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 Translational Neuroscience, you will need to follow this link to apply through our on-line system [http://www.sheffield.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 have a specific deadline, but all applications are processed before the end of August. As the course has a limited number of places, the applications process may be closed if a large number 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 a science background including undergraduate studies in Biology, Biomedical Science, Neuroscience, Psychology, Natural or Human Sciences and Medicine. We also welcome intercalating medical students after year 3. You must have achieved a minimum of a 2:1 degree from a recognised institution. If you are unsure whether you have a relevant degree, please contact us.
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 my be relevant and your application would still be considered. You may be invited to an interview so that you fully understand what our course entails and what is required of you.
What are the English Language requirements?
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 and you can check these by following this link: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate/info/englang.
[Please also note that our English requirements are higher than the minimum requirements set by the University of Sheffield due to the nature and depth of the course to be studied].
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 eg a manager at work, 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. We would also welcome information on your activities outside the area of work or study which may add to your application.
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 2017-18 are £8,500 for Home and EU students and £22,500 for Overseas students.
Are there any scholarships available for Masters 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:
Information on this scheme for 2017-18 is not yet available.
For International students:
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 have 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.
As we may be limited for numbers on the course by the number of research projects available to the students, the positions available will be offered on a competitive basis.
The 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.
What kind of offers are there?
Your offer will either be:
You meet all our entry requirements and have the offer of place with no conditions.
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.
This will be if you do not meet our entry requirements or have submitted a particularly weak application.
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. If you experience a significant delay, please get in touch.
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 2017-18 our course begins with Introductory Week activities during week commencing 18 September 2017. As these lectures and discussions are very important, we ask that all students make arrangements to be in Sheffield to attend these activities.
Can I study part-time?
This option is being looked into but we are unable to offer this option at present.
Can I study by Distance Learning?
This option is again being considered but is not available at the present 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. 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.
What happens after I have been made an offer?
Once you receive your offer, it is helpful to us if you 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 term dates for 2017/18 are:
18/09/2017 - 22/09/2017: Introductory Week
25/09/2017 - 15/12/2017: Autumn Term
15/01/2018 - 14/09/2018: Spring/Summer Term
How much holiday do students get?
You will have two weeks holiday over the Christmas Festive period and then a further ten days, to be taken during your research project in the Summer Term, in discussion with your Research Supervisor.
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 a range of scientific background including biomedical sciences, neuroscience, medicine, psychology, biology, mathematics and natural and human science. Our student group reflects a range of ages, genders and nationalities.
What careers do your graduates pursue?
Our students go on to do further postgraduate studies (PhD), to research and technical positions, medical training, clinical psychology posts and NHS Healthcare scientist posts.
Will I automatically progress to a PhD?
Funded PhD positions are highly competitive so unless privately funded, you would not automatically progress to PhD. However, you would be supported in applying for positions and receive relevant information of available PhD studentships during your masters year. Progress to PhD is usually dependent on achieving a Merit in your Masters. If you have private or Government funding to undertake PhD study, please discuss this with us as we have an Integrated PhD course for these situations.
How are the modules assessed?
Our taught modules are assessed in a variety of ways from 3,000 word written assignments, exams, debates, posters and oral presentations. Your research project will be assessed by a 12,000 word written dissertation and a research presentation.
Is there any background reading I should do?
Recommended Reading for the Course:
Introductory background reading:
Medical Genetics at a Glance, Pritchard & Korf, 2nd Edition
Crash Course Cell Biology & Genetics, Evans & Manson, 3rd Edition
Human Molecular Genetics, Strachan & Read, 4th Edition
Neuroscience, Purves, Augustine, Fitzpatrick et al, 4th Edition [Please note you will be given your own copy of this textbook during Intro Week so please do not buy it.
What types of research projects can I do?
Students are given a wide range of hypothesis-driven laboratory based research projects to consider, ranging from genetic and neuropathological investigations to mechanistic studies utilising cell and/or animal models of disease. Most projects are related to the major research interests in SITraN (motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia) but other projects are available in the department of Biomedical Science.
We would like to highlight that if you are interested in a research project in a laboratory situation, then either the Translational Neuroscience or Translational Neuropathology masters course is for you. However if it is clinical research that you prefer with access to patients, then the Clinical Neurology course is more for you.
What other similar courses might I consider at Sheffield?
The Department of Neuroscience offers four masters courses at present: The MSc in Translational Neuroscience, the MSc in Clinical Neurology the MSc in Translational Neuropatholgy and the MSc in Genomic Medicine.
Other courses you may consider include the MRes in Cognitive Neuroscience and Human Neuroimaging.
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.
Our next Open Day is Thursday 9 February 2017. 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 email@example.com to arrange a convenient time.
How can I get any further information?
If you would like to discuss the course further, please email our course email at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Course Administrator, Helen Hickson on email@example.com. Alternatively you can call her on +00 114 222 2296.