We are very pleased that you are considering applying for a taught graduate course at UCL. More than half of our students are graduate students, who come here to benefit from UCL’s internationally-recognised graduate training. Whether you want to join the next generation of academic researchers and teachers or build successful careers in other fields, UCL’s outstanding academic staff and facilities will support your ambitions.
Click on the headings below to see the programmes we offer in different topic areas:
- Programmes in Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
We offer an unrivalled portfolio of clinically-oriented masters programmes covering therapeutic modalities from psychoanalysis to cognitive behavioural therapy and soon to include systemic family practice and interpersonal psychotherapy. The MRes in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology is a two-year programme that focuses on developing skills in neuroscience and research, with an emphasis on clinical disorders such as autism and anxiety. Students spend their first year in London and their second year at the Child Study Center in Yale, where they complete a substantive research project. Our two-year MSc in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice gives students an opportunity to learn about child mental health from multiple perspectives, and to develop practical skills for working with children and families in a clinical setting. In their second year students have a clinical placement in a child and adolescent mental health team (CAMHS) where they are supervised by experienced practitioners. The two-year MSc in Early Child Development and Clinical Applications provides a comprehensive understanding of early child development through a range of theoretical and clinical perspectives. The one-year MSc in Theoretical Psychoanalytical Studies provides students with a grounding in the nature, history, content and context of psychoanalytic theory, as used by practising psychoanalysts. The Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for people with severe mental health problems is aimed at individuals who are working in a mental health setting. The first year aims to develop foundation knowledge and practical experience of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT); the second year focuses on applications of CBT to people with psychosis, eating disorders and personality disorders. At present all candidates for this programme are sponsored by their host NHS Trust, and so individual applications are not accepted. The Postgraduate Certificate in Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Interventions provides formal training for student’s employed as Low Intensity Trainees in primary care trusts that are part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (IAPT).
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for people with severe mental health problems PG Dip
- Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology, MRes
- Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice, MSc
- Low Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Interventions, PGCert
- Early Child Development and Clinical Applications, MSc
- Theoretical Psychoanalytical Studies, MSc
- Programmes in Cognition and Research Skills
UCL offers a wide range of cognitive programmes with a particular emphasis on the investigative methodologies underlying them. For instance, there are currently six related Masters of Science (MSc) programs and two Masters of Research (MRes) programs. The new MSc in Behaviour Change offers the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research and the principles behind successfully changing behaviour to address global problems. The MSc in Cognitive and Decision Sciences is a one-year program focusing on processes and representations responsible for thought, knowledge and decision making and emphasizes behavioural, quantitative and computational approaches. The MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience concentrates on mental processes in the human brain using state-of-the-art methodologies including neuroimaging techniques, patient studies and neurostimulation tools. The MSc in Social Cognition places emphasis on how individuals construe the social world and the processes that underlie social judgment and behaviour. In addition, we offer two MRes programs that place a particular emphasis on self-guided research and offer the opportunity for students to plan their own programme of study. The MRes in Cognitive Neuroscience focuses on mental processes in the healthy and diseased brain while the interdisciplinary MRes in Speech, Language and Cognition is aimed at applicants whose interest in language spans more than one discipline.
- Programmes in Developmental Psychology
UCL has an outstanding record of teaching and research in the field of Developmental Psychology. Currently we offer four developmentally focused MSc programmes that are tailored for different student interests. The three-year The MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People is only offered part-time and is aimed at those already working professionally with young people, including social workers and educational psychologists. The course is designed to run alongside existing work commitments, and it is possible to enrol for each element (Certificate, Diploma, MSc) separately over the three years. The MRes in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology is a two-year programme that focuses on developing skills in neuroscience and research, with an emphasis on clinical disorders such as autism and anxiety. Students spend their first year in London and their second year at the Child Study Center in Yale, where they complete a substantive research project. Our two-year MSc in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice gives students an opportunity to learn about child mental health from multiple perspectives, and to develop practical skills for working with children and families in a clinical setting. In their second year students have a year-long clinical placement in a child and adolescent mental health team (CAMHS) where they are supervised by experienced practitioners. The two-year MSc in Early Child Development and Clinical Applications provides a comprehensive understanding of early child development through a range of theoretical and clinical perspectives.
- Programmes in Language Sciences and Linguistics
The Division of Psychology and Language Sciences is virtually unmatched in the world in terms of the breadth of expertise in teaching and research across many sub-disciplines of the language sciences. Currently, we offer a range of degrees across these sub-disciplines.
There are three advanced MA programmes for students with previous training in linguistics who wish to deepen their knowledge in one of the sub-disciplines. These advanced degrees are primarily aimed at students planning to carry out doctoral studies and combine the advantages of a traditional taught MA programme with a strong research preparation component. These are the MA in Linguistics with specialisations in Phonology, Pragmatics and Syntax.
There are also a number of non-clinical programmes for students interested in furthering their knowledge of the speech and language sciences with view to a career in research, education or related disciplines. The main non-clinical programme is MSc Language Sciences, which provides a thorough multi-disciplinary introduction to knowledge and current research in the inter-related aspects of human communication. This programme includes a number of strands which share a common core of modules and allow students to select a number of options in their chosen specialisation. Students who are seeking a multi-disciplinary programme with a greater freedom in the choice of modules and greater weighting given to the research project component, e.g., as preparation for a doctoral degree, can register for the MRes Speech, Language and Cognition.
- Language Sciences, MSc
- Linguistics (conversion programme), MA
- Linguistics with specialisation in Phonology, MA
- Linguistics with specialisation in Pragmatics, MA (will not run in 2021/22)
- Linguistics with specialisation in Syntax, MA
- Speech, Language and Cognition, MRes
- Programmes in Speech and Language Therapy
Programmes in Speech and Language Therapy
The Division of Psychology and Language Sciences has an outstanding record of teaching and research in the field of Speech and Language Therapy.
We offer the MSc Speech and Language Sciences, a two year full-time professional Masters degree which leads to qualification as a Speech and Language Therapist. The programme is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by The Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT). This programme combines theoretical knowledge with clinical practice from the outset. Over the two years of the programme, students attend a range of placements in a variety of clinical settings with both children and adults, where they are supervised by experienced practitioners.
- Programmes in Neuroscience
Programmes in Neuroscience
UCL is one of the foremost neuroscience research centres in the world. This provides an ideal environment to study neuroscience and learn from leading experts engaged in frontline research and translational application. The MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience is a one-year interdisciplinary degree programme that concentrates on mental processes in the human brain using state-of-the-art methodologies including neuroimaging techniques, patient studies and neurostimulation tools. The related MRes in Cognitive Neuroscience also focuses on the relationship between the mind and the brain, but incorporates a more extensive research project and fewer taught modules than the MSc programme. The MRes is ideally suited for those with existing research strengths who wish to pursue a research career. Both programmes are organised by the UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and bring together some of the world’s leading researchers in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychology. Finally, two of the strands of the MSc in Language Sciences involve neuroscience. The MRes in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology is a unique two-year programme offered in collaboration with Yale that focuses on developing skills in neuroscience, research, and understanding childhood disorders from multiple perspectives, including cognitive and psychoanalytic approaches. Students spend their first year in London and their second year at the Child Study Center in Yale, where they complete a substantive research project. The MSc in Language Sciences (Neuroscience, Language and Communication) is suitable for students with a background in linguistics who are interested in applying their knowledge to understanding language impairments in individuals with brain damage and/or carrying out neuroscientific research on language processing.
- Programmes in Organisational Psychology
Programmes in Organisational Psychology
The one-year MSc in Industrial-Organisational and Business Psychology provides students with a solid grounding in talent management, the psychology of human capital and organisations. This course is ideal for students planning a career in human resources, consulting, and consumer psychology, as well as those hoping to pursue a PhD in this area. The programme offers excellent networking and placement opportunities with global organisations and has strong links with industry, notably financial services, advertising, and tech start-ups.
The new and unique MSc in Behaviour Change is an innovative and exciting programme offering the opportunity for graduates from all disciplines to learn about cutting-edge research and the principles behind successfully changing behaviour to address global problems.
- Programmes in Human-Computer Interaction
Programmes in Human-Computer Interaction
The MSc in Human-Computer Interaction aims to teach students, through information, demonstration, exploration and application, a scientific human-centred approach to the design and evaluation of a wide range of interactive systems and products, and their contexts of use. This program offers the options of obtaining a post-graduate diploma or certificate.
- Foundation Programmes in Psychological Sciences
Foundation Programmes in Psychological Sciences
The MSc Psychological Sciences is a conversion programme designed for students who have not previously taken a psychology degree or only psychology as a joint degree with other subjects. It is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and prepares students who wish to progress to research in psychology or study of applied areas of psychology such as clinical, educational, forensic and occupational/organisational/business psychology.