Neuroscience, University of Sheffield

University of Sheffield the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
1 Years

Domestic course fees
GBP 13000 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 28500 per year

All study options

About Neuroscience at University of Sheffield

This 12-month course has been designed for students who are fascinated by the sensory neuroscience pathways that control our visual, olfactory and auditory systems and the implications of this in disease.

Built around our expertise that spans the breadth of sensory neuroscience, you'll undertake specialist practical training, alongside theoretical lecture modules to gain an in-depth understanding of the neurological pathways that control our senses. 

Our researchers are working to answer some of the biggest questions in sensory neuroscience, including how do our senses really work? What happens when they go wrong? And how can we treat diseases or conditions that affect them? In the School of Biosciences we're exploring therapies to repair damaged cochlea nerve fibres, visual information processing using drosophila and zebrafish model organisms, and potential treatments for chronic pain. Throughout your course you'll be taught a range of modern neuroscience techniques, including neuronal cell culture, model organism handling, RT-PCR and imaging of fixed samples using fluorescence microscopy, allowing you to contribute to this research and tackle these pressing questions. 

You'll cover molecular, cell and developmental biology of auditory and visual systems, and learn how to conduct your own advanced imaging and behavioural analysis, focusing on information processing from sensory transduction to the central nervous system and behaviour. You'll also have the chance to use model organisms to study gene function and development which are central for the creation of therapeutic treatments for hearing loss and blindness.

The biggest part of the course is the independent research project. You'll spend three months researching an area of sensory neuroscience that matches your future career aspirations. You'll be trained by our experts to use specialist equipment that you'll need to complete your project, with access to animal genetic models of disease as well as electrophysiology, regenerative medicine and computer simulation tools.

Example research projects include:

  • Assessing the integration of sensory inputs in the zebrafish brain with electrophysiology
  • Investigating diabetes-induced anatomical changes in dorsal root ganglia
  • Modelling pain, differentiation of a new neuronal cell line into a nociceptive phenotype for use in pain and pharmaceutical research
  • Assessing the integration of sensory inputs in the zebrafish brain with electrophysiology

The University is home to the Neuroscience Institute which brings together internationally-recognised expertise in medicine, science and engineering to improve the lives of patients and families affected by neurological, sensory and developmental disorders.


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

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 13000 per yearInternational course feesGBP 28500 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Fees for 2023 entry are not yet available. Please use these 2022 fees as a guide

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate honours degree in a biomedical-related subject.

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

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.

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