Clinical and Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology
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Clinical Route

MSc / Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology

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The clinical route is open to qualified Clinical and Educational Psychologists as recognised by the  Health Care and Professions Council. In order to qualify as a Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychologist the British Psychological Society (BPS) now requires such professionals to obtain a Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN) of the Division of Neuropsychology (DoN). The BPS views the QiCN as the ‘gold standard’ for practitioners in clinical neuropsychology. The QiCN requires successful completion of three components known as:

i)                  Knowledge dimension

ii)                 Research dimension

iii)                Practice dimension

The dimensions are examined independently although a qualified clinical neuropsychologist would be expected to be competent in integrating all three dimensions in day to day practice. The BPS considers that students who successfully complete the ICH Post-graduate Diploma qualification are deemed to have completed the Knowledge dimension and students who complete the ICH MSc qualification are deemed to have completed both the Knowledge and Research dimensions.

Most Clinical and Educational psychologists who have already completed research projects to a doctoral or MSc level can apply to the BPS DoN Board of Assessors for exemption from the Research dimension. However, some still choose to study the MSc at ICH so that they can gain research experience within this specialist area. Therefore the clinical route is offered as both a Post-graduate Diploma and MSc, as well as on a full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 year) basis.

In order to complete the Practice dimension psychologists are required to organise the equivalent of two years of full-time supervised clinical work and produce a portfolio of clinical competence which is examined by the BPS Division of Neuropsychology Board of Assessors. This portfolio involves submission of a case log, a clinical supervision log and six detailed case studies, all defended by viva examination. Please note that the Practice dimension is examined by the BPS independently of ICH. University programmes do not currently offer organisation or supervision of the practice dimension in neuropsychology.

The programme covers all key areas of the syllabus recommended by the BPS Division of Neuropsychology and draws on the wealth of specialist expertise in neuropsychology within Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the UCL Institute of Child Health and other related neuroscience and psychology departments within UCL. We also invite many external speakers who are international experts within their area of specialism.

Modules to complete for Post-graduate Diploma in Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology (120 credits)

  • Full-time students - Year 1 Modules 1-8
  • Part-time students - Year 1 Modules 1-4 / Year 2 Modules 5-8

Modules to complete for MSc in Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology 
(180 credits)

  • Full-time students - Year 1 Modules 1-9
  • Part-time students - Year 1 Modules 1-4 / Year 2 Modules 5-8 (Module 9 over 2 years)

For academic year 2014/15

Module

Module Title

Date

Credit

Total learning hours

Method of Assessment

 1 Introduction to developmental cognitive neuroscience 29 September - 3 Oct 2014        
15
 150

Unseen exam (90 mins)

13 March 2015

 2 Professional issues for paediatric neuropsychologists
6 - 10 Oct 2014
15
 150 Essay journal paper
 3 Development of sensory, motor and cognitive neural systems
1 - 5 Dec 2014        
15
 150

Unseen exam (90 mins)

13 March 2015

 4 Developmental disorders and neuropsychological profiles
12 - 16 January 2015
15
 150 Commentary on scientific paper(s)
 5 Infant and neurodevelopmental assessment
9 - 13 Feb 2015
15  150 Essay journal paper
 6 Assessment of neuropsychological disorders and their functional implications
16 - 20 March 2015
15
 150

Unseen exam (90 mins)

12 June 2015

 7 Advanced developmental cognitive neuroscience 27 April - 1 May 2015
15  150

Unseen exam (90 mins)

12 June 2015

 8 Developing clinical formulations and interventions 18 - 22 May 2015
15 150 Commentary on scientific paper(s)
 

For MSc Students only

       
 9 Paediatric Neuropsychology Research Project

Research Methods module dates

Tuesday 21 Oct

Tuesday 28 Oct

Tuesday 4 Nov

Tuesday 11 Nov

Tuesday 18 Nov

Thursday 20 Nov

60  600 Portfolio and viva

For the Research dimension (Module 9), MSc candidates also study a course in advanced research methods and statistics and complete a research project resulting in submission of a dissertation examined by viva-voce.

The mark for each module is weighted according to the value of its credits in producing the overall mark. The methods of examination are consistent with those required by the BPS Division of Neuropsychology

2014-2015

Qual. Programme Title Programme Code UK/EU Full-time UK/EU Part-time Overseas Full-time Overseas Part-time
MSc Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology TMSICHSCPN01 £9,250 £4,650 per annum £22,100

£11,000

per annum

PG Dip Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology TPPICHSCPN01 £5,700

£2,850

per annum

£14,700

£7,250

per annum


For further information about fees please see the UCL Fees page.

MSc/PG Diploma in Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology

Candidates

Candidates must have the following in relation to the British Psychological Society (i) the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership, (ii) eligibility for Chartered Membership of the Society and (iii) eligibility for full membership of either the Division of Clinical Psychology, the Division of Educational and Child Psychology or the Scottish Division of Educational Psychology prior to being admitted to the programme. 

In addition candidates must be registered with the Health Care and Professions Council as a Clinical Psychologist or Educational Psychologist

How to Apply

Applications are made direct to UCL. You may apply online or download the application forms in pdf format.

The closing date for applications to start in autumn 2014 is Wednesday 30th April 2014. This is a departmental deadline and although you will still be able to apply via the UCL system your application may not be considered after this date. To apply visit UCL admissions website

After the 30th April please check to see if the course is full. The UCL final deadline is the 1st August 2014.

For further information on the BPS requirements for QiCN

See the BPS website http://www.bps.org.uk/ and follow the careers and qualifications link.

Or contact Bethan Carley of the Division of Neuropsychology Board of Assessors. Telephone 0116 254 9568


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