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Clinical Neuropsychiatry MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Start date
Full-time, part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught

Annual tuition fee for 2024/25:
UK: £10,530 full-time
International: £29,340 full-time
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Clinical Neuropsychiatry MSc/PG Diploma/PG Certificate (Video transcript)

This interdisciplinary Masters is for experienced professionals working with people with neuropsychiatric disorders associated with neurodegeneration, brain injury, and other neurological illness (principally doctors, neurologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, clinical psychologists and psychologists intending to become clinical psychologists). It is also open to psychology and other neuroscience graduates who want to develop their academic and clinical skills.

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Clinical neuropsychiatry is a rapidly expanding field at the interface between neurology and psychiatry. Thanks to their unique range of skills, neuropsychiatrists are in an ideal position to diagnose and treat brain pathologies resulting in specific alterations of patients’ behaviour and cognition. Neuropsychiatry is a particularly versatile fields, as neuropsychiatric conditions encompass the whole lifespan, from neurodevelopmental disorders to neurodegenerative pathologies. 

This interdisciplinary Masters programme covers all the main aspects of neuropsychiatry, from bench to bedside. Two introductory modules (Brain and Mind, Research Methods in Neuropsychiatry) allow students with different backgrounds to familiarise themselves with the basics of neuropsychiatry from a clinical and an academic perspective. The other modules focus on the most relevant neuropsychiatric conditions: epilepsy, neurodegenerative disorders (encompassing dementia and Huntington disease), Tourette syndrome, brain injury, and other common neuropsychiatric disorders (encompassing functional neurological disorder and other neuropsychiatric conditions). The MSc degree is achieved after completing a final dissertation on a neuropsychiatric topic chosen by the individual student.

Why study this course?

  • The programme is well established and has been running for over 20 years.
  • Your lectures will be delivered by world-class experts in the field including subject specialists, NHS clinicians, and other practitioners. Many of the lectures are from visiting experts who practice and/or research in their specific field. 
  • The programme consists of multidisciplinary content enabling you to explore philosophical, legal, ethical and policy issues within neuropsychiatry.
  • This is an interdisciplinary Masters programme covering all the main aspects of neuropsychiatry, from bench to bedside.
  • You will gain an understanding and experience of effectively investigating and managing a broad range of neuropsychiatric disorders. You will also develop your ability to critically appraise research in the field.


Full-time is usually over two afternoons per week and/or and some three-day blocks.

Part-time is usually one afternoon per week and/or some three-day blocks.

*These modules are available on a stand-alone basis. For more details click on the module title.




UK: £10,530 full-time
International: £29,340 full-time

Learn more about fees and funding.

Are you an international applicant?

All international applicants to this course will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of £2,000 on receipt of an offer, to secure their place.

Find out more about the deposit >>.


Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

As a UK resident you can apply for a government loan for postgraduate Masters study. This is a contribution towards the costs of study and whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs will be at the discretion of the student.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Loan

How To Apply

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How to apply

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Our Standard Requirements

A good relevant degree (e.g. Medicine, Psychology, Neuroscience), at 2:1 or equivalent, and experience of working with the client group, or an appropriate professional qualification at sub-degree level and five years experience of working with the client group. The University accepts Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). 

Learn more about entry requirements.

International Requirements

International Students

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

English to IELTS 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component).

If you need help with your English language skills then support is available.

The English for Academic Purposes Presessional course is for international students who have a conditional offer to study at the University, but who do not currently meet the English language requirements. The course is tailored to your level of English and allows you to meet the English language requirements for your programme without retaking IELTS. The EAP programme runs throughout the year and offers different programme lengths ranging from 42 weeks to 6 weeks. The length of course you need depends on your future course, your existing IELTS score and the English level you need for your university degree.

Find out more about the English for Academic Purposes Presessional course.

As a Birmingham student, you will learn from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

For part-time students, in the first year you attend for one afternoon per week for the first ten weeks and then two three-day blocks followed by one afternoon per week in the last ten weeks. In the second year there are four three-day blocks and one afternoon per week in the final ten weeks. Full-time students attend all of the sessions in one year.

Lectures are by subject specialists, NHS clinicians, service users and carers. Many of the lectures are from visiting experts who practice and/or research in their specific field. The course is academic in nature and you are expected to use the basic content as a springboard for further self-study. All programme presentations and materials are available on Canvas (the University’s on-line learning platform) for follow-up after lectures.

You will also have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Assessment Methods

Assessment on the MSc Clinical Neuropsychiatry is via a variety of short answer exams, 1500-3000 word essays, case histories, analysing research papers and a dissertation.

Alumni from the programme have continued to further study, such as clinical psychology doctorates, graduate entry  medical training and PhDs. Students in settled career paths have used the course to enhance their career prospects within  their existing profession by becoming expert practitioners in the area of neuropsychiatry.

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