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PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma) Clinical Neuropsychology

PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma) Clinical 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

Postgraduate Diploma

Subject areas

Neuroscience / Neurobiology Cognitive Psychology

Course type


Course Summary

Programme overview

This diploma is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Neuropsychology and delivers the adult knowledge component of the competency requirements for advanced training in clinical neuropsychology. This represents the first step in gaining eligibility to join the UK Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists (SPCN).

Since 2010, an academic partnership between the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust has delivered professionally accredited training in clinical neuropsychology. By partnering with a large and well-established clinical neuropsychology department within North Bristol NHS Trust, this course provides both clinical expertise and academic excellence. Around 80 per cent of the taught content is delivered by NHS clinicians, and you will learn about a range of neuropsychological disorders and pathologies as well as focusing on principles of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.


This degree provides professional training in clinical neuropsychology. It also provides continuing professional development to anyone already working in a clinical setting who is seeking specialist training to work with patients with neuropsychological defects.


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.

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Entry requirements

You must have a clinical doctorate in psychology (DClinPsy) and be registered as a clinical psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.