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PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma) Theoretical and Practical Clinical Neuropsychology

PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma) Theoretical and Practical Clinical Neuropsychology

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Full time | Clifton Campus | 1 year | SEP-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

This diploma is designed to support both the knowledge and practice competencies required for advanced professional training in adult clinical neuropsychology. This diploma is similar to our MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology, however it allows you to bring forward learning and case experience from your DClinPsy (for collaborating institutions, see the School of Psychological Science website) in order to streamline the postdoctoral training required to develop both knowledge and practice competencies.

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.

Alongside the knowledge competencies, this diploma supports your development of practical experience and competencies in clinical neuropsychology. Your clinical practice must be undertaken within your paid employment and you must secure appropriate supervision for your work when enrolled on the course. However, we offer additional support towards developing your case portfolio, discussion of case formats and patient cases, and help in managing supervisions. This support is provided by clinicians with experience of conducting QiCN portfolio vivas.


This programme is for those who wish to gain and demonstrate the UK’s highest level of competence in professional clinical neuropsychology. It is designed to provide both the knowledge and practice competencies required for entry on to the Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists (SRCN).


Students attend peer-delivered evidence based reviews of the literature linking theoretical issues to applications in neuropsychological practice and/or critically appraising an aspect of neuropsychological practice on the basis of recent evidence and/or delivering a case presentation which describes evidence-based assessment of a patient. Students are expected to engage in constructive debate of papers/cases which they observe being delivered by their peers and are also required to give an assessed presentation (30 minutes) and deal effectively with questions from assessors and those posed by peers. The core of the review will focus upon a specific published neuropsychological paper or published assessment technique or experience of a specific patient or review a clinical case report which focuses upon a single patient. Assessed presentations must also include a thorough critical analysis which draws additional theory and evidence from sources beyond the content of the focus article/patient case review. Papers for presentation will be selected by the programme team and the choice will be guided by requirements of the BPS syllabus for the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychological Knowledge Dimension syllabus. The aims are to assist in the development of (1) critical appraisal skills and appreciation of evidence-based practice within clinical neuropsychology, (2) the development of the capacity for continued self-directed professional development, (3) the development of academic and professional writing skills via examination of a range of peer-reviewed papers.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

You must possess a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) and also be registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. This degree is normally run in conjunction with prior agreements between University of Bristol and selected UK DClinPsy programmes (for the list of collaborating DClinPsy programmes please see the School of Psychological Sciences website). In order to meet BPS accreditation requirements, applicants must pass an entrance examination set by the University of Bristol and must also submit a 2,000-word essay (on a prescribed topic), which must also be passed. The pass mark for the examination and essay is 50 per cent. The combined mark determines whether a candidate has passed the entrance requirements, with the essay weighted 34 per cent and exam 66 per cent of the final mark. Applicants must be able to provide evidence of a minimum of six months practice experience primarily supervised by a recognised clinical neuropsychologist, and documentary evidence from this period (eg specific submitted case report).