MSc Clinical Neurology

Department of Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Enhance your career with a masters in a specialist field. Our courses are backed by world-class interdisciplinary research.

I chose the University of Sheffield because of the proven track record in medical research. Some of the teachers are people whose work I have read about in science journals. It is fascinating to be taught by the experts in the field.

Gbadebo Adeleke, Postgraduate student in the Medical School

About the course

September 2016 start

Course description 2016

Lead academic: Dr Christopher McDermott

This course enables you to apply the fundamentals of neuroanatomy and physiology to better understand the clinical features of patients with neurological disease and learn how insights from the laboratory are translated into benefits for patients.

In small group teaching sessions and clinics, you'll have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to patients with neurological disease.

In the final term you may take a research option (Route A) or a Clinical Neurology Experiential Learning Module (Route B).

Students opting for Route A will choose from a range of clinical research projects based at SITraN or within the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. Students opting for Route B will attend additional specialist clinics with patient-centred teaching from experts in the field who will emphasise recent advances in clinical practice.

Postgraduate medicine students

Core modules

Four taught modules worth 30 credits each are undertaken during the autumn and spring terms:

  • Applied Neuroanatomy and Clinical Neuroscience
  • Cerebrovascular Disease and Disorders of Consciousness
  • Neuroinflammation (CNS) and diseases of the PNS
  • Neurodegeneration

Complementing the taught modules is a comprehensive programme of clinical demonstrations, integrated learning activities, themed clinics and neuroanatomy dissection (autumn term) where students will be able to apply the taught theory and increase their understanding of the topic area being studied.

Optional modules

Either a research project (Route A) or a Clinical Neurology Experiential Learning Module (CNELM) (Route B) worth 60 credits is completed in the summer term. In the third

semester you'll need to select one of two 60 credit options.

Route A:

Research projects involving patient contact will require a DBS check and an Honorary contract with the local NHS trust.

Route B:

Clinical Neurology Experiential Learning Module (CNELM). Students will be expected to have covered core sub-speciality spread of cases.

Teaching

The taught component of the MSc is delivered through:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Student-led group work

Assessment

Each of the 30-credit modules is assessed using a formal examination (15 credits) and ongoing assessments during the module (15 credits), including essays and oral presentations.

The research project (Route A) is assessed from the written dissertation and research presentation exam. The CNELM (Route B) is assessed by means of a portfolio (30 credits) and a 6,000-word dissertation (30 credits) on an aspect of the sub-speciality chosen for the module. The portfolio will contain a reflective log, anonymised details of cases seen, and work-based assessments.

Course duration

1 year full-time

September 2017 start

Course description 2017

Lead academic 2016: Dr Thomas Jenkins

This course, offering practical clinical exposure, enables you to apply the fundamentals of neuroanatomy and physiology to better understand the clinical features of patients with neurological disease and learn how insights from the laboratory are translated into benefits for patients.

In small group teaching sessions and clinics, you’ll have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to patients with neurological disease. In the final term you may take a research option (Route A) or a Clinical Neurology Experiential Learning Module (Route B).

Students opting for Route A will choose from a range of clinical research projects based at SITraN or within the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. Students opting for Route B will attend additional specialist clinics with patient-centred teaching from experts in the field who will emphasise recent advances in clinical practice.

Postgraduate medicine students

Core modules

During the autumn and spring terms, you’ll take four taught modules worth 30 credits each:

  • Applied Neuroanatomy and Clinical Neuroscience
  • Cerebrovascular Disease and Disorders of Consciousness
  • Neuroinflammation (CNS) and diseases of the PNS
  • Neurodegeneration

Complementing the taught modules is a comprehensive programme of clinical demonstrations, integrated learning activities, themed clinics and neuro-anatomy dissection (autumn term) where students will be able to apply the taught theory and further substantiate their understanding of the topic area being studied.

Examples of optional modules

Either a research project (Route A) or a Clinical Neurology Experiential Learning Module (CNELM) (Route B) worth 60 credits is completed in the summer term.

Teaching and assessment

The taught component of the MSc is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical demonstrations and student-led group work.

Each of the 30-credit modules is assessed using a formal examination (15 credits) and ongoing assessments during the module (15 credits), including essays and oral presentations.

The research project (Route A) is assessed from the written dissertation and research presentation examination. The CNELM (Route B) is assessed by means of a portfolio (30 credits) and a 6,000-word dissertation (30 credits) on an aspect of the sub-speciality chosen for the module.

The portfolio will contain a reflective log, anonymised details of cases seen, and work-based assessments.

Course duration

1 year full-time

Entry requirements

For Route A you'll need a 2:1 BSc degree in a biomedical science/health care subject or an MBChB degree.

For Route B you'll need an MBChB degree and you must be eligible for GMC registration. You don't need to have registered with the GMC before starting the course.

A DBS checks will be required if you choose a Route A research project with patient contact or the Route B Clinical Neurology Experiential Learning Module (CNELM).

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in Reading, 6.0 in Writing, 7.0 in Listening and 6.0 in Speaking, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

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You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It is a quick and easy process.

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Any questions?

If you'd like to know more about any aspect of our courses, contact us:

Helen Hickson
E: clinneuro@sheffield.ac.uk
T: +44 (0)114 222 2296

The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.