Taught course

Neuroscience and Neurodegeneration

University of Sheffield · Faculty of Health

Entry requirements

You'll need at least a 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in a relevant science, engineering or medical subject.

A 2:2 degree may be acceptable depending on an interview and assessment of your previous experience in areas related to the course.

We also consider a wide range of international qualifications:

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

Months of entry


Course content

Lead academic: Dr Jon Wood

This part-time, online course enables you to fit your studies around your other commitments, while you develop a comprehensive understanding of neuroscience and neurodegenerative disease. It covers the fundamental biology of the human nervous system, the mechanisms behind a range of illnesses, and the treatments that patients receive.

You will start with neuroanatomy, and study the human brain and spinal cord in detail. You will then learn about motor neurone disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and multiple sclerosis – how they occur, how they affect patients, and how they are studied by researchers. As you progress, you will focus more on the complex molecular and cellular mechanisms behind neurodegeneration, and how discoveries in the laboratory are translated into treatments.

In your final year, there is a choice of modules that focus on neuroscience research. You can learn about research practices on our Professional and Research Skills module, and conduct a literature review by examining the published research on a neuroscience topic. Alternatively, you can complete your own research project by, for example, analysing data or evaluating a clinical intervention.

Information for international students

English language requirements

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

For more information about entry requirements for international students, please visit https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/international/applying/postgraduate-taught

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Helen Hickson
+44 114 222 2296