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PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma) Applied Neuropsychology

PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma) Applied Neuropsychology

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.

Different course options

Full time | Clifton Campus | 1 year | SEP-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



This unit comprises two components described as “Part A - Issues in Neuropsychology” and “Part B - Functional neuroanatomy and neuroscience methods”. Part A: Issues in Neuropsychology. Students will develop an understanding of the psychological and neuropsychological impact of living with a neurological disease or disability. The unit will help students understand the common themes of grief, adjustment, depression, anxiety, disability and coping as they pertain to specific neurological diseases and acquired brain injury. The unit will help students to understand abnormal reactions to illness and disability including malingering, factitious disorder, somatoform disorder and conversion disorder. Students will be encouraged to appreciate the wider systemic and psychosocial effects of neurological illness including the effects on an individual’s family, work life, social life and quality of life. Students will be helped to understand rehabilitation and psychological treatment options across different conditions and at different stages of chronic diseases. Throughout the unit, moral, ethical and legal aspects of clinical practice will be considered. Part B: Functional neuroanatomy and neuroscience methods. Part B has two central aims. First, it reviews the functional neuroanatomy of the human brain, and thus provides an absolute core set of knowledge for Neuropsychology. Second, the Unit gives a comprehensive review of the major techniques and methods employed to study the human brain (since these provide information about function at various levels in the brain). These techniques will allow students to appreciate the theoretical interpretation of both spatial and temporal aspects of cerebral activity. The unit will cover the entire brain and will not simply focus upon structures typically associated with higher-order cognitive function.

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.