Diploma Theoretical & Practical Clinical Neuropsychology

Overview

This diploma intends to deliver teaching and support that provides both the knowledge and practice competencies required for entry on to the Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists (SRCN). As this is the first year we are offering this course, it is awaiting BPS accreditation. This diploma is similar to our MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology, however it is designed to allow you to bring forward learning and case experience from your DClinPsy in order to streamline the post-doctoral training required to develop both knowledge and practice competencies. While the MSc is open to all applicants with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, the Diploma is intended for applicants with a Doctorate from specific universities with which we are collaborating. For collaborating universities, we have ensured elements of their syllabus for Neuropsychology cohere with our taught content, and, on this basis, students on the Diploma are exempted from taking one unit of taught content that we would otherwise deliver.

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 diploma 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 diploma. 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

This diploma requires you to have a UK Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from one of the institutions with which we are collaborating (see below) and registration as a clinical psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. At present, collaborating DClinPsys are:

Newcastle, Bath, Cardiff, East Anglia, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Oxford and Surrey.

In order to validate the prior learning on your DClinPsy, you will be required to sit an entrance exam and submit a 2000-word essay as part of the admissions process.

In some circumstances, and by exception, individual applicants may apply and demonstrate requisite background knowledge via alternative routes or private study, e.g. via previous formal training in neuropsychology. Such applicants would need to sit the entrance exam. Please contact us if you wish to enquire about this independent route.

Applications

If you are interested in pursuing this route, the first step is to submit an Expression of Interest Form (Office document, 67kB) to our admissions team (psychology-pg-admissions@bristol.ac.uk).

Alongside the form, please submit a brief personal statement detailing your interest in the course. The form includes a check-form to indicate the extent of your current practice experience and also requires partial completion and a signature from your current/previous DClinPsy course director.

By indicating the institution at which you are taking your DClinPsy, we can ascertain what elements of our exempted unit have been or will be covered by the teaching you received. This allows us to direct you to appropriate training materials from our archive, if necessary. You are asked to indicate your intended start date for study at Bristol. This is not binding, but it is useful for us in terms of managing intake. Note we have two start dates in any year: September and January.

Once we have processed your application, you will be given access to the training materials located on our online teaching system and invited to submit a formal application through the University of Bristol website. You need not proceed immediately with formal application, and you are able to utilise our teaching materials alongside progressing with your DClinPsy until you wish to submit a formal application and sit our entrance exams.

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 diploma 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 are two entry points for the programme each year: September and January.

Course structure, units and assessment

The diploma consists of five taught units (total of 90 credits) and a 40-credit 'Clinical Practice Portfolio' unit that is designed to meet practice requirements for entry to the SRCN.  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 from DClinPsy placements can be recognised. 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 9 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 Certificate course (within 3 months full-time or 6 months part-time).

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