PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma) Applied Neuropsychology (Bristol based)

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

You will not be able to obtain a Tier 4 student visa to study this programme by distance learning or part-time. Our International Student Advice team can provide information and guidance on visas

Start date September 2017, January 2018

Programme overview

This diploma provides you with training in clinical neuropsychology and a substantial portion of the taught content is provided by clinicians working within the National Health Service. The training is identical to that provided to UK-registered clinicians who want to specialise in clinical neuropsychology, and meets the British Psychological Society requirements for the knowledge dimension of the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN).

It provides an excellent basis for anyone wishing to pursue a career working with patients with neuropsychological deficits. Alternatively, the diploma can lead to further doctoral research. It would also be of interest to international students looking to obtain specialist training in clinical neuropsychology.

There is a strong focus on patient care, diagnostics and management of a range of neurological conditions. As well as working within the acute hospital trust, the department provides input to specialist inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services for people with acquired brain injury. All lectures are broadcast live online using Adobe Connect and can be viewed at a later date. Some units are provided in a block of teaching (ie one unit over a single week) while others are delivered weekly.

Bristol-based study

This 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 (for non-UK residents only)

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. For more information, see the full programme description.

Fees for 2017/18

Full-time fees


Part-time fees


Fees quoted are per annum and subject to annual increase.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2017/18

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

Programme structure

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

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in psychology or a closely related discipline (eg neuroscience, clinical psychology). Some clinical experience is preferable, though not essential. Previous professional experience or qualifications can be put forward for consideration as equivalent to the academic entry requirements. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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 that will enhance your career prospects: as an assistant psychologist, for those applying for training in clinical psychology, and those wishing to undertake clinical research in an academic environment. It also provides continuing professional development to anyone who is already working in a clinical setting and is seeking specialist training to work with patients with neuropsychological defects.

How to apply
Application deadline:

20 August 2017 for September 2017 intake

20 December 2017 for January 2018 intake

International students

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

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