I would like to be a neurosurgeon or a clinical neuropsychologist when Im older, and obviously medicine is required for surgery, but can you become a clinical neuropsychologist with a degree in neuroscience? If so, I would appreciate if you could tell me how it can be done!
I'm considering studying medicine, neuroscience or psychology in the future, and I just prefer the neuroscience and biological/chemical aspects of psychology, so (at the moment) I just think that I'd enjoy the more science oriented neuroscience course a bit more. I know Ive got a long time to go, but I find it useful to plan ahead.
Anyhow, thanks very much for all replies!
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- Thread Starter
- 20-01-2010 21:44
- 22-01-2010 03:45
To be a clinical neuropsychologist you first need a doctorate in clinical psychology (dclinpsy).
In order to be eligible for this degree you need a British Psychology Society (BPS) accredited degree. Unfortunately Neuroscience is not BPS accredited.
To become a clinical psychologist I think the usual path is:
3 years Bsc. psychology (or joint honours which is BPS accredited).
1 or 2 (maybe more) years of clinical practise (as an assistant psychologist or research assistant).
3 years doctorate in clinical psychology.
2 or 3 years part time post-doctoral masters in neuropsychology.
Overall around 10 years. The doctorate is funded by the NHS (i think around 22k per year salary).
Anyway, hope this helps. You can check out the BPS website for more information!