MSc Clinical Neurology course structure information
This is a 12 month, full-time course consisting of four taught module components worth 30 credits each undertaken during the autumn and spring terms.
Additionally, 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.
- Applied Neuroanatomy & Clinical Neuroscience - 30 Credits (Autumn Term)
Clinical neurology is underpinned by knowledge of the neuroanatomy of the central and peripheral nervous system. In order to diagnose, investigate and provide appropriate treatment we must first localize the lesion. In order to do this, a thorough knowledge of basic neuroanatomy is essential. This module will provide neuroanatomy video sessions followed by laboratory dissection of the human brain and spinal cord by students. The dissection course is complimented by a lecture series on functional neuroanatomy and functional neuroscience. This lecture course covers the basic anatomy and physiology that underpins our understanding of neurological disease.
- Cerebrovascular Disease and Disorders of Consciousness - 30 Credits (Autumn Term)
Cerebrovascular disease is a common cause of death and disability. In recent years, great progress has been made in both prevention and acute management of cerebrovascular disease. Epilepsy is a common cause of morbidity in individuals of all ages. Correctly characterising the disorder can be difficult as can identifying the most appropriate treatment. This module provides practical exposure to expert specialist clinics in conditions such as TIA, stroke and epilepsy, in combination with lectures covering key aspects of these disorders and recent research insights. The aim is to facilitate the students’ understanding of how laboratory breakthroughs have been translated into clinical benefits for patients in the modern treatment of these conditions.
- Neuroinflammation (CNS) and diseases of the PNS - 30 Credits (Spring Term)
Inflammatory diseases of the nervous system commonly affect young people. In recent years, great progress has been made in elucidating the pathological mechanisms underlying neuroinflammation, which has led to new treatments and a better understanding of links with the neurodegenerative processes discussed in other modules. This module provides practical exposure to expert specialist clinics in conditions such as multiple sclerosis, autoimmune ataxia, muscle disease and peripheral neuropathy, in combination with lectures summarising recent research insights. The module will also facilitate the students’ understanding of how laboratory breakthroughs have been translated into clinical benefits for patients in the modern treatment of neuroinflammatory disease.
- Neurodegeneration - 30 Credits (Spring Term)
Neurodegenerative diseases increase in prevalence with age and as such are increasing rapidly with the ageing population. They result in a large number of years of disability and resulting burden on families, carers, health and social care costs. Despite recent advances in understanding the underlying pathophysiology of these conditions, no disease modifying therapy has recently come into clinical practice. This module provides practical exposure to expert specialist clinics including those for motor neuron disease (MND), Parkinson’s disease (PD), dementia and Huntington’s disease. The student will have clinical tutorials and lectures on the pathophysiology underlying the selective neuronal loss in these conditions.
- Other MSc Programmed Activities during the Autumn and Spring Terms
Complementing the taught modules is a comprehensive programme of clinical demonstrations, integrated learning activities, themed clinics and neuro-anatomy dissection (Spring Term) where students will be able to apply the taught theory and further substantiate their understanding of the topic area being studied.
Students will study the NIHR Good Clinical Practice course, delivered by NHS colleagues.
In the third semester students on Route A of the MSc in Clinical Neurology select a 60 credit clinical research project which can be:
- Without patient contact, ranging from systematic reviews to analysis of existing data sets.
- With patient contact, ranging from face to face interviews to participating in new interventions
A limited number of laboratory-based projects may be available, based at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN); a state-of-the-art translational neuroscience facility opened by Her Majesty the Queen in November 2010.
The research project is assessed from the written dissertation and research presentation.
Students will complete the externally recognised and accredited 'Good Clinical Practice' course as part of the preparation for their research project.
In the third semester students on Route B of the MSc in Clinical Neurology take the sixty credit Clinical Neurology Experiential Learning Module (CNELM). Please note due to the limited places on this option, entry to this will be competitive.
Candidate undertaking the Clinical Neurology Experiential Learning Module [CNELM] are required to have an MBChB or equivalent degree and to be eligible for registration with the GMC and to have completed a CRB check. Students will attend additional specialist clinics with patient-centred teaching from experts in the field who will emphasise recent advances in clinical practice.
The CNELM is assessed by means of a portfolio (30 credits) and a 6000 word dissertation (30 credits) on an aspect of the sub-specialty chosen for the module. The portfolio will contain a reflective log, anonymised details of cases seen and work based assessments. Students will be expected to have covered a core sub-specialty spread of cases.
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Information last updated: 15 June 2022
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