Study opportunities

The University of Sheffield is one of the UK's top universities in terms of its teaching and research, as rated by The Times Good University Guide, the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, HEFCE Teaching Quality Assessments and the Virgin 2008 Alternative Guide to UK Universities. The Department of Neuroscience is able to offer students state of the art laboratories, 24/7 access to library and computing facilities, excellent accommodation, world class sporting facilities and easy access to the stunning countryside of the Peak District National Park. Three main types of graduate activities take place in the Department of Neuroscience and the Medical School.

Postgraduate taught courses

The Medical School at Sheffield offers a range of taught postgraduate courses, some of which will be of interest to clinicians, who wish to specialise in a given area of work, others will be of interest to postgraduates wishing to explore clinical sciences in greater depth, or start a career in medical research. Find out more about other masters courses in the Medical School.

MSc in Translational Neuropathology

The MSc Translational Neuropathology combines core teaching of the fundamental aspects of major neuropathological diseases, with significant emphasis on the development of practical laboratory skills encompassing histopathology, molecular pathology and microscopy. As such, the modules provide a thorough understanding of neuroanatomy, histopathology and molecular pathology underlying a range of neurological diseases, similar to those covered in Clinical Neurology. Students subsequently undertake a 20-week individual research project in one of our laboratories to provide first-hand experience and training in hypothesis-driven research.

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MSc in Clinical Neurology

Our 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. 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.

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MSc in Translational Neuroscience

The MSc Translational Neuroscience applies findings from fundamental laboratory research relating to brain structure and function to understanding the pathogenesis of disease and ultimately the development of new therapies. The course primarily focuses on neurodegenerative diseases, but also covers neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders. Our MSc programme provides theoretical and practical training into fundamental aspects of contemporary neuroscience encompassing molecular, cellular, anatomical and behavioural levels and draws on examples from cellular and animal models as well as patient-based studies. The MSc finishes with a 20 week laboratory based research project.

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MSc in Neuroscience and Neurodegeneration (via distance learning)

Our distance learning MSc course combines features from our three full time programmes, enabling 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.

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MSc in Genomic Medicine

The Genomic Medicine PGT Programme offers a flexible study approach, delivering PG Certificate, PG Diploma or Master’s level qualifications. This programme was set up in response to Health Education England’s (HEE) call for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to provide training to NHS professionals alongside the UK’s 100,000 Genome Project. As such, the curriculum is aligned with the NHS Genomic Education Programme. In Sheffield, the course brings together expertise and research strengths from across the Medical School, STH and SCH. The programme builds up from basic modules “Fundamentals in Genomics and Human Genetics” and “Omics Techniques”, through to application of genomics in “Genomics in Rare and Inherited Diseases” and “Molecular Pathology of Cancer” as well as more advanced modules such as “Bioinformatics”, “Advanced Bioinformatics” and “Pharmacogenomics”. The MSc programme culminates in a 15 week research project based in research groups across the Medical School and Hospitals, which can either be lab or bioinformatic based.

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Research degrees

MD research degrees

Graduates in Medicine who are interested in research may be eligible to apply for the research degree of MD.

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PhD research degrees

Graduates with, or who expect to receive either a first class, or upper second class degree, or who already have a Master's qualification in a suitable subject are eligible to apply on PhD programmes within the Medical School. These are degrees by research, and offer you the chance to make a unique contribution to your selected field of study.

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Undergraduate teaching

Undergraduate courses

We deliver high-quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching on the MBChB course and intercalated BMedSci degrees.

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Opportunities exist for medical students interested in studying a research area in neuroscience or psychiatry for 1 year leading to a BMedSci degree.

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Immunohistochemistry Courses

Immunohistochemistry relies on the principal that antibodies react with antigens in tissue sections and this reaction is then visualised. It is a technique that can be used in both research and diagnostic laboratories.

We offer three modules in this series of courses starting with the basic principles through to advanced multiple labelling techniques. Learn more about the Immunohistochemistry courses.