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).
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2018/19)
- £10,740 (FT) £5,340 (PT)
- £24,860 (FT) £12,380 (PT)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Current Students website.
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.
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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About this degree
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.
- 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.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit 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
- Consultant Clinical Psychologist, The Children's Trust (NHS)
- Educational Psychologist, Camden Local Education Authority
- Psychologist, NHS University College London Hospital
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 dimension, practice, is examined by the BPS. Universities do not currently offer organisation or supervision of the practice dimension in neuropsychology.
Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2012–2014 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.
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 Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UCL GOS ICH) and other related neuroscience and psychology departments within UCL. We also invite many external speakers who are international experts within their area of specialism.
UCL GOS ICH 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.
Department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
Student / staff numbers
› 103 staff
including 205 postdocs
› 205 taught students
› 155 research students
Staff/student numbers information correct as of 1 August 2017.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.
The following REF score was awarded to the department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
80%: Clinical Medicine subjects; 81%: Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care subjects rated 4* (world-leading) or 3* (internationally excellent)
Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.
What our students and staff say
"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-KhademClinical 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 components (knowledge and research) of the QiCN.
- All applicants
- 27 July 2018
For more information see our Applications page.Apply now
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.