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How to get into neuropsychology?

I have currently finished studying a neuroscience degree and wanted to possibly get into neuropsychology. However, I’d rather not do a masters in psychology. What other non-lab/research options do I have? My other plan is to apply for a physicians associate role.
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Original post by Remyyyessy
I have currently finished studying a neuroscience degree and wanted to possibly get into neuropsychology. However, I’d rather not do a masters in psychology. What other non-lab/research options do I have? My other plan is to apply for a physicians associate role.

If you actually want to become a clinical neuropsychologist you would have to do a conversion masters course to get BPS accreditation first (if your neuroscience degree was not BPS accredited already) as it requires doing a clinical doctorate and becoming a clinical psychologist and then doing further training in neuropsychology. Physician associate might be a way to work in that area in some capacity but there are probably more limited roles and to do so would also require postgraduate training first.
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Hi thank you for responding, so after I do a conversion course for psychology, what would I have to do next? And how long would it roughly take to officially become a clinical neuropsychologist, and is it easy to find a job role? Thank you 🙂
Original post by Remyyyessy
Hi thank you for responding, so after I do a conversion course for psychology, what would I have to do next? And how long would it roughly take to officially become a clinical neuropsychologist, and is it easy to find a job role? Thank you 🙂


After your conversion degree, you'd need to get enough experience in order to get accepted into a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy). That can be through many ways, but the best experience you can get is becoming an assistant psychologist. Once you get into the DClinPsy and complete it, you'll be a clinical psychologist and will be able to do the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN).

That is, if you're incredibly lucky, a minimum of six years between finishing your conversion course and becoming a clinical neuropsychologist. Realistically speaking, probably more - I'd guesstimate between 8 and 10 years, or maybe even longer. The good thing is that once you get into the DClinPsy, you actually get a salary (if you qualify for home fees) because these extra courses work somewhat like apprenticeships..

The bad thing is that not a single step in this journey is easy. Competition will be cut-throat at every step of the road because there are always many more applicants than places.

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