UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Frequently asked questions

Can I take this programme part-time?

Yes. If you are a UK or EU student, you can enrol as a part time or modular/flexible student on this programme.

Part time study is a two year fixed route. As a part time student, you will take four modules in the first year and four modules plus the research project in the second year.

On the modular/flexible route the degree programme should be completed within 2-5 years.  As a modular/flexible student, you choose how many modules/credits you want to complete that academic year and you register for these at the beginning of Term 1.

Tuition Fees: On modular/flexible you only pay for the modules that you take in any given year. For example, if you complete 60 credits in your first year, you only pay Fees for those 60 credits.

When do I pay for my tuition fees?

Self-funded: If you are paying for your tuition yourself (via a student loan for example) you pay your tuition fees in 2 instalments. The first instalment is 50% of your fees and is paid at the beginning of Term 1. The second instalment of the remaining 50% is paid the following January.

Fees are paid in 2 instalments regardless of whether you are a full-time or modular/flexible student.

Employer/sponsor funded: If your employer or a sponsor is paying for your fees, you are required to give their information to the Fees office when you enrol in Term 1. They will then invoice your employer/sponsor for your Fees.

Are there any scholarships available?

Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Bursary

UCL also has dedicated web pages for both UK and Overseas students on the scholarships available.

UCL Graduate scholarships and funding website

How many days/hours of lectures does the course involve?

Each 15 credit module is worth 150 learning hours. The total hours are split up into taught lectures, self study, revision, seminars etc. For the taught lectures, most 15 credit modules have around 30 hours worth of lectures. That could be 3 hours per week for 10 weeks, or around 6 hours a day for 1 week. It will depend on which modules you are taking in each term.  

Are any of the modules available via Distance Learning?

We don't currently have any modules available as Distance Learning although we are looking to develop some for this purpose in the near future.

Will this course help towards becoming a Clinical Psychologist?

This is a difficult question to answer. This course won't guarantee employment (much like other MSc courses) but it will certainly help if you are looking to progress into Clinical Psychology. More and more employer's now value a Master's degree over and above an undergraduate degree and with this particular course you get the best of both teaching and research expertise.

The majority of the modules are taught but the Research Project and dissertation is worth one third of the whole course. Alongside that we also offer a limited number of non-assessed clinical placements for students who want more experience in the field. The clinical placements do represent added value over more traditional MSc's. This combination of skills are generally those that are sought after by employers of Psychology graduates in the NHS.

What if I can't get an academic reference from my previous University?

If you are not able to get a reference from your previous tutor at University, then we would prefer your second reference to be from someone who knows you in an academic capacity. For example, someone you work with who organises training perhaps or someone who has delivered a course that you attended.

So, if possible, please provide the details of one professional referee and one academic referee on your application.

Can I upgrade to the PG Diploma or the MSc if I've completed the PG Certificate?

If you complete and pass the PG Certificate, you have the choice of upgrading to the PG Diploma or MSc if you wish. The credits you gained in the Certificate will be transferred to your student record by the Registry.

For example, if you completed the 4 x 15 credit modules for the Certificate, you would only need to complete another 4 x 15 credit modules in order to get a PG Diploma. To gain an MSc, you would need to complete the 60 credit dissertation on top of the 8 taught modules.