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    MSc
    2023 start September 

    Translational Neuropathology

    The Medical School, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

    Train to use tissue samples in neuroscience research, aimed at understanding the pathophysiology of nervous system diseases and how laboratory breakthroughs have been translated into clinical benefits. You'll carry out practical brain dissection and undertake extensive lab-based training.
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    Course description

    Lead academic: Dr Julie Simpson

    This course combines taught modules on the fundamental aspects of the major nervous system diseases, with the development of practical laboratory skills encompassing histopathology, molecular pathology and microscopy.

    You’ll be trained to use tissue samples in neuroscience research aimed at understanding the pathophysiology of nervous system diseases and you’ll discover how laboratory breakthroughs have been translated into clinical benefits.

    The course will be taught by scientists and consultant neuropathologists who are experts in their fields. You’ll get the opportunity to carry out neuroanatomy dissection and you’ll work with leading research groups during the research project.

    The practical application of laboratory techniques throughout the course will give you a contextual grounding in a research setting and are relevant to a career in academia, diagnostic laboratories or the biotechnology sector.

    You’ll study at the Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience (SITraN), within the Department of Neuroscience. SITraN is the first European Institute purpose-built for basic and clinical research into Motor Neuron Disease (MND) and related neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.

    Intercalation

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

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    Modules

    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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    Duration

    1 year full-time

    Teaching

    The taught component of the MSc is delivered through practical laboratory classes and demonstrations, lectures, seminars and tutorials.

    Assessment

    Assessment is primarily through written assignments and coursework, along with practical laboratory assessments, spotter exams, presentations and debates. The research project is assessed by a thesis and oral presentation.

    Your career

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

    • Clinical PhD research
    • Research Technician or Research Assistant
    • Medicine (if you are a MBChB Medicine graduate)
    • Medical Lab Assistants within the NHS
    • Sales specialist for Histology
    • Return to Veterinary practice

    Our graduates now work in many healthcare settings, as well as universities around the world, local councils and clinical research facilities.

    Entry requirements

    You'll need a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in a relevant science subject (eg neuroscience, psychology, biomedical science, medicine).

    We also accept medical students who wish to intercalate their studies.

    We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

    Entry requirements for international students

    Overall IELTS score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or equivalent.

    Pathway programme for international students

    If you're an international student who does not meet the entry requirements for this course, you have the opportunity to apply for a pre-masters programme in Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield International College. This course is designed to develop your English language and academic skills. Upon successful completion, you can progress to degree level study at the University of Sheffield.

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

    Apply

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

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    Contact

    Helen Hickson

    transpath@sheffield.ac.uk

    +44 114 222 2296

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

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    Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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