The Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology programme is designed to provide you with training in the various aspects of science underpinning clinical paediatric neuropsychology practice. The programme is suitable for outstanding psychology postgraduates who are not yet qualified as clinical or educational psychologists, but are motivated to study paediatric neuropsychology at this stage of their career, or for international clinicians not registered with the HCPC.
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Due to COVID-19, there may have been updates to this programme for the 2020 academic year. Where there has been an update, these are indicated with a red alert and a link which will provide further information.
Modes and duration
Tuition fees (2020/21)
Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website.
A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree in psychology (equivalent to BPS accredited Honours degree or BPS conversion diploma) from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Students must obtain the BPS graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC). It is the responsibility of the student to obtain GBC before accepting a place on the programme.
English language requirements
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.
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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About this degree
You will develop an understanding of the techniques, methods and contemporary findings of developmental cognitive neuroscience and learn how to interpret clinical case presentations within the context of the latest scientific findings of developmental brain-behaviour relationships. You will also gain knowledge of professional, ethical and service delivery issues in assessment and rehabilitative work.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. All modules in this programme are non-condonable requiring a pass mark of at least 50%
The programme consists of eight compulsory modules (120 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
A Postgraduate Diploma consists of eight core modules (120 credits), full-time nine months is also offered. All modules in this programme are non-condonable requiring a pass mark of at least 50%
Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded a MSc in Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology.
Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.
The list of modules below is subject to change by the time of enrolment as well as module content and availability.
- Introduction to Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
- Professional Issues for Paediatric Neuropsychologists
- Development of the Sensory, Motor and Cognitive Neural Systems
- Development Disorders and Neuropsychological Profiles
- Infant and Neurodevelopmental Assessment
- Assessment of Neuropsychological Disorders and Their Functional Implications
- Advanced Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
- Developing Clinical Formulations and Interventions
- Paediatric Neuropsychology Research Project
Modules are delivered as blocks of study, normally over five consecutive week days. Face to face contact for each of these days is normally from 9:30 to 5:30 pm.
There are no optional modules for this programme.
All MSc students undertake a systematic review and an independent research project which culminates in a substantial report and an oral presentation.
Teaching and learning
The programme is delivered through lectures, group seminars, video demonstrations and directed self-study time (reading, essay, seminar preparations). Assessment is by two essay journal papers (up to 3,000 words each), two commentary papers (up to 1,500 words each) and four 90-minute unseen examinations. Students on the MSc in Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology will also be assessed by a research portfolio and a research portfolio presentation.
Visit the funding and studentship pages of the GOS ICH website for details of funding available to students, including the GOS ICH bursary.
For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.
This programme aims to equip you with the skills needed for positions such as research assistants and assistant psychologists. It also contributes to preparation for PhDs and DClinPsych or DEdPsych qualifications, which in turn can lead to clinical psychologist or neuropsychologist positions.
You can gain knowledge and possible experience administering and interpreting neuropsychological assessments, testing clinical groups, qualitative and quantitative data analysis (including neuroimaging and electrophysiology) and report writing. The programme gives you an excellent grounding to pursue a clinical or educational psychology doctorate, research assistant positions, or assistant psychology positions (particularly in neuropsychology services).
Why study this degree at UCL?
This programme covers all key areas of the syllabus recommended by the BPS Division of Neuropsychology and draws on the wealth of specialist expertise in neuropsychology within UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UCL GOS ICH) and other related neuroscience and psychology departments within UCL, as well as Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH). You will also have the opportunity to hear from external speakers who are international experts within their area of specialism.
UCL GOS ICH has a very close relationship with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and much of its research and teaching are carried out on a joint basis.
Department: Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
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.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £80 for online applications and £105 for paper applications. Further information can be found at: www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This programme is suitable for postgraduates or overseas professionals who wish to pursue a research career in paediatric neuropsychology or to obtain a scientific knowledge in the underpinning knowledge of clinical paediatric neuropsychology prior to seeking qualifications that would enable them to pursue the Qualification in Clinical Neuropsychology (QiCN).
- All applicants
- 11 August 2020
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 Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology at graduate level
- why you want to study Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology at UCL
- what particularly attracts you to this programme
- how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging 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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