Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc

London, Bloomsbury

The Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc is currently the only paediatric programme in the UK that is accredited by the British Psychological Society (BPS) and students who successfully complete the programme are deemed to have met the requirements of the Knowledge and Research dimensions of the BPS Training in Clinical Neuropsychology (TiCN).

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
£12,900
£6,450
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
£29,400
£14,700
Duration
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 30 Jun 2022

Applications open

Notification

Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to be qualified Clinical or Educational Psychologists as recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council. Qualified counselling psychologist applicants should contact the Programme to discuss eligibility.

Applicants with a Psychology BSc but who are not yet clinical or educational psychologists, or applicants who are internationally-qualified clinicians ineligible for HCPC registration should apply for Applied Paediatric Neuropsychology MSc.

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

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

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. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

You will develop an understanding of the techniques, methods and contemporary findings in the field. You will be trained to interpret clinical case presentations within the context of current scientific findings of developmental brain-behaviour relationships and gain knowledge of the major professional, ethical and service delivery issues in assessment and rehabilitative work.

Who this course is for

The clinical route is open to qualified clinical and educational psychologists on the Health and Care Professions Council Register. Counselling psychologists are encouraged to contact the Programme Directors to discuss an application.

What this course will give you

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 Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (UCL GOS ICH) and other related neuroscience and psychology departments within UCL. We also invite 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 the research and teaching is carried out on a joint basis.

The foundation of your career

The programme provides you with the knowledge and research components required to work as clinical paediatric neuropsychologists in the UK as part of TiCN.

Employability

The programme meets the requirements of the Knowledge and Research dimensions of Training in Clinical Neuropsychology (TiCN; both the BPS QiCN and non-BPS programmes), which confers eligibility for entry onto the BPS Specialist Register of Clinical Neuropsychologists.

Accreditation

The British Psychological Society (BPS) views the QiCN as the 'gold standard' for practitioners in clinical neuropsychology and considers that graduates of this MSc have successfully completed the academic components (Knowledge and Research Dimensions) of the QiCN.

The third component of the QiCN is the Practice dimension, which is examined by the BPS. 

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 unseen examinations. Students on the MSc in Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology will also be assessed by a research portfolio and a research portfolio presentation. 

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full time nine months and part-time two years) is offered. All modules in this programme are non-condonable, requiring a pass mark of at least 50%.

Modules

Full-time

The MSc in Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology focuses on the relationship between brain health and behaviour in developing children.

In Term 1 you will study Introduction to Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Professional Issues for Paediatric Neuropsychologists, and Normative Development of Sensory, Motor and Cognitive Systems. These modules set the foundation for the whole MSc preparing you for further topics by introducing the fundamental principles behind a range of methodologies, describing issues associated with the practice of paediatric neuropsychology in a range of settings, and by providing background on normal development in various domains as a basis for understanding atypical development.

In Term 2 you will study Developmental Disorders and Neuropsychological Profiles, Infant and Neurodevelopmental Assessment, and Assessment of Neuropsychological Disorders and their Functional Implications. These modules further develop key concepts learnt in Term 1 and apply this knowledge to understand neuropsychological assessment in a range of paediatric populations. During Term 2, you will also submit your research project proposal.

In Term 3, you will study Advanced Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience and Developing Clinical Formulations and Interventions.  These modules build on those on the previous two terms and cover more advanced methods for studying brain-behaviour relations to provide an evidence base for clinical practice and describe different settings and systems for intervention and support.  Following these two modules, the research project is submitted in early September. 

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.

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%. Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology. Upon successful completion of 120 credits, you will be awarded a PG Dip in Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology.

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £12,900 £6,450
Tuition fees (2022/23) £29,400 £14,700

The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above. Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary. Where the programme is offered on a flexible/modular basis, fees are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session. Further information on fee status, fee increases and the fee schedule can be viewed on the UCL Students website: ucl.ac.uk/students/fees.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

Visit the funding and studentship pages of the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute for Child Health (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.

Scholarships relevant to this department are displayed below.

The Pall Biotech Postgraduate Taught Scholarship

Deadline extended: 5pm, 9 June 2022
Value: USD $10,000 (1 year)
Criteria Based on financial need
Eligibility: UK

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 £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When we assess your application we would like to learn: why you want to study/research Clinical Paediatric Neuropsychology at graduate level why you want to study Clinical 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.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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