Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology MSc

This unique two-year international programme is offered in collaboration with Yale University. There is a focus on developmental psychopathology drawing on neurobiological, cognitive, developmental, clinical and psychoanalytic perspectives. Students spend Year 1 at UCL and Year 2 at Yale where a wide range of supervised research opportunities are available.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 2 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

£8,755 (FT)
£22,350 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
12 June 2015

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

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: Good

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

The programme provides students with an excellent grasp of developmental psychopathology: How and why do clinical disorders such as autism or PTSD emerge in childhood? How can these be conceptualised from multiple perspectives? What are the implications for treatment? Practically, students gain excellent research skills in statistical analysis and neuro-methods including fMRI and EEG, and expertise in critical evaluation of research.

This two-year MSc has a total value of 300 credits. 165 credits of taught modules are taken in the first year and 35 in the second year. The research dissertation, also in the second year, comprises 100 credits.

Core Modules Year One

  • An Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory
  • The Clinical Theory of Psychoanalysis
  • Developmental Psychopathology: Development Disorders from Multiple Perspectives
  • Research Methods I: Research Skills
  • Research Methods II: Introduction to Statistical Analysis
  • Research Methods III: Evaluating Research Literature
  • Introduction to Neuroscience Methods
  • Affective Neuroscience
  • Multiple Perspectives on Child Development I
  • Multiple Perspectives on Child Development II
  • Evaluating Clinical Interventions

Core Modules Year Two

  • Advanced Neuroscience Methods
  • Clinical Applications of Neuroscience Methods
  • Research Thesis (see below)


All students undertake a research project supervised by a faculty member while at Yale, completing a dissertation of 15,000–17,000 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme comprises lectures, research classes, tutorials, small-group seminars, and computer-based practical classes. Assessment is predominantly through essays, statistical assignments, submission of a literature review and unseen examinations. In the second year assessment will be by research dissertation, essay and unseen examination.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology 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.

MRes Speech, Language and Cognition Awards

£500 (1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit

Sully Scholarship

c. £2,200 but may be split between students.(1 year)
UK, EU, Overseas students
Based on academic merit

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website


Typically our students are interested in pursuing a research or clinical career. Of students who graduated in 2012, 35% are now enrolled on PhD programmes; 29% are employed as research associates; and 29% are enrolled in Clinical Psychology doctoral programmes or engaged in delivering clinical interventions. The remaining 6% are currently applying for further training.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • PhD student, Oxford University (2012)
  • PhD student, Max Planck Institute (2012)
  • Research Assistant, UCLA (2012)
  • Assistant Psychologist, NHS (2012)
  • Postgraduate Research Assistant, Yale University (2012)
  • Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programme, Long Island University (2013)
  • Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programme, University of Vermont (2013)


The two-year structure allows students to not only develop in-depth theoretical knowledge and research skills but also have the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of research under the mentorship of leading academics at Yale. The quantitative analysis and fMRI/EEG skills combined with a focus on clinical disorders during childhood make students particularly attractive as prospective PhD candidates and clinical psychology applicants.

Some students seek voluntary clinically relevant experience across both years, which is particularly helpful for those considering applications to Clinical Psychology doctoral programmes.

Students present their research at a poster session at the Yale Child Study Centre Grand Rounds, and are strongly encouraged to publish their research.

Why study this degree at UCL?

The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language. The Division has well-excellent links with other Universities including Yale, providing unique research and networking opportunities for post-graduate students.

Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources, including state of the art neuroimaging equipment.

The Division offers an extremely supportive environment with opportunities to attend numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.

Student / staff ratios › 145 staff › 661 taught students › 457 research students

Department: Division of Psychology & Language Sciences

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?

The programme is particularly suitable for students with a strong academic background in psychology, medicine, genetics, neuroscience and related disciplines who have an interest in neuroscience and intend to pursue PhD research or clinical training. Applicants are not required to have extensive research experience, but some research experience is essential.

Application deadlines

All applicants
The deadline for applications is 12 June 2015. We strongly recommend applying in January or February of the year of entry as this is a highly competitive course. Interviews are held from February to July. Interviews can be held by telephone for international applicants, and in London for those able to attend in person.

For more information see our Applications page.

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What are we looking for?

We are looking for applicants who demonstrate:
  • an excellent and relevant academic track-record
  • relevant research experience
  • a clear rationale why you want to study Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology at graduate level at UCL
  • some consideration of 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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