MSc Applied Neuropsychology (Distance Learning)

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Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time.
Part-time study available Yes
Start date September 2022

Programme overview

This MSc is only available to non-residents of the UK who wish to study Clinical Neuropsychology via distance learning.

The taught content of this MSc is identical to the taught content we provide when training qualified professional Clinical Psychologists in the UK who wish to specialise in Clinical Neuropsychology. The course therefore delivers an authentic reflection of clinical practice and clinical training. You will learn about a range of neuropsychological disorders and pathologies as well as focusing on principles of assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation. The course will also develop your knowledge of anatomy, brain function and techniques employed to study the human brain.

Around 80% of the course is delivered by clinicians practicing in UK hospitals and we teach a large range of clinical skills which will support those who seek a career working with patients or conducting clinical research. Weekly online tutorials (during term-time) with Clinical Neuropsychologists give students an opportunity to interact with professionals and learn from their many years of experience. The MSc is focused upon evidence-based approaches and recognises biological, psychological, and social factors which impact upon brain injury, disease and the patient experience.

The programme includes a clinical dissertation in which students will study material drawn from existing clinical cases and consider diagnoses, formulation, treatment, and patient management. The dissertation includes 1:1 career mentoring, further training in clinical assessment and consideration of cultural differences in the principles of assessment and treatment. This degree supports part time study (over two years) for international students.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time*
UK: part-time (two years)*
Overseas: full-time

*Please note that the distance-learning version of the MSc Applied Neuropsychology is only open to applicants who will reside outside of the UK during the programme.

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

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 discount

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 2022/23

There are a number of scholarships that are available for postgraduate study at Bristol, and these include UK, EU and international students. More information about scholarships can be found on the University of Bristol's funding web page, and there is also information on applying to the programme specific to each country. The Student Funding Office has further information about funding postgraduate study.

For UK students undertaking postgraduate programmes, there is a scholarship award available from the Grundy Educational Trust. More information is available here.

Further information on funding for prospective postgraduate students can be found here.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

The MSc has 180 credits of taught content and is divided into seven distinct units (six taught units plus clinical dissertation) and all teaching is online. In addition, there are weekly tutorials with experienced clinicians. Three units include weekly lectures which are delivered online and recorded for later access. Four units include weeklong blocks of lectures, also delivered online and recorded. In addition, two units include student presentations: in one case, a critical review of a published paper. In another unit, students will present details of a patient case and provide an interpretation of the patient’s condition with recommendations for treatment and management. While presenting can be a little daunting, it provides excellent experience for those wishing to improve communication skills, which are essential in clinical practice and research careers. Units are assessed via coursework essays (2 x 2000 words), a clinical case report (3000 words), and four distinct timed ‘open book’ assessments during your study with us.  

The dissertation progresses during your entire time studying with us and is assessed in terms of 3 submitted case reports (each 4000 words). It includes a number of group session meetings as well as 1:1 career mentoring. Because all taught content is recorded, you can catch up with any sessions you could not make later. In such cases, if you have questions you can raise them in tutorials or via email. 

Please visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for the distance learning MSc in Applied Neuropsychology. 

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in psychology or a closely related discipline (e.g. neuroscience or clinical psychology). Previous professional experience or qualifications can also be put forward for consideration as equivalent to the academic entry requirements given above.

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 degree delivers core skills and knowledge related to the theory and practice of clinical neuropsychology. As such, it will support those with aspirations for further clinical training, such as clinical (neuro)psychology, or a career in clinical research. Our programmes also deliver training that will enhance your opportunities to gain employment within clinical environments. 

All countries face healthcare challenges associated with brain injury and disease. Conditions such as stroke and dementia are common, and their prevalence is increasing as people live longer. The need for clinical neuropsychologists could not be greater. We offer professional training to clinicians within the UK. Excluding the dissertation, this programme offers the same levels of training that could help you to address those challenges in your country. The dissertation unit is new and specially designed for this degree in order to foster enhanced clinical skills. Distance learning enables you to remain with family and within employment.

Expected application closure date

Applications for 2022 have now closed and will reopen for 2023 entry in October 2022.

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