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 Two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes, part-time only
Start date January 2019 (18/19 fees apply)
September 2019
January 2020

Programme overview

This diploma intends to support both the knowledge and practice competencies required for advanced professional training in Adult Clinical Neuropsychology. As this is the first year we are offering this course, it is awaiting British Psychological Society accreditation. 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 website) in order to streamline the post-doctoral 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 course provides both clinical expertise and academic excellence. Around 80 per cent of the taught content is delivered by NHS clinicians, and you will learn about a range of neuropsychological disorders and pathologies as well as focusing on principles of assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.

Alongside teaching of the Knowledge competencies, this diploma provides support as you develop your 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, discussion of case formats and patient cases, and help in managing supervisions. This support is provided by clinicians with experience of conducting QiCN portfolio vivas.

Please see the school website for more information.

Fees for 2019/20

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2019/20 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 2019/20

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. The Knowledge component is taken first.

Three of the five taught units are delivered via lectures (total of 70 credits). A further unit (10 credits) exposes candidates to a range of clinical case reports and each candidate must select one of their own cases in order to submit an assessed case report (3000 words) and deliver a presentation of that case. This case will contribute to your case portfolio. In the fifth unit (10 credits), you are asked to explore important peer-reviewed papers and engage in critical discussion. Each critical discussion will be preceded by a candidate presentation which provides 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 three one-week teaching sessions that are spread across the duration of the course and for examinations. 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 our Diploma in Theoretical and Practical 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 our 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 6 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 the intention of this programme to confer eligibility to join the UK Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists.

How to apply
Application deadline:

20 November 2018 (for entry in January 2019)
20 August 2019 (for entry in September 2019)
20 November 2019 (for entry in January 2020)

International students

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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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Find out more about opportunities to visit Bristol.

Register to attend our postgraduate open day, 20 November 2019.

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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Bristol BS8 1TU
United Kingdom


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