Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology MRes

London, King's Cross (Anna Freud Centre) and Yale University (USA)

This unique two-year international programme is offered in collaboration with Yale University. There is a focus on developmental psychopathology drawing on multidisciplinary perspectives, with a specific emphasis on neuroscience. Students spend year one in London, primarily based at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and year two in Yale, USA. There is no part-time option available for this programme.

UK students International students
Study mode
Full-time
UK tuition fees (2023/24)
£14,100
Overseas tuition fees (2023/24)
£35,000
Duration
2 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2023
Applications accepted
All applicants: 17 Oct 2022 – 06 Feb 2023

Applications open

Entry requirements

A minimum of an upper second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 2

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

The programme provides an introduction to a range of perspectives on developmental psychopathology, covering all major disorders of childhood. Why do disorders such as anxiety, depression, or autism emerge? How can we understand these disorders in relation to mental processes and representations? And what can a neuroscience approach add?

The programme focuses on being able to effectively critique current research as we as the development of practical research skills, including techniques such as fMRI and EEG/ERP.

Who this course is for

The programme is particularly suitable for students with a strong academic background in psychology, medicine, genetics, neuroscience and related disciplines who have an interest in neuroscience and child development. Applicants are not required to have extensive research experience, but some relevant research experience is essential.

What this course will give you

Students acquire excellent research skills in statistical analysis and a grounding in neuroimaging methods, including fMRI and EEG, and expertise in critical evaluation of research.

The programme is based at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families in London, a world-renowned centre for research, training and clinical practice in the field of child mental health.

UCL Psychology and Language Sciences undertakes world-leading research and teaching in mind, behaviour, and language. The division has excellent links with other universities including Yale, providing unique research and networking opportunities for postgraduate students. We are ranked first for research power in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience by the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021), with more than two thirds of our research in these areas rated as world-leading (4*).

Our work attracts staff and students from around the world. Together they create an outstanding and vibrant environment, taking advantage of cutting-edge resources, including state-of-the art neuroimaging equipment.

The division offers an extremely supportive environment with opportunities to attend numerous specialist seminars, workshops, and guest lectures.

You can view video testimonials from previous students on The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families webpage.

The foundation of your career

The two-year structure allows students to not only develop in-depth theoretical knowledge and research skills but also provides the opportunity to undertake a substantial piece of research under the mentorship of a leading Yale academic and their research lab. A grounding in quantitative analysis and fMRI/EEG skills combined with a focus on clinical disorders during childhood make students particularly attractive as prospective PhD candidates and doctoral Clinical Psychology applicants. Students are encouraged to publish their research where possible.

Some students seek voluntary clinically relevant experience across both years, which is particularly helpful for those considering applications to Clinical Psychology doctoral programmes.

Employability

Typically our students are interested in pursuing a research or clinical career. Of students who graduated within the last two years, 20% are now enrolled on PhD programmes; 40% are employed as research associates, 20% are undertaking further training and the remaining 20% are undertaking clinical work.

Teaching and learning

Modules

Year One Teaching

In the first-year, you will be primarily based at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families with full access to UCL’s internationally renowned campus, including libraries and computer facilities.

The first-year modules provide a foundation in developmental psychopathology and affective neuroscience, which includes an introduction to the main therapeutic orientations including cognitive behavioural, systemic and psychoanalytic approaches. You will also develop core skills in neuroscientific methods and statistics, providing a necessary foundation for the research project in the second year at Yale.

Year Two Teaching

Teaching during Year Two comprises a series of formative workshops that aim to support you in completing your independent research project and engage productively in the work of the research lab of your mentor/supervisor.

These workshops normally include: fMRI methods; EEG methods and Integrating Multiple Perspectives, which includes clinical, neuroscience, psychoanalytic and other approaches. Electives taught by Yale faculty across disciplines are offered, including neuroscience, philosophy, clinical science, research methodology, and statistics.

We strongly encourage students to produce publishable findings from their research, in collaboration with their research mentor.

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 are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Upon successful completion of 330 credits, you will be awarded an MRes in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology.

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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time
Tuition fees (2023/24) £14,100
Tuition fees (2023/24) £35,000

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

This programme requires a completed DBS check for some compulsory modules. You will receive more information from UCL on how to complete the check once you have firmly accepted an unconditional offer for the programme. The DBS application cost will be covered by UCL, but offer holders will also need to have their ID checked and verified at a Post Office, for which they will incur a charge of £12.75. The offer holder is also required to arrange and pay for any overseas police check that may be necessary; costs vary by country. For more information about the DBS application process, please contact the UCL Graduate Admissions team.

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

Please note that this programme is not eligible for US Federal funding.

UCL Scholarships There are a variety of different funding options for both UK and International Students. For information on entry scholarships and other sources of funding for Graduate students please visit the UCL Scholarships page.

The Anna Freud Centre offers a number of bursaries which are awarded based on academic ability and potential as well as on financial need. Please note, students are only eligible to apply once they have been issued with a firm offer from UCL for this programme. The bursary is administered by the Anna Freud Centre and not by UCL. You can find more information about this funding here.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

Next steps

We are looking for applicants who demonstrate:

  • an excellent and relevant academic track-record
  • relevant research experience
  • a clear rationale why you want to study Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology at graduate level at UCL
  • some consideration of where you would like to go professionally with your degree
  • Note that this is a highly selective programme and early applications are recommended. Typically 10-14 students are accepted each year. The overall aim of this programme is to understand how mental health problems emerge in childhood drawing from multiple perspectives, including neuroscience, cognitive, developmental, clinical, and psychoanalytic approaches. A substantial research project is completed in the second year at Yale. As an MRes, this Master’s programme provides an excellent framework to advance students' research skills, important for those planning a future PhD or Clinical Doctorate.

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.

The deadline for applications is Monday 6 February 2023.

Please note: You are required to provide details of 2 referees in your application, at least one of whom should be academic. We require your references to be completed on or very soon after the application deadline so please bear this in mind when you apply.

Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

Choose your programme

Please read the Application Guidance before proceeding with your application.

Year of entry: 2023-2024

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