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    Clinical Neurology

    The Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

    Gain practical clinical exposure and apply the fundamentals of neuroanatomy and physiology to understanding the clinical features of patients with neurological diseases. You'll attend hospital outpatient clinics, undertake hands-on neuroanatomy dissection and experience cutting-edge clinical research.
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    Course description

    Lead academic: Dr Jon Wood and Dr Esther Hobson

    The understanding of the causes and treatments for neurological diseases has rapidly advanced due to translational research over the last decade.  You’ll learn how insights from the laboratory are translated, via clinical research, into benefits for patients and their carers. This includes practical experience in the neuroanatomy dissection room, attendance at NHS clinics, interaction with patients and clinicians, and exposure to qualitative and quantitative clinical research. You will develop presentation, lay communication, critical thinking, and ethical and clinical research skills. 

    The course contains several themed modules, each focussing on a different pathophysiological branch of neurological disease, where disease-centred lectures and small group tutorials provide theoretical knowledge into state-of-the-art diagnostics and therapeutics. You will examine diseases such as dementia, stroke, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis, exploring aspects such as anatomy, genetics, immunology and biopsychosocial models of therapy. You will learn from expert clinicians and scientists developing cutting-edge treatments such as gene therapy and stem-cell transplantation.

    In the final term, you will undertake a Clinical Research Project (Route A) or a Clinical Neurology Experiential Learning Module (Route B).

    Students taking Route A will choose from a range of clinical research projects based at SITraN or within the Royal Hallamshire Hospital. Students opting for Route B will attend hands-on NHS clinics and the inpatient neurology unit, experiencing clinical teaching from experts in their field who will emphasise recent advances in clinical practice. Currently, Route B provides sufficient experience to be recognised by the GMC as a clinical attachment.

    This course will especially benefit those wishing to develop a career within the expanding field of translational clinical neuroscience and has served as a stepping stone to a range of careers in healthcare, academia and industry for our graduates. The course will also benefit medical graduates with an MBChB or equivalent qualification, who wish to develop sub-speciality experience in neurology. 


    We accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies. Find out more on the Medical School website.

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    A selection of modules are available each year - some examples are below. There may be changes before you start your course. From May of the year of entry, formal programme regulations will be available in our Programme Regulations Finder.

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    The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.

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    1 year full-time


    The taught component of the MSc is delivered through lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical demonstrations and student-led group work.

    Each of the 30-credit modules is assessed using a formal examination (15 credits) and ongoing assessments during the module (15 credits), including essays, posters and oral presentations.


    The research project (Route A) is assessed from the written dissertation and research presentation examination.

    The CNELM (Route B) is assessed by means of a portfolio (30 credits) and a 6,000-word dissertation (30 credits) on an aspect of the sub-speciality chosen for the module.

    The portfolio will contain a reflective log, anonymised details of cases seen, and work-based assessments.

    Your career

    After successfully completing your course, graduates have had the opportunity to find work in a wide variety of areas and industries:

    • Medicine (if you are a MBChB Medicine graduate)
    • NHS Scientific Training Programme in Neurophysiology and Audiology
    • Clinical Trials Administrator or Coordinator within the NHS or health industry
    • Clinical Research Assistant
    • Clinical PhD research
    • Clinical Support worker within the NHS
    • Allied Healthcare Professional
    • Physician Associate postgraduate programmes
    • Various nursing roles

    Our graduates now work in many healthcare settings such as the Medical Research Network and residential care homes for a variety of ages, needs and backgrounds, as well as universities around the world, local councils and clinical research facilities.

    Entry requirements

    For Route A: You need at least a 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in a relevant science subject (eg neuroscience, psychology, biomedical science, medicine) or an MBChB degree. We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.

    For Route B: We require an MBChB degree, you will need to be an intercalating medic and you must be eligible for GMC registration.

    All students will require a DBS check and honorary contract with Sheffield Teaching Hospitals (arranged on arrival).

    We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

    Entry requirements for international students

    Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

    If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.


    You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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    Helen Hickson
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    Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

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