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Ms Emily Medlicott

Email: emily.medlicott@annafreud.org

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7794 2313

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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Key facts

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Interdisciplinary: not an assessed unit
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Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice MSc

This new, unique, MSc aims to encourage an integrated understanding of child development and a range of childhood disorders, and to give students an opportunity to apply this understanding in a clinical setting, through a placement in the second year within a Child and Adolescent Mental Health clinic.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

The programme draws together theory, research and therapeutic thinking from a range of perspectives, including clinical and cognitive psychology, psychoanalysis and neuroscience. In a workshop setting, students develop competencies in engagement, assessment and evaluation, and practical skills necessary for therapeutic work with children and families. These are then put into practice during the clinical placement.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The programme is based at the Anna Freud Centre in London, a world-renowned centre for research, training and clinical practice in the field of child mental health.

Distinctive features include an overview of child development and developmental psychopathology including a focus on key childhood disorders (e.g. autism, ADHD, psychosis and conduct disorder) taught by leading academics and clinicians, and practical training in conducting research in clinical settings, drawing on the best aspects of both 'evidence based practice' and 'practice based evidence'.

You will also gain exposure to clinical work within NHS and voluntary sector organisations involving children, adolescents and families, under the supervision of an experienced clinician.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 2 years

This two year MSc has a total value of 300 credits. Each year students complete modules to the value of 150 credits. Year one: taught modules (150 credits). Year two: clinical skills modules (35 credits), a clinical practice in context module (15 credits) and the research dissertation (100 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time one year) is offered.

Core Modules Year One

  • Multiple Perspectives on Child Development I
  • Multiple Perspectives on Child Development II
  • Development Psychopathology II: Development Disorders from Multiple Perspectives
  • Research Methods II: Introduction to Statistical Analysis
  • Evaluating Clinical Interventions
  • Foundations of Psychoanalytic Thought I: Freud and the Creation of Psychoanalysis
  • Foundations of Psychoanalytic Thought II: Anna Freud and the Contemporary Freudians
  • Building and Maintaining Therapeutic Relationships
  • Assessment and Planning
  • Observation 1: Parent Infant

Core Modules Year Two

  • Clinical Practice in Context
  • Clinical Skills 1
  • Clinical Skills 2
  • Research Dissertation (see below)

  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All MSc students undertake a research project which has a specific clinical focus, and culminates in a dissertation of up to 17,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

In year one students attend weekly lectures complemented by small group seminars. Modules focusing on clinical skills are classroom based. In year two, as well as taking further modules, students move into a 2-3 days per week placement. Assessment is by a mixture of course work, examinations and the dissertation.

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 in Psychology, or in another relevant social, clinical or life science discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. It is highly desirable that students have obtained relevant experience working with children or adolescents prior to application.

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 25 February 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.

Who can apply?

This MSc provides a solid foundation for those wishing to go on to further clinical training, or to apply for employment with the children's workforce. The programme is highly selective and takes a maximum of 12 per year, so students with relevant experience prior to application will be at an advantage.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice at graduate level
  • why you want to study Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice 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.


Although this is a new programme we expect that graduates will be ideally placed to apply for doctoral-level clinical trainings, such as Clinical Psychology or Child Psychotherapy, or to work as primary mental health workers specialising in work with children and families.

Completing this MSc does not currently result in an accredited clinical qualification as a therapist. However it will help you develop several core clinical competencies and provide direct supervised experience of work in a child and adolescent mental health service, placing you in a very strong position to proceed to a full clinical training.

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