Frequently Asked Questions
When can I apply?
You can apply at any time and select the academic year in which you wish to start.
How do I apply?
To apply for the MSc Clinical Neurology, please follow this link to apply through our on-line system [http://www.shef.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught/apply/applying]. Please follow the instructions on this system and upload your information as requested.
Is there a deadline for applying?
We do not currently have a specific deadline, but as the course has a limited number of places, the application process may be closed if large numbers of applications are received. This would be notified on our website.
If you are applying from overseas, you will need to allow yourself sufficient time to receive your CAS number and secure your Tier 4 student visa.
Is there more than one intake a year?
We only have one intake per year and you will need to ensure that you can arrive in the UK in time for Introductory Week lectures. For 2017-18, this will be w/c 18 September 2017.
What are the Entry Requirements?
We welcome students from either a science, biomedical or healthcare related background who have achieved a minimum of a 2:1 degree from a recognised institution or qualified doctors who have completed an MBBS/MBChB degree from a recognised university.
Our students have come from backgrounds as diverse as Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, Psychology, Nursing, Speech and Language Therapy, Human Sciences, Biology and Neuroscience.
Please note that an element of genetics is covered in the course so if you have not studied basic genetics at undergraduate level, you will need to attend additional lectures and do background reading on this.
Can I still apply if I do not have a relevant degree?
Yes you can still apply as you may have work and additional training experience that will be relevant and your case would be considered. You may be invited to an interview so that you fully understand what our course entails.
What are the English Language Requirements?
Proficiency in English is an essential requirement. We ask for IELTS 7.0 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing and speaking and a 7.0 in listening. We do recognise and accept other proofs of English, however these have been amended in view of Home Office regulations. Please check your qualifications by following this link: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/info/englang
Please note that there have been changed with the TOEFL qualifications, and these are no longer accepted by the University of Sheffield as proof of English.
Do both of my references need to be academic?
We would prefer both references to be academic, however if this is not possible, we would accept alternative references for example, line managers for applicants currently in non-academic posts, if these were relevant to the course.
What happens if I graduated a long time ago and I cannot provide an academic reference?
In this situation, we would ask for two references from recent work situations who could judge your suitability for postgraduate study.
What should my referee comment on?
Your referee should be able to comment on your personality and background, your work ethic and your approach to study, ideally being able to indicate how you have been involved in relevant study or experience to the course.
What is a personal statement?
This is an important part of your application and should outline essentially why you want to study our Masters course. We would want to hear how your previous studies and experience would support your interest and application and how you feel studying our course would fit into your future potential plans.
How long should my Personal Statement be?
A good personal statement should be up to a maximum of one page of A4 or 500 words.
What are the tuition fees?
The fees for 207-18are £10,000 for Home and EU students and £22,250 for Overseas students.
Are there any scholarships available for Masters students?
For Home/EU students:
The Sheffield Graduate Alumni Award: Reductions of 10% on tuition fees are available for students who have completed their undergraduate degree in Sheffield. These are automatically deducted off your course fees.
Postgraduate Support Scheme scholarships of up to £10,000 for Home and EU students starting their studies in September 2015. For more information and to apply, go to: www.sheffield.ac.uk/pss.
For International students:
Shared Commonwealth Scholarships: Full details can be found at: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/money/commonwealth
Country Specific bursaries: Information on potential additional funding related to your individual country can be found at the following link: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/countries
Additional Scholarship Information: Further information can be found at the following link: http://www.shef.ac.uk/ssid/finance/international
What happens to my application once I’ve submitted it?
Your application will firstly be reviewed by the Course Admissions Tutor and Administrator to ensure that you fulfil the criteria required by the course, in competition with the other applicants. We may interview candidates if we wish to ask the applicant further questions.
Their decision will then be forwarded to the University Central Admissions Team for processing and they will send your offer or refusal letter to you by email.
***Please note that if you are applying as an intercalating medical student, there may be a short delay in processing your application while we ensure that all regulations are met and that our course will allow you to fit back into your medical degree at the correct time.
What kinds of offers are there?
Your offer will either be:
Unconditional: You meet all our entry requirements and have the offer of place with no conditions.
Conditional: You have the offer of a place but need to send proof of certain outstanding issues. This is common where you have not completed your undergraduate degree or where references or English Language qualifications need to be uploaded. Once the specified conditions are met, you will be upgraded to an unconditional offer and sent an updated offer letter. Please note that Sheffield graduates will have their offers automatically upgraded once the final degree results are published in Summer.
Reject: This outcome will result if you do not meet our entry requirements, or if the application is insufficiently competitive, compared with others for limited course places.
Why has no decision been made on my application yet?
There is usually a short delay between receiving your online application, processing it in the department and then the final offer letter being forwarded to you. At times, we may contact you regarding elements of your application and this would delay the decision.
What is a CAS number?
A CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies) is a virtual number and replaced Visa Letters in acting as support for a student to come to the UK to study or, in the case of visa extensions, to continue their studies in the UK. Students will not be able to apply for a visa or visa extension without a CAS number.
When and how do I get my CAS Number?
Once you have been offered an unconditional place on our Masters course, you will be contacted directly by the University regarding your CAS number and how to apply for this. There is a deposit of £1,000 before your CAS number is issued and this will deducted from your tuition fees. Further information can be found at http://ask.sheffield.ac.uk/help/current/cas_no
How do I apply for my Tier 4 Student visa?
You will be sent information directly from our Points Based System team, however there is further information available at the following link:
What if I change my mind about coming to Sheffield?
You are under no obligation to start your masters course, even if you have accepted an unconditional offer.
If you do change your mind, we would ask you to email our administrator Helen Hickson (email@example.com) so that we are aware that you will not be arriving.
Please note that international students who have paid their deposit and have already received their CAS number, will not be refunded their deposit.
When does the course start?
For 2015-16, our Introductory Week activities are planned to start during week commencing 21 September 2015.
As these lectures and discussions are very important, we ask that all students make arrangements to be in Sheffield to attend these activities.
How many teaching hours a week can I expect?
You can expect between five and ten hours face to face teaching time, delivered through lectures, tutorials and integrated learning activities.
Furthermore, you will have a 'clinical' experience each week, lasting from 1.5 to 4 hours in length. This will be on a rota basis so that you are able to attend a range of relevant clinical situations.
Can I study part-time?
For practical reasons, we are unable to offer this option at present.
Can I study by distance learning?
This option is not available at the current time.
I am going to take an English test later in the year, can I still apply now?
Yes you can apply before you have your English test result. However, please note that your offer would be conditional on receipt of our required English standards and your offer would only be converted to unconditional if we receive proof that you have met our English language requirements.
I am studying at the English Language Teaching Centre in Summer, am I still eligible?
Yes you can apply but it is important to note that if you do not achieve our required English Language levels, we will not accept you onto the course, regardless of whether you are already in the UK.
Again please check the levels we ask for at www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/info/englang
What happens after I have been made an offer?
Once you receive your offer, it is helpful to us and courteous to other applicants if you only accept your offer if you are fairly certain that you are coming to study our masters course. Please be aware that you cannot accept more than one unconditional offer at the University of Sheffield.
If you have outstanding documents, please continue to upload these onto your online application as they become available and as soon as all the requested information is received, you will receive an unconditional offer.
Once your application rolls over to registration status in early September, we would contact you to invite you to the Introductory Week activities.
How long is the course and what are the term dates?
The course is a full-time 12 month course. The term dates for 2015-16 are:
21/09/15 – 25/09/15: Introductory Week
28/09/15 – 18/12/15: Autumn Term
05/01/16 – 18/09/16: Spring/Summer Term
*These dates may be amended
How much holiday do students get?
You will have two week vacation over the Christmas Festive period and a second two week vacation over the Easter period.
If I cannot take up my offer of a place this year, can I defer it to next year?
We are happy to defer offers for one year. We would ask you to reapply for the course if you were unable to take up your place in the second year.
Is there an application fee?
There is a non-refundable deposit of £1,000 for international students to secure your CAS number.
What kind of students apply?
We have a wide cross section of students coming from backgrounds including medicine, psychology, biomedical sciences, human and natural sciences, nursing, speech and language therapy, biology, neurophysiology. We welcome a range of ages and nationalities to our course.
What careers do your graduates pursue?
Our students continue onto further postgraduate studies (PhD), clinical or healthcare related research or technical positions, clinical psychology or NHS Healthcare Scientist training posts, medical training or working within the Pharmaceutical industry. Those with previous medical training, either return to their home countries or UK practices to work within a chosen specialty or complete PLAB examinations to begin specialty training in the UK.
Will this course qualify me as a Neurologist?
No, this course is not a vocational course. Our masters course will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the specialty of Neurology. However, to become a consultant Neurologist in the UK requires medical training, followed by specialty training within a postgraduate deanery.
Will this course help me get into Medical School?
A lot of our students do go on to graduate medicine and have found the clinical aspect of our course helpful in informing their decision as to their futures. Completion of our masters course will not guarantee a place at Medical School but it will give you knowledge and practical experience to support your application and help you decide if medicine is the career path for you.
How are the modules assessed?
Our taught modules are assessed in a variety of ways from 3,000 word written assignments, written, spoken and practical exams, short literature reviews, poster and PowerPoint presentations. Your research project will be assessed by a 10,000 word written dissertation and a research presentation. Those students taking the CNELM (route B) option will be assessed through a clinical Portfolio and a 6,000 word assignment.
Is there any background reading I should do?
This course emphasises cutting edge research in neuroscience and its effect on the modern practice of clinical neurology. As this is a rapidly changing field, in general we tend not to recommend investing in textbooks, but instead keeping up with the field by reading important journals. Further advice will be given by Module Leaders for specific modules.
If you are intending to join our course, recommended journals include: Practical Neurology, Brain, Annals of Neurology, Lancet Neurology and Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.
For those interested in consolidating background knowledge, good textbooks include: Greene J and Bone I (2007)
‘Understanding Neurology- a problem orientated approach’, Manson Publishing and Patten, John. ‘Neurological Differential diagnosis’. 2nd Ed. Springer.
A full reading list will be sent to you prior to your starting our Masters.
What types of research projects and CNELM placements can I do?
Students are given a wide range of clinical research projects to consider. Some have direct patient contact through interventions or questionnaire studies while others are service or systematic reviews using previously collected data sets. Students attend clinics relevant to their area of research regardless of the type of project . You will also undertake the NIHR Good Clinical Practice course which is a UK recognised qualification necessary prior to participating in any research within the NHS.
We would like to highlight that if you are interested in a laboratory-based research project, we would encourage you to consider the Translational Neuroscience masters course. However, if it is clinical research that you prefer with access to patients, then the Clinical Neurology course will be more for you. We have a limited range of projects available across both courses. Projects are allocated by the course team and although we aim to provide students with their choice of project, this cannot be guaranteed and allocations depend on the subjects you have studied previously and popularity of each project.
If you a qualified medic and can therefore take Route B, we have a limited number of clinical placements in Stroke, Epilepsy, Movement Disorders, Acute and Neurodegeneration. These places are limited and will be allocated competitively depending on demand.
Can I talk to people who are on the course at present?
We do have student representatives who would be able to correspond with you by email and we normally have previous students available during Open Days to give you a student’s perspective.
Do you have Open Days or can I visit?
Please check our website for details of the Postgraduate Open Days. If you are closer to Sheffield and would like to arrange a visit, please contact our Course Administrator Helen Hickson on 0114 222 2296 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a convenient time.
Do I need to be GMC registered?
You do not need to be registered with the General Medical Council to enrol on our Masters course. We do confirm that the institution where you gained your medical degree is recognised by the GMC.
Do I need a DBS check before I start?
The Disclosure & Barring Service check recently replaced the older Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check and you do not need to have applied for this before you begin the course. We will guide you through the necessary applications required to secure a DBS check and an Honorary Contract with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. All costs for this will be covered by the course.
I already have a DBS check for another institution, can I use that one?
No, DBS checks cannot be transferred between institutions.
How can I get any further information?
If you would like to discuss the course further, please email our course email at email@example.com or our Course Administrator, Helen Hickson on firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can call her on +00 114 222 2296.