GP2 Underrepresented Populations Master’s Program

MSc Clinical Neurology at UCL

We are inviting those who identify as belonging to an underrepresented group in Parkinson’s disease (PD) research to apply for funding to pursue a master’s by distance learning in Clinical Neurology at University College London (UCL). The prospective student must enroll in the program as part of the September 2024 intake.

More information about the MSc Clinical Neurology (by distance learning) program such as modules, research projects, and assessments can be found here.


The Global Parkinson’s Genetics Program (GP2) is an ambitious project supported by the Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP) initiative and executed in partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Disease Research.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must meet the following specifications: 

  • A first degree in Medicine such as MD, MBBS, or qualification of an equivalent standard

  • Hold registration with the UK General Medical Council (GMC) or be fully registered in their home country

  • Have some experience undertaking research projects

  • Have co-authored a publication in the area of clinical neurology or neuroscience

  • Explicitly state that they have acquired basic research skills through an internship, elective placement, or similar experience

  • Submit a brief written research proposal to be reviewed for their application

  • Have a clear interest in conducting a master’s research project aligning with GP2 goals

  • Have a clear interest in developing an understanding of neurodegenerative disease genetics

  • Be computer literate and understand the principles of data management and analysis

  • Be committed to collaborative work, locally and globally

  • Have good written and oral communication in English (sufficient to present work and write a thesis)

  • Be able to develop a capstone project that resonates with GP2’s mission and aims to be completed by the conclusion of this fellowship

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 program is Level 1.

Level 1: Overall mark of 65% with at least 60% in each of the four elements of the examination. Equivalent to 6.5 in IELTS Academic Version.

The evidence of English language proficiency can be demonstrated from an examination taken within 2 years prior to applying for this program. An offer could also be made conditional on achieving the English language requirements prior to the commencement of the program. 

Further information can be found here.

Funding Notes

We will support the costs of the overseas tuition fees for the MSc Clinical Neurology (program starting in September 2024). The award will cover: 

  • University fees that are directly related to the master’s program (i.e. tuition and application processing fees)

Selected candidates will conduct research that aligns with GP2 goals while doing the master’s. As a result, selected candidates must generate a manuscript submitted to a preprint server (such as medRxiv, bioRxiv) by the end of the funded program.

Application Information

Deadline: June 26, 2024

To apply, please register and complete the online application form within The Michael J. Fox Foundation grants portal.

To be considered for funding for this GP2 master’s program, you must belong to an underrepresented group in Parkinson’s Disease (PD) research.

Here is more information and answers to frequent questions about the GP2 Underrepresented Populations Master’s program.