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Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology MSc

The Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology MSc, run in conjunction with the Anna Freud Centre, provides a foundation for individuals interested in childhood development. The programme uniquely combines theoretical consideration of psychoanalytic perspectives on developmental issues and inter-family relationships with year-long observations of infants and children.

Key Information

Optional qualifications: This degree is also available as a PG Diploma with fees set accordingly.

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)
Part-time fees are available on request from the department.

Application deadlines

All applicants:
18 July 2015

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 requirement: Good

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.

International equivalencies

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

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

Options

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

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. They are each required to submit: two essays, two observation papers and a research proposal. They must also complete three unseen examinations and submit a research dissertation.

Funding

More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website

Careers

Some graduates of this programme have been admitted on to PhD programmes at internationally recognised universities, whilst others have gone into areas such as teacher training, speech science and related child development fields.

Top career destinations for this degree

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

The Division of Psychology & Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language.

Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources such as a behavioural neuroscience laboratory, a centre for brain imaging, and extensive laboratories for research in speech and language, perception, and cognition.

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?

The programme is suitable for students with an undergraduate degree in psychology or another relevant social, clinical or life science discipline. It is highly desirable that prospective students 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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