PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma) Theoretical and Practical Clinical Neuropsychology

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Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences
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 September 2021
January 2022

Programme overview

This diploma is designed to support both the knowledge and practice competencies required for advanced professional training in adult clinical neuropsychology. This diploma is similar to our MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology, however it allows you to bring forward learning and case experience from your DClinPsy (for collaborating institutions, see the School of Psychological Science website) in order to streamline the postdoctoral training required to develop both knowledge and practice competencies.

Since 2010, an academic partnership between the University of Bristol and North Bristol NHS Trust has delivered professionally accredited training in clinical neuropsychology. By partnering with a large and well-established clinical neuropsychology department within North Bristol NHS Trust, this programme provides both clinical expertise and academic excellence. Around 80 per cent of the taught content is delivered by practising clinicians, and you will learn about a range of adult neuropsychological disorders and pathologies, as well as focusing on principles of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.

Alongside the adult knowledge competencies, this diploma supports your development of practical experience and competencies in clinical neuropsychology. Your clinical practice must be undertaken within your paid employment and you must secure appropriate supervision for your work when enrolled on the course. However, we offer additional support towards developing your case portfolio, and this includes feedback on two written case reports and a practice viva experience. This support is provided by clinicians with experience of conducting QiCN portfolio vivas.

Please see the Neuropsychology programme webpage for more information.

Fees for 2021/22

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2021/22 are as follows:

UK: part-time (two years)
Overseas (including EU): 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 2021/22

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

Programme structure

The diploma consists of five taught units (total of 90 credits) and a 40-credit clinical practice portfolio that delivers the equivalent to the QiCN portfolio requirements. 

Three of the five taught units are delivered via lectures (total of 70 credits). A further unit (ten credits) focuses on a clinical case report; you must select one of your own cases to submit an assessed case report (3,000 words) and a presentation. This case will contribute to your case portfolio. In the fifth unit (ten credits), you will explore important peer-reviewed papers and engage in critical discussion. Each critical discussion will be preceded by a candidate presentation providing a critical summary of a particular paper.

All lectures for the taught units are streamed live on the internet and recorded for you to replay at any point. You are required to attend Bristol for examinations and for three one-week teaching sessions that are spread across the duration of the programme. Otherwise, weekly lectures are delivered online meaning you can take the course from home or work.

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

Entry requirements

You must possess a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) and also be registered as a Clinical Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council. This degree is normally run in conjunction with prior agreements between University of Bristol and selected UK DClinPsy programmes (for the list of collaborating DClinPsy programmes please see the School of Psychological Sciences website).

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.

Applicants must be able to provide evidence of a minimum of six months practice experience primarily supervised by a recognised clinical neuropsychologist, and documentary evidence from this period (e.g. specific submitted case report).

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 programme is for those who wish to gain and demonstrate the UK’s highest level of competence in professional clinical neuropsychology. It is designed to provide both the knowledge and practice competencies required for entry on to the Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists (SRCN).

Application deadline: 29 July 2021 for all applicants.

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REF 2014 results

  • Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience:
  • 43% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 37% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 18% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

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


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