Diploma Applied Neuropsychology (distance learning)


This diploma is only available to non-residents of the UK. The taught content of this Diploma is identical to the taught content we provide when training Clinical Psychologists in the UK who wish to specialise in Clinical Neuropsychology. The course therefore delivers an authentic reflection of clinical practice 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 the UK health system. 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.

Distance learning

Bristol has experience delivering online courses since 2010. All lectures are broadcast live on the internet and can be viewed as recordings whenever required. Other benefits include:

  • A personal tutor
  • Avoid the costs of travelling and living abroad
  • Part-time study options allow students to remain in employment & manage other commitments while studying
  • Access to a large resource of online journals & e-books
  • Online advice on essay-writing and exams as well as university support for English writing skills
  • Access to online tutorials from clinicians

While the course can be taken online, you would be required to come to Bristol for your Summer examinations.

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.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

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

All lectures are streamed live on the internet and recorded for you to replay at any point. 

Part-time study

This diploma can be taken full-time as a one year course or part-time over two years. Please note that there are two entry points for the programme each year: September and January.

Course structure, units and assessment

The diploma consists of six taught units (total of 120 credits).  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.



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.

Exam 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.

Exam 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 (Neuro)Psychology, or a career in clinical research. Our programmes also deliver training which provides continuing professional development to anyone who is already working in a clinical setting but is seeking specialist training to work with patients who have neuropsychological deficits.

All countries today face healthcare challenges associated with brain injury and disease. Conditions such as stroke and dementia are common, and their prevalence is increasing as people live longer. The need for clinical neuropsychologists could not be greater. We offer professional training to clinicians within the UK. This course offers the same levels of training that could help you to address those challenges in your country.

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