Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology MSc
This is a unique two-year international programme where students are based at UCL (Year 1) and Yale University (Year 2), providing students with a sound understanding of neuroscience, research, and child psychopathology. The course draws on multiple perspectives, including cognitive, neuro-scientific and psychoanalytic approaches and the expertise of leading clinical academics.
Mode of study
- Full-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- All applicants: 13 June 2014
More details in Application section.
What will I learn?
The programme provides an introduction to a broad range of perspectives on developmental psychopathology, including cognitive and psychoanalytic theory, and neuroscience research. Students cover key disorders of childhood including autism, anxiety and conduct disorder as well as a broad framework of child development. Students also learn skills in research design, and neuroimaging and psychological approaches to 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. The division has well-established links with other universities (including Yale).
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.
This two-year MSc has a total value of 300 credits. 165 credits of taught modules are taken in the first year and 35 in the second year. The research dissertation, also in the second year, contributes 100 credits.
Core Modules Year One
Core Modules Year Two
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:
Scholarships available for this department
For current students in their final year of a research programme in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences. This award is based on academic merit. Students must contact the Division of Psychology & Language Sciences for application information.
Awarded for academic merit
To reward academic merit.
Selection based solely on financial need.
For a prospective UK Master's student from under-represented background enrolling on a participating programme . Selection based solely on financial need.
Further information about funding and scholarships can be found on the Scholarships and funding website.
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
Select your country for equivalent alternative requirements
English language proficiency level: Good
How to apply
The deadline for applications is 13 June 2014. We suggest applying in January or February of the year of entry as this is a highly selective course. 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, particularly in relation to research skills
- where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Typically, students are interested in pursuing a research or clinical career. Of students who graduated in 2012, 35% are enrolled on PhD programmes; 29% are in employment as research associates; 29% are enrolled in Clinical Psychology doctoral programmes or engaged in psychology practice. The remaining 6% are currently applying for further training.
Top career destinations for this programme
- University of Oregon, PhD student, 2011
- Yale University, Postgraduate Research Fellow, 2011
- NHS, Clinical Psychology Trainee, 2011
- Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, PhD student, 2011
- Queen Mary University, Research Assistant, 2011
The two-year structure allows students to not only develop in-depth theoretical knowledge but also undertake a substantial piece of research under the mentorship of leading academics at Yale. The quantitative analysis skills and fMRI/EEG skills developed make students particularly attractive as research assistants, prospective PhD candidates and clinical psychology applicants.
Some students seek voluntary clinically relevant experience across both years, which is particularly helpful for those considering clinical psychology.
Students present their research at a poster session attended by Yale Child Study Centre staff, which helps develop generic presentation skills and an excellent opportunity to network.
"Participating in some observership clinics with my supervisor was extremely helpful for me, and writing the dissertation with all the new things I learned from this experience. Ophthalmology is one of the fastest evolving medical specialties, and dealing with vision was always my dream."
Degree: Clinical Ophthalmology MSc
Subject: Ophthalmology, Faculty: Brain Sciences
"I was able to collaborate with a great international faculty as part of my research project. The collaborative efforts continue even to this day, for which I am eternally grateful to UCL."
Dr Suraj Rajan
Neurology PG Resident, University of Missouri, USA, 2012
Subject: Neurology, Faculty: Brain Sciences