MSc in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice

This is a two-year full-time course offered by UCL, based at the Anna Freud Centre. The aim of the course is to provide a framework for developing an integrated understanding of child development and a range of childhood disorders, and to give students an opportunity to apply this understanding in a clinical setting. The programme draws together theory, research and therapeutic thinking from a range of perspectives, including cognitive and clinical psychology, psychoanalysis and neuroscience to give students a well-rounded understanding of childhood disorders and their treatment.

In year one all modules are taught at the Anna Freud Centre. Students attend weekly lectures complemented by small group seminars in a friendly and supportive environment. During the first year students will also attend workshops that will give them the opportunity to develop core skills in clinical work with children, young people and families. This includes workshops on evaluating clinical practice, establishing therapeutic relationships and undertaking clinical assessments with children and their families.

In the second year, as well as taking further clinical skills modules and completing a dissertation, students move into a 2-3 days per week placement in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) setting in London. During this placement students will have further opportunity to develop the core clinical competencies for working with children and families, under the supervision of an experienced clinician. 




Find out what the Director of Islington Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service has to say about the course :      


Further Information

UCL website 

Course prospectus 


Prospects website

How do I apply?

All applications are made through UCL, please click here for further information


For all enquiries related to this course, please contact lauren.shum@annafreud.org





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