PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma) Applied Neuropsychology

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Faculty Faculty of Science
Awards available PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes

A Tier 4 student visa cannot be issued for this programme. Our International Student Advice Team can provide information and guidance on whether you are required to obtain a visa to study with us.

Number of places 30
Start date September 2016, January 2017

Programme overview

This diploma provides training in clinical neuropsychology and is aimed at people already working in this field who wish to receive enhanced training, or, people who would like to work in this field and who wish to receive specialist prior training. The degree would also be of interest to those wishing to undertake clinical research involving patients.

The vast majority of taught content is delivered by UK professionally registered Clinical Neuropsychologists or allied health professionals many of whom work within North Bristol National Health Service (NHS) Trust. These clinicians provide input to specialist rehabilitation services for people with various kinds of brain injury and disease. There is a strong focus on patient care, diagnostics, assessment and management of a range of neurological conditions. An important feature of our degree is a focus on evidence-based practice. The degree includes focus on neuropsychological techniques and theoretical aspects of brain function and dysfunction.

The training we provide is identical to that which we currently deliver to UK registered clinicians wishing to specialise in clinical neuropsychology. For these clinicians the taught content meets the British Psychological Society syllabus requirements for the knowledge dimension of the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology.

The programme is offered with Bristol-based teaching for UK/EU students and full-time international students. There is also a distance learning option for international students wishing to take the course while remaining resident in their own country. The distance learning option enables you to study without the disruption and expense of travelling to the UK and can be taken part time so that fees and time commitments can be spread over two years.

All lectures are broadcast live and are recorded so that they can be viewed again. We have been pioneering online delivery since 2010 and have a proven and effective interface for this kind of study. The degree involves online tutorials, group discussions conducted, patient case reviews and discussions of important scientific papers. Lecture materials can also be downloaded prior to actual lectures.

Bristol based study

The mode of delivery is designed to suit people with professional or other commitments.

80 credits of taught content are delivered in four separate teaching blocks each lasting a week. All content in these blocks is recorded but students are expected to attend these weeks in person. The remaining 40 credits are delivered through weekly online lectures, presentations and seminars.

Distance learning (international) option

All aspects of delivery are identical except that lectures are viewed online. However, we also offer distance learners regular additional online sessions providing enhanced academic and pastoral support.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Part time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

The programme structure is the same for both delivery options.

Core Units:

Functional Neuroanatomy, Neuroscience Methods and Issues in Neuropsychology (30 credits)

  • Part A: Issues in Neuropsychology;
  • Part B: Functional Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience Methods.

Applied Clinical Neuropsychology and Principles of Assessment  (30 credits)

  • Part A: Assessment in Clinical Neuropsychology;
  • Part B: Applied Neuropsychology.

Development, Rehabilitation and Evidence-based Neuropsychology and Principles of Clinical Statistics (30 credits)

  • Part A: Development and Rehabilitation;
  • Part B: Evidence-Based Neuropsychology.

Theoretical and Clinical Neuropsychology (30 credits)

  • Part A: Clinical Neuropsychology in Practice;
  • Part B: Theoretical Neuropsychology.

Please note: this programme is not accredited by the BPS, but the content is identical to our Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology, which is accredited by the BPS but requires you to have completed the BPS Doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree in Psychology or a closely related discipline (eg neuroscience, clinical psychology). Some clinical experience is preferable, though not essential.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.


This degree supports those who wish to pursue a career in clinical psychology or clinical neuropsychology. It delivers core skills which will enhance prospects of employment as an assistant psychologist, applications to undertake training in clinical psychology and those who wish to undertake clinical research in an academic environment.

How to apply
Application deadline:

20 August 2016 for September 2016 intake

20 December 2016 for January 2017 intake

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

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Get in touch

Charlotte Powell Postgraduate Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 928 8452 Email:

School of Experimental Psychology
12a Priory Road
Bristol BS8 1TU


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