PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma) Theoretical and Practical Clinical Neuropsychology

Find a programme
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences
Awards available PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)
Programme length One year full-time;
two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Start date January 2022 September 2022 January 2023

Programme overview

The programmes at the University of Bristol have run since 2010 and are delivered in partnership with North Bristol NHS Trust, which includes a large regional neurosciences and major trauma centre. Our clinical programmes 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 (SRCN). This diploma is designed to support the adult knowledge and practice component of the competency requirements for advanced training in clinical neuropsychology.

This diploma is similar to our MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology, however it allows you to bring forward learning and case experience from your DClin in order to streamline the postdoctoral training required to enter the SRCN.

Around 80% of the taught content is delivered by practising clinicians, and you will learn about a range of neuropsychological disorders and pathologies as well as focusing on principles of assessment, formulation and rehabilitation.

In order to accrue relevant clinical experience, it is your responsibility to secure both employment within a neuropsychology service and supervision for your work when enrolled on the programme. 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).

Please see the Neuropsychology programme webpage for more information.

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

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

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. 

Three of the five taught units are delivered via lectures (total of 70 credits). A further unit (ten credits) focuses on a clinical case report; you must select one of your own cases to submit an assessed case report (3,000 words) and a presentation. This case will contribute to your case portfolio. In the fifth unit (ten credits), you will explore important peer-reviewed papers and engage in critical discussion. Each critical discussion will be preceded by a candidate presentation providing a critical summary of a particular paper.

All lectures are streamed live on the internet and recorded for you to replay at any point. There are four week-long teaching blocks that are spread throughout the course. You will have two week-long teaching blocks a year (one in around Autumn and one around Spring) if you are studying part-time. You are encouraged to attend in-person but this is not mandatory. Otherwise, weekly lectures are delivered online meaning you can take the programme from home or work, and exams will be held online.

Please visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for the Postgraduate Diploma in Theoretical and Practical Clinical 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 (HCPC). This degree is normally run in conjunction with prior agreements between University of Bristol and selected UK DClin programmes (for the list of collaborating DClin programmes please see the School of Psychological Sciences website).

In order to meet BPS accreditation requirements, applicants must pass an online entrance assessment 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 online assessment and essay is 50%. The combined mark determines whether a candidate has passed the entrance requirements, with the essay weighted 34% and the online assessment 66% of the final mark.

Applicants must be able to provide evidence of a minimum of six months' practice experience primarily supervised by a recognised clinical neuropsychologist, and documentary evidence from this period (eg specific submitted case report). In addition, you must also demonstrate how you meet the Research Competencies requirement for the programme

Please note: the first stage of application is to submit an Expression of Interest form to the School at

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 designed to provide both the knowledge and practice competencies required for entry on to the Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists (SRCN).

Expected application closure date

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

Request more information

Find out more about studying with us or request a prospectus.

Get in touch

Contact details

Enquiries Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1649 Email:

School website: School of Psychological Science
Department website:

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

REF 2021 results

The University of Bristol is ranked fifth for research in the UK (Times Higher Education), with 94% of our research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Full REF 2021 results for the University of Bristol.


Important disclaimer information about our programmes.

Edit this page