Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology MSc
Options: PG Diploma
The Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology MSc, run in conjunction with the Anna Freud Centre, provides a foundation for individuals interested in childhood development. The programme uniquely combines theoretical consideration of psychoanalytic perspectives on developmental issues and inter-family relationships with year-long observations of infants and children.
Mode of study
- Full-time 1 year
- Part-time 2 years
- UK/EU Full-time: £8,500
- Overseas Full-time: £21,700
- All applicants: 1 August 2014
More details in Application section.
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.
Further details available on subject website:
Normally a minimum of a lower 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
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 to be confirmed. Please check the subject website for further information.
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
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.
For queries relating to this programme, please contact:
Ms Anwen Prendergast
T: +44 (0)20 7443 2266
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"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
"In London, and at UCL in particular, I am surrounded by excellent colleagues who have helped me to shape my research in numerous ways. At least half of the techniques we use today in the laboratory were unknown to me until I joined UCL and started collaborating with colleagues."
Professor Matteo Carandini
Professor of Visual Neuroscience
Subject: Ophthalmology, Faculty: Brain Sciences
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