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Applied Neuropsychology MSc

Course Description

This MSc is a collaboration between the School of Experimental Psychology within the University and the Department of Neuropsychology within North Bristol NHS Trust. The degree provides you with training in clinical neuropsychology and a substantial portion of taught content is provided by clinicians working within the NHS. In addition to taught content, the degree also involves a research project. Many of the programme units are provided in a block format, over a single week.

This MSc is suitable for students intending to become clinical psychologists, as well as those who wish to pursue a career involving contact with patients with neuropsychological deficits (eg head injury, dementia, stroke, rehabilitation). It also provides an excellent grounding for students wishing to move on to further academic research through a PhD.

The programme content includes the principles of assessment within clinical and neuropsychology, coverage of a range of neuropsychological disorders and pathologies affecting the brain, techniques for studying the human brain, principles of treatment and rehabilitation following brain damage. The programme focuses on evidence-based practice within a clinical context. There is a comprehensive range of additional structured tutorials in which students can discuss clinical practice issues with several subject matter experts working within the NHS.

A novel feature of our clinical training is that all lectures are broadcast live online, so some can be viewed without having to travel to lecture theatres. In addition, all lectures are recorded and can be replayed at any time. Students will have access to a large range of recorded clinical case reviews, which supplement the learning experience.

Programme structure

Core units
-Functional Neuroanatomy, Neuroscience Methods and Issues in Neuropsychology (30 credits)
Part A: Issues in Neuropsychology
Part B: Functional Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience Methods

-Applied Clinical Neuropsychology and Principles of Assessment (30 credits)
Part A: Assessment in Clinical Neuropsychology
Part B: Applied Neuropsychology

-Development, Rehabilitation and Evidence-based Neuropsychology and Principles of Clinical Statistics (30 credits)
Part A: Development and Rehabilitation
Part B: Evidence-Based Neuropsychology

-Theoretical and Clinical Neuropsychology (30 credits)
Part A: Clinical Neuropsychology in Practice
Part B: Theoretical Neuropsychology

-Dissertation (60 credits)


This degree supports those who wish to pursue a career in clinical psychology or clinical neuropsychology. It delivers core skills that will enhance prospects of employment as an assistant psychologist, applications to undertake training in clinical psychology and those who wish to undertake clinical research in an academic environment.

Visit the Applied Neuropsychology MSc page on the University of Bristol website for more details!

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in psychology, or a closely related discipline (eg neuroscience, clinical psychology). Some clinical experience is preferable, though not essential. 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.

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