Masters

We are delighted that you are considering applying for a taught graduate course at UCL.

SLMS Open Day 2015

We would like to invite you to the UCL Life and Medical Sciences Postgraduate Open Event on Wednesday 29 April 2015, 4-8pm.

More than half of our students are graduate students, who come here to benefit from UCL’s internationally-recognised graduate training. Whether you want to join the next generation of academic researchers and teachers or build successful careers in other fields, UCL’s outstanding academic staff and facilities will support your ambitions.

Click on the headings below to see the programmes we offer in different topic areas:

Programmes in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy

We offer an unrivalled portfolio of clinically-oriented masters programmes covering therapeutic modalities from psychoanalysis to cognitive behavioural therapy and soon to include systemic family practice and interpersonal psychotherapy. The MRes in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology is a two-year programme that focuses on developing skills in neuroscience and research, with an emphasis on clinical disorders such as autism and anxiety. Students spend their first year in London and their second year at the Child Study Center in Yale, where they complete a substantive research project. Our new two-year MSc in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice offers a more multi-perspective approach on developmental psychopathology with an emphasis on acquiring ‘hands-on’ clinical competencies required for working with children and families. In their second year students have a year-long clinical placement in an NHS child and adolescent mental health team where they are supervised by experienced practitioners. The one-year MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology provides students with a solid grounding in psychoanalytic approaches to child development alongside skills in infant and young child observation. This course meets criteria for the pre-clinical requirements for the Child Psychotherapy Doctoral training. The one-year MSc in Theoretical Psychoanalytical Studies provides students with a grounding in the nature, history, content and context of psychoanalytic theory, as used by practising psychoanalysts. The MSc/PG Dip/ PG Cert in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People is only offered part-time and is aimed at those already working professionally with young people, including social workers and educational psychologists. The course is designed to run alongside existing work commitments, and it is possible to enrol for each element (Certificate, Diploma, MSc) separately over the three years. The Postgraduate Diploma in Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Interventions provides formal training for student’s employed as Low Intensity Trainees in primary care trusts that are part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (IAPT).

Programmes in Cognition and Research Skills

UCL offers a wide range of cognitive programmes with a particular emphasis on the investigative methodologies underlying them. For instance, there are currently five related Masters of Science (MSc) programs and two Masters of Research (MRes) programs. The MSc in Cognitive and Decision Sciences is a one-year program focusing on processes and representations responsible for thought, knowledge and decision making and emphasizes behavioural, quantitative and computational approaches. The MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience concentrates on mental processes in the human brain using state-of-the-art methodologies including neuroimaging techniques, patient studies and neurostimulation tools. The MSc in Research Methods in Psychology equips students with the advanced training in research methods that will prepare them for a career involving psychological research. Training is provided in all relevant skills, including reviewing literature, developing hypotheses, writing research proposals, designing and carrying out empirical studies, conducting advanced statistical analyses, and presenting results and is particularly valuable for students who wish to pursue a PhD in experimental psychology. The MSc in Social Cognition places emphasis on how individuals construe the social world and the processes that underlie social judgment and behaviour. In addition, we offer two MRes programs that place a particular emphasis on self-guided research and offer the opportunity for students to plan their own programme of study. The MRes in Cognitive Neuroscience focuses on mental processes in the healthy and diseased brain while the interdisciplinary MRes in Speech, Language and Cognition is aimed at applicants whose interest in language spans more than one discipline.

Programmes in Developmental Psychology

UCL has an outstanding record of teaching and research in the field of Developmental Psychology. Currently we offer four developmentally focused MSc programmes that are tailored for different student interests. The three-year The MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People is only offered part-time and is aimed at those already working professionally with young people, including social workers and educational psychologists. The course is designed to run alongside existing work commitments, and it is possible to enrol for each element (Certificate, Diploma, MSc) separately over the three years. The MSc in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology is a two-year programme that focuses on developing skills in neuroscience and research, with an emphasis on clinical disorders such as autism and anxiety. Students spend their first year in London and their second year at the Child Study Center in Yale, where they complete a substantive research project. Our new two-year MSc in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice offers a more multi-perspective approach on developmental psychopathology with an emphasis on acquiring ‘hands-on’ clinical competencies required for working with children and families. In their second year students have a year-long clinical placement in an NHS child and adolescent mental health team where they are supervised by experienced practitioners. The one-year MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology provides students with a solid grounding in psychoanalytic approaches to child development alongside skills in infant and young child observation. This course meets criteria for the pre-clinical requirements for the Child Psychotherapy Doctoral training. 

Programmes in Language Sciences and Linguistics


The Division of Psychology and Language Sciences is virtually unmatched in the world in terms of the breadth of expertise in teaching and research across many sub-disciplines of the language sciences. Currently, we offer a range of degrees across these sub-disciplines.

In Linguistics, the MA Linguistics is a conversion programme for students who have had little exposure to the subject in their undergraduate studies. It aims to give students a thorough grounding in modern theoretical linguistics. There are four further advanced MA programmes for students with previous training in linguistics who wish to deepen their knowledge in one of the sub-disciplines. These advanced degrees are primarily aimed at students planning to carry out doctoral studies and combine the advantages of a traditional taught MA programme with a strong research preparation component. These are the MA in Linguistics with specialisations in Phonology, Pragmatics, Semantics and Syntax.

There are also a number of non-clinical programmes for students interested in furthering their knowledge of the speech and language sciences with view to a career in research, education or related disciplines. The main non-clinical programme is the MSc Language Sciences, which provides a thorough multi-disciplinary introduction to knowledge and current research in the inter-related aspects of human communication. This programme includes a number of strands which share a common core of modules which allow students to choose a number of options in their chosen specialisation. The current strands are: MSc Language Sciences with specialisation in Language Development, MSc Language Sciences with specialisation in Neuroscience and Communication, MSc Language Sciences with specialisation in Linguistics with Neuroscience, MSc Language Sciences with specialisation in Sign Language Studies, and the MSc Language Sciences with specialisation in Speech and Hearing Sciences.  Students who are seeking a multi-disciplinary programme with a greater freedom in the choice of modules and greater weighting given to the research project component, e.g., as preparation for a doctoral degree, can register for the MRes Speech, Language and Cognition.

Programmes in Speech and Language Therapy


The Division of Psychology and Language Sciences is virtually unmatched in the world in terms of the breadth of expertise in teaching and research across many sub-disciplines of the language sciences.

In Speech and Language Sciences, there are a range of clinical and non-clinical programmes. The MSc Speech and Language Sciences is a full-time professional degree which leads to qualification as a Speech and Language Therapist.  Successful completion results in recommendation for membership of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and eligibility to apply for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) to practise as a speech and language therapist. Fees for home/EU students are paid by the NHS, and students may also be eligible for an NHS Bursary. The PGCert/MRes in Applied Research in Human Communication Disorders is a programme aimed at professionals already working in child or adult services in health, education or social care who have an interest in developing research expertise and a motivation to carry out supported research in their workplace.

Programmes in Neuroscience

UCL is one of the foremost neuroscience research centres in the world. This provides an ideal environment to study neuroscience and learn from leading experts engaged in frontline research and translational application. The MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience is a one-year interdisciplinary degree programme that concentrates on mental processes in the human brain using state-of-the-art methodologies including neuroimaging techniques, patient studies and neurostimulation tools. The related MRes in Cognitive Neuroscience also focuses on the relationship between the mind and the brain, but incorporates a more extensive research project and fewer taught modules than the MSc programme. The MRes is ideally suited for those with existing research strengths who wish to pursue a research career. Both programmes are organised by the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and bring together some of the world’s leading researchers in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychology. Finally, two of the strands of the MSc in Language Sciences involve neuroscience. The MSc in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology is a unique two-year programme offered in collaboration with Yale that focuses on developing skills in neuroscience, research, and understanding childhood disorders from multiple perspectives, including cognitive and psychoanalytic approaches. Students spend their first year in London and their second year at the Child Study Center in Yale, where they complete a substantive research project. The MSc in Language Sciences with specialisation in Linguistics with Neuroscience is designed for students with a background in linguistics who are interested in applying their knowledge to understanding language impairments in individuals with brain damage and/or carrying out neuroscientific research on language processing. The MSc in Language Sciences with specialisation in Neuroscience and Communication is a one-year programme providing students with a multidisciplinary research perspective on language and its representation in the brain. Students complete an independent research project in one, or some combination, of the disciplines studied; these include speech and language processing, brain imaging, sign language, linguistic theory, language impairment and language development.

Programmes in Organisational Psychology

The one-year MSc in Industrial-Organisational and Business Psychology provides students with a solid grounding in talent management, the psychology of human capital and organisations. This course is ideal for students planning a career in human resources, consulting, and consumer psychology, as well as those hoping to pursue a PhD in this area. The programme offers excellent networking and placement opportunities with global organisations and has strong links with industry, notably financial services, advertising, and tech start-ups.

Programmes in Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics

 The MSc in Human-Computer Interaction and Ergonomics aims to teach students, through information, demonstration, exploration and application, a scientific human-centred approach to the design and evaluation of a wide range of interactive systems and products, and their contexts of use. This program offers the options of obtaining a post-graduate diploma or certificate.