Principles of Clinical Neuropsychology MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Overview

Course facts

  • Name: Principles of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Qualification: MSc/PGDip/PGCert
  • Duration: One full calendar year as a full time student. Also available part-time, over 2 years.

The Principles of Clinical Neuropsychology MSc aims to provide you with a strong foundation of knowledge in the following areas relevant to clinical neuropsychology:

  • Neuropsychological theory and evidence from clinical and experimental studies
  • Neuropsychological disorders, including their basis in neuroanatomy and neuropathology, and their impact on individuals and families
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Neuropsychological rehabilitation
  • Research Methods
  • Conducting neuropsychological research.

The course will be of interest to graduates in psychology or closely-related disciplines, and to established health professionals with appropriate clinical qualifications and relevant experience.

Students wishing to can exit the programme after achieving either a PG Certificate or PG Diploma if they don’t wish to undertake the full MSc.

How the course can further your career progression

This course of study can serve as a basis for research, clinical training, or professional practice in this area. On successful completion of the course, students will be well-equipped to undertake further postgraduate study leading to a PhD, or to work in neuropsychological research. The course is validated by the ESRC as providing an appropriate Master’s level research training within the 1 + 3 PhD model. The course provides an excellent basis for seeking employment in health care, for example as an assistant psychologist or rehabilitation assistant, and for progressing to professional training, for example in clinical psychology or related areas. Established health professionals taking the course will find that it provides a valuable opportunity for continuing professional development, which may contribute to future career progression.

About the School of Psychology

The School of Psychology at Bangor brings together a large group of outstanding scientists with international research reputations in neuropsychology and in clinical and cognitive neuroscience. A number of staff also hold appointments as consultants with the NHS and contribute to clinical practice as well as to the training of medical students and staff. The School employs a full-time patient co-ordinator, who attends ward rounds, identifies patients appropriate for research, and organises their participation in the research carried out in the School. A neurological patient research panel has been developed in collaboration with the National Health Service (NHS), to allow for the careful testing and comparison of neurological patient groups, and to understand the patterns of deficits and preserved performance which characterize these groups. The neurological patient panel supplements our student and community human participant panels. These clinical connections produce tremendous opportunities for clinical neuropsychology research, as well as for collaboration within the NHS. There are opportunities for research in various aspects of neuropsychological rehabilitation, including cognitive rehabilitation, compensatory techniques for visual neglect and psychosocial aspects of rehabilitation. We have an extensive library of neuropsychological tests and related measures, and we use a wide range of the latest techniques for understanding brain-behaviour relationships, including functional brain mapping with event related potentials (ERP), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The School is equipped with a range of specialist laboratories: computer-controlled reaction time experiments; the online measurement of human eye, limb, and hand movements, and and a recently-aquired T fMRI machine for localizing cognitive activity within the brain. The School supports the practical implementation of research findings to improve patient care by hosting groups such as the Dementia Services Development Centre Wales.

The School has a vibrant, diverse postgraduate community. Students on our MSc programmes are drawn from a range of backgrounds and nationalities. The School is known for its friendly and informal atmosphere, which combined with excellent facilities helps to ensure that studying here is a pleasant and enjoyable experience.

Academic staff

The course is organised and taught by staff within the School of Psychology, and also benefits from a significant contribution by clinical neuropsychologists working in the NHS in north Wales.

Course director:

Dr David Carey

Module organisers, lecturers and research supervisors include:

Professor Oliver Turnbull

Dr Martyn Bracewell

Dr Paloma Mari-Beffa

Dr Marie-Josephe Tainturier

Professor Charles Leek

Dr Rudi Coetzer

Dr Giovanni D’Avossa

NHS clinical neuropsychologists contributing to the course include:

A number of NHS clinical neuropsychologists with close links to the School also contribute to the course.

You can view staff contact details here.

Student Profile

To get a taste of what life as a postgraduate student in the School of Psychology is like, you may want to read the profiles of some of our current and past Postgraduate students.

Scholarships and Funding

You can find out more about Scholarships and funding sources here.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

The course includes three components: content modules, research methods modules, and a research thesis. Content and methods modules are all 20 credit modules and the research thesis is worth 60 credits. Students achieving 120 credits on the taught modules, but not completing a research thesis, may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma.

The content modules are designed to provide an in-depth look at theory, evidence and practice in clinical neuropsychology

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the Principles of Clinical Neuropsychology Modules page.

Entry Requirements

UK applicants should normally have a BPS-accredited undergraduate degree or a conversion degree in Psychology, with at least 2(ii) or equivalent. Applicants with degrees of an equivalent standard in a closely-related discipline, including qualified health professionals (e.g. clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, occupational therapists) who have relevant clinical experience, will also be considered.

IELTS: 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is required.

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Ask the IEC for assistance...

If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email international@bangor.ac.uk

Apply

Admissions to the programme are made on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. Applications are made directly through the Postgraduate Office of Bangor University to the School of Psychology. To learn more about the application process please click here.

Need help applying?

If you have any questions about entry requirements, how to apply or the course you are interested in please do not hesitate to contact Bethan Pentith, Postgraduate Admissions Officer on +44 (0)1248 388453 or by emailing psychology@bangor.ac.uk. We look forward to hearing from you.

How to Apply

Home/EU students

Home/EU students: apply online yourself with the help of our Guidance Notes on online application for Home/EU students. We strongly recommend you read these before you start to apply online.

Apply online

Once you have read the Guidance Notes you should apply using our Online Application form.

Need help applying? Home/EU students please contact:

Postgraduate Admissions: postgraduate@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717.

International students

  • Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here.  For further guidance click here

Need help applying? International students please contact:

International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When to apply

The University will accept applications throughout the year, but we would generally advise that you send in your application form by the end of June to ensure that you have time to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application. This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer.

Careers and Employability

The course can serve as a basis for research, clinical training, or professional practice in this area. On successful completion of the course, students will be well equipped to undertake further postgraduate study leading to a PhD, or to work in neuropsychological research. The course provides an excellent basis for seeking employment in health care, for example as an assistant psychologist or rehabilitation assistant, and for progressing to professional training, for example in clinical psychology or related areas. Established health professionals taking the course will find that it provides a valuable opportunity for continuing professional development, which may contribute to future career progression.

Research / Links with Industry

The academics involved with this programme have extensive research links with external bodies and companies, which are fully utilised in ensuring that the modules are relevant to the modern work and research environment graduates will enter.

Funding

There are school funded achievement scholarships for first class students, international scholarships and information on other funding sources on our scholarships School page.

Further information

Next steps