MSc Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice

This two-year full-time programme aims 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, through a supervised placement in the second year within a mental health service. 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.

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Career Prospects

Graduates from this programme have gone on to work with children and families in various therapeutic settings, or to undertake further doctoral-level clinical training, such as clinical psychology, child psychotherapy, or counselling psychology. Some of our graduates may also pursue research careers, including PhD study. Completing this MSc will help you develop several core clinical competencies and provide direct supervised experience of work in a child and adolescent mental health service, placing you in a very strong position to proceed to a full clinical training, such as Clinical Psychology or Child Psychotherapy.

Further Information

For more information about the programme, including content, structure and fees or to make an application, please visit the UCL website.

Please note: From 2019 post-graduate teaching will move to a new Centre of Excellence as part of the development of the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. Teaching will no longer take place at Maresfield Gardens. If you are accepted on to a programme, we will keep you informed of the changes. You can find out more information about the Centre of Excellence here.


For all enquiries related to this programme, please contact the Course Administrator Lauren Shum.