Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc

Options: PG Diploma

The Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc is currently the only paediatric programme in the UK that is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and students who successfully complete the programme are deemed to have completed the academic components of the BPS professional Qualification in Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology (QiCN).

Mode of study

  • Full-time 1 year
  • Part-time 2 years

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU Full-time: £9,250
  • UK/EU Part-time: £4,650
  • Overseas Full-time: £22,100
  • Overseas Part-time: £11,000

Application date

  • All applicants: 1 August 2014

More details in Application section.

What will I learn?

Students develop an understanding of the techniques, methods and contemporary findings in this field and are trained to interpret clinical case presentations within the context of current scientific findings of developmental brain-behaviour relationships. They gain knowledge of the major professional, ethical and service delivery issues in assessment and rehabilitative work.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

This programme covers all key areas of the syllabus recommended by the BPS Division of Neuropsychology and draws on the wealth of specialist expertise in neuropsychology within Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the UCL Institute of Child Health and other related neuroscience and psychology departments within UCL. We also invite many external speakers who are international experts within their area of specialism.

The UCL Institute of Child Health has a very close relationship with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and much of its research and teaching is carried out on a joint basis.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full time nine months and part-time two years) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Professional Issues for Paediatric Neuropsychologists
  • Development of Sensory, Motor and Cognitive Neural Systems
  • Developmental Disorders and Neuropsychological Profiles
  • Infant and Neurodevelopmental Assessment
  • Assessment of Neuropsychological Disorders and Functional Implications
  • Advanced Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Developing Clinical Formulations and Interventions


  • There are no optional modules for this programme.


All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a substantial report and an oral presentation.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, group seminars, video demonstrations and directed self-study time (reading, essay writing, seminar preparations). Assessment is by two essay journal papers of up to 3,000 words each, two commentary papers of up to 1,500 words each and four 90-minute unseen examinations, and the dissertation examined by viva-voce.

Further details available on subject website:

Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants are required to be qualified Clinical or Educational Psychologists as recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council.

International equivalencies

Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements

English language proficiency level: Standard

How to apply

Please check the subject website for up-to-date application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The clinical route is open to qualified Clinical and Educational Psychologists as recognised by the Health Professions Council. In order to qualify as a Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychologist the British Psychological Society (BPS) now requires such professionals to obtain a Practitioner Full Member Qualification (PFMQ) of the Division of Neuropsychology (DoN).

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to this programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging 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.


The British Psychological Society (BPS) views the Practitioner Full Member Qualification (PFMQ) as the 'gold standard' for practitioners in clinical neuropsychology.

First career destinations of recent graduates include: Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital: Psychologist, St Helier Hospital: Medical Doctor, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust: Paediatrician, The Royal Surrey County Hospital: Paediatric Doctor, St Mary's Hospital: Paediatric Doctor, St George's Hospital: Paediatric Doctor, Great Ormond Street Hospital: Paediatric Doctor, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital: Paediatric Metabolic Specialist Registrar, Great Ormond Street Hospital: Registrar LSE: Paediatric Registrar and Barnet Hospital: Doctor.

Top career destinations for this programme

  • Oxford University, Paediatric Neuropsychologist, 2011
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital, Clinical Psychologist, 2011
  • Children's Hospital, Aberdeen, Clinical Psychologist, 2011
  • Birmingham Children's Hospital, Clinical Psychologist, 2011
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital, Paediatric Neuropsychologist, 2011

Next steps


Miss Amanda Kosinski

T: +44 (0)20 7905 2119


Institute of Child Health

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"One of the most beneficial aspects of being at UCL is having access to an incredible diversity of talent and expertise in virtually every field of enquiry. In my own area of neuroscience, there are over 700 neuroscientists concentrated within a small area."

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