Taught course

Theoretical and Practical Clinical Neuropsychology

University of Bristol · School of Psychological Science

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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 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).

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGDip
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

+44 (0) 117 394 1649