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

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Faculty Faculty of Science
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
Start date January 2018 (17/18 fees apply)
September 2018
January 2019

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 Neuropsychology (QiCN).

Applied neuropsychology remains an important element of clinical healthcare across the world. Conditions such 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 healthcare systems. This training places people in a strong position to help meet these growing needs.

There is a strong focus on patient care, diagnostics, treatment and management of a range of neurological conditions, which will deepen your knowledge and experience and prepare you for work in a wide range of neuropsychology and clinical positions.

This flexible e-learning study option allows you to study at home, remain in work and maintain any family commitments while avoiding substantial costs of studying abroad. However, 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 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
Overseas: part-time (two years)
Channel Islands/IoM: full-time
Channel Islands/IoM: part-time (two years)

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 of the lectures are broadcast live online 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 include a series of welcome and course activities that you can join in to enhance your experience and studies.

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

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


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 this 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 taken up other roles within healthcare or charities.

How to apply
Application deadline:

We welcome applications at any time of the year. Early application is advised as places may fill quickly.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa 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:

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


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