Modes and duration
- Full-time: 1 year
- Part-time: up to 5 years
Tuition Fees (2015/16)
- £8,755 (FT)
- £22,350 (FT)
- All applicants:
- 18 July 2015
Normally a minimum of a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.
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. 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.
More scholarships are listed on the scholarships website
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
- 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)
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
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.
- All applicants
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