MSc Applied Neuropsychology

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Faculty Faculty of Science
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Start date September 2018

Programme overview

This programme is suitable for students who intend to become clinical psychologists, as well as those who plan to pursue a career involving contact with patients with neuropsychological deficits (such as head injury, dementia or stroke). It also provides an excellent grounding for students who would like to move on to clinical PhD research.

The programme is a collaboration between the School of Experimental Psychology and the Department of Neuropsychology within North Bristol NHS Trust. It covers a range of neuropsychological disorders and pathologies, and includes principles of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation following brain damage or disease. It also covers techniques for studying the human brain and considers theories of brain function.

It focuses on evidence-based practice within a clinical context, and offers a comprehensive set of structured tutorials in which you can discuss clinical practice issues with subject matter experts working in the NHS. Around 80 per cent of the programme’s taught content is delivered by NHS clinicians with experience of a wide range of patient groups, including paediatric, adult, acute inpatient and outpatient.

You will have the opportunity to undertake independent research through the programme’s research project. There are also some opportunities to conduct research projects with clinicians working in the NHS. Recent projects have looked at a diverse range of subject areas, including the effect of odours on autobiographical memory, the regulation of emotion following brain injury and the relationship between social media and wellbeing.

All lectures are broadcast in live interactive sessions, allowing you to minimise travel while you study and to watch lectures as many times as you need to.

Fees for 2018/19

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
UK/EU: part-time (two years)
Overseas: full-time
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

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 2018/19

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

Programme structure

All units are mandatory. There are four 30-credit taught units and a 60-credit dissertation.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Applied Neuropsychology.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in psychology or a closely related discipline (eg neuroscience or clinical psychology). Some clinical experience is preferable, though not essential. 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 this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


This degree supports those who wish to pursue a career in clinical psychology, clinical neuropsychology or a healthcare environment. It delivers core skills that will enhance your career prospects, for example, as an assistant psychologist or those applying for training in clinical psychology, and those wishing to undertake clinical research in an academic environment.

The taught content is identical to the content provided to qualified clinical psychologists wishing to specialise in clinical neuropsychology. For qualified clinicians, the taught content delivers a professionally accredited award recognised by the British Psychological Society.

How to apply
Application deadline:

31 July 2018. Early application recommended; places may fill before the deadline.

International students

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

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

  • 43% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 37% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 18% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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:

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


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