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MSc in Translational Neuroscience 

Why study Translational Neuroscience?

Translational Neuroscience applies findings from fundamental laboratory research relating to brain structure and function to development of new therapies for neurodegenerative, neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental diseases. These diseases are a huge economic burden to society and a cause of much suffering to patients and carers alike.

Translational neuroscience is a new and rapidly advancing area of biomedical research with massive therapeutic and commercial potential.

Our MSc programme will offer theoretical and practical training into fundamental aspects of contemporary neuroscience encompassing molecular, cellular, anatomical and behavioural levels and draws on examples from model organism and patient-based studies.

This is a full-time one-year Masters (MSc) programme.  For 2018-19, the course year will be 19/09/18 to 13/09/19.

Translational Neuroscience in Sheffield

The course combines the research strengths across the Departments of Neuroscience and Biomedical Science to provide a progressive programme of fundamental neurobiology through to applied clinical practise. The cross faculty nature of the course enables us to offer excellent research and teaching facilities in multiple areas of contemporary neuroscience.

Sheffield has become a leading centre for Translational Neuroscience after the opening of the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) by Her Majesty the Queen on 18 November 2010.

Course structure

Students on our MSc programme study a range of modules that provide detailed theory and specific practical skills in translational neuroscience. Students undertake a 20-week individual research project in one of our laboratories to provide first-hand experience and training in hypothesis-driven research.


The research project and associated literature review, seminar programmes and taught modules provide a range of subject specific and transferable skills pertinent to a research career in academia or in industry. The course provides excellent background for undertaking a PhD.

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