Clinical Neuropsychology

Programme overview

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

The MSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Neuropsychology and delivers teaching and support that provides both the adult knowledge and practice competencies required for entry on to the Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists (SRCN).

Knowledge competencies are delivered through teaching and around 80 per cent of this taught content is delivered by practising clinicians. You will learn about a range of neuropsychological disorders and pathologies as well as focusing on principles of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.

Alongside taught content relating to the adult knowledge competencies, this MSc also provides support for you to develop your practical experience and competencies in clinical neuropsychology. In order to acquire relevant clinical experience, it is your responsibility to secure paid employment within a neuropsychology service during your enrolment on the MSc. It is also your responsibility to secure supervision for your work when enrolled on the course. However, we provide additional oversight and support towards developing your case portfolio and ensuring your clinical experience demonstrates the required competencies for entry to the SRCN. This support includes feedback on two written case reports and a practice viva experience. It is provided by clinicians with experience of conducting portfolio vivas for the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN).

Please see the Neuropsychology programme webpage for more information.

Fees for 2021/22

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:

UK: full-time £12,200
UK: part-time (two years) £6,100
Overseas (including EU): full-time £20.800
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time £14,740

Programme structure

The MSc consists of six units (120 credits) and a 60-credit Clinical Practice Dissertation that delivers the equivalent to the QiCN portfolio requirements.

For the taught content, four of the six units are taught via lectures (total of 100 credits). A further unit (ten credits) focuses on a clinical case report; you will select one of your own cases in order to submit an assessed case report (3,000 words) and deliver a presentation. In the sixth unit (ten credits), you will explore important peer-reviewed papers and engage in critical discussion. Each critical discussion will be preceded by a candidate presentation which provides a critical summary of a particular paper.

All lectures for the taught units are streamed live on the internet and recorded for you to replay at any point. You are required to attend Bristol for examinations and for four week-long periods of teaching, spread through the duration of the course. You will attend for two weeks’ teaching each year if you are studying part-time. Otherwise, weekly lectures are delivered online, meaning you can take the course from home or work.

Please visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content.


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