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MSc Clinical & Developmental Neuropsychology

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

This course within the Department of Psychology focuses on the normal and abnormal changes that occur in the human brain from childhood through to adulthood through to old age.

Key topics include rare cognitive neuropsychological disorders and relatively common clinical and neurodegenerative disorders. The course is taught by staff members who conduct cutting-edge research in these fields and by professionals in educational psychology, clinical psychology and neuropsychology. 

Through the study of normal and abnormal patterns of development across the lifespan, this course provides a fascinating programme of study if you’re wishing to become a researcher in this area and/or are seeking further professional development by gaining a unique and relevant qualification in an increasingly difficult job market.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to undertake further training for a variety of roles, working in contexts such as the NHS (hospital and community), the private/independent health care sector (nursing homes and private hospitals), education, and academic research.

You’ll have the opportunity to apply for a highly-competitive placement. These placements, which take place in either specialist education or clinical settings, give you the opportunity to gain valuable experience and learn from professionals working in these fields. If you’re more interested in research, internal placements working with a member of staff in the Psychology Research Group will be offered as part of the course. Research placements offer invaluable experience for those wanting to go on to do PhD-level research.

“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

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Key information

Next start date:

September 2021, September 2022


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


1 year full-time, delivered 2 days per week (Wednesdays and Thursdays), 2 years part-time, delivered 1 or 2 days per week (Wednesdays and/or Thursdays).

Required subjects:

Psychology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Statistics

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 or equivalent in a required subject. Applicants with a 2.2 will be considered if they have achieved a 2.1 in their dissertation. 

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component. For more information see 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.

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What our students say

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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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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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