MSc Applied Neuropsychology
Neuropsychology is the science linking the functioning of the brain with cognitive and emotional experience and behaviour. Neuropsychology represents the interface between the biological, psychological and social facets of human behaviour.
This course is delivered in partnership with North Bristol NHS Trust. As a course team we are passionate about neuropsychology and its application to society to improve the wellbeing and quality of life of those affected by damage, disease or dysfunction affecting the brain.
The taught content of the MSc is identical to the taught content we provide when training qualified clinical psychologists to specialise in clinical neuropsychology. The programme therefore covers core content dictated by the British Psychological Society and delivers an authentic reflection of clinical practice. You will learn about a range of neuropsychological disorders and pathologies, as well as focusing on principles of assessment, formulation and rehabilitation. We also cover anatomy, neuroscience methods and theories of brain function.
Around 80% of our taught content is delivered by practising clinicians, and you will receive weekly structured tutorials (during term) with clinicians that allow you to explore different aspects of clinical practice and gain insight into patient pathways and evidence-based formulation. This programme is suitable for those looking to pursue a research career, professional positions (such as an Assistant Psychologist) or further clinical training (for example a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology).
You will have the opportunity to undertake independent research through your dissertation and there are some opportunities to conduct your research project with clinicians working in the NHS.
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The programme consists of six taught units and an empirical dissertation.
Applied Clinical Neuropsychology and Principles of Neuropsychological Assessment (30 credits) covers a range of common neuropsychological disorders and considers the principles of patient assessment and interpretation of neuropsychological tests (including change scores).
Functional Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience Methods and Issues in Clinical Neuropsychology (30 credits) has two components. First, a consideration of a range of neuroscientific techniques and their utility in understanding brain function and dysfunction. The second covers a range of issues frequently encountered in clinical neuropsychology. For example, pain and cognition, PTSD, performance validity testing and functional neurological disorders.
Theoretical and Clinical Neuropsychology (20 credits) covers theories of brain function (for example emotion and cognition, language, ageing) and also considers the interface between clinical neuropsychology and other allied disciplines (such as neurosurgery, clinical imaging).
Development and Rehabilitation (20 credits) considers a range of rehabilitation techniques and places these in the context of the recovery journey.
Evidence Based Neuropsychology (10 credits) involves critical reviews of peer reviewed papers, and Case Study (10 credits) requires each student to review a clinical case in detail. This case study part prepares students for the 60-credit Clinical Dissertation described earlier.
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An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in psychology or a closely related discipline (eg neuroscience or clinical psychology).
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £12,600 per year
- UK: part-time (two years)
- £6,300 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £24,600 per year
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.
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This degree delivers core skills and knowledge related to the theory and practice of clinical neuropsychology. It will support those who aspire to further clinical training, such as clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology, or a career in clinical research. Our programmes also deliver training that will enhance your opportunities to gain employment within clinical environments- especially those that focus on clinical neuropsychology. They can also assist anyone aiming for a research assistant post with a clinical focus.
Graduates of our Applied courses who later become Practitioner Psychologists and are registered with the Health & Care Professions Council can enrol on our supplementary certificate courses in clinical practice and have their prior MSc course with us count toward this professional and accredited qualification.
This programme provides continuing professional development to students already working in a clinical setting who are seeking specialist training to work with patients who have neuropsychological deficits.