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.

Medicine at Sheffield is leading the way, taking a coordinated, interdisciplinary approach to some of the most pressing issues in global health.

Our funding comes from research councils, the Department of Health, the EU, and prominent charities such as the Wellcome Trust, Cancer Research UK and the British Heart Foundation. Our partners and sponsors include Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Eli Lilly.

About the course

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.

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.

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Postgraduate medicine students


Key facts

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

Fees and funding

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Our study environment

You'll be based in teaching hospitals that serve a population of over half a million people and refer a further two million. We also have close links with the University's other health-related departments.

Our research funding comes from many sources including the NIHR, MRC, BBSRC, EPSRC, the Department of Health, EU, and prominent charities such as the Wellcome Trust, ARC, YCR, Cancer Research UK and BHF. Our partners and sponsors include Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, Astra Zeneca and Eli Lilly.

You'll also benefit from our collaboration with the Department of Biomedical Sciences. Our MRC Centre for Developmental and Biomedical Genetics has some of the finest research facilities in the UK and attracts annual funding of more than £2m.

Our resources

We have a state-of-the-art biorepository and a £30m stem cell laboratory. The Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) opened in November 2010. We also have microarray, genetics, histology, flow cytometry and high-throughput screening technology, and the latest equipment for bone and oncology research.

At our Clinical Research Facility, you'll be able to conduct studies with adult patients and volunteers. The Sheffield Children's Hospital houses a complementary facility for paediatric experimental medical research.

How we teach

Classes are kept small (15-20 students) to make sure you get the best possible experience in laboratories and in clinical settings.

Your career

Graduates work in the NHS, pharmaceuticals, clinical psychology training and research.

DBS check

A Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check will be required for applicants choosing a Route A research project with patient contact or the Route B Clinical Neurology Experiential Learning Module (CNELM).

Hepatitis B policy

If your course involves a significant risk of exposure to human blood or other body fluids and tissue, you'll need to complete a course of Hepatitis B immunisation before starting. We conform to national guidelines that are in place to protect patients, health care workers and students.

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

Postgraduate Online Application Form

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