PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma) Theoretical and Practical Clinical Neuropsychology

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New programme for 2018

Faculty Faculty of Science
Awards available PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)
Programme length Two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes, part-time only
Start date September 2018
January 2019

Programme overview

This programme delivers the knowledge dimension and practice dimension of the British Psychological Society Division of Neuropsychology, providing a gateway to entry on to the Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists, as equivalent to the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN). It builds on the content of a prior DClinPsych which, in conjunction with this programme, covers the entire BPS QiCN syllabus requirements and is accredited as such. Validation of work within the DClinPsych is established via the entrance examination requirements for this programme. The diploma consists of 90 credits of taught content (the knowledge dimension) and 40 credits of the practice dimension.

Fees for 2018/19

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

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

The structure is determined by the BPS requirements for the QiCN knowledge dimension and practice dimension. The knowledge dimension component is taken first (90 credits) followed by the practice dimension (40 credits).

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our Postgraduate Diploma in Theoretical and Practical Clinical Neuropsychology.

Entry requirements

A clinical doctorate (DClinPsych) plus an undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification in psychology or similar. You must also be registered as a clinical psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. 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.

In order to meet BPS accreditation requirements, applicants must pass an entrance examination set by the University of Bristol and must also submit a 2,000-word essay (on a prescribed topic), which must also be passed. The pass mark for the examination and essay is 50 per cent. The combined mark determines whether a candidate has passed the entrance requirements, with the essay weighted 34 per cent and exam 66 per cent of the final mark.

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 QiCN knowledge dimension and practice dimension are the final professional steps towards being considered for membership of the UK Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists.

How to apply
Application deadline:

20 August 2018 for entry in September 2018
20 November 2018 for entry in January 2019

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:

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United Kingdom


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