Taught course

Clinical Neurology

Institution
University of Sheffield · Faculty of Medicine
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

For Route A you’ll need a 2:1 BSc degree in a biomedical science/health care subject or an MBChB degree. Medical students can intercalate after completion of three years of their medical degree.

For Route B you’ll need an MBChB degree, 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).

Months of entry

September

Course content

About the course

This course, offering practical clinical exposure, enables you to apply the fundamentals of neuroanatomy and physiology to better understand the clinical features of patients with neurological disease and learn how insights from the laboratory are translated into benefits for patients.

In small group teaching sessions and clinics, you’ll have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge to patients with neurological disease. In the final term you may take a research option (Route A) or a Clinical Neurology Experiential Learning Module (Route B).

Students opting for 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 additional specialist clinics with patient-centred teaching from experts in the field who will emphasise recent advances in clinical practice.

Core modules

During the autumn and spring terms, you’ll take four taught modules worth 30 credits each:

  • Applied Neuroanatomy and Clinical Neuroscience
  • Cerebrovascular Disease and Disorders of Consciousness
  • Neuroinflammation (CNS) and diseases of the PNS
  • Neurodegeneration

Complementing the taught modules is a comprehensive programme of clinical demonstrations, integrated learning activities, themed clinics and neuro-anatomy dissection (autumn term) where students will be able to apply the taught theory and further substantiate their understanding of the topic area being studied.

Examples of optional modules

Either a research project (Route A) or a Clinical Neurology Experiential Learning Module (CNELM) (Route B) worth 60 credits is completed in the summer term.

Teaching and assessment

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 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.

Information for international students

Overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, 6.0 in writing, 7.0 in listening and 6.0 in speaking, or equivalent.

Qualification and course duration

MSc

full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Helen Hickson
Email
clinneuro@sheffield.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)114 222 2296