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MSc Translational Neuropathology

University of Sheffield Medical School

Full time September MSc 1 year FT

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Course description

Lead academic: Dr Julie Simpson

This neuroscience course combines taught modules on the fundamental aspects of the major nervous system diseases, with the development of practical laboratory skills encompassing neuroscience, 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 neuroscience laboratory breakthroughs have been translated into clinical benefits.

The neuroscience 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 neuroscience research groups during the research

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Entry Requirements

Minimum 2:1 BSc in a relevant science. Intercalating medical students are welcome to apply.

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


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Monica Rebollar Guagnelli

I joined the Translational Neuropathology course at the University of Sheffield because of its focus on practical lab skills and neuropathology. I come from a cognitive neuroscience background therefore, this course allowed me to develop a wide range of laboratory techniques and learn from world renowned scientists. My favourite part of my MSc was the lab practicals, my lab based project and that all the supervisors involved in this MSc are friendly and approachable.

The lectures are very well rounded and teach you different approaches to investigate neurodegenerative disorders. I think the reason I enjoyed the lectures is that lecturers are eager to teach you about their research and methodologies, and are also happy to help with any questions you might have. I particularly enjoyed the neuroanatomy lectures.

As any other masters it is quite challenging and demanding because you are provided with a large amount of information and skills in a very short period of time. However, this masters was a great experience and provided me with the lab experience, knowledge and confidence necessary to pursue my current PhD and I am very happy I decided to do it.

Motaz Fadul

I found the Translational Neuropathology program when I decided to get into research - I was always fascinated at the human brain and what are the pathologies associated with it. This course allowed me to understand different aspects of the human brain. It is based on a mixture of highly integrated taught and research modules that covered the fundamentals of neuropathology, molecular neuroscience and research. I had the ability to widen my knowledge in critical analysis, presentation and scientific writing.

Another advantage was to have a great chance to learn and develop an array of transferrable technical laboratory skills to be a successful researcher, as the taught course was followed by a 6 months thesis project, which was ideal to ensure hands-on research experience. I really enjoyed the principles of pathology and histopathology module, which gives an insight into histological pathologies of the neurological diseases. Also, the staff at SITraN were incredibly supportive and that one of the reasons that boosted my interest in seeking a PhD program in the same department.

I highly recommend this program for anyone interested in neuropathology who want to obtain a greater understanding of the pathologies in the human brain. I’m very proud to be one of the first graduates of the course.


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