MSc Clinical Neuropsychology

Overview

The MSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Neuropsychology and delivers teaching and support that provides both the 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% of this taught content is delivered by clinicians practicing in the NHS. 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 as you develop your practical experience and competencies in Clinical Neuropsychology. In order to accrue 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 discussion of case formats and patient cases, and help in managing supervisions. This support is provided by clinicians with experience of conducting portfolio vivas for the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN).

Entry requirements

The MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology requires you to have a UK Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (or international equivalent recognised by the BPS) and registration as a clinical psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council.

Online lectures & tutorials

All lectures are streamed live on the internet and recorded for you to replay at any point. Candidates are required to attend Bristol for four one-week teaching weeks (Monday-Thursday) that are spread across the duration of the course (two weeks a year if taken part-time). Otherwise, weekly lectures are delivered online and candidates can take the course from home (or work). Lectures during teaching weeks are recorded and made available to replay, but candidates are expected to attend in person. Exams are also taken at the University of Bristol with exam periods occurring twice a year in the January assessment period and the Summer assessment period. See the key dates of the University website for details.

All tutorials related to the practice dimension are delivered over the internet. Candidates are required to attend Bristol for induction, otherwise this element of the course can be taken from home (or work). 

Part-time study

This MSc can be taken full-time as a one year course but is best taken part-time over 2 years depending on the intensity of your post-qualification neuropsychology practice. Further extensions may be applied for if the candidate requires greater time to complete the course. Please note that there is currently one entry point for the programme each year: September.

Course structure, units and assessment

This MSc consists of six taught units (total of 120 credits) plus a 60-credit Clinical Practice 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.

Fees

Please see our prospectus for the latest information regarding fees.

Scholarships

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.

Workload

Full-time

For the taught knowledge component, full-time study is associated with four teaching weeks in one year and two 2-hour lectures (available to watch online) 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.

Part-time

For the taught knowledge component, 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.

Backdating prior practice experience

To demonstrate practical competency, you need to provide evidence of two years of supervised clinical practice relevant to Clinical Neuropsychology.

Up to 12 months of Clinical Experience can be recognised post-hoc via an application for backdating and validation. In order to gain any concessions against the required post-qualification training in neuropsychology, you will need to demonstrate satisfactory competence development throughout this period. This will require (i) submission of up to 2 clinical case reports (2 cases required as a minimum for any period more than 6 months backdated experience) and (ii) submission of clinical experience logs (iii) submission of supervision logs for the whole period of backdated experience. All of these elements must be completed and submitted to a satisfactory standard within the first phase of the course (within 6 months full-time or 12 months part-time).

 

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