MSc in Clinical Neurology

Why study Clinical Neurology?

Tom JenkinsThis MSc in Clinical Neurology will enable the student to apply the fundamentals of neuroanatomy and physiology to better understand the clinical features of patients with neurological disease. An integrated approach links recent research advances to cutting edge management in the clinic, focussing on how insights from the laboratory are translated into benefits for patients. With an ageing population, neurological diseases represent an increasing economic burden to society and a cause of much suffering to patients and carers alike. 

Our MSc programme offers theoretical and practical training in clinical neurology and neuroscience research including practical experience in the dissection room to facilitate teaching of neuro-anatomy. During several themed modules, each focussing on a different patho-physiological branch of neurological disease, disease-centred lectures and small group tutorials provide the necessary theoretical knowledge into the current state of the art of diagnostics and therapeutics in neurology.

Who is the course for?

LectureThis MSc in Clinical Neurology is aimed at graduates with a 2:1 or higher degree in a biomedical or healthcare related subject who wish to develop their knowledge, expertise and research skills in clinical neuroscience. The MSc will benefit those wishing to develop a career within the expanding field of translational neuroscience. Additionally the MSc is aimed at medical graduates with a MBChB or equivalent qualification, who wish to develop a sub-specialty experience in a branch of neurology.

Entry Requirements

  • For “Route A” a 2:1 or higher BSc degree in a relevant biomedical science/healthcare related subject or MBChB degree or equivalent.
  • For “Route B” MBChB degree or equivalent and eligible for GMC registration.
  • English Fluency - IELTS of 7 (including 7 in listening) or equivalent.

Neuroscience in Sheffield

Sheffield is a leading national centre for neurology teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Neurology teaching is complemented by neurological disease research, with strengths in the fields of neurodegeneration, cerebrovascular disease, neuro-inflammation, epilepsy and functional neurology. The Sheffield Neuroscience Faculty has a strong track record of training undergraduates, postgraduates and research fellows. We have established a pathway of translational research from basic neuroscience through to phase 3 clinical trials in patients with neurological disease. We have excellent teaching facilities and resources, including cohorts of patients carefully characterised throughout the disease course, and a large collection of optimally prepared biosamples in multiple neurological disease areas. Sheffield has an excellent collaborative environment for interdisciplinary research between clinicians and basic scientists, together with researchers from health services research, public health (ScHARR and CLARHC), engineering, and bioinformatics. Interaction with the University of Sheffield’s newly formed Virtual Physiological Human Institute, provides a unique platform for the continuing application of computation modelling to all aspects of clinical neuroscience teaching and research.

Department of Neuroscience

SITraN at NightNeuroscience in Sheffield spans several faculties and departments, with academics and clinicians dedicated to teaching and research into the understanding and treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders. The Department of Neuroscience is also home to SCANlab, a dedicated neuroimaging laboratory that offers state-of-the-art computing facilities for the analysis of structural and functional MR imaging data. The Department provides an exciting and world-class research environment for MSc. Students. Students are taught in a multidisciplinary environment and supervised by highly interactive, trained research teams of basic and clinical scientists applying state of the art approaches in a variety of clinical patient based studies, disease models and patient cohorts. The course will be based at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), which was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in November 2010. The major areas of research interest are in neurodegenerative diseases (diseases of the motor system and dementia); psychiatric disorders (psychoses, including schizophrenia) and clinical neurology (epilepsy, stroke, ataxia, multiple sclerosis). We use disease models, patient material and neuroimaging to understand the molecular, cellular and genetic aspects of disease as well as undertaking new approaches for treatment discovery and development. The primary research strategy is to develop novel therapeutic approaches which can be translated into clinical applications for patients with neurological disorders.

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

The Sheffield Teaching Hospitals (STH) NHS Foundation Trust represents an excellent environment for clinical care and research (Dr Foster Trust of the Year in 2005, 2008 and 2011) and provides NHS services to a population of 2.2 million people in the region. There are 5 specialist adult hospitals in Sheffield and 1 dedicated Children’s Hospital. The STH Trust hosts the South Yorkshire Specialist Training Programme in Neurology within the Neuroscience Directorate. The Neuroscience Directorate was the flagship Academic Directorate (Academic Director - Professor Pamela Shaw) which has been established with the core aim of integrating clinical service and research to provide an optimal environment in which patients receiving clinical care can participate in translational research. Within the Neuroscience Directorate there are 39 consultant staff: 22 neurologists; 12 neurosurgeons and 5 neuro-physiologists and the Directorate operates many specialty neurological clinics on a weekly basis and is a recognised centre for delivering quality clinical teaching and research training.