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MSc Translational Neuroscience

University of Sheffield Medical School

Full time September MSc 1 year FT

About the course

Course description

Lead academic: Dr Jonathan Wood

Translational neuroscience is focused on the molecular basis of neurodegeneration, and looks at how neuroscience laboratory research relating to brain structure and brain function informs the development of new therapies for diseases of the nervous system.

Combining the neuroscience research strengths from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health and the Faculty of Science, leading international basic and neuroscience clinical scientists will provide an innovative and progressive programme. You’ll study basic neurobiology and molecular biology through to neuroimaging and applied clinical practice.

The MSc will provide you with up-to-date knowledge of advances in the neuroscience field, research experience with internationally renowned

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Entry Requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 in an appropriate scientific subject.

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


Course Content

Where is University of Sheffield


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Student Profile(s)

Hannah Berntsson

After studying psychology for her undergraduate degree, Hannah wanted to focus on the pharmaceutical industry. She now works as a Research Administrator arranging clinical trials.

“I studied psychology for my undergraduate degree and loved all the neuroscience modules I was introduced to during that time, which is what led me to pursue a masters degree in neuroscience”, explains Hannah Berntsson, from Derby.

“I also wanted to learn more about clinical research and the pharmaceutical industry, so I was really attracted to the MSc Translational Neuroscience at Sheffield because of the translational aspect to it and the close links that the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) fosters with the hospital.”

"I loved learning about the different disease areas within neuroscience and hearing about the work being done to tackle them at SITraN. I also really enjoyed completing my own lab project."

"Having had no prior lab experience, it was a really exciting opportunity and it was very rewarding at the end of the project to think how much I learnt during that time.”

Hannah’s masters degree has undoubtedly helped her move into a rewarding career. “I am now working as a Research Administrator for the Neuroscience Directorate at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, assisting in the set-up of clinical trials. The course gave me an understanding of the disease areas within neuroscience and insight into clinical research, knowledge of which really helped me secure my new role.”

“The tutors on my course were happy to give career advice and pointed me in the direction of the research office in the hospital where I was lucky enough to gain valuable work experience, which led on to my current position. I plan to gain as much experience in clinical research as I can, in order to eventually progress into clinical trial management.”

Alejandro Lorente Pons

Alejandro discovered a passion for teaching while studying for his masters.

Alejandro Lorente Pons, from Seville, Spain, studied a masters degree in Translational Neuroscience here in Sheffield, before going on to complete a PhD with us also. He is now a Teaching Associate at the University of Bristol.

“When I was younger, I wanted to dedicate my life to doing research in neurological disorders from the molecular point of view, and that’s why I studied biochemistry and then the MSc in Translational Neuroscience”, he explains. “I hadn’t been able to find an MSc in neuroscience that was so well-focused on the translation between basic science and clinical advancements. The MSc in Translational Neuroscience at Sheffield seemed the most adequate for what I wanted to study.”

“I am now a Teaching Associate at the University of Bristol’s School of Biochemistry. I lead the demonstrations for biochemistry year 1 practicals, facilitate case-based learning sessions for medical students, design and produce online teaching content, and engage with other forms of teaching.”

Alejandro plans to use his academic qualifications to pursue a career in teaching at universities. “I intend to follow an academic teaching pathway in higher education in the fields of biochemistry and neuroscience. I did enjoy research, but it is teaching that I am the most passionate about. I am currently seeking offers for teaching-focused lectureships.”

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