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Postgraduate Diploma  Clinical Neuropsychology

Year of entry

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

This PgDip  is one of several postgraduate professional degrees in psychology offered by the Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology.

The course is ideal if you wish to improve your knowledge of clinical neuropsychology or if neuropsychology is a key component of your employment, and is designed to align with the British Psychological Society (BPS) standards for the accreditation of programmes in adult clinical neuropsychology.

The majority of the course is delivered online to enable you to adapt your learning around your lifestyle.

The course is aimed at HCPC registered practitioner psychologists who wish to improve or advance their clinical neuropsychology knowledge.

You will study six 20 credit modules. Each module covers five learning themes.

Core Modules

Context for Neuropsychology Practice and Methods (20 credits)

Learning themes:

  • Historic basis and theoretical principles of neuropsychology
  • Foundations of neuroscience
  • Critical reading of contemporary research in neuropsychology
  • Advanced psychometric principles and ethical issues in test use
  • Professional communication, report writing, and feeding back

Neuropsychological Assessment and Formulation (20 credits)

Learning themes:

  • Memory and executive functions
  • Language, visuo-spatial / perceptual, and praxis functions
  • Assessment of mental capacity
  • Contemporary issues in neuropsychological assessment
  • Neuropsychological formulation.

Neuropsychological Intervention and Neurorehabilitation (20 credits)

Learning themes:

  • Recovery and neurorehabilitation of acquired brain injury
  • Management and quality of life in long-term neurological conditions
  • Individual psychotherapy with people with neurological conditions
  • Systematic approaches with people with neurological conditions
  • Challenging behaviour and challenges the neurologically impaired face

Developmental, Progressive, and Long-term Neurological Conditions (20 credits)

Learning themes:

  • Differential diagnosis of the cortical dementias
  • Subcortical dementias and movement disorders
  • Other dementias and neurodegenerative conditions
  • Epilepsy and NEAD
  • Paediatric / neurodevelopmental disorders.

Acquired brain injuries and neuropsychiatric conditions (20 credits)

Learning themes:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Cerebrovascular disorders/stroke
  • Other ABI
  • Medically unexplained with neuropsychological features
  • Neuropsychiatric conditions.

Professional Development and Practice in Neuropsychology (20 credits)

Learning themes:

  • Personal professional development
  • Examinations, assessments and treatments of allied professions
  • National legislation and NICE guidance
  • NHS services, settings, and charitable organisations
  • Private practice, expert witness, and medico-legal working.

The course will improve your knowledge and skills, and enhance your employment opportunities in clinical neuropsychology. 

The majority of the course is held online and is made up of three academic trimesters per year.

Trimesters start in late January, late May/early June, and late September, and run 13 to 15 weeks each. You will be expected to contribute between about 10 to 15 hours per week in academic study/activities.

At the beginning of the course you will take part in a 2-day orientation, at our Salomons Institute in Tunbridge Wells. You will undertake training on how to use the University’s virtual learning environment and will be encouraged to become part of a ‘learning community’ of students. Participation in this online community accounts for 20% of each module mark.

Your online learning will be supported by a variety of material, including pre-recorded lectures, podcasts, and multi-media. These are all designed to be in manageable segments, that you can take at your own pace.

Other material includes ‘foundational’ and ‘advanced’ reading from e-books, e-journals, and tutor approved web-based material.

You will be expected to contribute to and engage in discussion boards with other students. Tutors will set tasks, debates, questions and critiques etc. 

There will be three live webinars per trimester, held during normal office hours. These will include discussions about the course and provide an opportunity for you to speak to tutors and other students.

In October you will return to the Salomons Institute for a week-long teaching block, this will include lectures, workshops, small group work and discussion-based teaching. This offers you another chance to meet other students on the course. 

 

You will be assessed using a number of formats designed to tap into the different skills you are expected to develop during your course. These may include exams, topic papers a professional development portfolio, your involvement in the online community and two 4,000-word clinical reports.

Exams will be timed within a secure online area.

Fees

2020/21 tuition fees for this course

 UK/EUOverseas
Full-time N/A N/A
Part-time

£3,600

N/A

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. For further information read the 2020/21 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

 

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

CategoryDescription
Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIs the cost Included in the tuition fee?Is the cost an additional cost to students?
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) The costs of Field trips are not included in the Tuition fee unless the trip is a compulsory element of the module. Yes, unless the Field trip is a compulsory element of the module.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information about additional costs of travel and accommodation for placements.

Purchase of own text books

No – students are expected to purchase their own text books. Yes – students are expected to purchase their own text books.

Data & Barring Service (DBS) Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.

Occupational Health Checks

This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information. This varies depending on the Course - please refer to individual course webpages for further information.
Professional Body registration No - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable. Yes - students are expected to pay for their own Professional Body registration, if applicable.
Travel to other sites No – students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information. Yes - students are expected to pay for the cost of any travel to other University sites, however a mini bus service is provided free of charge between Old Sessions House and Polo Farm / Hall Place in Canterbury. Visit the shuttlebus webpage for more information.
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages. Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons the cost is included in the tuition fee (a maximum of one set of clothing provided per student). Further information can be found on course webpages.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course are included in the Tuition Fee. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages. Students must pay for additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course, or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student. Specific course related information can be found on course webpages.
Library fees and fines Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student. Yes – all Library fees and fines are an additional cost payable by the student.
Printing and photocopying A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student. A £15 print / photocopying credit is provided to all students each academic year on their University Smartcard. Any additional print / photocopying costs must be paid for by the student.
Social events The tuition fee does not include the cost of any social events, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, the costs of social events are an additional cost payable by the student unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies IThe cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests. The cost of the Graduation ceremony itself is included in the tuition fee for the student to attend the ceremony. However, guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student or their guests.

If you wish to apply, please email our team and they will let you know when the course is open to applications via our online applications system. 

Part-time study

Apply directly to us

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

Our library offers e-books, e-journals and databases/search engines, which are all accessible to registered students.

You have completed a higher education degree that was taught and assessed entirely in English.

Or

You have IELTS scores: 6.5 or higher with no less than 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in reading, speaking, and listening.

And

HCPC registration.

Please note that if you have a clinical neuropsychology Masters, doctorate, and/or license as a clinical neuropsychologist from a non-UK country you should seek HCPC registration. 'Clinical Neuropsychologist' is not currently a protected title in the UK, and therefore your credentials should be assessed by the HCPC to see if they qualify you for HCPC registration.

Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10

Length

  • 2 years part-time

Starts

  • January 2021

Typical contact hours per week

  • 90% online with a 2-day orientation and week-long teaching block annually, held at the Salomons Institute for Applied Psychology, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

Entry requirements

  • HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist.

    If English is not your first language you require an IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5 for most standard undergraduate and postgraduate courses. There are some exceptions and if the IELTS requirement differs it will be specified on the course page.

Location

School

  • Not applicable
 

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