Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Neuropsychology: World class training with clinical professionals via distance Learning

All countries today face healthcare challenges associated with brain injury and disease. Neurological syndromes, brain injuries, strokes, epilepsy and numerous forms of dementia continue to pose significant problems across the world. Moreover, with ageing populations many of these problems are becoming more prevalent. The need for highly trained clinical neuropsychologists could not be greater. 

The University of Bristol offers professionally accredited training to clinicians within the UK. We can offer the same levels of training that could help you to help address those challenges and advance your country’s expertise.

Study with the best

This e-learning programme gives you access to experienced clinicians from the NHS, the UK’s main healthcare provider, while allowing you to study from home and continue to build your professional career at the same time. It also avoids the costs of living within the UK.

By benefiting from course content that underpins neuropsychological training delivered to UK professional Clinical Psychologists, you will deepen your skills and practical insights, furthering your career options in treatment and/or rehabilitation. UK clinicians also take the exact same Diploma.

Ranked among the world’s most outstanding institutions in international league tables, Bristol is one of only two UK universities nationally approved to deliver professional accredited training in Adult Clinical Neuropsychology.  

Benefits of e-learning:

  • Significantly reduced studying costs
  • 80% of taught content delivered by National Health Service clinicians
  • Lectures broadcast live over the internet and viewable at any time
  • Online access to extensive catalogue of journals and e-books
  • Unlimited access to Bristol’s resources on Clinical Neuropsychology and study skills
  • Support and guidance from a personal tutor
  • Weekly online tutorials with experienced clinicians
  • Flexible delivery methods 

Application and entrance requirements

A strong undergraduate degree in psychology or related field (minimum 2.1 or recognised international equivalent).

We accept two intakes in each academic year, one in October and one in January.  Late applications can be considered only if there are places left.

Formal applications must be made using the online application system.

Scholarships - September 2017 entry only

We have ten £5,000 scholarships available to applicants who have oversees fee status.  Allocations will be based on academic merit and only available to those that have been made an offer and accepted their place by 30th June 2017. 

Key facts:

  • This Diploma is identical to the Diploma we provide to clinicians in the UK as part of their professional training. The quality of education is assured by the same rigorous reviews that are conducted for all our neuropsychology courses.
  • It meets the standards set by the UK government Quality Assurance Agency (QAA). 
  • You can start the Diploma in either September or January.
  • It takes one year to complete full time, two years part time.
  • Assessment is partly based on two essays, one clinical case report and two presentations, all via our interactive online system.
  • All taught content is via distance learning. However you will need to attend final exams in Bristol: twice if you take the Diploma over two years, or once if you take it in one year.
  • Dedicated teams are available to assist you with technical problems, using the online library and databases, financial enquiries, admissions questions, and visa issues.
  • You will also have access to the Bristol Students Union and our dedicated Student Counselling Service.

About you

This Diploma is aimed at non-UK students who are resident in their country and have obtained the equivalent of a UK 2.1 undergraduate degree in a subject closely connected to psychology, neuropsychology or neuroscience. It is open to recent graduates as well as qualified professionals already working in healthcare who require further training.  In either case, this programme provides an ideal gateway to gaining clinical training that is equivalent to a professional standard and can improve your career opportunities. 

About us

The School of Experimental Psychology has been providing professional training in Clinical Neuropsychology since 2010, when we also began providing distance learning to UK-based clinicians. We deliver our taught content under the terms of a formal Academic Partnership between Bristol University and North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT). Over 80% of the taught content is delivered by experienced NHS clinicians.


Our taught content meets the British Psychological Society Division of Neuropsychology requirements for training in Clinical Neuropsychology. These requirements are formally described as the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN) “knowledge dimension.”  The BPS does not formally accredit this degree because those taking the content have not also had formal accredited doctoral training in Clinical Psychology. However, the knowledge and skills delivered on the distance learning programme are identical to professional training within the UK and all references we write for our international students will emphasise this fact. They deliver knowledge and skills that would be invaluable to anyone wishing to pursue a career in Clinical Neuropsychology within their own country.

Additional support

If you wish to study Clinical Neuropsychology but do not have much experience working with patients, we offer additional weekly online tutorials with experienced clinicians who will help you gain a better understanding of clinical practice.  Additional talks and discussions will see you exploring patient cases covering diagnosis, assessment and treatment options for a range of disorders. 

Link to the prospectus

An excellent course that improved both knowledge base and clinical practice. Overall good value for money.

Past student

I really appreciate being able to complete the course at a distance and have found the lectures and tutorial recordings invaluable. I would not have been supported by work to complete the course if I couldn't do it in this way, so the distance learning has made it possible for me.

Past student

The Bristol diploma has made a significant contribution to my career progression and confidence as a practitioner. I valued the ability to access online material having finished the course - the lectures are usually my first port of call when I need to revise my knowledge of a particular topic or condition.

Past student

The course has given me invaluable knowledge and experience. I am very grateful to all of the lecturers for the teaching and support throughout the course.

Past student
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