PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma) Applied Neuropsychology (distance learning)

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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 is an e-learning programme for non-UK residents. It would appeal to non-clinicians/graduates in psychology or related subjects, or people working in the healthcare environment who would like to obtain further continuous professional development in this field.

We are one of only two UK universities offering nationally approved professional accredited programmes that provide specialist training in clinical neuropsychology. A substantial portion of the taught content is provided by clinicians working within the UK National Health Service. Teaching is identical to the accredited clinical programme provided to UK-registered clinicians wanting to specialise in clinical neuropsychology, which meets the British Psychological Society requirements for the knowledge dimension of the Qualification in Clinical Neuropscyhology (QiCN). 

Applied neuropsychology remains an important element of clinical healthcare across the world. Conditions such as brain injury, stroke, epilepsy and various forms of dementia are common and as people live longer, the prevalence of neurological syndromes places greater demands on carers and healthcare systems. This training places people in a strong position to help meet these growing healthcare demands.

There is a strong focus on patient care, diagnostics, treatment and management of a range of neurological conditions, deepening knowledge and experience allowing work in a wide range of neuropsychology and clinically related positions. 

This flexible e-learning study option allows you to study at home, remain in work and also retain potential family commitments while avoiding substantial costs of studying abroad, although you would be required to come to Bristol for your examinations. All aspects of delivery are identical to the UK-based programme but with additional online sessions providing enhanced academic and pastoral support.

There is a Bristol-based version of this programme. For full details, see the 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

For full information about the programme structure and a list of units, please visit the unit and programme catalogue.

All of the lectures are broadcasted live using Adobe Connect and recorded at the same time. 80 credits are taught in four separate teaching blocks each lasting a week and the remaining 40 credits are delivered through weekly online lectures, presentations and regular tutorials.

If you are not able to follow a particular lecture live, you are able to view the recording (which includes questions asked by peers) at a later time, and then ask any questions that arise via email. There is also a series of online tutorials that you can attend using the same platform and presentations can also be given or viewed in this way.

Exams will be held in Bristol, normally in early summer, and this period will also include a series of welcome and course activities that you can join in to enhance your experience and studies.

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.


The training we provide places people in a strong position to meet growing healthcare demands within their own country. Indeed, in parts of the world where clinical neuropsychology is not well developed, you may go on to play a significant role in advancing the area in your own country. 

Many that have completed the programme in the UK have gone on to become assistant psychologists, moved into clinical or academic research or other roles in healthcare or charities.

How to apply
Application deadline:

Not fixed, we welcome applications at any time of the year although early application is advised.

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:

Fiona Tonagh Postgraduate Administrator Phone: +44 (0) 117 928 8452 Email:

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