Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc

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).

Key Information

Modes and duration

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

Programme start date

September 2016

Tuition Fees (2016/17)

£9,815 (FT) £4,935 (PT)
£23,440 (FT) £11,670 (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 from a UK university or an overseas equivalent. Applicants are required to be qualified clinical or educational psychologists or educational psychologists as recognised by the Health and Care Professsions Council.

Applicants with a Psychology BSc but who are not yet clinical or educational psychologists should apply for Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc.

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 of clinical paediatric neuropsychology develop an understanding of the techniques, methods and contemporary findings in the field. They are trained to interpret clinical case presentations within the context of current scientific findings of developmental brain-behaviour relationships and gain knowledge of the major 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 (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 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 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 information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc


Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed (where available) 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


The British Psychological Society (BPS) views the QiCN as the 'gold standard' for practitioners in clinical neuropsychology.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Clinical Psychologist, Children's Hospital, Aberdeen (2011)
  • Clinical Psychologist, Birmingham Children's Hospital (2011)
  • Paediatric Neuropsychologist, Great Ormond Street Hospital (2011)
  • Clinical Psychologist, CAMHS, Ayrshire Central Hospital (2013)
  • Paediatric Neuropsychologist, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford (2012)


The programme is accredited by the British Psychological Society and provides graduates with the knowledge and research components required to work as clinical paediatric neuropsychologists in the UK. The third, Practice, dimension is examined by the BPS independents. Universities do not currently offer organisation or supervision of the practice dimension in neuropsychology.

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

Degree reviews

Staff review

"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."

Professor Faraneh Vargha-Khadem

Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc, Cognitive Neuroscience MSc, Speech and Language Sciences MSc
Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

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 clinical route is open to qualified clinical and educational psychologists as recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council. In order to qualify as a clinical paediatric neuropsychologist the British Psychological Society (BPS) now requires that professionals obtain a qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN) of the Division of of Neuropsychology (DoN). The BPS considers that graduates of the MSc have successfully completed the academic component (Knowledge and Research) of the QiCN.

Application deadlines

All applicants
29 July 2016

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/research 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.

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