Clinical Neuropsychiatry MSc/Diploma

This interdisciplinary programme is for experienced professionals working with people with neuropsychiatric disorders associated with neurodegeneration, brain injury, and other neurological illness.

Also open to psychology and other neuroscience graduates who want to develop their academic and clinical skills, it provides you with:

  • the ability to investigate and treat neuropsychiatric disorders
  • the ability to critically appraise research in neuropsychiatry
  • knowledge of philosophical, legal, ethical and policy related issues in neuropsychiatry

This interdisciplinary programme 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.

Why study this course

The MSc Clinical Neuropsychiatry will provide you with:

  • the ability to investigate and treat neuropsychiatric disorders
  • the ability to appraise research in neuropsychiatry critically
  • knowledge of philosophical, legal, ethical and policy related issues in neuropsychiatry

As part of the course you will be offered the chance to attend a research day/seminar which is open to 1st and 2nd year students. It includes:

  • the opportunity for you to have your research proposals reviewed
  • a session on submitting proposals to the ethics committee
  • further advice on qualitative and quantitative research


Full time is usually over 2 afternoons per week and/or and some 3 day blocks.  

Part time  is usually 1 afternoon per week and/or some 3 day blocks. 

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

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Fees and funding


2019 entry:
MSc: £9,250 FT, £4,625 PT
PGDip: £6,167 FT, £3,083 PT
PGCert: £3,083 FT, £1,542 PT

MSc: £21,690 FT
PGDip: £14,460 FT
PGCert: £7,230 FT

Self funding students can choose to pay in instalments by direct debit.

Learn more about fees and funding.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

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

Please note: You will only be eligible for the Postgraduate Loan if you are on the two year part-time programme.  Those that opt for the three year part-time programme will not be eligible.


Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme 

For 2018 entry we are offering 100 new £2,000 scholarships as part of the Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme for Masters students in selected subject areas. This means that there is even more financial support available for you to pursue your Masters at Birmingham. 

Global Scholarships for Excellence

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is offering a number of Global Scholarships for Excellence for outstanding students on our postgraduate taught programmes. The value of each award is £2,000 to be off-set against tuition fees, is tenable for one year only and cannot be deferred to a later year. 

Overseas Research Scholarships

International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about scholarships for international students.

For information about all Home/EU and International funding opportunities please visit the Postgraduate Funding Database.

For other funding queries contact the School directly or get in touch with the Student Funding Office via the online enquiries system.


Entry requirements

A good relevant degree (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). For further details see here.

Learn more about entry requirements 

Non UK/EU applicants are advised to apply as early as they can so that all necessary paperwork can be completed prior to starting the programme.

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 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 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.

How to apply

Before you make your application

You may wish to register your interest with us to receive regular news and updates on postgraduate life within this Department and the wider University.

Making your application

Please note the deadline for applications for entry to academic year 2019/20 is Friday 31st May 2019. Any applications received after this date will not be considered.

 Applications received by the deadline will be considered as a batch and not on a first come first serve basis. For this reason we will not have an update on your application until at least 2 weeks after the deadline date.

 For those who are not offered a place initially but are suitable for an offer – you will be held on a waiting list in case a place becomes available. If this applies to you, you will be notified separately.

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as from 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.

In the first year, part-time 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 compehensive 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.

What have our students gone on to do?

Suraj Pal Singh (alumni) shares his thoughts about the programme.

Students completing the MSc Clinical Neuropsychiatry have enhanced their employability in a number of ways.

  • Students have used the MSc as a springboard to other courses including D.Clin.Psychol, graduate entry medical training and PhD qualifications
  • Students in settled career paths have used to course to enhance their career prospects within their existing profession by becoming expert practitioners in the area of neuropsychiatry.

Careers Support for Postgraduate Students

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market.

Here are just a few ways in which we can help postgraduates to get ahead:

  • Careers Networking opportunities
  • Effective careers strategy toolkit
  • Year planner for all postgraduate students
  • Masters Career Coaching Workshops
  • One to one careers guidance

The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. They also have a dedicated careers website for international students where you can find useful resources and information.

For more information visit the Careers Network website.

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