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.
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1, or equivalent in a required subject.
Required subjects include: Psychology, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics/Statistics.
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 will need to provide evidence that you understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
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.
Ageing & Neurodegenerative Disorders: Cognitive abilities rise steeply from infancy to young adulthood and then are either maintained or decline in old age, depending on ability. This unit will focus on the mechanisms that underpin these changes, and will explore illnesses that usually develop in later life (e.g. dementia, Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease).
Advanced Research Methods: The unit covers a range of research methods and a tool used for conducting advanced level research, and describes the intricacies of experimental design in such contexts. The unit aims to prepare students for undertaking independent research using advanced research techniques.
Clinical & Cognitive Neuropsychology: This unit explores the diagnostic assessment and treatment of patients with brain injury or neurocognitive deficits. You will gain an in-depth understanding of neurological injury, the use of neuropsychological tests to accurately assess cognitive deficits and the management, treatment and rehabilitation of brain injured and cognitively impaired patients. At the end of the unit, you´ll have an advanced knowledge of how our understanding of cognition can be informed by patient studies.
Neurodevelopmental Diversity: This unit explores typical neural and cognitive development in childhood, and takes an in-depth look at several cases of atypical development (e.g. dyslexia, ADHD and autism). You will learn more about how to adapt environments for people with developmental conditions, and will learn about related careers from professionals working in this field.
Advanced Statistics: You will learn and apply a range of statistical techniques intended for analysing data from psychological research. These are advanced techniques which are not covered at undergraduate level, but they build on statistical knowledge that you should have acquired in your undergraduate course.
Key Transferable Skills – Presentation & Scientific Writing: In this unit, you´ll gain key skills for interpreting, presenting and writing research. Topics will include writing research and grant proposals, presentation skills and the development of advanced writing skills.
Research Project: You´ll get to choose from a set of research projects provided by our teaching staff. You will then be responsible for providing an in-depth literature review and designing an experiment to address the research question. You will be expected to collect and analyse data and will be asked to provide a submission-ready write up of the project. Supervision for the research project will be provided in weekly meetings.
As an MSc Clinical & Developmental Neuropsychology 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.
Potential careers include:
Mental Health Assessor
Therapist providing psychological therapies (IAPT)
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