MSc Applied Neuropsychology


The taught content of the MSc is identical to the taught content we deliver when providing professional training to Clinical Psychologists pursuing entrance 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% of our course is delivered by clinicians practicing in UK hospitals and we teach a large range of clinical skills which will support those who wish to have a career working with patients or conducting patient research in Neuropsychology. Weekly tutorials (during term-time) with Clinical Neuropsychologists give students an opportunity to interact with professionals as they explore the pathway through which patients with brain injury or disease are referred, assessed and treated. In addition, the course provides teaching from allied medical professions in order to demonstrate the role that Neuropsychology plays within wider healthcare systems and multidisciplinary approaches to patient care. This practical insight is coupled with study of the techniques, tests and theory that inform clinical practice so that our students are able to question and evaluate evidence-based practice.

Research project 

You will have the opportunity to undertake independent research through the programme’s Dissertation. There are some opportunities to conduct your research project with clinicians working in the NHS. Recent projects have looked at a diverse range of subject areas, including the effect of odours on autobiographical memory, the regulation of emotion following brain injury and the relationship between social media and wellbeing.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in psychology or a closely related discipline (e.g. 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.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet Profile level C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Online lectures

Lectures should be attended in person but they are all recorded for you to replay at any point. 

Part-time study

This MSc can be taken full-time as a one year course or part-time over two years. The entry point for the programme is September.

Course structure, units and assessment

The MSc consists of six taught units (total of 120 credits) and a 60-credit Dissertation.  A brief overview to each unit and its assessment requirements can be found in the dropdown list below, but please visit our programme catalogue for full details of the unit content.


Please see our prospectus for the latest information regarding fees.


There are a number of scholarships that are available for postgraduate study at Bristol, and these include UK, EU and international students. More information about scholarships can be found on the University of Bristol's funding web page, and there is also information specific to each country. The Student Funding Office has further information about funding postgraduate study.

For UK students undertaking an MSc, there is a new scholarship award available from the Grundy Educational Trust. More information is available here: (For those wishing to start in Sept 2021, the deadline for application is 17/02/2021)



Full-time study is associated with four teaching weeks in one year and two 2-hour lectures per week during term-time. Two teaching weeks occur between September & the end of December and the other two teaching weeks occur between January and the end of April.

Online assessments occur twice a year in the January assessment period and the Summer assessment period. See the key dates of the University website for details.


Part-time study is associated with two teaching weeks in one year and one 2-hour lecture (available to watch online) per week during term-time. Each year, one teaching week will occur between September & the end of December and the other teaching week will occur between January and the end of April.

Online assessments occur twice a year in the January assessment period and the Summer assessment period. See the key dates of the University website for details.


This degree delivers core skills and knowledge related to the theory and practice of Clinical Neuropsychology. As such, it will support those with aspirations for further clinical training, such as Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology, or a career in clinical research. Our programmes also deliver training which will enhance your opportunities to gain employment within clinical environments – especially those with a focus on Clinical Neuropsychology and can also assist those wishing to obtain research assistant posts with a clinical focus.

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

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