Principles of Applied Neuropsychology (MSc)

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
7195

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
October

International course fees
find out

All study options

About Principles of Applied Neuropsychology at Bath Spa University

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

  • Study emerging theories in advanced neuropsychology.
  • Learn practical skills in preparation for a career as a scientist-practitioner.
  • 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 graduate

What you'll learn

Overview

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, focussing on the core skills expected of a practitioner of applied psychology.

Modules

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.

Dissertation
This is the opportunity to investigate an area of neuropsychology of individual interest. As part of this module you are required to submit a 4,000-6,000 word paper, ready for publication in a specified journal, based on your research. You also have to demonstrate the ability to keep a detailed research log. The research undertaken by students must have a neuropsychological focus. 

How will I be assessed?

We have a variety of assessment that you'll use during your doctoral training; a systematic literature review, writing a case formulation, 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.

Opportunities

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.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees 7195International course fees find out
  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 - 5 years
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees 7195International course fees find out
  • The awardPG CertHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 trimester
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out
  • The awardPG CertHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 trimester
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out
  • The awardPG DipHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 trimester
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out
  • The awardPG DipHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study4 trimester
    Course startsOctoberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees

UK and EU students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £7,195 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

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.

2018/19 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 £3,600 Year 2 Published Jan 2019

2019/20 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2019 Year 2 Published Jan 2020

2020/21 Entry

Course fees

Year 1 Published Jan 2020 Year 2 Published Jan 2021

International students full time

Course fees

2018/19 entry £13,900 2019/20 entry Published Jan 2019 2020/21 entry Published Jan 2020

Entry requirements

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.

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