MSc Principles of Applied Neuropsychology – Bath Spa University

Key facts

MSc Principles of Applied Neuropsychology, PG Dip Principles of Applied Neuropsychology, PG Cert Principles of Applied Neuropsychology.
School of Sciences
Campus or location
Corsham Court
Course length
MSc full-time three trimesters (one calendar year); MSc part-time up to five years; PGDip full-time two trimesters (one academic year); PGDip part-time four trimesters; PGCert full-time one trimester; PGCert part-time two trimesters.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for anyone with a good major Psychology degree. It’s essential that you’ve completed a Psychology dissertation.

Please contact our admissions team for more information:

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.

“The lecturers are helpful and approachable and the campus is a small and friendly environment with great surroundings … Studying for an MSc has helped me stand out from other graduates, which is highly beneficial, due to psychology being such a competitive field.”

Georgina Hughes, Principles of Applied Neuropsychology

What you'll learn


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 undertaken by students must have a neuropsychological focus. 

Course modules

This course includes or offers the following modules. Please check the course handbook or definitive programme document for full details on which modules are core, required or optional.

  • 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.

Facilities and resources

Where the subject is taught

This course is taught at Corsham Court campus.


UK and EU students full time

Course fees
2020/21 entry £7,600
2021/22 entry Published Jan 2021
2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022

UK and EU students part time

Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

2020/21 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 £3,800
Year 2 Published Jan 2021

2021/22 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2021
Year 2 Published Jan 2022

2022/23 Entry

Course fees
Year 1 Published Jan 2022
Year 2 Published Jan 2023

International students full time

Course fees
2020/21 entry £14,700
2021/22 entry Published Jan 2021
2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022

Interested in applying?

What we look for in potential students

This course is suitable for anyone with a good major Psychology degree. It’s essential that you’ve completed a Psychology dissertation. You don’t need to have studied undergraduate Neuropsychology, however, it would be beneficial to show relevant experience or plans to obtain relevant experience of work in an appropriate area.

How do I apply?

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Want to apply for this year? 

Many of our postgraduate courses have a limited number of student spaces. To avoid the disappointment of the course being full, we recommend that you apply now.

Late applications (generally those made after 31 July) will only be considered if places remain on the course.

Need more information or still have questions? Contact us to discuss your situation.

Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
Course leader: Alison Lee

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