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UCL Postgraduate Study

Postgraduate Studies"I am delighted that you are considering applying to UCL and the Anna Freud Centre for post-graduate study. Whether you want to join the next generation of child development and neuroscience researchers or build a successful clinical career we can provide an excellent foundation. The Centre has a long history of innovative research and clinical practice with expertise across a very wide range of disciplines. As a developmental neuroscience researcher and a clinical psychologist myself I continue to be fascinated by the rapidly developing interchange between research and practice. Working alongside my colleagues, visiting lecturers and a vibrant group of graduate students the Anna Freud Centre creates a context where I continue to learn and be surprised. I am sure that you will be too and I hope you will choose to apply for one of our courses."

Professor Eamon McCrory PhD DClinPsych

Head of Postgraduate Studies


Postgraduate StudiesWhat makes us different?

We are proud to host several UCL Certificate, Diploma, MSc and Doctoral programmes in a unique study environment where students are based in a centre of learning, research and active clinical practice. Unlike studying in a large university setting the Anna Freud Centre provides an intimate and vibrant study environment. Our students come from all over the world creating a stimulating and diverse social experience.  Despite this diversity there is a shared interest in understanding more about psychological models of the mind - and how these can inform more effective approaches to intervention. The Centre's ground breaking research projects in child and adult mental health, a developmental neuroscience research laboratory and a range of innovative clinical projects with children and families mean that our teaching staff and students are embedded in a rich research and clinical setting. As a result, we hope that students have the chance to learn theory illuminated by case material and real clinical experience. But equally, we emphasize intellectual and research rigour so that all students develop skills in learning to critically evaluate everything that they are taught.  


Postgraduate StudiesWhat do we offer?

Together with UCL, the Anna Freud Centre is a world leader in providing courses that focus on child development, psychopathology and intervention. While some of our courses are only offered full time, others are available with part-time study options. This diversity means that some courses will appeal more to those who have recently graduated with a degree in psychology or related subject whereas others will appeal more to those already working with children and families who wish to develop their clinical skills. 

How can I find out more?

Here we provide an outline description of each course and contact details. Full details of the taught components of each course are provided on the UCL website. Please click the relevant link to be redirected. If you still have further questions do not hesitate to contact the course administrator whose email address is provided.

How do I apply?

All applications are processed through the UCL website only. Please follow the links from each course. 


MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology

MSc in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology

MSc in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice 

MSC/Dip/Cert in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People

MPhil/PhD in Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies

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