MSc in Principles of Applied Neuropsychology


Program Description

MScPrinciples of Applied Neuropsychology

Examine new developments in neuropsychology and their use in the clinical world with this MSc in Applied Neuropsychology.

Study emerging theories in advanced neuropsychology.

Learn practical skills in preparation for a career as a scientist-practitioner.

Benefit from an opportunity to publish an academic paper.

This MSc in Principles of Applied Neuropsychology examines the uses of neuropsychology in the clinical world. Neuropsychology is central to the debate about the spark of individuality each human shows. This course looks at brain functions as an individual and in group settings, as well as studying the neuropsychology of mental health problems.

The course is an employability-centred extension to an undergraduate Psychology degree. It is focused on neuropsychology but is suitable for any student interested in preparing for an eventual career as a professional psychologist.


You’ll learn about the recent theories explaining how the brain allows us to cope in a busy world. You’ll learn about key concepts, such as self, and how damage to these processes can give rise to mental health problems. You’ll also study how to be an applied psychologist, focusing on the core skills expected of a practitioner of applied psychology.

Course structure

Issues in Professional Practice

This module introduces students to the principles of applied psychology and the processes of recovery and rehabilitation. It focuses on the core skills expected of a practitioner of applied psychology: assessment, formulation, intervention, evaluation, communication skills, and self- management skills. The embedded research skills in this module relate to the evaluation of clinical practice.

Social Neuropsychology of Mental Health

This module includes a neuropsychological perspective on mental health problems. It features a series of lectures on psychosis, affective disorders, fear disorders, principles of cognitive behavioural therapy, and basic pharmacology. We also look at the relationship between psychopathology and criminality. The embedded research methods deal with applications to ethics committees and performing a systematic literature review.

Advanced Neuropsychology

This module provides a clinical approach to degenerative disorders, ageing, communication disorders, visual disorders, and childhood developmental disorders. The module focuses on the functions and dysfunctions of the frontal lobes, including the concepts of self and other. The embedded research methods include researching a patient population and using test batteries.

Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

Neuropsychological rehabilitation exists to enable people to regain their footing in social and occupational spheres after brain injury. It does this in many ways, such as emotionally, functionally, and cognitively. This module offers a broad theoretical perspective of the different methods of rehabilitation available for a range of disorders. We aim to provide not just theory but also guidance as to how you communicate that theory to patients, clients, and other professionals.


This is the opportunity to investigate an area of neuropsychology of individual interest. As part of this module, you're required to submit a 4,000–6,000 word paper, ready for publication in a specified journal, based on your research. You must also demonstrate the ability to keep a detailed research log. The research under

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules.

  • Issues in Professional Practice
  • Social Neuropsychology of Mental Health
  • Advanced Neuropsychology
  • Neuropsychological Rehabilitation
  • Dissertation.

How will I be assessed?

We have a variety of assessment that you’ll use during your doctoral training, including a systematic literature review, writing a case formulation, and a reflective diary, as well as traditional essays.

How will I be taught?

Teaching includes lectures, seminars, individual tutorials, small and large group work, and neuropsychological testing experience. There will be guest speakers from relevant employers, as well as research talks from existing practitioners.


List of current alumni careers

  • Successful completion of a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
  • NHS Research Assistant
  • PhD studentship.

Cost & Fees

  • UK/EU students full time - 2019/20 entry £7,395
  • UK/EU students part-time - 2019/20 entry £3,700
  • International students full time - 2019/20 entry £14,300
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