MSc Clinical & Developmental Neuropsychology

A course with diverse modules, focusing on the normal and abnormal changes that occur in the human brain from childhood through to adulthood through to old age.

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  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

Why study MSc Clinical & Developmental Neuropsychology at BU?

  • Benefit from the expert knowledge of our academics who conduct cutting-edge research in rare cognitive neuropsychological disorders as well as more common clinical and neuropsychological conditions 
  • Study a variety of modules ranging from diagnostic assessments and treatments of patients with brain injury to units on neural and cognitive development in childhood, including atypical developments like dyslexia, autism and ADHD  
  • Learn transferable skills such as interpreting, presenting and writing research as well as writing specific research and grant proposals 
  • Apply for a highly-competitive placement, which will take place in either a specialist education or clinical setting, and gain valuable experience learning from professionals working in these fields 
  • Gain a unique and relevant qualification if you wish to become a researcher in this area and/or seek further professional development  
  • Opportunity to work with the Psychology Research Group at BU, offering invaluable experience for those wanting to do PhD-level research. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

“I undertook my placement at the stroke unit in Poole Hospital. I got real-life experience administering neuropsychological assessments as well as the opportunity to shadow a clinical neuropsychologist. This experience was extremely helpful when applying for jobs after graduation.”

Milla Rasanen, Psychometric Facilitator, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

Placement opportunities

We have strong collaborations with local placement providers and clinical partners giving you the opportunity to enhance your employability post graduation. 

Key information

Next start date:

January 2023, September 2023, January 2024


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


September start: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time, January start: 1 year full-time (no part-time start option for January) - teaching days are Wednesday and Thursday (2 days per week/1 day per week on the part-time option)

Required subjects:

Neuroscience, Psychology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Statistics

Entry requirements:

For January 2023: A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 in a required subject.

For September 2023 and January 2024: A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all components. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

On this course you will be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners, demonstrators, technicians and research students. You will also benefit from regular guest lectures from industry.


Through our connections with health care and educational organisations in Poole and Bournemouth, you will have the opportunity to apply for an optional placement, working with older adults with brain injury or neurological disease, or with children, adolescents or adults with neurodevelopmental conditions.

It should be remembered at all times that students on placements will be fully committed members of a real clinical or educational team. The highest standards of professional conduct must be upheld at all times, and students are expected to be dedicated, conscientious and considerate of their role in the lives of vulnerable people.

You should be aware that these are highly competitive posts, so unfortunately we cannot guarantee a placement for every student, or guarantee them their top choice, though we work hard to satisfy everyone.

We’re always on the lookout for new and exciting placement opportunities for students, so the opportunities for this year will be revealed to you when you arrive. Below, however, you can see further information about some of our current placement providers.

Find out more about placements for postgraduate students

Placement providers

Here are some examples of placements you might undertake. We're forming new collaborations with local institutions every year to bring you as many opportunities as we can. You will learn about the full range of placements currently on offer when you sign up to the course.

Your application

Entry requirements


This course emphasises core practical skills, which will give you extra marketability in a competitive professional arena, and provide you with a route into a successful and rewarding career.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. 

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Our staff

You'll be learning from world-leading researchers in fields such as face blindness, neuropsychology and clinical psychology and you will have the opportunity to get involved in various research projects. Many of our staff and students are involved in community or charitable trusts in addition to their academic practice or study, and we have close ties with the British Psychological Society. 

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. You can visit our Department of Psychology pages to read more about our staff. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

What our students say

Michelle May

My favourite thing about BU is working with brilliant minds. I not only respect but admire the staff for the research they have conducted and their professionalism.

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Professor Remco Polman

I’m very proud of the staff we have here. The skills and expertise they pass on to students give them the perfect background to move on into careers or further study.

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Charlotte Barnes

So far the topics have been the best things about the course, all the lecturers are enthusiastic and interested in our feedback and how to improve the course.

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