Adult Neuropsychological Syndromes


This module will provide an introduction to the clinical presentation of neuropsychological syndromes in adults.

Through discussion of specific neurological conditions, students will gain an understanding of cognitive disorders associated with abnormal brain structure and function.

The module will provide an overview of structure-function relationships and evaluation of cognition.

Case studies will be used to illustrate key concepts and there will be an emphasis on neuroimaging and genetic features of common disorders.

Content will include:

  • Historical Perspectives in neuropsychology
  • Introduction to neuropsychological assessment
  • Neuroimaging methods and neuroanatomy
  • Neuropsychology of acquired disorders (e.g. stroke, traumatic brain injury)
  • Neuropsychology of neurodegenerative disorders (e.g. Alzheimer’s disease, Fronto-temporal dementia)
  • Neuropsychology of epilepsy
  • Recovery of function and cognitive rehabilitation


  • 10 x 2 hour lectures
  • 3 x 2 hour workshop/discussion groups
  • 1 x 1 hour revision session
  • 10 x 1 hour office hour


This module will be assessed by coursework during the term. Both assignments are set at the start of term but due at different times. 

A critical essay (60%) linked to the conditions assessed during the course provides students with an opportunity to integrate knowledge and present an in depth argument about an aspect of clinical neuropsychology. 

A project proposal (40%) requires students to present a rationale for a brain imaging study that will advance knowledge of a specific disorder. 

Please note that the format of papers in the supplementary examinations may differ from the equivalent main examination paper or class test. Re-sit and deferral students should check the details of the assessment format of supplementary examinations with the Module Leader.

Key skills

  • Critical thinking
  • Integration and comparison
  • Problem solving
  • Gathering information
  • Report writing
  • Using initiative
  • Written communication