MSc Translational Neuroscience

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

Course description 2017

Lead academic 2016: Dr Jonathan Wood

Translational Neuroscience looks at how laboratory research relating to brain structure and function informs the development of new therapies for diseases of the nervous system.

Combining the research strengths from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health and the Faculty of Science, leading international basic and clinical scientists will provide an innovative and progressive programme. You’ll study basic neurobiology and molecular biology through to neuroimaging and applied clinical practice.

The MSc will provide you with up-to-date knowledge of advances in the field, research experience with internationally renowned research groups and transferable skills to provide a springboard for your future career.

Adnan Faizullabhoy, MSc Molecular Medicine

Core modules

  • Molecular Neuroscience
  • CNS Structure and Function
  • Genetics and Modelling of Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Mechanisms of Neurodegenerative Disease
  • Applied Neuroimaging
  • Neurophysiology and Psychiatry

A 20 week Research Project will be undertaken in the Summer Term.

Examples of optional modules

Option one:

  • Literature Review and Critical Analysis of Science
  • Ethics and Public Awareness of Science

Option two:

  • Computational Neuroscience: Neurons and Neuronal Codes
  • Mathematical Modelling and Research Skills

Teaching and assessment

Lectures, seminars, tutorials, laboratory demonstrations, computer practicals and student-led group work.

Assessment is primarily by written assignments and coursework, although there are some written examinations and oral presentations. The research project is assessed by a thesis and presentation.

Course duration

1 year full-time


Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 in an appropriate scientific subject.

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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Any questions?

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

Helen Hickson
E: transneuro@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.