MSc Clinical Neuropsychology
Professional programmes in Clinical Neuropsychology have been offered within University of Bristol since 2010 and are delivered in partnership with North Bristol NHS Trust, which includes a large regional neurosciences and major trauma centre. Our Clinical courses aim to engage and inspire clinicians to enhance their skills in Clinical Neuropsychology and support entry on to the British Psychological Society's (BPS) Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists. This MSc is accredited by BPS Division of Neuropsychology and delivers the adult knowledge and practice component of the competency requirements for advanced training in clinical neuropsychology.
Around 80% of the taught content is delivered by practising clinicians. We promote a scientist-practitioner approach and strongly advocate for neuropsychological research to be relevant and applicable to patient care and for clinical practice to be underpinned by a thorough and ongoing engagement with scientific research
In order to accrue relevant clinical experience to support the practice component element of the MSc, it is your responsibility to secure both employment within a neuropsychology service and supervision for your work when enrolled on the course. We provide additional oversight and support towards developing your portfolio and ensuring your experience demonstrates the required competencies for entry to the SRCN. Support includes feedback on two written case reports and a practice viva experience. This support is provided by clinicians with experience of conducting portfolio vivas for the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN).
The programme is largely distance based and can be taken from home or work. Exams will be held online. Please see the Neuropsychology programme webpage for more information.
The programme consists of 120 credits of taught content (knowledge component) delivered within six units and a 60-credit clinical dissertation (practice component). The taught content meets the accreditation requirements of the BPS. We employ the following taught units:
- Applied Clinical Neuropsychology and Principles of Neuropsychological Assessment (30 credits)
- Development and Rehabilitation (20 credits)
- Theoretical Neuropsychology and Clinical Neuropsychology in Practice (20 credits)
- Evidence-based Neuropsychology (10 credits)
- Case Study (10 credits)
- Functional Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience Methods and Issues in Clinical Neuropsychology (30 credits).
Please visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content.
Applicants must be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) as a practitioner with a specialism as 'Clinical' or 'Counselling'. You must also demonstrate how you meet the Research Competencies requirement for the programme. In addition, applicants with a 'Counselling' specialism must demonstrate Generic Competencies in Clinical Neuropsychology.
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.
If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level C.
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Fees and funding
- UK: full-time
- £13,400 per year
- UK: part-time (two years)
- £6,700 per year
- UK: part-time (three years)
- £4,467 per year
- Overseas: full-time
- £22,900 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.
More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.
Funding for 2023/24
Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.
This programme is designed for anyone who wants to gain and demonstrate the UK's highest level of competence in professional clinical neuropsychology. The MSc is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) Division of Neuropsychology and successful completion provides both the knowledge and practice competencies required for entry on to the Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists (SRCN).
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