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Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology, MRes

This two-year full-time programme offered in collaboration with University College London and Yale University focuses on developmental psychopathology drawing on a range of perspectives.

About the programme

This is a unique two-year UCL international Masters programme, with the first year based at University College London and the second year based at Yale University, New Haven in the USA.

Typically 14 students are accepted each year. The focus of this programme is on understanding the emergence of developmental psychopathology from multiple perspectives, drawing on neurobiological, cognitive, developmental, clinical and psychoanalytic perspectives. 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. 

Career prospects

Typically, students are motivated to pursue a research career (for example, working as a Research Fellow, undertaking a PhD) or pursuing a clinical career (for example, applying for a Clinical Psychology Doctorate, Child Psychotherapy training or medical degree).

Over half of students typically progress to further their research skills, either as research assistants or to PhD programmes. The remainder either pursue further clinical training or work. A minority decide to pursue a career outside of psychology.

Further information

For more information about the programme, including content, structure and fees or to make an application, please visit the UCL website. You can also view our Programme Guide here.


We will be hosting a webinar for this programme on Thursday 7 December 2023, as well as an open evening at Anna Freud on Thursday 18th January 2024. Please click here for more details. 


For all enquiries related to this programme, please contact the Programme Officer.


I made the decision to undertake a degree in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology because I wanted to be at the forefront of a new field that has the potential to link knowledge about the brain with our understanding of the mind. So far my decision has proved to be an extremely rewarding one, and I am confident it will continue to challenge me both intellectually and academically. Justin, former student

The course offers a challenging and fascinating journey through multiple disciplines and their points of intersection. The two year programme has given me practical research experience in two leading research institutions. Jo, former student