of scientific and clinical expertise, from laboratory benches through to patient care.

Many of our lecturers are also NHS consultants working at The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery which is a leading centre for the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients with a wide range of neurological conditions.

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