Please note: The official application deadline for 2013-2014 admissions has now passed. Application information for the 2014-2015 intake will be updated in due course.
The MSc in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice is a two-year full-time course offered by UCL, based at the Anna Freud Centre (AFC). The aim of the course is to provide a framework for developing an integrated understanding of child development and childhood disorders, and to give you an opportunity to develop practical skills for working with children and families in a clinical setting.
This programme draws together theory, research and therapeutic thinking from a range of perspectives, including clinical and cognitive psychology, systemic theory, psychoanalysis and neuroscience. Theoretical learning is complemented by workshop-based seminars where you will learn core clinical skills; and in the second year of the course you will have a one-year placement in a clinical service, whilst also completing a research dissertation.
In year one all modules are taught at the Anna Freud Centre in London, a world-renowned centre for research, training and clinical practice in the field of child mental health. Students attend weekly lectures complemented by small group seminars in a friendly and supportive environment. Modules focusing on clinical skills during Year 1 are classroom based, with recorded role play and video feedback offering students a context within which to develop and reflect upon practical skills.
In year two, as well as taking further modules at the Anna Freud Centre and UCL, you will move into a 2-3 days per week placement in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in London. During this placement you will have the opportunity to develop core clinical skills relevant to working with children and families, under the supervision of an experienced clinician.
* Click here to find out what the Director of Islington Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service has to say about the course
Core Modules Year One
Multiple Perspectives on Child Development I
Multiple Perspectives on Child Development II
Development Disorders from Multiple Perspectives
Research Methods II: Introduction to Statistical Analysis
Evaluating Clinical Interventions
Foundations of Psychoanalytic Thought I: Freud and the Creation of Psychoanalysis
Foundations of Psychoanalytic Thought II: Anna Freud and the Contemporary Freudians
Building and Maintaining Therapeutic Relationships
Assessment and Planning Clinical Interventions
Parent Infant Observation
Core Modules Year Two
Clinical Practice in Context
Clinical Skills 1
Clinical Skills 2
Please click here for the Year One Programme Specification.
Please click here for information about our English proficiency requirements.
Deadline for Applications
The deadline for applications is 25th February 2013
Funding: UCL Scholarships
For full information please follow this link: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate
Click here to listen to what the Director of Islington Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service has to say about the course as well as a testimonial from an MSc Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice student
“This is a ground-breaking course which offers an understanding of childhood problems along with training in the skills needed to help distressed children and families. We are delighted to be a partner in offering placement experience to students on the course.”
Peter Fuggle, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director of Islington Child and Adolescence Mental Health Services (CAMHS).
The course will also put graduates in a strong position to go on to PhD research studies.
Q. What kind of academic background do you look for in successful candidates?
A. Successful applicants would have a background in Psychology, or a related field. They would have an undergraduate final grade of at least a 2:1 or equivalent. Any experience of working with children or in research would be an advantage as well.
Q. When is the deadline for applying for the course?
A. 25th February 2013
Q. What kind of careers do people move into after the MSc?
A. Although this is a new programme we expect that graduates will be ideally placed to apply for doctoral-level clinical trainings, such as Child Psychotherapy, Counselling or Clinical Psychology, or to work as primary mental health workers specialising in work with children and families. The course will also put graduates in a strong position to go on to PhD research studies
Q. Is the course professionally accredited?
A. This MSc does not lead to professional accreditation as a specialist child and adolescent mental health practitioner; however, the course is specifically designed to help students gain the key clinical skills, knowledge and experience that will help them to progress to a doctoral-level training, if they wish to do so. It is anticipated that completing this MSc, with its range of theoretical and practical components, will put students in a strong position to apply for a range of doctoral-level clinical trainings.
Q. I’m an overseas student where can I convert my grades to find out if I am eligible for the course?
A. You can find information on converting grades on the graduate admissions website under country information http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/international-students/country-information/
How long is the course?
A. The programme is a two-year course and is only offered on a full-time basis.
Q. Are fees payable for both years of the MSc?
A. Yes, fees are payable to UCL for both years of study.
The first year fees for 2013-2014 are displayed on the course webpage.
The fees for 2014-2015 are yet to be confirmed.
Q. What scholarships/funding opportunities are available?
A. There is very limited funding available to masters students through UCL, but further information on this can be found here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/scholarships/graduate
Q. Am I required to take the GRE to qualify for the MSc?
A. No. Applicants do not need to take the GRE. This is not required as part of the selection process.
Q. Are second language English students required to prove their English proficiency?
A. Yes. All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English language is good. Full details of test requirements can be found here:
Dr Nick Midgley is the Programme Director for this course, and is available via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Nick is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist based at the Anna Freud Centre and Senior Research Fellow on the IMPACT Study.
Dr Fiona John is the Clinical Course Tutor, and is available via email: email@example.com. Fiona is a Clinical Psychologist with many years of experience in the NHS.
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