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Developmental Science MPhil/PhD

UCL Developmental Science offers a world leading research environment aimed at understanding the psychological basis for human development, communication and its disorders. Students have the opportunity to study within a unique interdisciplinary group of Experimental Psychologists, Linguists and Clinicians. Our graduates have an excellent record of employment (see careers).

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 3 years
  • Part-time: 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
Overseas:
£21,530 (FT) £10,765 (PT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
30 June 2015
Scholarship applicants:
31 January 2015
Applications for competitive funding awarded by UCL must arrive by 31 January in the year you wish to start. If other sources of funding are being considered, it is still in your interest to apply by the 31 January deadline, but later applications can sometimes be considered. Applications should be made as soon as possible, and not later than 30 June for entry in September/October.

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of an upper second-class UK Bachelor’s degree or a taught Master’s degree, or the overseas equivalent, in a relevant subject.

English language requirement: Good

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

International equivalencies

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below.

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Funding

There are a number of different sources of funding to support students entering the MPhil/PhD program in Developmental Science. Demonstratorships (teaching assistantships) are available. There are also PhD studentships available through the Doctoral Training Centres at UCL that are supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), either four years of funding (including 1 year Masters degree) or three years of funding. There are also four-year MRC/ESRC interdisciplinary studentships.

Other sources of funding include the UCL Grand Challenges studentship programme, UCL Graduate Research Scholarships, UCL Overseas Research Scholarships, and the four-year Wellcome Scholarship.

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Institute of Education, University Lecturer, 2009,
  • University of Oxford, Scott Junior Research Fellow, 2009,
  • ESRC Centre for Deafness, Cognition and Language (DCAL), Postgraduate Research Assistant, 2010,
  • Institute of Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology Training, 2010,
  • UCL Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences, Postgraduate Research Assistant, 2012,

Employability

During the programme you will gain practical research experience, designing experiments and conducting research with children either in a clinical or non-clinical setting. Taught elements include advanced research skills, for example in statistics, research methods and programming. Students also attend elective MSc modules, gaining theoretical expertise in their chosen field (e.g. autism, SLI, deafness).

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Developmental Science provides an outstanding research environment in which to study for MPhil/PhD. There are links to other Research Departments and Specialist Centres throughout the Division of Psychology and Language Science, providing the potential for collaboration with experts from related fields. The Division provides access to a range of resources including EEG, fMRI, TMS and eye-tracking equipment. We also have close links with Great Ormond Street Hospital and University College London Hospital. There is a dedicated infant/child experimental laboratory based at Chandler House.

Student / staff ratios › 17 staff › 0 taught students › 13 research students

Department: Developmental Science

Degree reviews

Student review

"I have attended a few scientific meetings during my first year at UCL; a particular highlight was attending the Royal Society Discussion Meeting on language in developmental and acquired disorders. London is a brilliant place for attending national events. "

Francina Clayton

Subject: Developmental Science PhD
Staff review

"UCL is a remarkably vibrant and friendly place to work."

Professor Charles Hulme

Subject: Neuroscience and Language MSc, PhD

Application and next steps

Applications

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?

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-06-30
Scholarship applicants
2015-01-31
Applications for competitive funding awarded by UCL must arrive by 31 January in the year you wish to start. If other sources of funding are being considered, it is still in your interest to apply by the 31 January deadline, but later applications can sometimes be considered. Applications should be made as soon as possible, and not later than 30 June for entry in September/October.

For more information see our Applications page.

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