Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc

This MSc is designed to train home students or overseas professionals in various aspects of science underpinning clinical paediatric neuropsychology practice, and is suitable for outstanding psychology postgraduates who are not yet qualified clinical or educational psychologists but are motivated to study paediatric neuropsychology at this stage of their career.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£9,815 (FT) £N/A (PT)
£23,440 (FT) £N/A (PT)

Application dates

All applicants
Open: 5 October 2015
Close: 29 July 2016
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in psychology (equivalent to BPS accredited Honours degree or BPS conversion diploma) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Students must obtain the BPS graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC). It is the responsibility of the student to obtain GBC before accepting a place on the programme.

English Language Requirements

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

International students

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

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

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Degree Information

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

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 consists of eight core modules (120 credits), full-time nine months is also 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.

Dissertation/project report

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

Teaching and Learning

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

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below. For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

GREAT-UCL India Scholarship

£10,000 (1 year)
Overseas students
Based on academic merit

Michelle Zalkin Scholarship

£10,000 (Duration)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


This programme aims to equip students with the skills needed for positions such as research assistants and assistant psychologists and prepares students for PhDs and DClin Psych qualifications, which in turn lead to clinical psychologist or neuropsychologist positions.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • PhD, UCL (2015)
  • Assistant Psychologist, Frenchay Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust (2012)
  • Consultant Neuropsychologist, Cognition Health (2014)
  • Assistant Psychologist, NHS Royal Free Hospital (2012)
  • Assistant Psychologist, Sleep Disorders Centre, St Thomas' Hospital (2014)


Students can gain experience of administering and interpreting neuropsychological assessments, testing clinical groups, qualitative and quantitative data analysis (including neuroimaging and electrophysiology) and report writing. It gives students an excellent grounding to pursue PhD clinical psychology doctorate or research assistant positions.

Why 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.

Student / staff ratios › 427 staff including 169 postdocs › 209 taught students › 168 research students

Department: Institute of Child Health

Application and next steps


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 route is suitable for postgraduates or overseas professionals who wish to pursue a research career in paediatric neuropsychology or to obtain a scientific knowledge in the underpinning knowledge of clinical paediatric neuropsychology prior to seeking qualifications that would enable them to pursue the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN).

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 July 2016
Please check the subject website for up-to-date application deadlines.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:
  • why you want to study Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Applied 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.

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