Hello! Will it be helpful for me to apply for a PhD in Clinical Psychology or Clinical Psychology after doing an MSc in Clinical Neuropsychiatry as an international student? I’m a graduate with a Doctor of Pharmacy and I also have hospital internship experience in neuroscience. Recently, I received an offer letter to study Neuropsychiatry at the University of Birmingham.

Hello. Students have used this MSc as a springboard to other courses, including D.Clin.Psychol, graduate-entry medical training and PhD qualifications. So I think that completing this course will definitely improve your chances of successfully applying to further studies. I wish you the best of luck!

Hi, I am currently a PhD student in Computational Neuroscience but my lifelong dream is to be a clinician. Can you please help me see if that is possible? I have extensive record of above-average achievements in my studies and a career that suggests I am persevering and hard-working enough to do this should it be possible. I don't know where to start and what to do next. Could you help?

Hello. That depends on what kind of clinician you want to be. You can be a medic, a psychologist, a nurse, etc. When you finish your studies and training you will be able to further specialise in a specific area of practice and start working in a clinical capacity. I suggest you look at these professions and their requirements for practice.

Hi there, I’m currently studying BSc (Hons) Psychology and hoping to study MSc Clinical Neuropsychiatry. My question is, can I practice as a clinical neuropsychiatrist without doing a medicine degree before hand? My other questions is, if I cannot, is Clinical Neuropsychology my closest option? If so, what are the differences and what education path should I follow to achieve this? Many thanks.

Neuropsychiatrists are medics, so you will need a degree in Medicine plus all the required professional registrations to practice Medicine. Clinical Neuropsychology is a post-qualification discipline within Psychology, so you’re on the right path for that. If you would like to know more about Clinical Neuropsychology you can consult the BPS and Division of Neuropsychology websites:

Hello Bruno! Thank you so much for the information. As you said we don’t get any field experience during this course, can we do an internship after completing this MSc at a hospital in the Neuropsychiatry departments, in University of Birmingham affiliated hospitals for hospital experience with patients? I already have experience within client groups in hospital for couple of years and I’ve done a one year internship in Neurosciences. Overall, I need field experience during this course or after completing this course. What can you suggest to help me obtain hospital experience in neuropsychiatry? Thank you!

Hello. My advice would be to search for and directly contact Neuropsychiatry services that you may be interested in and request an internship. As far as I know, the University does not mediate this.

Hello Bruno! I recently received an offer letter to study at the University of Birmingham doing the MSc in Clinical Neuropsychiatry. I have a few queries regarding course, 1) Are we able to treat Neuropsychiatry patients after competing this course? 2) Do we get experience of Hospital teaching during the course of the programme? 3) What are the strengths of this course at Birmingham? 4) What has your experience been on this course at Birmingham?

Hello. Congratulations on securing an offer to study with us. As for your questions:
1) This course will give you the theoretical foundations to understand and manage neuropsychiatric disorders. However, if you want to practice as a doctor, nurse or another healthcare professional, you will need to have a relevant degree and professional registration and licence to practice. Completion of this course alone will not grant you a licence to practice as a healthcare professional.
2) No, you will be attending lectures at the university and conducting research for essays and your dissertations.
3) You can use this course as a springboard to other courses including PhD programmes, or you can enhance your career prospects within your existing profession by becoming an expert practitioner in the area of neuropsychiatry.
4) Very positive. Please refer to my previous answers and the video on my PG ambassador page.

I hope this helps and I wish you all the best.

Hi! I am concerned about the MSc in Clinical Neuropsychiatry. Does the full time course offer placements? Is a student able to classify oneself with a "Dr" tag or prescribe medications on completion of the course? How many students are typically in a class?

Hello. This is a taught course with no clinical work involved. You will be attending lectures at the university and conducting research for essays and your dissertation. Completion of this course does not grant a license to practice medicine in the UK, nor is it equivalent to a degree in medicine. As this is a postgraduate course, successful applicants must already hold a degree in a relevant subject matter (such as medicine, psychology, nursing, etc.). Classes are small, usually less than 20 students.

Good afternoon Mr Silva, I am finishing my third year of Medicine at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia. I am really interested in applying to the postgraduate program of Clinical Neuropsychiatry once I finish my 6 years undergraduate program here in my city. I have been searching for programs ahead of time because I wanted to know before hand about the requirements, but I haven’t been able to find all the information and I am not sure what programs I can apply to as I am an international student. I am writing this to ask for your advice on the topic and furthermore to know if there is anything I can do to prepare. I would also like to receive your advice regarding the preparation I must begin from now until I graduate from undergrad in 2023. Thank you very much for your help.

Hello, thank you for your interest in this course. For entry requirements, please refer to the Universitys page on applicants from Colombia ( It says that holders of the Licenciado/Professional Title from a recognised Colombian university will be considered, so you should be OK after you complete your undergraduate training. You will also need to show that you meet the English language requirements. You should also look at securing a student visa ( and consider the logistics (accommodation, travel, etc.) As this is a taught course with no clinical work involved, you won’t need any GMC (medical) registration here in the UK.

I wish you the best of luck for your future endeavours.

I am a consultant psychiatrist from France but I am based in London now. I am very interested in specializing in Neuropsychiatry which is not a part of the training curriculum in Psychiatry in France. Does my profile fit for this course or is it only for young students? Can this course can lead to a clinical role in Neuropsychiatry?

Hello! Absolutely, if you are interested in working withing Neuropsychiatry, you should consider this course, regardless of your seniority. When I took the course, we had students with a wide variety of backgrounds and at different stages of their careers, including consultants. And holding a degree in Neuropsychiatry will definitely improve your odds of securing a job within the field.

Hello, I am currently studying undergraduate BSc Psychology course in the UK. I am interested in the Clinical Neuropsychiatry course at the University of Birmingham. For two years I have been working with autistic children and I am still working with them. My main inquiry is if my work experience is relevant for this course or not? Another question I have is that I don’t have GCSEs but I have functional skills level 2 and I have completed Access to HE course (in Social Science pathway). Would this be accepted for the Clinical Neuropsychiatry course? Is the University of Birmingham only interested in my undergraduate Psychology course and work experience for the Clinical neuropsychiatry course or they are going to ask for GCSEs and A-levels as well? I would really appreciate if you could answer these questions.


Your BSc course is the main criteria we judge against and you would need to achieve a 2.1 to be eligible. Education before this undergraduate level can be considered in borderline cases, as does work experience. I would, therefore, make sure to talk about how your work experience is eligible to the course during your application.

How will your degree prepare you for what you want to do afterwards?

It will provide me with the essential knowledge needed to properly set up a Neuropsychiatry clinic and it will motivate me to dwell further into the field of clinical neuroscience.

Do you have anything lined up for once you have completed your degree?

I will return to Lisbon and use what I’ve learned to develop a specialised Neuropsychiatry clinic. I also plan to purse further studies in the near future, possibly a PhD in the field of clinical neuroscience.

What was your motivation for undertaking postgraduate study?

I decided to pursue postgraduate studies because I felt that I lacked training in the specific subject of Clinical Neuropsychiatry, which is regrettably missing from the standard and postgraduate medical curriculum in Portugal. I developed an interest in this subject after completing my previous studies in Neuropsychology and felt the need to undertake a more focused training in the specific aspects of Neuropsychiatry in the everyday clinical setting.

What has been the highlight of your time at Birmingham?

It is difficult to pinpoint the highlight when the whole experience is so consistently good. I am very excited about how much I have been learning and how I will be able to apply that knowledge to improve the quality of care to my patients.

Why did you choose the University of Birmingham?

I chose the University of Birmingham because it is a world-class centre for medical education and research. With close ties to local Mental Health departments and a faculty of experienced and renowned clinicians and researchers, it provides a uniquely stimulating and challenging learning environment. Also, it offers one of the most comprehensive and clinically oriented Neuropsychiatry training programs available anywhere in the world.

What, for you, are the best things about the course?

This course is unique because it is very clinically oriented, while still covering essential topics on basic neuroscience. It provides a solid introduction to a very complex subject, making it accessible to students from many different backgrounds. When you are comfortable with the basic concepts, it constantly challenges you to go one step further. I feel that I will easily be able to apply what I have been learning here in my clinical practice, so it is extremely useful to health care professionals.

Hi Bruno, I'm applying for the Clinical Neuropsychiatry MSc. I was just wondering how you have found the course so far and what your next steps are? I'm not sure if you can help but I have prematurely sent my application with an incomplete personal statement and was wondering if I could send a second application?

Hello!  Thank you for your questions and I hope that my answers will be useful to you.

I’m a full-time student and as of right now I’m roughly midway through the course. This is a taught Masters course, so the focus is on acquiring knowledge and skills that you can immediately deploy in your current or future practice – nonetheless, there’s ample opportunity for research development. In my particular case, my next steps will be: 1) use the skills I’m acquiring in this course to develop a Neuropsychiatry clinic at my hospital back in Lisbon and 2) pave the way to a future PhD in the field of clinical neuroscience.

I’m very happy with the course so far. The syllabus is broad ranging and the topics are covered in sufficient depth to provide you with useful skills that you can start using right away. The teachers are well-renowned in their fields of expertise, so you know you’re learning from the best. Also, the university offers you a wide range of learning tools and plenty of support, enabling you to further deepen your knowledge on the subjects that matter to you the most.

Regarding the problem with your personal statement, I advise you to contact the Admissions Office. Please consult this webpage.

Please can you tell me how to go about the research project for the course? I will be doing this course part time, whilst working full time in northwest deanery as speciality registrar in general adult psychiatry. Is there a supervisor contact list?

Hi! Thank you for your question.

As a part-time student, you will have 2 years to finish this course and complete your dissertation. You are free to choose what type of research you want to carry out. Most students opt for a systematic review of the literature on a relevant topic of their choice, but some students present original, primary research – naturally, this is more resource-intensive and may require a considerable amount of time to acquire the necessary approvals from ethics committees, gather the sample, perform measurements, etc.

Several members of the faculty will be available to tutor you on your dissertation project and this is usually arranged directly with the staff. If you already have an idea and want to get a head start, you should contact the Programme Administrator at If not, you will probably develop an area of interest during the course and you will always have opportunities to present your ideas to the faculty and get some feedback.

Hi Bruno! I've applied to study this course this year and have a few questions. Please could you describe the format of the exam? How much support is provided by the staff? Regarding the dissertation, when would be best to start planning and what is the duration of the dissertation module on the course? From my understanding, the end date of the dissertation is in May/June (which may vary according to the academic year). Also, what are the term dates for the course? I assume it is the end of September until June. Thank you.

Hello! No problem, I’m happy to answer all your questions.

  1. You’ll be asked to write an essay for the final assessment of most modules. These are usually short systematic reviews focused on answering a single question – for instance, “what is the best treatment for psychosis in Parkinson’s Disease?” You’re expected to search the available literature and base your answer on evidence derived from primary data. The final assessment for the Brain & Mind module is a short written exam and for the Somatoform Disorders module you’ll be asked to prepare and present a short oral communication.
  2. The staff is easily available during the course and you’ll have a mentor to guide you on preparing your dissertation.
  3. Regarding the duration of the dissertation module, it depends if you’re a full ou part-time student. Full-time students (1-year) must submit their dissertations by the end of August. Part-time students complete the course in 2 years. I was a full-time student – lectures started in early October and ended by June.
  4. As for the best time to start planning… I’d say it depends on what kind of study you’re planning on doing. Most students opt for a systematic review of the literature, others may go for primary research (which takes longer to plan and carry out, specially with human participants considering all the ethics requirements and procedures). You’ll have a Research Methods module early on and you can use that time to draft a plan for your dissertation.

I hope this was helpful 🙂 Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Best regards,


Hi Bruno! With regards to the dissertation, what is the word limit for the write up? Thanks

Hello! The word limit is around 15.000 words.

Hi Bruno. I am very keen on applying for the course but will likely be needing to travel each week across the country. In your experience, are other students managing this at all or are people predominately more locally based? Also it would be useful to know on what day of the week the course runs. Many thanks in advance

Hello! I was based on campus, so for me that wasn’t an issue. However, I did have a colleague who traveled from Cardiff to attend lectures, and another who was based in London. I’m pretty sure there were other students who were not based in Birmingham. For some modules you’ll have lectures once a week (mostly on Fridays), for others lectures are scheduled in 3-day blocks (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays). My colleagues opted to stay in Birmingham for those 3-day modules and there’s a wide range of accommodation offerings in town. I hope you can make it work 🙂

Hello, I am planning to take the Neuroscience PhD at Birmingham. I am eager to do research in Cognitive Neuroscience. Is it possible to do it here? Thank you in advance!

Hello! Unfortunately I can’t help you with your question, as I’m a PG Mentor for the MSc in Neuropsychiatry course. But here are a couple of links you may find useful: PhD in Cognitive Science and PhD in Neuroscience.

Best wishes for your future endeavours!

Hi Bruno, I have received an offer for this Masters. I have just completed my BSc degree in Psychology. Would this course be very difficult for me as I see that a lot of the students who complete this Masters have already obtained a medical degree? Thank you.

Hello! First of all, congratulations on getting your offer. The course if open to psychology and other neuroscience graduates who want to develop their academic and clinical skills. When I was taking this course I had colleagues from many different backgrounds and the faculty tries to present content in a way that is accessible to everyone. That being said, you’ll definitely navigate the course and its contents more easily if you have a medical background. But don’t worry – if you have any doubts the teachers are quite available and you can always ask the medics for some help 🙂

Hi, I am doing a BSc in Neuro Electro Physiology so I can do an MSc in Neuropsychiatry or is it only for Psychology students?

Hello! The course is open to anyone with a relevant degree (at 2:1 or equivalent) and experience of working with the client group. Working as a neuroelectrophysiologist, you’ll probably come across some patients with neuropsychiatric disorders, so this course may be a good fit for you 🙂 Please bear in mind that this is a clinically oriented course, so it will benefit you most if you expect to work directly with these patients in a clinical setting.

Are there many job opportunities after finishing the course? Under what degree name will it be certified?

Hello! Students usually use the MSc in one of two ways: either as a springboard to pursue further academic progression, for example, a PhD; or to enhance their employability opportunities. Because this is a taught MSc programme, you will gain skills that will allow you to progress in your profession by becoming an expert practitioner in the area of Neuropsychiatry. If you want to apply for a job at a service that deals with this patient population (for example, a hospital or clinic with a strong emphasis on neurologic disorders), this course will definitely help you.

The final degree will be Master of Science (MSc) in Clinical Neuropsychiatry.

Hello, I want to ask, after i complete my MSc program can i set up my own clinic prescribe medications? If not, I was wondering what type of work I could get?

Hello! To practice medicine in the UK (and almost anywhere in the world) you’ll need to complete a medical degree and register with the relevant local authorities (the General Medical Council, for example). The MSc course in Clinical Neuropsychiatry by itself does not qualify you to practice medicine.

Hi, I am a Nigerian and I applied for a Masters in Clinical Oncology at University of Birmingham. What are the challenges I could face when applying for this course, are there any difficulties? Thanks.

Hello! This mentor page is for the MSc in Clinical Neuropsychiatry. Try asking this mentor:

I wish you luck in your future endeavors!

Olá Bruno, meu nome é Maria Cláudia Almeida Issa, sou cidadã brasileira e portuguesa, por isso escolhi fazer a pergunta para vc. Estou buscando opções de pós Doc sobre educação para professores de medicina. Sou professora da Universidade Federal Fluminese. O projeto tem o objetivo de implementar treinamento teórico pratico dos alunos em inglês como língua franca. Você acha que teria algum programa neste contexto ? Ensino bilíngue no curso de medicina ? Obrigada pela atenção. Atenciosamente, Maria Issa

Bom dia, Maria Claúdia. Infelizmente não posso ajudar com a sua questão, visto não ter conhecimento de nenhum programa do género an Universidade e de estar mais por dentro do curso de Neuropsiquiatria. Penso que poderá pesquisar esta página: e verificar se existe algum programa do género a decorrer.

Votos de sucesso!