MSc in Neuroscience and Neurodegeneration

Neurodegenerative diseases increase in prevalence with age and are becoming ever more common with the ageing population. They result in a large number of years of disability, considerable burden on families and carers, and massive health and social care costs. This poblem is highlighted by the recent EU Joint Programme for Neurodegenerative Disease Research.  Despite recent advances in understanding the underlying pathophysiology of these conditions, no disease-modifying therapy has come into clinical practice for the most common conditions, with existing treatments addressing individual symptoms. However, recent advances with oligonucleotide-based therapy for spinal muscular atrophy, and antibody and stem cell-based therapies for multiple sclerosis, lend optimism for the future.

This course enables you to apply the fundamentals of neuroanatomy and neurobiology to better understand the clinical features of patients with neurodegenerative disease, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underpinning these devastating disorders, and learn how insights from the laboratory can be translated into benefits for patients. It is focused around areas of research strength in Sheffield, including motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
This course follows a programme level approach with a balanced portfolio of formative and summative assessments which place an emphasis on development of communication skills and application of knowledge to real world situations such as funding mechanisms.


3 years part-time, 100% distance learning
1 year (PGCert) and 2 year (PGDip) entry options are also available