Modes and duration
- Full-time: 2 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £9,020 (FT)
- £23,020 (FT)
Normally a minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university in Psychology, or in another relevant social, clinical or life science discipline, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. It is highly desirable that students have obtained relevant experience working with children or adolescents prior to application.
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.
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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The programme draws together theory, research and therapeutic thinking from a range of perspectives, including clinical and cognitive psychology, systemic thinking, psychoanalysis and neuroscience. In a workshop setting, students develop competencies in engagement, assessment and evaluation, and practical skills necessary for therapeutic work with children and families. These are then put into practice during the clinical placement.
This two-year MSc has a total value of 300 credits. Each year students complete modules to the value of 150 credits.
Year one: taught modules (150 credits). Year two: clinical skills modules (35 credits), a clinical practice in context module (15 credits) and the research dissertation (100 credits).
Core Modules Year One
- Multiple Perspectives on Development Psychopathology I
- Multiple Perspectives on Development Psychopathology II
- Development Psychopathology: Development Disorders from Multiple Perspectives
- Research Methods I (formative)
- Research Methods II: Introduction to Statistical Analysis
- Evaluating Clinical Interventions
- An Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory
- The Clinical Theory of Psychoanalysis
- Building and Maintaining Therapeutic Relationships
- Assessment and Planning
- Parent-Infant Observation
Core Modules Year Two
- Clinical Practice in Context
- Clinical Skills I
- Clinical Skills II
- Research Dissertation
All MSc students undertake a research project which may include both a developmental and a clinical focus, such as the evaluation and understanding of clinical and therapeutic services for children and young people, and culminates in a dissertation of up to 17,000 words.
Teaching and Learning
In year one students attend weekly lectures complemented by small group seminars. Modules focusing on clinical skills are classroom based. In year two, as well as taking further modules, students move into a 2-3 days per week placement in a child and adolescent mental health setting, supervised by an experienced clinician. Assessment is by a mixture of course work, examinations and the dissertation.
The Anna Freud Centre offers one bursary for this MSc programme (£3,000 per year) which is open only to Home and EU Students. It is awarded based on academic ability and potential as well as on financial need. Please note, students are only eligible to apply once they have been issued with a firm offer from UCL for this programme. The bursary is administered by the Anna Freud Centre and is not part of UCL.
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.
Since the MSc was established in 2011 graduates have gone on to work with children and families in various therapeutic settings, or to undertake further doctoral-level clinical training, such as clinical psychology, child psychotherapy, or counselling psychology. Some of our graduates also pursue research careers, including PhD study.
Completing this MSc will help you develop several core clinical competencies and provide direct supervised experience of work in a child and adolescent mental health service, placing you in a very strong position to proceed to a full clinical training, such as in clinical psychology or child psychotherapy.
Why study this degree at UCL?
The programme is based at the Anna Freud Centre in London, a world-renowned centre for research, training and clinical practice in the field of child mental health. Distinctive features include teaching by highly experienced clinicians and researchers working in the field of child mental health; the opportunity to develop clinical skills for working with children; practical training in conducting research in clinical settings.
You will also gain exposure to clinical work within NHS and/or voluntary sector organisations involving children, adolescents and families, under the supervision of an experienced clinician.
To read past students' testimonials, please visit the departmental programme page.
Student / staff ratios › 304 staff including 129 postdocs › 741 taught students › 439 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?
This MSc provides a solid foundation for those wishing to pursue further clinical training, or to apply for employment with the children's workforce. The programme is highly selective and takes a maximum of 12-15 per year, so students with relevant experience prior to application will be at an advantage.
- All applicants
- 10 February 2016
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 Developmental Psychology at graduate level
- why you want to study Developmental Psychology at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this rigorous 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. It is highly desirable that students have obtained relevant experience working with children or adolescents prior to application.