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Ms Emily Medlicott

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Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£8,250 (FT)

Overseas 2013/14:

£21,000 (FT)

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
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Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology MSc

This unique, international programme (formerly known as Psychodynamic Developmental Neuroscience) equips students with an understanding of neuroscience research, a sound grasp of psychoanalytic theory and multiple perspectives on developmental disorders such as autism, depression, anxiety and conduct disorder. The first year is based at UCL and the second year at Yale, New Haven in the USA.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme provides an introduction to a broad range of perspectives on developmental psychopathology, including psychoanalytic theory, neuroscience and cognitive theory. Students are equipped with knowledge and understanding of both neuroscientific and psychodynamic concepts and the ability to design research approaches using a range of neuroimaging and psychological techniques.

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.

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Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 2 years

This two year MSc has a total value of 300 credits. 165 credits of taught modules are taken in Year One and 135 in Year Two. The research dissertation is also undertaken in Year Two. The programme consists of thirteen core modules (200 credits) and a research dissertation (100 credits).

Core Modules Year One

  • Foundations of Psychoanalytic Thought I: Freud and the Creation of Psychoanalysis
  • Foundations of Psychoanalytic Thought II: Anna Freud and the Contemporary Freudians
  • Development Psychopathology II: Development Disorders from Multiple Perspectives
  • Research Methods I: Introduction to Psychological Research
  • Research Methods II: Introduction to Statistical Analysis
  • Research Methods III: Evaluating Research Literature
  • Introduction to Neuroscience Methods
  • Affective Neuroscience
  • Multiple Perspectives on Child Development I
  • Multiple Perspectives on Child Development II
  • Evaluating Clinical Interventions

Core Modules Year Two

  • Advanced Neuroscience Methods
  • Neuroimaging and Clinical Applications
  • Research Thesis (see below)

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 15,000 - 17,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through lectures, research classes, tutorials, seminars, and computer-based practical classes. Assessment is through essays, statistical assignments, submission of a literature review and unseen examinations. In the second year assessment will be by research dissertation, essay and unseen examination.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for applications is 14 June 2013. 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. Interviews are held from February to July. Interviews can be held by telephone for international applicants, and in London for those able to attend in person.

Who can apply?

The programme is particularly suitable for students with a strong academic background in psychology, medicine, genetics, neuroscience and related disciplines who have an interest in neuroscience. Applicants are not required to have extensive research experience, but some familiarity with experimental work (e.g. data collection, analysis and writing up) is important.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology 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
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


Typically, students are interested in pursuing a research career (for example, working as a research fellow, undertaking a PhD) or pursuing a clinical career (for example, applying for Clinical Psychology or Child Psychotherapy training). This is a new programme and as such there are limited statistics on career progression of graduates. At this time approximately half of students progress to further research, either as research assistants or to PhD programmes. The remainder either pursue further clinical training or work. A minority decide to pursue a career outside psychology.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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