Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology MSc
Options: PG Diploma
The official deadline for applications for September 2014 is 18th July 2014.
This programme, run in conjunction with the Anna Freud Centre, 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 year-long observations of infants, children and, in some cases, psychotherapists at work with families. Students undertake a research project within the various Anna Freud Centre clinical services or partner organisations.
We facilitate voluntary placements at a number of partner charities and organisations. This offers an opportunity to gain first hand, relevant work experience and supervision for students wishing to enrich their experience of working with children.
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
What will I learn?
Students develop a theoretical grounding in psychoanalytic theories of child development and of developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology. They gain practical observational skills essential in clinical work, qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and the tools necessary for conducting reliable, valid and ethical research.
Why should I study this degree at UCL?
The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language.
Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as a behavioural neuroscience laboratory, a centre for brain imaging, and extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.
Opportunities for graduate students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation, from basic processes to applied research. The division offers a supportive environment including numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.
All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,500 words.
Teaching and Learning
The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, observation exercises, and tutorials. Students are assessed throughout the programme. They are each required to submit: two essays, two observation papers and a research proposal. They must also complete three unseen examinations and submit a research dissertation.
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Normally a minimum of a lower second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
The deadline for applications is 18 July 2014.
Who can apply?
The programme is suitable for students with an undergraduate degree in psychology or another relevant social, clinical or life science discipline. It is highly desirable that prospective students have obtained some prior experience of related research. Some experience of working with children is also desirable.
What are we looking for?
When we assess your application we would like to learn:
- why you want to study Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology at graduate level
- why you want to study Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous programme
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Please note: this course is not eligible for US Federal Loan Authority funding.
Anna Freud Centre offers one bursary for this MSc course (£3000 per year) which is open only to
Home and EU Students. It is awarded based on academic ability and potential as
well as on financial need. Please note, students are only eligible to apply
once they have been issued with a firm offer from UCL for this course. The
bursary is administered by the Anna Freud Centre and is not part of UCL.
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Click here to watch what listen to what some of our past student have had to say about their experience on the course.
“I chose to study Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology at the Anna Freud Centre because of its high academic standing and historical tradition. In addition, the centre offers intimate class sizes and a combination of hands on experience, through observations and research, which provides a solid educational environment with an excellent reputation.”
''My studies helped me obtain a post working with children, and to work there with a high degree of efficacy, thanks to the comprehensive knowledge of developmental issues gained from the MSc. I feel indebted to the Anna Freud Centre’'.
Brian, now working as assistant child psychotherapist.
Some graduates of this programme have been admitted on to PhD programmes at internationally recognised universities, whilst others have gone into areas such as teacher training, speech science and related child development fields.
Top career destinations for this programme
- Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, Assistant Psychotherapist, 2011
- Anna Freud Centre, Psychologist, 2010
- King's College London, Research Assistant, 2010
- International Consulting Centre, Mental Health Therapist, 2011
- Anna Freud Centre, Toddler Assistant, 2010
Students who successfully complete the MSc can apply their degree in a variety of settings. Our graduates have found work as psychology assistants or child mental health workers, taken up posts as senior research fellows and have been admitted to psychotherapy trainings in both adult and child programmes.
Ms Anwen Prendergast
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Q. What do people do with an MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology
A. Students who successfully complete the MSc can apply their degree in a
variety of settings. Our graduates have found work as psychology assistants, or
child mental health workers, taken up posts as senior research fellows and have
been admitted to psychotherapy trainings in both adult and child programmes.
Several students have been admitted onto PhD programmes at internationally
recognised universities, whilst others have gone into areas such as teacher
training, speech science and related child development fields.
Q. What kind of background do you look for in successful candidates?
A. Whilst a background in Psychology or a social science is useful, it is not
essential and applications from all background disciplines are considered.
Q. Would I need to have lots of research experience to secure an offer?
A. The course assumes no previous research experiences although many
students already have some basic experience and knowledge of some area of
research. The course considers it more important that students develop the
emotional ability and intellectual capacity to understand concepts central to
research and how these translate to both theoretical and observational contexts.
Q. I’m an overseas student where can I convert my grades to find out if I am eligible for the course?
A. You can find information on converting grades on the graduate admissions
website under country information http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students
Q. How does this MSc differ from the other psychoanalytic MScs
offered by your department?
A. Central to the concept and identity of this MSc lies the concept of the
integration between theory, observational skills and research. The course
envisages its graduates as being able to translate concepts across these
domains and therefore develop an appreciation of the strengths and
weaknesses of each domain itself and areas of overlap between domains. As
such, it forms an excellent basis for future careers in anyone of the three
Q. What kind of careers do people move into after the MSc?
A. The course is very demanding and students who successfully complete the
MSc can apply their degree in a variety of settings. Our graduates have found
work as psychology assistants, or child mental health workers, have taken up
posts as research assistants and have been admitted to psychotherapy trainings
in both adult and child programmes, and clinical psychology training
programmes. Several students have been admitted onto PhD programmes at
internationally recognised universities, whilst others have gone into areas such
as teacher training, speech science and related child development fields.
Q. How much experience of working with children do I need to
apply for this course?
A. Some experience of working with children is expected although the nature of
thisexperience can vary greatly. Importance is given to the meaning derived
from and the capacity to think about the experience rather than the sheer
volume of experience itself. An applicant with limited experience but who has
been thoughtful about this experience is favoured to an applicant who has
amassed hours of contact with children but done so with little self reflection.
Q. How long is the course?
A. The programme is modular, allowing students maximum flexibility. Students
may undertake an MSc or Post Graduate diploma in one year of full-time study,
or in two-years of part-time study, or by flexible study where modules can be
taken overup to a maximum of five years. Each module has a credit rating, and
to be awarded a PG Diploma students must successfully amass 120 credits. For
the MSc they need to gain a total of 180 credits.
Q. Is it possible to do the MSc as a part time student?
A. Yes. Given the modular structure, the course can be completed part-time on
a basis to suit the student, this time period ranging from two to a maximum of
five years. Overseas students are warned that applications to study part time
may not meet the requirements for obtaining a visa and therefore overseas
students tend to complete the course in one year.
Q. How stressful is the course?
A. This is a demanding course that is also very rewarding to its students. There
is a great deal of reading to be completed and observations and research are
time consuming. Full time students should expect to have to devote at least four
days per week to the course which has implications for those students seeking
to hold part-time jobs whilst studying.
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