Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: up to 5 years
Programme start date
Tuition Fees (2016/17)
- £9,020 (FT)
- £23,020 (FT)
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.
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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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.
- 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
- Observation II: Toddler Observation
- Observation III: Observation of a Nursery-school aged Child
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.
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.
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.
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 › 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?
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.
- All applicants
- 24 June 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 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