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MSc Applied Neuropsychology

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

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

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 MSc is identical to the taught content we provide when training clinical psychologists pursuing entry to the Special Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists. The course therefore covers core content dictated by the British Psychological Society and delivers an authentic reflection of clinical practices 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 regular, structured tutorials with clinicians that allow you to discuss different aspects of clinical practice and gain insight into patient pathways and evidence-based formulation. The course 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).

You will have the opportunity to undertake independent research through your dissertation. There are some opportunities to conduct your research project with clinicians working in the NHS.


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

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


This unit comprises two components described as ?Part A - Assessment in Clinical Neuropsychology? and ?Part B - Applied Neuropsychology?. Part A aims to develop an advanced understanding of contemporary applied neuropsychological assessment. Students will develop an understanding of psychometric theory and how psychometric principles influence clinical decision making and the meaning of results derived from an assessment. Students will be introduced to contemporary test instruments, both cognitive and non-cognitive as well as non-standardised methods of assessment. Students will learn how to interpret and ?understand? the results of these assessments in relation to brain damage / disease. Students will develop a logical and systematic approach to interpretation of neuropsychological assessment results and will develop the ability to communicate these results. Students will develop the skill of effective report writing for different audiences. Throughout the unit, moral, ethical and legal aspects of clinical practice will be considered. Part B provides an opportunity to partake in lectures provided by active clinicians who work in an NHS Neuropsychology Department. The Unit will cover key aspects of neuropsychological practice including teaching on neuroanatomy, neuropathology, neuropsychological assessment and an introduction to rehabilitation. The unit will also provide students with a contemporary neuropsychological understanding of a range of conditions commonly encountered in clinical practice including traumatic brain injury, movement disorders, epilepsy, stroke and dementia. In addition, the unit will examine the manner in which Neuropsychologists can best interact with other professionals (e.g. medical and therapist colleagues as well as professionals outside of health, e.g. social services). While the unit has an applied component, lectures will also reinforce knowledge in functional neuroanatomy and theories of cerebral function.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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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.