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Clinical Neuropsychology


Entry requirements

All 60 ec of the first-year in Psychology obtained.


One in 5 people will suffer at some point in their life from a brain disorder such as autism, encephalitis, cerebral confusion, a stroke, epilepsy, schizophrenia or dementia. Patients with a (suspected) brain disorder are often referred to a clinical neuropsychologist. Neuropsychologists specialise in the quantitative mapping of the nature, severity and development of cognitive (concentration disorders, forgetfulness, aphasia, etc.), emotional and behavioural disorders (personality change, depression, etc.) and their treatment and management. Clinical neuropsychologists also need a sound knowledge of the structure, and functioning of the healthy (developing) and diseased brain and what affects it. Clinical neuropsychology is developing into an increasingly evidence-based practice that focuses on quality improvement, effectiveness and efficiency. This requires clinical neuropsychologists to develop academic skills in accordance with the ‘scientist-practitioner’ model.

Course objectives

At the end of the course, the student:

  • can differentiate between various neurocognitive domains and associated impairments;

  • can differentiate between various brain disorders and their associated impairments and underlying pathology;

  • can describe neuropsychological methods and techniques used to diagnose and treat brain disorders;

  • an describe research methods and techniques used to study the effects of brain disorders on behaviour;

  • has developed presentation skills that allow them to communicate a current (clinical) neuropsychological theme/topic.


For the timetable of this course please refer to MyTimetable

This course is offered twice a year.



Students must register themselves for all course components (lectures, tutorials and practicals) they wish to follow. You can register up to 5 days prior to the start of the course. The exception here is that first-year bachelor students are assigned and registered for all components in the first semester or academic year by the administration of their bachelor programme. The programme will communicate to these students for which course components and for which period the registration applies.


You must register for each exam in My Studymap at least 10 days before the exam date. Don’t forget! For more information, see the enrolment procedure.
You cannot take an exam without a valid registration in My Studymap.

Carefully read all information about the procedures and deadlines for registering for courses and exams.

Students who take this course as part of a LDE minor or a premaster programme, exchange students and external guest students will be informed by the education administration about the current registration procedure.

Mode of instruction

8 2-hour lectures (weblectures are available; English language)
8 2-hour work group sessions (attendance is mandatory; Dutch and English language)

The lectures cover a combination of neuropsychological theory and its application to clinical and/or academic practice. The work group sessions – which represent a broadening/deepening of the lectures and required reading – cover the following aspects: practicing neuropsychological diagnostics and interventions, patient demonstrations (including video case-based reasoning), neuroanatomy, and recent scientific developments in the field of neuropsychology. Students are required to present (1) about brain structures in relation to neurocognitive disorders and (2) about the neuropsychological consequences of neurological disorders, including a student-led discussion on a controversial theme.

Assessment method

The final mark consists of the mark for the examination (60%; minimum mark 5) and an assignment mark (40%; minimum mark 5).

The examination consists of 40 multiple-choice and 5 essay questions. The examination covers both the book mentioned below and the lectures. The multiple-choice and essay questions are in English. The essay questions may be answered in Dutch or English.

The graded assignments consist of an oral presentation, including a student-led discussion on a controversial theme, and a poster on a current (clinical) neuropsychological topic created in collaboration with other students.

Course passed = pass mark in the examination (minimum grade 5) + pass mark for work group session attendance (minimum attendance of 75%) + pass mark for the assignments (minimum average grade 5) and a weighted average of 5,5 or higher.

The Institute of Psychology uses fixed rules for grade calculation and compulsory attendance. It also follows the policy of the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences to systematically check student papers for plagiarism with the help of software. All students are required to take and pass the Scientific Integrity Test with a score of 100% in order to learn about the practice of integrity in scientific writing. Students are given access to the quiz via a module on Brightspace. Disciplinary measures will be taken when fraud is detected. Students are expected to be familiar with and understand the implications of these three policies.

Information about the post-exam consultation will become available on Brightspace after the examination.

Reading list

Roy Kessels, Esther van den Berg, Rudolf Ponds, Joke Spikman, Martine van Zandvoort | Clinical Neuropsychology (revision) | Boom uitgevers Amsterdam | Augustus 2023 | ISBN 9789024456130 | 01.01 | 688 blz. Please note that this is the new edition

Contact information

Dr. Julie Hall
Dr. Karin van der Hiele