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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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).
Psychology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics or Statistics
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.