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PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma) Applied Neuropsychology (Bristol-based)

PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma) Applied Neuropsychology (Bristol-based)

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Full time | Clifton Campus | 1 year | JAN-21

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Neuroscience / Neurobiology Cognitive Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

Programme overview

Since 2010, an academic partnership between the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust has delivered educational courses and professionally accredited training in clinical neuropsychology.

The taught content of the diploma is identical to the taught content we provide when training clinical psychologists pursuing entry to the Special Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists (SRCN). The course therefore covers core content dictated by the British Psychological Society and delivers an authentic reflection of clinical practice and issues. You will learn about a range of neuropsychological disorders and pathologies as well as focusing on principles of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.

Around 80 per cent of our taught content is delivered by clinicians from the National Health Service, and you will also receive tutorials that allow you to discuss different aspects of course content. The programme will deepen your knowledge and experience of clinical neuropsychology and help prepare you for professional positions (eg assistant psychologist) or further clinical training (eg Doctorate in Clinical Psychology).


This degree delivers core skills and knowledge related to the theory and practice of clinical neuropsychology. As such, it will support those with aspirations for further clinical training, such as clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology, or a career in clinical research. Our programmes deliver training that will enhance your opportunities to gain employment within clinical environments – especially those with a focus on clinical neuropsychology. They can assist students who are working towards a research assistant post with a clinical focus.

This programme also provides continuing professional development to anyone who is already working in a clinical setting and is seeking specialist training to work with patients who have neuropsychological deficits.


This unit requires students to give presentations of a specific clinical case indicating symptoms/reasons for referral, assessment of accompanying medical reports, details of neuropsychological tests administered (and why), implications of the test results, inferences and formulations concerning the patient presentation (including differential diagnosis where relevant), consideration of other factors relevant to patient (e.g. socio-economic, family problems, existence of parallel conditions or pre-conditions), suggestions for therapeutic interventions (and their assessment when tried), details of long term follow up, recommendations for treatment and assessment of treatment regimes. These presentations are to be performed in a manner which is similar to the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN) formal viva which is part of the process whereby our students on the Clinical programmes achieve final (accredited) practice rights and status as a full practitioner member of the British Psychological Society Division of Neuropsychology. Case presentations are presented in front of peers over a number of sessions and attendance is required throughout. Students are also required to submit a 3000-word case review which is written in a format that is consistent with Division of Neuropsychology clinical practice portfolio viva requirements.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in psychology or a closely related discipline (eg neuroscience or clinical psychology). Previous professional experience or qualifications can also be put forward for consideration as equivalent to the academic entry requirements given above. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we welcome enquiries about the suitability of any particular degree prior to full application.