Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Neurosciences For Clinical Neuropsychology MED5159

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Health and Wellbeing
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

This course provides a detailed introduction to neuroscience relevant to practice in clinical neuropsychology. Topics include neuroanatomy, neurotransmission, neuropharmacology, the neurological examination, neuroimaging, neurosurger and neuropathology. The pathology of the major neurological conditions is examined, including tumours, stroke, head injury, systemic conditions, and degenerative conditions. The neuroscience relevant to major psychiatric conditions is also addressed.


Seven consecutive working days as a part of a two-week teaching block in January

Requirements of Entry

A professional qualification in a relevant healthcare profession (e.g. Clinical Psychology, Medicine, Occupational Therapy, Speech & Language Therapy, Physiotherapy).

Excluded Courses





This course is examined as part of two exam that covers this course as well as the Epilepsy, Seizure and Sleep Disorders Course.

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To develop a systematic understanding of knowledge of basic and clinical neurosciences relevant to practice in clinical neuropsychology.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

To demonstrate knowledge of neuroscience relevant to clinical neuropsychology including: neuroanatomy, neurotransmission, neuropharmacology, the neurological examination, neuroradiological assessments and their applications, neurosurgery and neuropathology.


To demonstrate knowledge of the neuroanatomy and neuropathology of common neurological conditions, including tumours, stroke, head injury, systemic, and degenerative conditions.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must pass the examination.