MSc Principles Of Clinical Neuropsychology

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    MSc 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Course Description

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.

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 acquired 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.

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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.

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Student Destinations

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.

Module Details

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.

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