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Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology MSc

This programme, run in conjunction with the Anna Freud Centre, provides a unique foundation for individuals interested in pursuing a psychotherapy training or an academic career in childhood development. The programme combines psychoanalytic theory of development and inter-family relationships with year-long observations of infants, children and, in some cases, psychotherapists at work with families.

Key Information

Modes and duration

  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: up to 5 years

Tuition Fees (2015/16)

UK/EU:
£8,755 (FT)
Overseas:
£22,350 (FT)

Application deadlines

All applicants:
18 July 2015
Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.
Fees note: Part-time fees are available on request from the department.

Entry Requirements

Normally a minimum of a 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

Students develop a theoretical grounding in psychoanalytic theories of child development and of developmental psychology and developmental psychopathology. They gain practical observational skills essential in clinical work, qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and the tools necessary for conducting reliable, valid and ethical research.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of seven core modules (105 credits), one optional module (15 credits) and a research dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Child Development I: Infancy
  • Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Child Development II: Toddlerhood and Early Childhood
  • Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Child Development III: Latency and Adolescence
  • Research Methods II: Introduction to Statistical Analysis
  • An Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory
  • The Clinical Theory of Psychoanalysis
  • Observation I: Parent Infant

Options

  • Observation II: Toddler Observation
  • Observation III: Observation of a Nursery-school aged Child

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of approximately 12,500 words.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, observation exercises, and tutorials. Students are assessed throughout the programme. Assessments include a variety of essays, examinations, observation papers and a research dissertation.

Further information about the programme is available on the department website.

Further information on modules and degree structure available on the department web site Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology MSc

Funding

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.

Linguistics Departmental Award

Value:
£500 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

MRes Speech, Language and Cognition Awards

Value:
£500 (1 year)
Eligibility:
UK, EU, Overseas students
Criteria:
Based on academic merit

Sully Scholarship

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

More scholarships are listed on the Scholarships and Funding website

Careers

Some graduates of this programme have been admitted on to psychoanalytic/psychotherapy, doctoral-level trainings and PhD programmes at internationally recognised universities, whilst others have gone into work as child mental health workers, psychology or teaching assistants.

Top career destinations for this degree

  • Assistant Psychotherapist, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (2011)
  • Psychologist, Anna Freud Centre (2010)
  • Research Assistant, King's College London (2010)
  • Mental Health Therapist, International Consulting Centre (2011)
  • Toddler Assistant, Anna Freud Centre (2010)

Employability

Students who successfully complete the MSc can apply their degree in a variety of settings. Our graduates have found work as psychology assistants or child mental health workers, taken up posts as senior research fellows and have been admitted to psychotherapy trainings in both adult and child programmes.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Teaching on the programme is mostly 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.

The MSc is based within UCL's Division of Psychology & Language Sciences. This is one of the world’s leading integrated departments of research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language.

Opportunities for graduate students to work with world-renowned researchers exist in all areas of investigation, from basic processes to applied research. The division offers a supportive environment including 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

Applications

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?

It is desirable for prospective students to have an undergraduate degree in psychology or another relevant social, clinical or life science discipline and to have obtained some prior experience of related research. Some experience of working with children is also desirable.

Application deadlines

All applicants
2015-07-18

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 Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology at graduate level
  • why you want to study Psychoanalytic 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.

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