UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology MSc

This programme, run in conjunction with, and based at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, provides a unique foundation for individuals interested in pursuing a psychotherapy training or an academic career in childhood development. The programme combines psychoanalytic theory of development and inter-family relationships with a year-long observation of infants in a family setting, and a research project.

Key Information

Programme starts

September 2018

Tuition Fees (2018/19)
£9,570 (FT) £4,785 (PT)
£24,420 (FT) £12,150 (PT)
Application deadlines
All applicants
Open: 16 October 2017
Close: 27 July 2018

Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
Location: London, Hampstead (Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families)

The programme aims to give students an insight into the relevance of psychoanalytic ideas to our understanding of both child development and the workings of the mind. Psychoanalysis was the first 'talking cure' and the concepts covered should be of interest both to students wishing to work with children and to those considering further therapeutic training.

With the addition of a second year of infant observation, the programme is recognised by all the training schools accredited by the Association of Child Psychotherapists as covering the pre-training academic requirements for a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy training. 

Postgraduate Open Evening - Tuesday 16th January 2018

Alex Volovisky, PDP Alumni

Rachel Acheson, PDP Alumni

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